Konnichiwa. (Japanese for hello!) My little girls' preschool is studying Japan this month. Today is Hina Matsuri -- the festival of dolls. It's also known as Girls Day. In honor of the occasion, I made the girls kimonos and also for their dolls. I used Patty Young's Kyoko pattern and her mini Kyoko pattern. I also used Art Gallery fabric. Four yards plus a little bit extra I already had was all it took. So for a total cost of about $50 for fabric and pattern (I borrowed the mini Kyoko), I made 5 outfits! And I have enough little scraps to make one more doll outfit. Do I have to tell you how much of a savings this is over American Girl prices?
I love the Art Gallery fabrics for this project because they are so modern and a bit Asian influenced. Have you ever used them? Very soft -- they make great clothing. And the colors are all so bright and girly.
If you're looking for a great source for Art Gallery fabrics, try Red Leaf Designs. She has a lot of the available fabrics and the prices are great -- just $8.75 a yard.
Patty's pattern is super easy, but a little difficult to find. The hardest part is the tiny binding for the doll dresses.