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Adorable sewing & dressmaking set for 18" dolls such as American Girl!
on April 13, 2012
I purchased this dressmaking set for 18" dolls at Target for around $15, and think it's the cutest "Our Generation" accessory set yet. As someone who sews, I just want to meet the person who decided what items were to be included and shake their hand, because it really does include all the gadgets you would need for sewing. (For instance, the iron & ironing board? Critical sewing accessories that most people wouldn't think of. . . And especially with the spray bottle, which is totally necessary when trying to get wrinkles out of things like linen!) Also, the tiny hem gauge - who would have thought of that? And, I like how some pieces - like the hem gauge, and the sewing machine itself - have parts that move, which make it feel realistic.
I disagree with the commenter who said that nothing is "large enough to be used for a child" and that the set is therefore a rip-off. I think perhaps that person misunderstood the point of the set. It is not meant to be a sewing activity set for little girls, but rather, a pretend sewing set scaled for the DOLL. And, they nailed that, in my opinion. Everything was perfectly scaled to suit the 18" doll, such as American Girl doll. I was even happy to see that things like the thimble and scissors fit over the doll's finger. I also think it's pretty obvious that the pattern envelope included doesn't actually include a pattern. It would have had to have been bigger, or at least much thicker, to have had all the pieces/instructions that would have been needed to be included. And, as far as the comment that "all the items listed can only be placed in front of the doll for her observation and inaction" - first of all, some of the items do have moving parts (like the hem gauge, which you can really slide up and down, and the sewing machine, which you can raise and lower the presser foot and needle on), and secondly, the idea behind doll accessories like this is that the child brings her imagination to it. I can totally imagine being a little girl and having a ball unrolling the tiny bolt of fabric, and having my doll "iron" it, and pretend to be putting it through the machine, etc. Or doing things like taking a doll dress and pretending the doll is sewing that on the machine, and then putting it on the hanger and into the garment bag. . . There is definitely plenty of opportunity for IMAGINATION and fun with this set. And I could see this set inspiring girls to really want to learn to sew, which I think is awesome too!
All in all, I think this set is perfectly to scale, works well with the American Girl brand 18" dolls, was well thought out as far as what items the set should include, is pretty good quality (especially for the $15 price tag at Target), and is completely adorable. A++++ to Battat/Our Generation for this excellant set!