Seeing Green / Style

Hello!

Happy St. Patricks day! The spring weather made a stop up in New England today, and Bella and I took advantage of the warmer temperatures by spending the afternoon outside. In honor of today’s festivities, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite green Etsy listings for your 18-inch doll. Enjoy!

Skirt{buy the skirt}

Shoes{buy the shoes}

Top{buy the top}

dress{buy the dress}

Have a great rest of your week!

Lulu

All image backgrounds are from Pumpkins & Posies

Snug as a Bug / Style

Hello!

Warm, cozy, and comfortable are staple qualities in an autumnal wardrobe, but that shouldn’t discount the importance of style too! With sweater weather upon us, Lulu and I wanted to focus a new style post {yes, also, hi, we’ve been awful at updating lately} on our favorite sweaters of the season. From cute pullover sweatshirts to trendy knitted cardigans, there’s surely a sweater below for every member of your doll family. What Etsy items have caught your eye this month?

Snug as a Bug 01{buy the sweater}

Snug as a Bug 02{buy the sweater}

Snug as a Bug 03{buy the sweater}

Snug as a Bug 04{buy the sweater}

Snug as a Bug 05{buy the sweater}

Have a lovely day!
Bella

Shop Owner Spotlight / 10

Hi!

Nini Says SewJust in time for the first day of fall, we are back with another round of Shop Owner Spotlight! Both Lulu and I are delighted to welcome Lori; she owns the online store Nini Says Sew, a shop that not only sells adorable clothes for dolls, but pieces for young kiddos as well {can you say impressive?!}. We haven’t bought anything from her yet, but Lori’s eye for vintage styles has us excited for future roll-outs. We’ll keep the rest of our introduction short and sweet, because you surely know the drill of the feature by now: we ask Etsy shop owners a series of questions on their behind-the-scenes work {think outfit inspiration and doll models}, they kindly answer with interesting responses, and we give them a shout-out in the latest issue and right here on the DM blog. Here’s Lori full interview!

What inspired you to start your shop?

I have been sewing for many years. I used to make matching outfits for my daughter and her American Girl doll. Now my granddaughter has a doll so I am making clothes for her. I also have a collection of 18″ dolls, and I love all the clothes I can make for them.

How do you come up with the ideas for your outfits?

I love vintage patterns and dresses. I look for vintage style outfits when looking for patterns.

What are your favorite color combinations?

I like to combine bright colors. Lately I have been sewing with a lot of fabric that has teal in it.

What are your favorite pieces to make?

Dresses!

Finally, we would love to know a little bit about your dolls.

In our family we have:

  • American Girl of Today circa 1994
  • My daughter’s Bitty Baby doll
  • Circa 1995 Just Like You doll purchased 2014
  • My granddaughter’s doll Molly
  • My doll Kit {my favorite of all my dolls}
  • Just Like You doll with dark hair and blue eyes {purchased from Ebay}
  • Bitty Twins
  • Many other dolls from Our Generation, My Life, My Twin, and Madame Alexander!

A HUGE thank you to Lori! I’d imagine vintage sewing patterns are an excellent source of inspiration, and her doll family seems like a tight-knit collection :)

If you’re interested in being featured as an Etsy shop owner, read more and sign up HERE! We have interviews booked throughout the spring, but we’ll fit you in as soon as we can.

Have a lovely evening!

Shop Owner Spotlight / 09

Hello!

Lizzy from Kitty Kat WorkshopWe say it all the time, but Lulu and I adore interacting with the Doll Mag readers. Whether we strike up a conversation in the comments, receive a sweet note in our inbox, or interview others in the doll world, as with Shop Owner Spotlight, we love talking with other doll fans! :) Shop Owner Spotlight is a sporadic feature, but a fun one; in our latest issue {read it HERE}, we were happy to Etsy store owner Lizzy. You may recognize Lizzy from her blog, Journal of Two Dolls, or from her online shop, Kittykat Workshop, both of which showcase her strong sense of style. Although we haven’t purchased anything from Lizzy, we might have to change that once her store returns from vacation tomorrow. Here is her full interview, continued from the small bit in the July/August issue.

What inspired you to start your shop?

I love making American Girl doll clothes and seeing various shops on Etsy devoted to doll clothes inspired me to start my own!

How do you come up with the ideas for your outfits?

I am always trying out new combinations on my dolls. If I like one a lot, then I make one to sell.

What are your favorite pieces to make?

I love making button-up collared shirts.

What are your favorite color combinations?

Peach, sage green, & cream!

Finally, we would love to know a little bit about your dolls.

I have three dolls. Kirsten is old-fashioned, quiet, and mother-ish. Sylvia is sporty, active, outgoing, and can be quite silly at times. Saige loves to paint and hang out with Sylvia. She also adores riding horses :)

Thank you so much to Lizzy! Kirsten, Sylvia, and Saige all sound like an entertaining bunch, and peach, sage green, and cream is such a classic combination of colors.

We love to interview Etsy designers for Shop Owner Spotlight. If you’re interested, please take a look at the form HERE. We received quite a few responses since the newest issue’s release last week, so if you haven’t heard from us yet, keep an eye on your email.

Thanks friends, and happy Monday!

Shorts for Summer / Style

Hi!

Lulu is our go-to style expert, but we here at Doll Mag are nothing if not a flexible bunch, so I’m giving my first go at a style post. Our last fashion round-up was back in March {I know, time flies!}, so we wanted to share the shorts we have been eyeing on Etsy before summer vacation hit. With the temperatures rising by the day, we have been stocking up on shorts for our dolls’ – and our own – wardrobes. What’s on your Etsy wishlist as of late?

Sparrow and Wren{buy the shorts}

Sew Fun Doll Clothes{buy the shorts}

The Willow's Nest{buy the shorts}

Closet For Chloe{buy the shorts}

Meg AG Dolls{buy the shorts}

Have a terrific weekend!
Bella

From Mall to Doll / 01

Hello!

From Mall to Doll 01While we love American Girl and their products, Lulu and I think it is safe to say that not all of their outfits are the most trendiest. More often than not, the two of us are pulling inspiration from catalogues, magazines, and store sites to put together different combinations with the doll clothing we own. Our love of mixing and matching, coupled with our Etsy browsing obsession, led us to a new feature we’re excited to introduce: From Mall to Doll! Our goal is simple; we’ll take a “look” from one of our favorite shops and recreate it as best we can with doll-sized pieces from online sellers. Fun and helpful? We sure hope so! :)

Today’s look is from Boden’s kid line, Mini Boden. While we have mainly moved on to the teen line, Johnnie B, Lulu and I continue to check back to the MB section to see the colorful patterns, playful silhouettes, and bright hues of each seasonal line. The outfit above caught our eye because (a) birds {too cute!} and (b) it seemed fairly simple to recreate in the doll world. Jeans are a staple in any wardrobe, and peasant tops make an excellent addition! Our color palette is not the same, but your doll will no doubt fit in perfectly with the autumn landscape.

Shopping Guide: a. Autumn Plaid Peasant Top from Doll Closet / b. Denim Jeggings from Naya’s Designs / c. Tan Hat from Precious Bowtique

Have a lovely Tuesday!

Our Trip to Once Upon a Time AG!

Hi!Once Upon A Time AG LogoEarlier this week, Doll Diaries posted about the secondhand shop, Once Upon A Time AG, in Derry, New Hampshire {a HUGE thank you to Rachael for her report!}. Realizing that it was a relatively short drive away, the two of us and our mom decided to head out to see what it was all about. We arrived at the store and instantly began browsing the racks of retired {and present} doll items. As you’ll see in Rachael’s photos, they have a lot in stock! While we enjoyed seeing everything – especially the items that were released and retired before we got into AG – we only found one outfit that we absolutely loved…

Gabby in Paisley DressThe Paisley Dress Outfit! This adorable ensemble was released in 2003, and Lulu’s doll, Gabby immediately claimed it as her own :) Once she was all dressed up and had a new hairdo in place, we pulled out her guitar so she could rock out during our photo shoot.

Close-Up of Gabby's DressHere’s a closer look at the dress. It is adorned with silver sequins, and it has ruffle trim at both the sleeves and the bottom. The dress has a v-neck opening; it can be closed with two ribbons, but we preferred to leave it untied. It’s a perfect party and concert dress, wouldn’t you agree?!

Paisley Dress BootsThe boots are Lulu’s favorite part of the outfit! The original set also came with a bracelet and hair pin, but these cute shoes more than make up for them. They are a textured, shimmery tan material, and they have zippers from top to bottom in the back to close the boots. The shoes also have adjustable straps to ensure that your doll looks her best!

Gabby in Paisley DressWe’re so happy that we were able to find this outfit, and we think Gabby is too!

Gabby with GuitarIf you’re in the New England area, definitely make the trek to Once Upon a Time AG! {Also stop at Moo’s Ice Cream for a post-shopping treat; we highly recommend it :)}.

Bella, Lulu, and Gabs

How to Style / Florals

Hi!

How to Style FloralsWe’re very excited to share a new feature with you all today! From time to time, Lulu and I will have one of our lovely dolls model different ways to wear a certain style; today’s topic, with it being spring and all, is florals :) Have you rocked a floral pattern yourself this season?

Floral BlouseWith a floral blouse, rolled up jeans, and oxford shoes, Hannah most definitely has a retro vibe! When it comes to your doll wearing a floral shirt, we suggest looking at the shape of the piece to style the rest of the outfit. This blouse, for example, has a neckline with a perfectly oversized bow, so keeping the bottom simple was key.

Floral Blouse from Clarisse’s Closet on Etsy / Jeans from the American Girl Weekend Fun Outfit / Shoes from Ruthie’s Play Outfit

Floral ScarfWhen it comes to floral accessories, sticking to the same color palate is a smart idea. In this example, we pulled the green and pink from Hannah’s scarf {which is actually one of Lulu’s headbands!} to pair it with a jade green tee and a bubblegum pink skirt. Of course, the upcoming month of April brings lots of showers, so rain boots are a must :)

Scarf is a repurposed headband / Shirt is from the American Girl Jumper and Boots Set / Skirt is from the American Girl Cozy Plaid Outfit / Boots are from American Girl

Floral SkirtA floral skirt can easily work for a spring party, but when it’s needed for a more casual affair, we like it paired with a fun tee. Again, keeping the color combination consistent helps the outfit look pulled together and stylish.

Tee was a freebie given out at the AG stores on Saige’s debut day / Skirt is from the American Girl Gardening Outfit / Shoes are from the American Girl Flower Sweater and Skirt Set

Floral DressFinally, we love a chic cardigan matched with a gorgeous floral-patterned dress for spring! The hair shouldn’t be too complicated, so the dress can really shine. For added fun, shoes with subtle details {those bows are adorable} can finish off the outfit.

Cardigan is from American Girl Lanie’s Butterfly Outfit / Dress and shoes are both from the American Girl Flower Garden Dress

What other things would you like to see styled in the future? Happy Saturday, friends!