Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Kirsten's School Dress ~ A Re-make

Having owned a Kirsten doll for over twelve years and knowing many others who have also owned a Kirsten doll, I know that I am not the only one who is disappointed with American Girl's decision to discontinue Kirsten and her products. I am sure there are little girls out there who would have loved to collect her whole wardrobe. While I cannot offer the whole wardrobe, I have made a re-creation of Kirsten's school dress and shawl to sell!

Here is a comparison between my version and the original:

Mine has been drawn directly from a pattern made and distributed by American Girl in the 1990's (which product has since been discontinued, as have all the Kirsten doll products). Construction details are all nearly identical except for the following points:

Original: Bolder red background and larger sprigs in the print
Mine: Burgundy red background with smaller sprigs in the print

Original: Red and blue plaid shawl
Mine: Blue and white checked shawl

Original: Two tucks in skirt
Mine: No tucks in skirt (this was due to a mishap in cutting the fabric, otherwise there would have been tucks!).

All visible seams have been finished with a tight zigzag stitch. Back and sleeves close with velcro, like the original.


This dress will be going in our Etsy shop when we open it and will be selling for $15. If you are interested in purchasing it and would rather not wait, drop me a comment or an email at tuckleberrytimes (at) suite224 (dot) net.


Note: Pictures taken by "Margaret Dashwood" in front of my Kirsten "Scenes and Settings" book-- that was one of the best garage sale finds we have ever had!! :-D


Hanne-col said...

Love it!

Nicki said...

Beautiful blog, I must say!
And I tired "Shabby Blog" and it is so neat!

a fellow craford and wives and daughters fan!!

Gabrielle Renee said...

It looks a lot like the original! *comparing it with mine* Good job!

Bethany A. said...

That is so nice! I'm glad you can recreate some of the older American Girl outfits!! :)

Elizabeth J. said...

Thanks for commenting on my most recent blog post. I really like this blog and I don't think there's a specific way you could change it. I really love the way you have the Bible verse on your header-it really makes a point about how everything we do can be for God's glory.

Elinor Dashwood said...

Thank you all for your comments, and Elizabeth J., for your encouragement. :-)

Anonymous said...

That looks good, Melanie!