Expanding Our Line

ImageOne thing we are always working on is new products. As you know, we started out with hand sewn doll clothes almost two years ago. It wasn’t long before we added shoes and some accessories. Last fall we added Birthday Party Packages to our shop. We are always on the look out for new items we thing our customers will enjoy.

Well, today is the day we add a new line. Something we are very excited about. Our first refurbished doll! We have talked about this for about a year, but we had to spend time learning the best, most successful ways to make a once-loved doll shine again. So we did our homework, bought some dolls and started experimenting until we were satisfied with the results.

Today we listed our first refurbished doll, a Samantha. Most of you know, but for any readers not familiar, Samantha Parkington is a Historical American Girl Doll. Her story is set in 1904. She is a very kind and compassionate 10-year-old, who is being raised by her grandmother. She lives a life of finery and frills in her grandmother’s elaborate home, but when a poor family is hired as servants, to her next door neighbor, she befriends their oldest girl, Nellie. Samantha really is a delightful girl!

We are so excited to offer these refurbished dolls. We will be adding more, as we are able to find them. Let us know what you think. Also, if you are looking for a particular doll, let us know. We’ll keep our eyes open for one for you.

“Making little girls smile. This is why I sew.”




Challenged by a Customer!

ImageOur customers have the best ideas. Kathleen contacted us wanting a pair of McKenna pajamas for her little girl’s doll. Of course, McKenna being the 2012 Girl of the Year, they are all retired. This makes them very expensive in the secondhand market, even IF you can find them.

Since I had never tried to replicate an American Girl outfit, I decided I would accept the challenge. Finding a fabric for the pants was a bit difficult. There aren’t a lot of stripes at the market, right now. Stripes in the right scale, color and with stars? No way, but I came away with something I thought I could work with. Robert and I put our heads together and finally decided to paint the stars on the fabric ourselves. This took me back to my days of teaching tole painting and fabric painting in the late 70s. It was great fun. 

I used a Liberty Jane Pattern to sew the baseball-style pajama top. Robert made the graphic. He is very particular and won’t settle for something less than great. He has become a master at this and can truly make great customized graphics for your doll’s tees. 

Moving on to the slippers was the next challenge. Having only made three pair of doll shoes, in the past, I wasn’t sure where I would go with these. I couldn’t find a pattern for this style slipper, so I drafted my own. Next I found a “minky” fabric with a low pile, which was perfect. The final step was searching out the cute little stars for the slippers.

In the end, I was quite please with our pajamas and so was Kathleen: 

“All I can say is AMAZING! My daughter was so excited to open these and she couldn’t even tell the difference between AG’s McKenna pjs and her’s made by you! The attention to detail was spot on and to fabric paint the stars on the pants was pure genius  The decal on the shirt perfectly matched and we were impressed by the care that went into making these pjs! Thank you! We will definitely use you for future purchases!”

So, we wrap up another pleasant day at It’s Sew Susan. We love our customers. We love their wonderful ideas and we love their challenges….Keep ’em coming!

“Making little girls smile. This is why I sew.”