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Sew the contemporary wardrobe for 18-inch dolls
Hinds, Joan.
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Publication Information:
Iola, WI : Krause Publications, [2002]

Physical Description:
94 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm + 2 folded pattern sheets in pocket
Complete instructions and full-size patterns to make clothing for modern 18-inch vinyl dolls such as Götz Dolls, Faithful Friends collection by Heidi Ott, Savannah of Storybook Heirlooms, and The American Girls Collection by the Pleasant Company.
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TT175.7 .H57 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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What doll lover wouldn't want to outfit their doll in today's most fashionable clothes? From a cozy fleece vest to an elegant party dress, you'll find patterns and instructions to make 16 fun, modern outfits for the ever popular 18-inch doll such as American Girls, Creative Friends, the Springfield Collection, and others.

You'd spend over $100 to buy these patterns individually, and you wouldn't get the helpful instructions Joan has written to guide you in creating all the outfits and accessories shown in the photos.

Bonus: Instructions for making 11 accessory items Full-size tissue pattern sheets for more than 30 garments Complete step-by-step instructions with hundreds of helpful illustrations

Author Notes

Joan Hinds has written eight books of sewing patterns for 18-inch dolls In addition to designing hundreds of doll costumes, Joan travels the country to teach sewing and needlework techniques at sewing guilds and shops and has appeared on the PBS series, America Sew with Sue Hausmann

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Library Journal Review

Hinds has to her credit eight books of sewing patterns for 18" dolls and is a widely recognized expert in doll costuming. What, you might ask, are 18" dolls? These include a number of brand-name dolls such as the American Girls, Creative Friends, and the Springfield Collection, which are all approximately that height. In planning for this book, Hinds gathered together a focus group of girls from ages five to 11 and asked them what type of clothing they wanted for their dolls. Their overwhelming desire was for doll clothes patterned after comfortable, fashionable clothing they might wear themselves. Included in this compendium are illustrated step-by-step instructions and full-size tissue pattern sheets (in a pocket in the back of the book) for sewing 16 mix-and-match outfits such as khaki cargo pants and a fleece vest or a tank top and boxer shorts. Eleven accessory items add spice to the collection. Public libraries with a demand for books on dolls and sewing for dolls will want to purchase this one. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
What Girls Wantp. 6
What Dolls Will These Patterns Fit?p. 7
Before You Beginp. 7
Helping Children Learn to Sewp. 9
Casual Separatesp. 11
Jean Jacket and A-Line Skirtp. 12
Khaki Cargo Pants, Long-Sleeve T-Shirt, and Fleece Vestp. 17
Denim Jumper and Short-Sleeve T-Shirtp. 22
Pink Top with Capri Pantsp. 26
Flared Jeans, Quilted Vest, and Bell-Sleeve T-Shirtp. 30
Animal Print Jumper and Cap-Sleeve T-Shirtp. 36
Hooded Sweatshirt and Denim Shortsp. 40
Long Denim Skirt and V-Neck T-Shirtp. 45
Outerwearp. 49
Coat with Crocheted Posies and Pull-On Pantsp. 50
Fleece Jacket and Nylon Wind Pantsp. 55
Sleepwearp. 59
Flannel Pajamasp. 60
Tank Top and Boxer Shortsp. 63
Sleep Shirtp. 66
Special Occasionsp. 68
A-Line Dressp. 69
Long Circle Skirt and Crushed Velvet Topp. 72
Sleeveless Party Dress and Velveteen Jacketp. 75
Accessoriesp. 79
Hatsp. 80
Triangle Scarfp. 80
Fleece Hatp. 81
Fisherman's Canvas Hatp. 82
Rolled Brim Crocheted Hatp. 83
Jewelryp. 85
Black Beaded Chokerp. 85
Crystal Beaded Necklace and Braceletp. 86
Bags and Pursesp. 87
Backpackp. 87
Crocheted Pursep. 89
Miscellaneousp. 90
Slippersp. 90
About the Authorp. 92
Resourcesp. 93