Not too long ago I saw a post on a blog with an AG doll wearing a dress that was actually a baby dress. They noted that it was a size 0-3mos. It didn’t really process till about a week later when I wanted to make some pajamas for dolls. I made a bunch of bottoms out of material I had around, but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to proceed with the tops. Then for some reason I thought of Onesies, and just how easy it would be to alter them in to t-shirts and nightshirts. Stop and think about how the top of the shirt is finished on the most recent My American Girl doll outfit–see the similarity?? I ran to TJMaxx to see what they had and I found a package of 5 in the 0-3months size for $9.99. I actually could have spent less, but the package I found on clearance were all just plain white and these were so darned cute. I got them home and tried one on Rebecca:
You can see that they were a bit big, but not horrible, just a few minor alterations and we should be good. First I had to decide if I wanted them to be t-shirts or nightshirts and cut them off to the appropriate length, being sure to leave enough extra to hem them. Then I sewed a seam starting on the inside of the sleeve and all the way down the side of the shirt:
At this point I turned the shirt right side out again and tried it on the doll to make sure I had taken a big enough seam to make it fit better. I had, so then I turned the shirt inside out and added a zig zag stitch beside my straight stitch to reinforce the seams, then trimmed away the excess to get a nice fit:
I think they turned out really cute and a darned site cheaper than anything I could buy already made! I made all of the bottoms from a Simplicity pattern, you can make one pair from a fat quarter, they really don’t use very much fabric.
A few days ago I was in TJMaxx looking for something else when I decided to look in the infants department again to see if they had anything else cute I could use. I came across a three pack of Onesies for $5.99 in a Newborn size. They were quite a bit thinner cut than the 0-3 months, so I decided to take a chance on them and brought them home. When I put the first one on Kit, I was so excited:
I have purchased another one that is a different style, I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with it, but I will be sure to share it when I do. Interestingly enough it is also a Newborn size, but more on the size of the first batch I bought, so there is some size inconsistency. I will also have to check out a local infants/childrens consignment shop near here and see if there is anything inexpensive that would work, not sure with Onesies because people tend to wear these on kids a long time. If you decide to give this a try, be sure to share! One of the nice thing about using Onesies is they are designed to be easy to get on and off a baby so they are also easy to get on and off the dolls, great when making doll clothes for younger kids to play with.