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Well, I'm at it again. It seems, when you are known as a maker and collector of dolls, that forgotten, unwanted dolls just somehow find their way to you. I must first tell you that I work in a pre-school as my full time job to pay the bills. There are always plenty of under-dressed, over-loved dolls in a pre-school. Last week one of my fellow teachers brought me a bag of stuffed animals and dolls that the children in her class no longer played with. A bonanza, for sure!

The stuffed animals went right into the washing machine, came out good as new, and my class, aged 8 to 15 months loves them. The dolls are another story. They were filthy and naked, so I have my work cut out for me. I'm thrilled to get them, because we don't have any "real" vinyl baby dolls in my room. But cleaning up and clothing these babies is going to be more of a challenge.

First of all, I want to get them as clean as possible without removing any more of the paint. As I said, they have been over-loved and are rather scraped up, but my kids are not connoisseurs....yet! If you want some information on cleaning a recycled doll Look Here. If you would like information on caring for vinyl dolls in general, Look Here.

My next challenge will be to make clothes for these two babies. One is a generic baby doll that looks somewhat like the Baby Born doll; and it is 12 inches tall with a more slender body. The other one is only 11 inches tall but it is a 1995, Mattel version of the vinyl Cabbage Patch Baby, and it has a fuller body than the taller one. So I am going to try my 12 to 13 Inch Baby Doll Dress pattern to see which one it fits, and design a new dress for the other one.

For now I'm off to the kitchen sink, for bubble bath time.

Make Clothes for 18 Inch Dolls The most popular dress on the Doll Making Site, The Spring Dress for 18 Inch Dolls, is included as well as 5 other outfits, underwear, and accessories such as jewelry, a bag, a knitted hat and scarf, and the new scrub suit. There are also patterns for slender Magic Attic type dolls as well as full-bodied American Girl dolls and an antique Saucy Walker doll from the 1950's.
If you love 18 inch dolls, and want a collection of patterns for a wardrobe, all in one handy Ebook, this is for you! All these patterns are available on the Doll Making site, but I have brought them all together in one book for ease of finding and using them.
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