Category Archives: Janie Carroll Designs Patterns

Detailing a dance outfit

Continuing to work on the Super Skort Plus pattern in various sizes. Focusing on the next size to release, Hearts n Squirts This will fit American Girl/Mattel brand Wellie Wishers with cutting lines for the Hearts for Hearts doll, too. Final testing is done, but I’m continuing to finish samples to show buyers just what they can stitch up with… Read more »

Compare and Contrast Fit and Style on Similar Dolls

There’s a learning curve to everything, isn’t there? Fifteen years ago my daughter wanted a ‘real’ American Girl brand doll. We were not in a position to get one. I chanced upon a clearance sale for what appeared to be a similar doll, called a ‘Storybook Heirlooms’ doll. It was an 18″ doll and to my un-trained eye it looked… Read more »

Announcing my newest pattern: The Super Skort +

 I am happy to announce the launch of my newest pattern for standard 18″ dolls. Many of you know that I make quite a lot of custom Cheerleading uniforms for dolls to match the uniforms of the little girls that own them! H Here’s a recent example: The basis of nearly all of these uniforms is a simple skort. Just… Read more »

‘Super Skort Plus’ pattern – coming soon!

Happy to announce that my next pattern the ‘Super Skort Plus’ is in the testing phases now! This one is sized for 18″ dolls such as the American Girl brand doll, as well as other dolls that are similar in size. The pattern will feature my favorite “Invisible” waistline skort PLUS a skort with attached waistline, such as that shown… Read more »

New Pattern Coming Soon: The Triple Axel Skating Dress

Apologies for the neglect of my blog posting. I never wanted to inundate you with too many posts but guess I really need to remind you that I’m still out here, right? I’ve been busily working on the next pattern. Soon to release: The Triple Axel Skating Dress. Here are some sneak peak photos of what’s going on in this… Read more »

oh, my goodness! It’s the busy Christmas season!

I’ve woefully neglected my blog of late! So many craft shows in the month of November. Here I am working one of them… I’m working on a dream dress tutu dress there… and here I am at another, goofing off! Craft shows are a lot of work, but also a lot of fun! You meet wonderful people, and a few… Read more »

Pattern Work – Getting things done

I always have good intentions. Don’t we all? I said to myself, ‘You can focus on a simple pattern and get it done quickly!’ I perfected this look about 6 years ago. It’s a classic peasant dress with a few differences. I did a little combining and changing and cut the sleeve all in one with the garment. I made… Read more »

Coming Soon – Ezy T for Squirts and Darlings

Is the Janie Carroll Designs Ezy T one of your favorite patterns for 18″ full-bodies dolls, such as the American Girl brand doll? If not, check it out here: JCD Ezy T for 18″ dolls Want to know more? The Ezy T is a simplified T-shirt pattern where the sleeves are cut all-in-one with the body. This makes for quick… Read more »

In the works today – Patterns and more patterns!

Nothing like keeping too many irons in the fire! Want to know what I’m working on this week? Everything! First, I’m finalizing the pattern for the Sprinkler Season Squirts! This will be the third size range of this popular design. It will have 2 cuttings lines: Size one will fit A Girl for All Times, like this lovely Matilda Size… Read more »

Pattern Review – Crabapples Boutique; ‘Fun in the Sun’

I’ve done quite a bit of pattern testing for other doll clothing designers in the past. One of my favorite designers is Bonnie Spencer. Here’s the lovely Bonnie, owner and designer at Bonnie’s patterns are first rate! She starts with great ideas, translates them into well-fitting designs, and includes all the little details that make construction proceed smoothly! Here are just a few… Read more »