As a token of our gratitude and a memento of the day I really wanted give our 4 and 5 year old flower girls American Girl dolls that looked like them. That was until I found out that the dolls were $95 each. That did not include clothes, accessories, anything. Just a naked doll. Yeah, that’s not happening.
I found a doll that I really liked on Overstock.com that was similar in size to the American Girl dolls but not a blatent knock-off.
Molly P. Originals
Although the doll was cute and I was sure our flower girls would love her I wanted to make her even more special. I decided to make the dolls dresses that looked like the flower girl dresses.
Flower Girl D modeling her dress (worn sans flower on the day)
I started the dress making adventure by purchasing a Simplicity 18″ Doll Dress Making Pattern
(I used a modified version of the bottom left dress). I traced the pattern on some white silk and white lining I had purchased according to the pattern instructions. I then cut these pattern pieces out.
Pattern pieces cut
I had to cut a new pattern three times because the dolls we purchased were fuller than the 18″ dolls the patterns were made for. I then began to painstakingly sew the lining to the satin, the back to the front, and the skirt to the top.
I also created bows with some leftover ribbon from my pomander project. I then added a sweater to cover the dolls half cloth/half plastic arms and a ribbon around the waist to complete the look.
The finished project
I was soooo pleased with how the dresses turned out and the girls loved their presents. One slept with hers and then carried it around the entire wedding. When I asked the other if she would like to take it out of the box she said, “No, I think this is a really special gift and that I should probably leave it in the box to keep it nice”. She’s five, people. Too cute.
For about $60 each the girls not only got their dolls with their matching flower girl outfits, they got the autumn outfit the dolls came in, and mini monogrammed tote bags full of goodies like coloring books, crayons, and mini etch-a-sketches to occupy their time during the boring wedding events.