I love going to craft festivals. We have quite a few different ones throughout the year in our area. There is only one drawback for me: we don’t need anything! So I’ve quit going to them for the most part since so many of them seem to focus on “dust collectors”. I also find myself looking at things and thinking “I could make that”. Once in a while you find doll clothes, but not always. There is a big festival in the town I used to work in, and I came up with a terrific plan. I knew a friend of mine who lives there would be going, so I had her scout out the crafters and to let me know if she saw any with doll clothes. She not only found them for me, but told me exactly where to look, saving me a ton of time and energy. Yay teamwork!
There were a couple of people selling doll clothes, but only one devoted strictly to that, and she had a fantastic selection of outfits. I ended up picking up three different items from her–and only spent $37, just $3 more than what it would cost me to buy just Lea’s celebration set. Are you ready to see what I got?
First up is a cute dress that I thought would be perfect for Kanani. Since she is away at the moment, Sophia said she would step in to model it. I didn’t argue, she looks so good in shades of teal and mint green!
I loved the print on this dress and it fit perfectly when I put it on her. Here is a shot of the back:
The next thing I picked out was an outfit perfect for 4th of July. Rebecca begged me to let her try it on, she loves patriotic prints. I think it looks terrific on her as well.
The t-shirt and capris fit nicely. The capris are elastic waist, so there is a little bit of wrestling around the butt to get them on, but not terrible. They are nicely finished, complete with working front pockets! The t-shirt is a standard style with Velcro up the back for easy on and off.
The last item was the one I was on the fence about. I decided to go ahead and get it, and once Marie-Grace put it on, I was so glad I did! I think this is my favorite of the three things I bought, I love the big skirt on it.
And a shot of what I liked best about both of these dresses:
Yes, the entire back of the dress opens and makes it super easy to get on and off! To me that is a huge plus with items like this as it makes it especially easy for younger kids to change the clothing without having to ask for help. Both dresses also had fully lined bodices.
The women who sold these dresses are relatively new to the doll clothes world. What started out as a fun hobby to make doll clothing as gifts for granddaughters turned into a business just this past December. They have been having a great time with it though and love experimenting with new ideas, fabrics and notions. Since they are just getting started, their website hasn’t launched just yet, but it is at mm2nd-childhooddesigns.com. Keep checking, the woman I spoke with said that they hope to have it fully up and running in time for the Christmas season. Right now is just the start of festival/craft fair season, so I’m sure they haven’t had much time to work on it. Something to look forward to!