Making a Matching Doll School Uniform

Making a matching american girl / doll school uniform via lilblueboo.com (logo the academy of palm desert presbyterian) #diy #tutorial #americangirl #school

 

Boo has been begging me for a matching school uniform for her American Girl dolls. I finally made one today using an old uniform that she just grew out of!  Here’s her doll Julie sporting the chapel uniform:

matching doll school uniform via lilblueboo.com

 

Boo’s first comment: Where is her cardigan? Yeah….I haven’t gotten that far.

Boo's going to hogwarts via lilblueboo.com

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Easy Doll Clothing Storage Rack

How to make a doll clothing rack (doll wardrobe) via lilblueboo.com #diy #tutorial #americangirl

 

Isn’t this cute? A miniature clothing rack for Boo’s doll clothing. I made it for her birthday party knowing that it would also be used afterwards!

DIY doll clothing storage via lilblueboo.com #diy #tutorial #americangirl

The top part serves as a clothing rack and the bottom hold shoes and accessories:

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A Beauty Salon Glam Birthday Party with Mini Doll Salon

Beauty Salon Party (with American Girl Salon too!) via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

 

I can’t believe Boo is six years old!!!  First off, I want to put a disclaimer on this post to admit that this party is just a little over the top.  I’m not really a party planner…..I don’t entertain a lot…..so Boo’s yearly birthday party is something I really love putting energy into.  Boo knows that while the party is centered around her…..it’s also about bringing our friends together, entertaining them and sending them home with some fun handmade swag.  She also knows that I reserve the right at any time to decide not to throw a party, serve $5 pizza and stick a candle in it!  I love coming up with cute ideas and sharing them with you…..and there are many ways to make a wonderful fun party with only a few elements from this post!

Boo wanted an American Girl themed party (shocker) so we talked about doing something interactive with lots of activities that her friends of all ages would enjoy and came up with the Beauty Salon theme….complete with American Girl-sized doll salon.  I always borrow, recycle and improvise for parties and all of that will come in the “behind the scenes” post to follow this one. I will say one thing about this party…..the doll salon was a TOTAL hit. I was actually surprised…..but the girls had so much fun putting capes on their dolls and primping and fixing their hair.  It was totally adorable and definitely something I’ll put together more often for playdates!

So here we go! I had a vision of what I wanted in my head for the graphics and Stephanie Corfee brought it all to life with her graphic design!  It turned out so amazingly cute that I convinced her to offer it to everyone as a printable in the shop complete with extra graphics to make it fully “do-it-yourself” customizable.

 

Just a note: we called it a “DOLL” salon party…..and invited Boo’s friends to bring any favorite doll for the salon…..because not everyone has an American Girl (Boo’s only had one for 2 months).  A few friends brought extra American Girl dolls too for those girls that didn’t have one.

 

Party Decor: Beauty Salon Party (with American Girl Salon too!) via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

 

Oh my….the day before the party the wind in the desert was over 30 miles an hour! I couldn’t set anything up until the morning of the party!

DIY Party Decor: Beauty Salon Party via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

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How to Make a Doll Sized Salon Cape

How to make a salon cape for an American Girl doll or 18" doll via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #tutorial

 

This morning was Boo’s 6th birthday party!  Before I do the big reveal, I’ll be posting about a few of the things I made for the party. Here’s the first…..salon capes to fit American Girl or other similar sized 18″ dolls! We have two of the 18″ doll salon chairs….and borrowed one from a friend…..so I made three salon cutting capes to accompany them.

To make your own, you’ll need the following for each cape:

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Classic Ruffle Pants PDF Pattern for Girls and 18″ Dolls

Classic Ruffle Pant and Capri PDF Sewing Pattern (Pattern for 18" American Girl Style doll too!) by lilblueboo.com  #diy #tutorial #americangirl

 

The Classic Ruffles are great for layering, lounging, and any occasion. Pattern includes options for a yoga style or elastic waist, hem or no hem, and pant or capri length.

Classic Ruffle Pant and Capri PDF Sewing Pattern (American Girl matching clothing pattern) Now Available by lilblueboo.com  #diy #tutorial #americangirl

Some feedback from our testers:

“Love the pattern! It’s a great way to sew comfortable ruffles with knit.”

“The sizing was perfect. Pants usually run a little short but these were slightly long and easy to hem so she won’t outgrow them.”

“Love the options for a yoga waistband or an elastic waistband.”

“LOVE the pants pattern!!!!! I need to make about 10 more for this kid! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!”

“A quick sew and easy to put together!”

 

Classic Ruffle Pant PDF Sewing Pattern (American Girl size available too) by lilblueboo.com  #diy #tutorial #americangirl

Matching 18″ doll pattern too!

American Girl Style 18 inch Doll Ruffle Pant PDF Sewing Pattern (12M to 12 Year Girl size available too) by lilblueboo.com  #diy #tutorial #americangirl

The Classic Ruffle Pants
The Classic Ruffle Pants for 18″ Dolls

 

Photography by:

Monika McSweeney
Paint the Moon
Brenda Acuncius
Bebe Gear

 

 

Other new patterns you should check out in the shop!

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Asymmetrical Leggings Pattern and American Girl Pattern

New pattern in the shop! A favorite from the clothing line so I’ve added it to the pattern line: The Asymmetrical Leggings…..and even added a miniature pattern for the American Girl style dolls.

Pattern can be sewn with regular sewing machine or a serger.  Any stretchy cotton/lycra/spandex blend works great as well as stretchy ribbed cotton like the kind used in tank tops.

Asymmetrical Leggings PDF Pattern (American Girl Sized Pattern Also Available)  via lilblueboo.com

With Boo’s new American Girl obsession a few of you saw this coming…..yep, that’s Pf-1221 doll or “Grace” as we now call her:

 

American Girl Sized Asymmetrical Leggings PDF Pattern (Girl Sized Pattern Also Available)  via lilblueboo.com

The leggings are easy to make and are for almost every season! Make them capri length or full length:

Asymmetrical Leggings Sewing Pattern via lilblueboo.com

 

These are Boo’s favorite leggings and I love how she looks like a little elf in them:

Asymmetrical Hankerchief Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern via lilblueboo.com

 

A few of my friends, Katherine, Olivia, and Melanie tested them out for me. I love their fabric choices:

Asymmetrical Hankerchief Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern via lilblueboo.com

 

Both patterns are available in the shop now!  More in the pipeline……for girls and dolls…..stay tuned!

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Matching

Boo wants to match Grace whenever she can. I found this cute outfit with matching American Girl dress at Kmart Online for $19…..steal. (here’s the link)

American Girl Clothes Matching (this was only $19!) via lilblueboo.com

So….I haven’t been in a K-Mart in about 10 years I think.  The dress is really well made and even Mr. LBB commented on how cute it was.  I found a few more online as well but I’ll share those when we get them and whether I’d recommend them.

P.S. I ordered the Med. It’s just a little tad big but fine over a long sleeve shirt.

P.P.S.  I decided to delay a few new patterns so that I can add American Girl-sized patterns with them. I’ll do anything to keep Boo interested in dolls for as long as possible…..

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