Darling clothes for your 18" dolls like American Girl, Our Generation, My Life, and many others. Make classic 1950s school dresses, coat, hat, jacket, and purse. These pert dresses have a fitted bodice, with the skirt gathered to the bodice at the normal waistline, short puff sleeves with cuffs, rounded or pointed collar or collarless, with or without front yoke. Add a front bodice overlay to form a zig-zag effect, add buttoned tabs or trims if you'd like. Back buttons and tie ends will add to their authenticity. A-line, front buttoned princess seamed coat or jacket will keep dolly warm as winter creeps over autumn. Coat variations include sleeve length, tabs at waistline, and shoulder flanges. Add a shaped hat or cap in two styles. Complete the entire outfit with a shoulder bag. 2014, Keepers Dolly Duds Designs.
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I enjoy sewing these 50s styles because that's what I wore to school. No pants or shorts allowed for the girls - had to be dresses. Most were made by our mother or grandmother, and the fabric was almost always cotton, sometimes feed sack cotton. But they are all had to be ironed. And those puff sleeves - what a pain to iron! About the only way was to crease the sleeve horizontally so an inch or so of it could be ironed flat. How many hours we watched our mother iron. Give me permanent press fabrics, thank you!
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