New doll clothes and vintage dolls

Do you remember your dolls? I still have a couple of mine. One was a baby and I have clothing for her that my grandmother made out of dress scraps. She lives in my sewing room and I can't think of a reason to give her up. Later, I had a Littlest Angel, by Vogue, complete with a pink trunk to hold her and her wardrobe. Yes, still have her also, but I thought I would sell her recently and I think together with the trunk, she's worth about $40. (Anyone want to buy her?)

Vogue baby doll with Grandma's dress scraps outfit

Littlest Angel

Green and blue-eyed Vogue sisters

My mother wouldn't let me have a Barbie, because she didn't look like a real woman and back then Barbie wasn't a good role model as her focus was on fashion, high heels and Ken. Skipper (Barbie's little sister) was for me since she was more athletic looking. (Photo from Ebay) Now I found out there was another Skipper who grew breasts when you rotated her arm. Mom would NEVER have let me play with her!


Now girls have the American Girl dolls, which are a huge marketing win for the company. One niece of mine, who is taller than me, convinced her parents to take her to the American Girl doll store in New York City. It was the first time to NY for my brother, and a culture shock to his country ways.

Niece number 2 is five years old and doesn't realize that her American Girl doll has a store from which to shop, so I made her several doll outfits for a Christmas gift from scraps from my garment sewing days. The blue polka-dot dress came from blouse scraps.

This red polka dot dress could have been from dress scrap, but I'm not sure. I still love polka dots! In my hoard stash, I found fabric to make crinolines (from my mother's stash), so made a quick slip for poufiness.

The yellow pants were leftover from a crib bedskirt (my oldest is 18!) and the striped vest is leftovers from a high-school tube-style top.

The jeans are scrap from a denim maternity dress and the hot pink is supplex scrap from my days of making fleece jackets with supplex trim.

The nightgown is leftover from a flannel nightie I made for myself and just tossed recently.

Making all of these clothes was rewarding, as I traveled down memory lane of past outfits and I hope my niece loves them!


  1. Wow, so how old are those dolls exactly? I mean, if you had them since you were a child, then I’m guessing you’ve had them for quite a long time now! Well, a lot of kids do cherish the memories they had with their toys. And most of the time, those memories are more than enough reason to keep the toys. Anyway, it is sweet of you to sew some outfits for your niece’s doll. I bet she was delighted to see all the pretty outfits for her doll!

    1. Can you believe I'm still holding on to those dolls? They are probably all in the 40 year range. Can't bear to toss them, so they'll be in my roomy attic for many years!


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