I’ve had a couple of requests recently for the measurements of the Springfield Collection dolls. If you’re trying to alter your doll clothes patterns to fit this line of dolls, please notice they’re quite a bit thinner than the American Girl dolls.

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I’m often asked where to find small-scale materials and supplies to use when sewing doll clothes patterns. For example, it’s difficult to find light-weight ribbed knit trim to use on the cuffs and waistbands of your doll’s hoodie. The adult-sized trim looks too bulky on your American Girl, or other 18 inch doll.


Find used baby clothes in good condition, and recycle the ribbed knit trim:

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Last week, while shopping at an antiques fair, my sister called to tell me she’d just found an American Girl sewing machine. She didn’t know if the machine had any connection with today’s American Girl dolls. But, she knew I was interested in sewing machines, dolls and doll clothes patterns.

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