Blog Tour- It’s the little things!

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In a house full of girls it’s easy to say that dolls, dresses and parties rule my world!

So, when asked to preview the new 30 minute Doll Clothes book and be part of Nancy Zieman’s tour, I was all in!

To keep the project personal, I decided to create an outfit from one of my daughter’s favorite dresses.  She is growing so fast these days!  But on a bright note, I am all about reclaiming and this was a perfect way to keep that special memories alive!  Plus- bonus, my hem was already finished!!  This saved me so much time.  In fact, it almost felt like cheating!


The book includes patterns and step by step instructions that are super easy to follow.  To keep my book in tacked, I photo copied the pattern for easy cutting.

A few notes about stitching on small projects-

  • Take your time.
  • Pressing & clipping curves are key.
  • Reduce your stitch length.  This will increase your stitches per inch and help when stitching around small curves.
Projects like this are all about the little things.  For instance, I created a small felted pin for her jacket and matched it with a flower for her hair.  It was super simple and only took a few stitches and scraps. (oh, and don’t forget my glasses!)

30 Minute Doll Dress

Since my little girl loves to take tea, I thought it only fitting to create a party dress!  Here are a few other sweet treats you will find at our parties.

30 Minute Doll Clothes Blog Tour Continues

July 14     Shari Butler        

July 16     Lori Holt               

July 17     Amy Barickman

July 18     The Long Ladies

July 19     Ingrid Pinto         

July 20     Page Hill                

July 21      Joan Hinds & Nancy Zieman

At the end of the tour, lucky readers will be selected at random to win fun prizes. To be eligible, post a comment at the bottom of Nancy’s July 10 blog tour posting. Share with us your memories of making doll clothes or what types of doll clothes patterns you’d like to see in the future. Winners will be posted on Tuesday, July 24th.

Nancy Zieman’s Doll Clothes Blog Tour Prizes.


6/18 update- adding additional photos


  1. Amanda Padgett says:

    Looks like a great book! My daughter obsesses about her American Girl dolls and about breaks the bank with all the outfits she wants.

    Can’t wait to see the rest of the tour. Thanks for participating and letting us know about Nancy’s book.

  2. I love your idea for using one of your daughter’s dresses that she outgrew! Such a neat way to remember a favorite outfit! Sounds like a neat book too!

  3. begintocraft says:

    Love the doll clothes, so cute. I can see my daughter using these. Can’t wait to check out the book.

  4. HELEN FOSTER says:

    hope to start sewing soon…can’t wait to make the doll clothes.

  5. How sweet! I love the goodies you created. I’ve been making doll clothes for years (many, many yearS) and Ilove to see new tips and tricks to save time. thanks for sharing.

  6. Great idea to use your daughter’s outgrown clothes to make doll clothes! Thanks for the sewing tips, too.

  7. Cheryle says:

    I read your comments but I didn’t see any doll clothes that you made. Did I miss them somehow?

    • Heather says:

      I made the pretty little white dress with pink flowers from my daughter’s outgrown dress. I also made a cute pink jacket. I just loved Nancy’s gathering technique.

  8. this is a great idea for those dresses that have great memories attached.

  9. Good idea, upcycling kids clothing, thanks.

  10. Paula Roney says:

    What a great idea to repurpose an outgrown favorite childs dress!

  11. Debbie St.Germain says:

    I love the idea of making clothes for my dolls and animal creations and something that I can make in 30 minutes or less, is a big plus.


  12. this is great I’m visting sites I never been on. Thanks

  13. Lanetta says:

    I just ordered my book & DVD! Can hardly wait! Thanks for your tips. I never thought about reducting stitches! Makes sense!

  14. I like to make fancy party dress for AG dolls.


  16. I wish I could see a photo of the actual dress, not just the cropped shot in the collage. Did I miss where i can see the full dress?

    • Hello Bee,
      I was having trouble standing my girl up on her own. But have added a photo of the finished outfit. I hope you enjoy it!

  17. It looks like a great book. Thanks for making the process a little easier a little easier with your tip about reducing the stitch size. I’ve made doll clothes over the years and never thought of that. I can’t seem to find a picture of your completed outfit.

  18. Loretta T says:

    Great comments.

  19. Love your ideas and tips

  20. LILA-ANNE M. VALLERO says:

    Wonderful knowledge.

  21. Carol in E TN says:

    Would love to make some doll clothes with my 30’s fabrics.

  22. Cheryle says:

    Where is the picture of what you made? All I see is a tiny partial picture in the collage.

    • Hello Cheryle,
      I had trouble standing my girl up but I have added additional photos. One is of the finished outfit.

  23. Love the outfit. The book looks great. I haven’t seen as many patterns that turn out so cute.

  24. Thank you for the idea of a little pin on the jacket. When our girls were little, Barbie doll clothes were the item of the day. Now there are grandchildren.

  25. marsha nelson says:

    The dress you made with the cute pin and hair piece are darling. I have grand daughters that would love it.

  26. Stephanie O says:

    The treat are so cute! Do you have a tutorial on them? Are they doll size or kids size? I would love to make a set for my little girls. They love tea parties and dolls. The hair clips are too cute. I would love to learn to make them too. Great post. shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

  27. I have the book , and I love it.
    Bev in

  28. Karen Bolea says:

    Such a sweet little pin!

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