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All Dolled Up: Sewing Clothes and Accessories for Girls and Their 18-Inch Dolls Paperback – July 21, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; Pap/DVD edition (July 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440204179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440204173
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joan Hinds, owner of Fancywork and Fashion, has authored thirteen doll costume pattern books. She publishes a quarterly newsletter for those who love to sew dolls, and she has appeared on the PBS series "America Sews with Sue Hausmann."

Nancy Zieman is an author, pattern designer, business woman, home economist, and national sewing authority and is the host of the popular show Sewing With Nancy, which appears exclusively on public television stations across the United States and Canada.

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I also found out that I prefer using snaps to Velcro tape and I am glad that Joan is offering these two options.
Elizabeth Allemong
I love it because for me (new to the sewing machine and pattern reading) the added dvd of how to make most of the things in the book is so easy to understand.
L. Roest
The collection includes dresses, skirts, aprons and accessories as well as tips for scaling designs to suit dolls and girls both.
Shala Kerrigan

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
This collection of clothing designs for 18 inch dolls and their owners is charming and sweet. The part that impresses me most is the simplicity of construction. Joan Hinds has streamlined a lot of techniques for this collection.
The collection includes dresses, skirts, aprons and accessories as well as tips for scaling designs to suit dolls and girls both. Even the most complicated outfits wouldn't take more than a couple days to make and many of them could be done in an evening.
Skirts include a darling pleated skirt sewn on a pair of old jeans with a matching vest and a tiered gathered skirt.The dresses are wonderful. There is a simple jumper set that's just too cute made with the right fabrics.
The techniques include a method for making straps that doesn't use interfacing and an alternative to basting to gather fabric that is very clever and quick.
The included video shows the sewing techniques that you'll be using to sew the outfits. Nancy Zieman hosts the video with Joan Hinds.
Many of the techniques and patterns are things that can be very easily sized up so that Mom and daughter can having matching aprons or dresses and match the doll as well.
It also makes a wonderful introduction to sewing for children who are just getting interested in learning how to use a sewing a machine. The adult can sew the child's dress, and help the child with sewing a matching outfit for their doll.
A lot of the clothes remind me of the things my mom used to make for me when I was 7 or 8. Classic designs that have stood the test of time, so if you do invest in the book,it's not unthinkable that you would make some of the same styles of clothes for your granddaughter that you might make for your daughter.
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123 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Cultured Purl on January 30, 2011
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Most certainly this is the *only* negative review I have ever given on amazon but its worth it so others do not encounter the same problem as I did.
To begin with this is a pricey book for 18" dolls and matching patterns, I have other books written by the same author and they are quite wonderful ( I also knit and ravelry offers many free knit and crochet patterns if you are intersted also!)
Patterns for girls are ONLY sze 4, 6 and 8,so dont expect much in szing here
Additionall, ( wondering who's idea this was??) THE COVER dress is NOT included in the book, they " suggest" you purchase a similar pattern,,,,,OK that is ONe pattern not included ( cover pattern mind you) but no capri's for the matching capri girl /doll pattern ( again, its suggested to purchase something similar!) and of course,,,no leggings for the girls which is shown thru out the book,,,,so what, I ask you did I pay for??
We are sewing these patterns so we dont have to pay a whole lot of money for matching outfits but begin to add it all up and you have to wonder if its worth it anymore!
That made me make my final decision to order OTTOBRE magazine for childrens clothing and to order a different book that I will mention later in this review and now I am satisfied that I will be getting some cute childrens clothing and get away from the BOring" big 4" very overpriced patterns that we have offered in our pattern shops.

I have a 9yr old grandaugther who wanted a few matching outfits for her upcoming birthday so we could have lunch at one of the American Girl Doll resturants ( Chicago in my case) get her doll's ears pierced and have her hair done~ This was supposed to be a special Nana/grandaughter day for both of us. LO and behold,,,,,these outfits only go to a size 8!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Heather M. on March 12, 2011
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So disappointed! My aunt bought this book for me as I was excited for it to be released so I could make outfits for my daughter and her doll Ruthie. I picked out fabric for the dress on the cover. Turns out only the pattern pieces for the doll are included and the instructions for the girl dress are to find your own pattern for something that look similar. I thought this was a pattern book! And I do expect the dresses of the cover photo to be in the book!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Roest on September 18, 2010
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My big idea for my two girls (5 and 2) this year for Christmas was to buy a doll, make matching clothes for the girls and the dolls. Had to order this book! I love it because for me (new to the sewing machine and pattern reading) the added dvd of how to make most of the things in the book is so easy to understand. The only let down I had was for the pattern of the party dress on the front cover, there is no pattern for the girl only the doll. It instructs you to buy a certain pattern. Other than that I have no complaints. I have started making the tote bags that carry the dolls. It's so fun to pick colors and match things I know each girl will love. It takes time and effort to figure it all out but I'm certain on Christmas morning it will be worth it all! :) Thank you Mrs. Joanna for taking something that seemed so difficult and breaking it down for us beginners.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Reason on March 3, 2011
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The selling point for this book is the promise of matching projects to make for a girl and her 18" doll. But after reading through the patterns, there are really only about 3 or 4 which are interesting and attractive enough to make.

With the dresses, the majority of the projects use a simple gathered tunic/skirt construction, so they basically all look alike. In fact, all of the dresses (except the cover dress) require a t-shirt for the girl and doll, which adds to the repetitive feeling. The cutest dress is the one on the cover, and (as others have mentioned) this dress' pattern is not included in the book.

The casual outfits are more interesting, but again, the most interesting project (pajamas) does not have a girl pattern included in the book.

The book is geared toward new sewists, and the intro section is a fun read for beginners. The author has a few tips and tricks to make sewing faster, but really those are tips that can be found in many places. There is little attention to finishing details, so for sewists who are slightly beyond the beginner level it can be a little frustrating.

The included DVD is very short, and plays more like a commercial for the book. They do go into the construction of a few projects, but very superficially, maybe showing the cut pieces, referencing some specific feature (repurposed jeans, the order of sewing seams, ways to embellish, etc.) and then show the final piece. Since the book is so geared to beginners, I would have imagined that they would have shown much more step-by-step detail on an outfit or two. There are better YouTube tutorials out there.

All in all, the book is fun to leaf through and I was inspired by a couple of the projects. It is not nearly as complete or satisfying as I was hoping, though.
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