22 July 2014

Sew in Style : Make Your Own Doll Clothes {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

Remember when you were a little girl and one of the most fun parts of playing with your dolls was swapping their outfits and accessories? Well, what if you could teach your child to make their own dolls clothes… or be a little like me and learn to make dolls clothes, which you can then teach your child to make?

Erin Hentzel is the author of the gorgeous new book, Sew In Style: Make Your Own Doll Clothes, published by C&T Publishing. This book is designed with the young or novice sewist in mind and is filled with projects to create for an average 18” doll.


The 22 projects have a star rating system with the sewist encouraged to begin working on the one star projects, then the two star projects when they’re a little more advanced and then finally, creating the three star projects when they’re confident in their sewing skills.

The first chapter, or the Go-To Chapter, covers all of the sewing basics.
What to keep in a sewing basket.
Sewing needles, cutting tools, notions.
Types of fabrics.
Patterns and how to use them.
Sewing machines and hand sewing.


Then we get to the fun part – the projects! Clothes and accessories for your doll to attend any occasion, ranging from party to a sleepover to school days.

The projects are fun and I can just imagine my 6 year old playing with her dolls, dressing them up in these outfits and creating imaginary parties and scenarios.


Sew In Style is filled with easy to follow projects, all with step by step photographs. I love when instructional books have lots of photos. It makes learning the key skills, that much easier.

The sewist will love creating everything which this book has to offer and then enjoy playing with the dolls, mixing and matching outfits, bags and jewellery.

Check out the other blogs/dates in the Sew In Style blog tour:

July 14      C&T Blog : Book + Fabric Bundle of Horizon by Kate Spain
July 25
Last stop         


With thanks to C&T Publishing, one lucky Samelia’s Mum reader has the opportunity to win a (digital) copy of Sew In Style by Erin Hentzel.

Enter the Rafflecopter below or leave a comment telling me:

Did you have a favourite doll when growing up? What was her (or his) name?

Terms and Conditions: Giveaway is open internationally. Giveaway will close on Friday 25 July 2014 at 12:00 AEST. The (digital) prize will be sent by the promoter. Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winner. Winner/s will be announced on the Samelia's Mum Facebook page and/or contacted by email. The winner has 7 days to claim the prize. If it is not claimed within this time period, it will be forfeited.


  1. My Raggedy Ann doll was my favorite. I just called her Raggedy Ann. I am 61and I still have her.

  2. I had a Chatty Cathy!! Of course I called her Cathy! We had such grrrreat times Daughter (she is 37 now) still has Cathy too. :)

  3. I had a Velvet doll. I still have her. You could lengthen and shorten her hair by turning a knob on her back. She had blonde hair. At the time there was also a Chrissy doll but I didn't like her because she had red hair. The funny thing is I've had red hair for years! LOL!

  4. A cabbage patch doll that I creatively named 'Baby'. Thanks for the giveaway, my 5 year old is learning to sew and clothes for her American doll are on her to sew list. I will have to check out this book!

  5. Charlotte. She was a Cabbage Patch doll. She had brown hair and brown eyes just like me, and both my mom and grandma made clothes for her and I that matched.

  6. I had a Barbie knock-off - Tressie. I loved her mostly because my Mom made me tons of doll clothes, using fabric from our clothes. I want to make clothes for my granddaughters' dolls.

  7. Mt favorite childhood doll was "Chatty Cathy". My MOther made wonderful doll clothes for her. I now love making doll clothes for my little friends who have the 18" dolls.

  8. my bride doll that my daughter Katrina still has

  9. I had a beautiful doll called Sarah.

  10. I had to wait until I was 10 to get a beautiful bride doll. They were all the rage at the time. She is named Anne and I still have her 50 years on.
    Thanks for the wonderful give away.

  11. I have a beautiful Pedigree baby doll who I called 'Dolly Gray'. I still have her after almost 60 years. I would love to share the give away with my 6 year old granddaughter. Thank you for the opportunity Samelia.

  12. My Wendy Walker doll, I received her for Christmas in 1961. I still have her and some of her clothes but she is well hidden from my 3 year granddaughter!

  13. My favourite doll was called Susie, she would have been manufactured during the 50's! Great book for my great nieces. Thanks for the chance.

  14. My favourite doll was a Pedigree doll called Jean Marie. She is sitting in my cupboard waiting for my little girl to be old enough to play with her as she is quite fragile now.

  15. This looks like an interresting book and I'd like to see more of the projects! Sewing for dolls is so much fun!

  16. Ella was my favourite doll which was given by my grandpa.

  17. Yes, I had a baby doll named Mary, that was my mother's.

  18. I had a set of twins that were my favourites.
    I remember making them lots of clothes.

  19. Her name was Cindy. She was a "lifesize" fabric doll my mother made. She made one for my sister that for a time was bigger than she was. My daughter now plays with her and wears some of the 18m-2T clothes we don't want to part with :)