Thursday, 25 September 2014

Project Project Runway Challenge #9: American Girl Doll

This week's challenge:
"Create an age-appropriate, modern and fashionable look for a young model (8 -12 yrs) based on the American Girl Historical Dolls. Chose a doll and use her story, outfit and time period as inspiration." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I tried to convince Lane to let me use her as a model for this challenge, but it just came at the wrong time. Lane just got a pile of hand me down clothes that she's been really excited about. So she says, "I already have enough clothes mommy. You should make clothes for Emma."

Emma is Lane's knock off American Girl doll. I'm not sure that American Girl dolls have come to Canada yet (although I seem to remember something about Toys R Us introducing them soon).

Anyhoo... we bought Emma from Michaels and my regular blog readers know Emma from the various clothes (including the Lane and Emma's matching Easter outfits) and spa days we've had with this particular doll. She was a great model for this challenge also because she has the proper little girl proportions unlike Barbie who can be a little... um... womanly.

Here is what I came up with:

Apparently Liberty London fabrics are all the rage with everyone so I chose some of my precious stash to make this outfit.

Adorable I think!

I used to work at a Dry Cleaners before university and spent many an hour hand pressing pleats (this was back in the 90s when those school girl Clueless skirts were so popular so there were many a pleat to press!) So I brushed off my pleating skills and made this top.

I chose the doll that is from the 1970s for my look. I remember that I had this awesome butterfly pleated top when I was a kid back in the 70s and I wanted to make one similar but more modern.

The sleeves poof up a little more than I wanted, but they still look playful. And maybe a little Japanese - I'm getting a huge Asian vibe from this look. I'm sure it's just the fabric.

To complete the 70s inspired look, I made some wide legged palazzo type pants. Fun and easy to wear for little girls who like to run and move.

And even the back looks good. I'm so pleased with this look and am itching to make it in a larger scale for Lane. Although I'm told from Lane that Emma prefers dresses and the colour pink - you know for future reference. *sigh*

To check out the Project Project Runway designers' interpretation of childrens wear click on over to the Flickr Group.

1 comment:

kat said...

I can not be more impressed with your work for this challenge. You did a much more 70's gone modern look than Sean did by a landslide. I never thought about American Girl not being in Canada. They should do a Canada girl line based on Canadian history. Though the dolls are so expensive!