I am so excited to share with you a book review I did for Anna Allen’s new book, My Doll My Style! I first met Anna when we were team members together for DollDiaries.com and I was thrilled when she sent be her book to reveiw. Anna is a fantastic crafter and creator of 18 inch doll clothes and accessories! She is a blogger and pattern designer behind Doll-It-Up.com. My daughters and I found Anna’ s book absolutely WONDERFUL! This book is a great resource for creating 18 inch doll clothes and accessories with your own personal touch.
Anna’s book has become my go-to book for sewing tips and tricks for 18-doll clothes for our American Girl dolls! Her instructions are very easy to follow. I have to admit that I have made and sewn a lot of doll crafts over the years, but never once have I sewn doll clothing…maybe an apron…but I was too nervous to attempt a shirt or dress. So this book was perfect for a newbie like me. I filled my book with sticky tabs because I was always flipping back to the tips page. I think this book got more work out of it than most of my cooking books! lol.
Even if I wasn’t attempting to sew for 18-inch dolls, I would buy this book just for the amazing photos. Anna Allen is also a great doll photographer! Above are just a few of the great pics from Anna’s book, My Doll My Style.
What better way to do a review than to actually sew along with this book? My daughters and I looked through the book and picked out a pattern for an A-line dress. My youngest wanted the dress to have a ruffled sleeve because it reminded her of a mermaids tail. I really enjoyed the recycling tips Anna provided in her book. I actually made our doll dress from a recycled t-shirt.
Anna’s patterns were very easy to use. After downloading them, I printed them onto computer paper. I cut them out and traced them onto the jersey material with a fabric pen. Anna offers many adaptations to her patterns so the final design is one of your very own. My daughter’s enjoyed deciding on sleeve and ruffle lengths, which created a personal tough to the dress they designed. (* Please page 29 of Anna’s book for directions on downloading her patterns.)
And viola! Yay! I did it! The intimidation of sewing doll clothes is gone! Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot to learn, but I feel much more comfortable to the challenge with Anna’s book! My daughter’s were thrilled with how the dress turned out. Both are wanting to sew up creations all on their own.
Both of my girls are huge Converse shoe lovers. We paired our jersey dress with black t-shoes and hair bow. Later we added a “Be Mer-mazing” design to the front of the dress. We used a Cricut machine and iron-on vinyl for the image. No worries if you don’t have a Cricut machine; Anna gives you instructions on how to make your very own appliques without needing a special cutting machine!