Sweater and Dress Set.
Crocheted flowers (embroidery floss), bead centers, back stitch stems and lazy daisy leaves.
Dress laid out flat after steam blocking.
Lavender and pale pink sweaters to go along with above two dresses to create a five piece set for mix and matching. This ensemble is to be auctioned off as part of a scholarship fund.
Now for the models:
Up first is American Girl #3. Her name is Lauren Kelly and she is Frannie's very first American Girl doll. She is a "Just Like You" doll (no longer available) and was purchased back in 2007. She looks pretty good for her age. She is modeling a crocheted poncho (which I posted about here) over a variegated blue dress. This yarn was chosen because it matches Lauren's eyes.
Here she is without the cover-up.
There are even buttonholes for ease in dressing.
Our next model is Samantha Parkington, a historical doll circa 1900. She is an original American Girl doll who was introduced in 1986. Samantha is Frannie's second doll and was purchased in 2008. American Girl retired Samantha in December 2008, but due to popular demand was re-released in August 2014 as part of the "BeForever" collection. Who wouldn't love Samantha? Here she is wearing a pale pink dress and coordinating shawl.
Shawl is crocheted using Size #10 thread.
Shawl stays securely in place with a button.
A crocheted white border was added to the dress to resemble a petticoat, because that is how Samantha Parkington would dress.
Complete ensemble from the back.
Near and dear to my heart is Julie Albright. Julie is a historical doll, representing the 1970's. This is Frannie's third doll and was purchased in 2008. She is part of the "BeForever" line. Julie required a dress that resembles tie-dye.
The button on Julie's sweater came from an outfit that Frannie wore as a little girl.
Say "Hello" to "Girl of the Year" 2009 (GOTY), Chrissa Maxwell, the fourth doll in the collection. Chrissa represents standing up for yourself, making friends and taking a stand against bullying. She is wearing a dress in variegated blue, green and purple and a mini version of Lion Brand's South Bay Shawlette, which I posted about here.
How C-U-T-E are those shoes?!!!
Wish they came in my size.
shawl in place.
Here it is from the back.
Meet Rachel Anne, "My American Girl" #22, purchased in 2010, and Frannie's 5th doll.
Rachel's dress is bright pink which coordinates with her multi-colored poncho.
Doll number six is Katy Elizabeth, "My American Girl" #35, purchased in 2013. Katy is wearing the very first dress I knit in the collection. The is the only dress that follows the pattern exactly as written. A crocheted flower was added to dress up the outfit (no pun intended). Coincidentally, this pattern is called Katie's New Dress by Janice Helge and is available for purchase on Ravelry.
"Girl of the Year" 2014 is Isabelle Palmer and is the 7th doll in the collection. Isabelle is a ballet dancer and represents having confidence in yourself. She was really a "hot" girl of the year, I think mainly because she came with pink hair extensions. Isabelle's sweater was knit with some leftover Cascade Cherub Aran - very soft.
I added a picot border to Isabelle's dress.
Second to last we have Abigail Brown, "My American Girl" #38 from 2014. She has strawberry blonde hair, hazel eyes and freckles. The green sweater was perfect for her coloring and coordinated nicely with her dress.
Last, but not least, is the latest edition to the collection, Grace Thomas, "Girl of the Year" 2015. Grace represents baking, French culture and starting a business. How about those boots?!!!
I think I have finally worked out the dress pattern exactly how I like it.
Isn't she sweet?
Even her lips look glossy.
Perfectly matched sweater.
These dresses and sweaters are all worked top-down, no seams and buttonholes knit in as you go. And, after steam blocking, they really drape beautifully on the dolls.
Hope you enjoyed my little American Girl doll fashion show.
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