Last year, I sewed a bunch of nightgowns for Fiona as one of her Christmas gifts. She loves nightgowns but only had a few old pill-y fleece ones. I found an awesome and incredibly easy tutorial for a raglan dress at Ikatbag. When I say it's easy.. it's really, really incredibly easy. I did modify the pattern a bit for her nightgowns - made the sleeves full length, and shirred the neck instead of using an elastic casing. She loves them, though, and they're so cute!
Well, for her birthday (yes, back in June), she got Bitty Twins but the clothing - oy! American Girl Doll stuff is incredibly expensive. She got an extra outfit for each doll, but no pajamas. I promised I'd make her some.. and finally, three months later, I got around to it. Well, for the girl doll.. I haven't done the boy's yet.
I used the same pattern and just trimmed it a bit. Well, a lot. But anyway, I got it done in about 45 minutes. Not bad, huh?
Then I happened to find some fabric I bought for her last fall, planning to make a dress. I'd forgotten all about it! She's grown a fair bit so I didn't have enough to make a dress, but I was able to make an adorable tunic using the same raglan dress pattern. It took me about an hour this time. She's been wearing it all day - with a skirt, which looks a little goofy - I meant for her to wear it with leggings, but it's pretty warm out.
Here's a close-up of the shirring.
It's just so damn cute! I get the feeling she's going to have many more of these dresses in her fall wardrobe. I love the raglan style and the option of doing different colors for the sleeves. I also want to try doing some different sections of fabric on the skirt, sort of like her princess twirly dress.