This pattern, from My Sunshine Dolls, includes clear, step by step written directions and photos for each step. It includes a pattern to make a 23" cloth doll with felt and yarn hair worn in a high ponytail. Doll has faux suede sandals that are sewn on to the doll. The outfit includes a crop top with puffy sleeves and hook and loop closure in the back, a long skirt with front pleat and an elastic back waistband, a twisty head wrap and a faux suede fringe purse.
Recommended Fabrics: Cotton, faux suede, felt
Skill Level: Intermediate
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Although this pattern comes with instructions to make the cloth doll, the clothes also fit the 18 inch dolls so well. I had the pleasure of testing the clothing for my 18 inch doll. This pattern is one that lends itself to exotic fabrics, or as you may choose. I like the bright colors on the fabric I used. This two piece skirt and crop top are fun and easy to make. I love the puffy sleeves with the band on them. Since my fabric was a one way print, I turned it to the cross grain for the skirt to better match the pattern on the top. I like the one pleat in the center of the skirt. It just gives it an added special look. The little head wrap and fringed purse top off the whole look to create an entire outfit. I made 2 different headwraps to emphasize the different colors in the skirt and top So glad I have this pattern in my collection.
I made the Zuri outfit for my American Girl doll. The fit is great. The pattern itself is easy. But, I saw the design and decided to play with my stash of fabrics and combined a few different fabrics to make the pieces of fabric for this pattern. It was like a quilting project, putting all the different pieces together. A really fun way to use up small pieces of exotic fabric. When I had assembled the fabric, it took no time to actually cut out and make the outfit. Fit was great on PM and Mattel dolls.