Preview of #AGdoll Clothes Patterns That I’ll Begin Posting Next Week @ #Dollstagram #Crafty

Image of 18" doll dressed in traditional Swedish costume of Leksand, Dalarna, Sweden

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Just look at this little Swedish sweetie! I found an image of the traditional costumes from Leksand, Dalarna, Sweden on Pinterest, and I thought, “Oooh! I wanna make that!” Traditional costumes are so bright and colorful anyway, but for some reason I was really drawn in by this particular style. I gathered a bunch of images on one of my Pinterest board called, “Swedish Traditional Costume (Dalarna)” and started drawing up patterns for my 18″ (American-Girl-knockoff) doll.

So next week I’ll begin sharing those patterns with you on

Incidentally, I’m not Swedish. I just love to learn about cultural and ethnic groups, and this turned out to be a very interesting project indeed. The little purse you see strapped around my dolly’s waist is called a “pocket,” and the ladies in Dalarna hand-embroider these. This form of embroidery is called “folkdräkt” or “daladräkt” in Dalarna, and I’ll be showing you some fun embroidery videos as we learn how to make these pocket-purses along with the rest of the outfit.

I’m afraid I won’t be giving away this particular outfit, as it has already been given to the daughter of a friend of mine, fellow author, Jason Black, who wrote Pebblehoof, a book about a girl and a wild prairie horse. I’ve read Pebblehoof, and my oldest daughter (the one who loves Breyer horses) is reading it now. I recommend it to any girls who like books such as Black Beauty, Brighty of the Grand Canyon, and Misty of Chincoteague.


13 thoughts on “Preview of #AGdoll Clothes Patterns That I’ll Begin Posting Next Week @ #Dollstagram #Crafty

  1. Now that I’ve seen the images you’re working with, Loretta, I can see how the Swedish Traditional Costume I’ve made has a lot in common with these Welch costumes. Are you in a hurry to get it created? Because my patterns are ready to publish. I can always send my patterns to you early, via email.


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