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09 Mar 2017
What a Doll!

A few years back, in the height of the duct tape crafting craze, I had a ton of requests for American Girl-sized doll clothes.   As a child, I vividly remember making clothes for my Barbie Doll. Although my family didn’t have a lot of money, I had very generous Grandparents.  As I was the only girl grandchild, my Grammy Maletsky loved shopping for me.  I remember having one of the most enviable doll collections, which included the Barbie camper, the carousel kitchen, and the “growing up Skipper” doll (who literally grew an inch in height and sported little boobs when you windmilled her arms).  My mom has always been an incredible seamstress, and so not only did I have the dolls, but I had an unbelievable array of hand sewn clothing.

Riley's sun visor

The funny thing is, although I had all those wonderful bought items, I still had the most fun when I was using a roll of toilet paper and scotch tape to make my own fashion designs.  I remember my mom giving me the tissue paper from a package she received. Those 4 sheets of paper kept me enthralled for days.  I cut and colored, taped and twisted, and turned them into awe-inspiring outfits.  So when kids started requesting doll clothes out of duct tape, I was more than happy to oblige.  We ended up with 15 different pieces of clothing and accessories for my little friends.

Ted's Hat and Scarf Set

With Spring vacation rapidly approaching, I thought it might be fun to revisit some of my favorite doll designs, including those made for my dear friend Ted.  Not only do we have a skirt, shirt, visor, and shoes, made entirely from duct tape, but we’ve got doll sized beach bags, bathing suits and beach chairs.  If you want to take your dolly camping, we’ve got a tent, a sleeping bag, a pillow, and a mini fire for toasting s’mores.  

Riley's Beach Ensemble

In this day and age where everything seems to be a toy, I love the notion of getting back to basics and letting a kid design and create with simple materials found around the house.  Duct tape aside, tissue paper, toilet paper, paper towels, and scotch tape still make the best base for doll clothes.  Throw in a few rubber bands, pipe cleaners, and bits of yarn, and you can have your own runway that will give Cecilia Cassini a run for her money.