Elizabeth is feeling quite elegant today wearing this dress & shawl from Grandma Esther's Legacy! The shop has lots of beautiful dresses for dolls, girls, and other doll accessories that I love! Today we're giving away this outfit to one lucky American Girl Fan! Before we get into how to enter, I had the great opportunity to interview Angela the designer behind the clothes. I can't wait to share it with you! :)
When did you learn to sew?
I learned to sew at quite a young age. My Mom was an awesome teacher and she has sewed as long as I can remember. I sewed my first dress all by myself when I was 11 years old. I'm pretty sure there was other projects I sewed on before that, I'm just not remembering much before the age of 11. I sewed a few jean jackets with upcycled jeans. I have 4 brothers so there was many used jeans around. I sewed a denim quilt with appliqued red stars. I sewed a Pineapple pattern, queen sized quilt between the ages of 15-17. When I was growing up, my one coveted doll was a Jessie Doll, and I finally got one at an age when I was about too old to play with her. I and one of my cousins sewed dresses for my doll. My grandma sewed tights for it, which I still have.
How did you get the idea to start your shop, Grandma Esther's Legacy?
I started sewing 18" doll clothes, after my daughter received Julie as a gift from her grandparents in 2012. I sewed some outfits for a garage sale that spring and they were a very big success. Than we randomly ran across one of the owners of the Kansas Barn Sale one fall at the park & from that conversation we signed up to have a booth at the sale that fall. From there its just been a steady climb, from putting my extra's at a store in the nearby town, and each fall having a booth at the Kansas Barn Sale. After last year's Kansas Barn Sale & the surplus I had left, I decided to open up my Etsy shop, GrandmaEsthersLegacy. I'm learning that to keep selling, I have to keep branching out into new fields, to find more customers, etc.
Where does your inspiration come from?
It comes from all around me. I love to observe, watch and see what is happening with patterns all around me. I browse Pinterest, I walk down the street & see whats in the window displays, and I LOVE second hand stores. I check out what my friends are wearing, what their daughters are wearing, what the lady up town is wearing. What my sisters friends on the west coast are wearing, what my family and friends up north in Manitoba, Sasketchewan, & Alberta, Canada are wearing. Theirs amazing variety out there, you just have to open your eyes and look. With looking comes finding and with finding comes inspiration for my very own twist, of something special to make for GrandmaEsthersLegacy.
Is there an item you enjoy making for dolls the most?
I enjoy making doll panties, the very most. I've sold literally hundreds of those little things and they keep on being my #1 seller over and over again, no mater where I market them. They are quick, easy and fun to sew!!! It's very rewarding when something, you have made from the design to the finished product is a success. I have my Grandma Esther to thank, for the love of sewing anything and everything for dolls!! I often wish she was here to show her what I'm doing. She would be so pleased!!!
Do you have any advice for girls who want to learn to sew and make their own doll clothing?
Start with a store bought pattern, if you don't know to much about it, and follow the directions.
If someone is willing to help you, it is very helpful to a beginner sewer, to have someone show you what to do. I'm a visual type of person and I catch on much faster if I see something being done, than to have someone tell me over the phone how to do it, or even following a pattern is very confusing to me sometimes. If you can, sewing lessons are very helpful.
Never give up. If your project doesn't turn out the first time, try again until you master it. One of my first remembered lessons in perseverance is, I was sewing the side seam of a gored skirt and I was too lazy to pin it first. Can you guess what happened? Sewing two seams that were cut on a bias, was not a brilliant idea. I got to the end of one skirt, but the bottom skirt had several inches left. I had to rip out the seam, and start over, with pinning it properly and sewing again. Lesson learned!!!
There are many little short cuts you can take as you learn to sew, but first learn the basics.
If your learning to sew, doll clothes is a very good thing to learn on. #1. It's a small project, so you don't get tired of it so quickly. #2.Dolls can't talk so they will never criticize you for what you did or did not do!!!
Thank you so much, Angela! Now are you ready to enter to win this outfit?
Here's how you can:
-First have a Parent's permission (if you are under 18)-you will have to give me your home address if you win.
-In your comment say that you would like to enter
-Visit Grandma Esther's Legacy Shop (<--Click the link) Take a look around, then come back to tell me your favorite item!
-Say your name or nickname (tell me in the comment or sign the comment with your name)
-Make sure that the email address you use to publish your comment is the one I can contact you by.
Be sure to follow those instructions! Also, I can ship only to the U.S.A. and Canada. You can only enter once, one entry per person.
The last day to enter is Saturday November 26th at Midnight EST. I will pick and reveal the winner on Sunday November 27th. I will pick the winner randomly.
When you write your comment to enter it will be saved until I approve your comment. This means you won't see your comment right away, but it will be posted. Please be patient and it will appear after I approve it.
If you are unsure of how to comment or have questions about my giveaways you can find the answers in My Frequently Asked Questions Page. Also, feel free to ask me by comment or email.
If for some reason the comment section doesn't work for you, please send your entry by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will enter you!
Elizabeth and I wish good luck to all who enter!