Last month I had the pleasure of meeting Georgia Vaux, one half of I CAN MAKE DOLLS’ CLOTHES authors. The book is a delightful modern take on the traditional dolls clothes books you have probably seen and read years ago. Georgia and Louisa have cleverly combined their skills in graphic design, children’s wear design and art direction and produced this mega cute hard cover book aimed at ages 7 +. You can make an en-trend skater skirt, faux-fur jacket, stylish evening wear, a fringed bag (I know!) and more. All clothes are designed to fit a standard 30cm plastic doll.
The book itself is the perfect size for little hands. Lots of text-free white space on pages with large text and simple (and I stress simple) instructions with brilliant graphics to guide you through each project; this is a book where you will probably end up making most of the outfits in there. I don’t even have any girls or dolls in the house and I couldn’t resist making a faux-fur dolls jacket. It was also a good way to test just how simple and easy these dolls clothes are to make. The answer is pretty easy-peasy! Cutting the fabric to the pattern in the book was a doddle and I loved how quick it was to sew up and all by hand too. So no need to get the sewing machine out either – basically bonus, bonus, bonus! No sewing machine needed at all for any of their projects. You can see my jacket below. The book is priced at £9.95 and you can purchase it from Amazon here or direct from the publishers Thames and Hudson here. Its very easy to get stuck in and start making but my little bit of advice is to make sure you read the clever little tips at the back of the book, little tips like using nail varnish to stop fraying makes all the difference. There are also helpful directions on how to sew on poppers, buttons and even how to sew by hand. Everything seems to be covered!
If you live in London though, join us for a special half day workshop with the authors making, you guess it, dolls clothes on the 16th Feb (timed during half term). This is a perfect mum and daughter, granny and granddaughter, cousin and aunty any combination of adult and child to attend, or your child could just attend without an adult. More details on the workshop can be found here.
Keep reading because I am also offering one lucky reader a copy of the book! This would make a fantastic Christmas present for kids (and adults)!
Here some pictures of my faux fur jacket I made.
I love it!! So easy to make and took barely any fabric to make so perfect for scraps.
Georgia and Louise are offering one lucky reader the chance to win this book. All you need to do is comment on here letting us know who you would like to give the book to (you may want to give it to yourself and I don’t blame you!!). The giveaway is only open to UK residents and closes at 8pm on the 15th December. The winner will be announced on the 16th December. If you would like an extra chance to win just head to our Instagram page here and find the I CAN MAKE DOLLS CLOTHES pic and follow the instructions.