18″ American Girl® Doll Review – Truly Me #89

American Girl® has long been the industry leader in the 18 inch vinyl play doll market. When the company was founded, by Pleasant Rowland, it centered on the lives of six 10 year old girls, each living at a different time in American history. In 1995, the company expanded into a line of modern day dolls- letting girls write the story of their own dolls. Originally called Girls of Today, the doll line has evolved and expanded over the years, being called “Just Like You” (JLY), “My American Girl” (MAG), and now “Truly Me” (TM) dolls. Like other American Girl® dolls, toys, characters, and outfits, the dolls have retired, been updated, and gotten new meet outfits every two years or so, but they have kept the original numbering system, which now goes up to TM#92 and even includes some boy dolls.

American Girl Doll Review- Truly Me #89

In the past two years, we’ve seen some big changes in the “Truly Me” line at American Girl®, not only with the option now to Create Your Own (CYO) doll, but with signature outfits and fun colored hair. I purchased TM#89 for my collection, and she has the Josefina face mold, tan skin and hazel eyes. Her hair has green and blue highlights, and she comes dressed in a camo sweat suit and chic accessories.

Use the Summertime Stroll PDF Sewing Pattern to make a cute batik top for your 18 inch American Girl doll.

My TM#89 is named Starr. She is a stunner!! I think she looks a lot like Leah (GOTY) except for the colored hair. She’s overall a super pretty doll and her hair is soft, long, and fun to style to see how the different colors fall out.

She was dressed in a cammo outfit- jacket, joggers, simple tank top plus some black shiny sneakers with embroidered roses. You can see them in the photo above- they do look great for photos! The shoes feel very plastic like- really my only complaint with the whole doll, but that seems to be the trend for the Truly Me dolls right now, which all come with hard plastic, pink glitter shoes.

Honestly, the outfit is not my doll style, but I think my 10 year old might have loved it back in the day. I love the idea that AG came out with some dolls and outfits that are not quite as girly girl rainbows and unicorns for girls that aren’t drawn to that look but still like to create characters and styles for dolls. I think AG was spot on here!!

Truly Me #89 American Girl Doll Review

Above, Starr is wearing a top made with the Oh Sew Kat! Summertime Stroll pattern. You can find it HERE. The turquoise dress below, is a pattern hack of the School Bell Blouse pattern. Find the tutorial HERE.

Overall, I’m giving Starr a solid A. She comes with a really complete outfit, which is more than a simple dress like in years’ past. I think you will see her popping up more often on facebook and here on my blog. What do you think about her? See more reviews of American Girl® products on my reviews page HERE or by clicking the photos below.

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Make Pretty Easter Dresses for your Dolls with Oh Sew Kat! Sewing Patterns

Is the Easter Bunny headed to your house soon? Dress up her dolls with pretty new dresses for the big day. Oh Sew Kat! offers doll dress sewing patterns in popular doll sizes and you can sew one up in just an afternoon!

Easy Easter Dresses for Dolls: Oh Sew Kat! Sewing Patterns

Make an easy skirt for your 18 inch doll with the very easy FOUR SEASON SKIRT- a free pdf sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Find more patterns in the OhSewKat etsy shop and download and sew today.

How about a free skirt pattern? The Four Season Skirt is FREE in 3 sizes. Click HERE to get yours. This skirt is quick and simple and will give your dolly that perfect outfit for hunting Easter eggs.

Spring Shine PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl dolls. Easy printable PDF sewing patterns are perfect for beginners. Find more patterns in the OhSewKat Etsy Shop.

The Spring Shine dress has pretty flutter sleeves and can be made with or without the button placket. Use your fun prints like these rainbow unicorns (above) or unicorns and castles (below).

Make a doll dress for your 18 inch doll with the flutter sleeve Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern from oh sew kat! It's easy to DIY your own doll clothes and be a fashion designer~

Sewing Easter Dresses for American Girl sized Dolls

The Sugar n Spice Dress with Everything Nice Accessories is the perfect pattern to DIY baby doll clothes for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins 15 inch dolls by American Girl. The pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore (overdress, sundress, jumper) as well as 5 simple accessories to mix and match to make your own designs or princess dresses or Halloween costumes. Tutu, apron, overskirt, cape, and reversible corset are included by Oh Sew Kat! Designs for Dolls.

The Sugar n Spice dress is perfect for Easter and every other occasion. Visit the Inspiration Gallery to see the many ways to sew this fun pattern. The Sugar n Spice pattern is now available for 15 inch baby dolls too! Find the pattern HERE.

Make an Easter dress for your 18" doll with easy sewing patterns by OhSewKat! Download, print and sew the best PDF doll patterns today. Try a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com, and find tutorials and pattern hacks. #ohsewkat #sewing #easterdress #dollclothes #18inchdoll

The Bloomer Buddies pattern also has a dress option (with or without sleeves) that can be a fancy dress as well, such as Willa’s ruffled dress (Photo by Shirley F.). Find the pattern HERE.

Bloomer Buddies Easy sewing pattern for WellieWishers dolls

And finally, the newest dress pattern from OhSewKat!- the Summertime Stroll- is perfect ofr your spring dresses too! Find the pattern HERE.

Pretty Spring Dresses to DIY for your Dolls

Make an easy colorblock sundress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Choose your own look and DIY your doll clothes to match your girl's style. Find more easy to sew beginner level patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

Be sure to visit the Easter Inspiration Gallery for more ideas for your dolly dresses. Visit OhSewKat on Etsy to find these patters, plus many more, including the BEST DRESSED Bundle to save 15% on three dress patterns.

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18 inch Doll Review: Disney’s ILY 4 Ever Inspired By Dolls

There is a new 18 inch doll on the market. Have you seen these girlies in Target yet? Disney has come out with a new line of play dolls- ILY 4Ever, which are four new 18 inch dolls with lots of accessories, inspired by Disney characters.

ILY 4 Ever 18 inch Doll Review by Oh Sew Kat!

Find easy to sew patterns to fit the 18 inch Disney ILY 4ever dolls. Easy sewing projects- DIY your own disney inspired doll wardrobe. Download PDF patterns and sew doll clothes today! Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com

My local Target store was full of these new dolls and cute accessory sets. They were not in the toy section, but had sort of their own display of clothing, toys and more. I also noticed they now carry the 16″ Disney Animators dolls!

I purchased two dolls- Inspired by Minnie and Cinderella. Both are beautiful dolls and I thought I’d share my review of them. Introducing Inspired by Minnie:

What I like about the Disney ILY 4Ever Dolls:

  • The Inspired by Minnie doll was very easy to remove from the box. Having opened other children’s toys lately, this is not a given!!
  • Her hair is super long, shiny, and so so soft!
  • These dolls are readily available at Target stores as well as Target online.
  • At less than $40, these dolls have a great price point!
  • These dolls come with the most adorable little accessories (Minnie Mouse Phone? Yes please!)
  • American Girl® brand clothes fit!!
  • American Girl® brand shoes also fit! (not perfectly, but close)
  • Oh Sew Kat! clothes fit! (Photos show Popsicle Top, Sandbox Shorts, and Summertime Stroll Dress)
  • Although these dolls are inspired by Disney characters, the dolls themselves are not marketed as character dolls and as such, they don’t have a name. You can choose a name for your new friend yourself.

Caution: I’ve been reading that the ILY 4ever clothing can leave dye stains on the dolls. Be sure to change their clothes often or treat the clothing items just in case.

What I don’t like about the Disney ILY 4Ever Dolls:

  • No sleep eyes- the eyes don’t close when you lay the doll down. The large, open eyes are a common theme for Disney characters and dolls.
  • I think the hands seem a little bit large.
  • Same size but they don’t feel as solid as AG dolls,
  • Give them a name,
  • The doll body is much softer than American Girl® dolls, but this makes them not stand as easily or sturdily (Is that even a word? This may not be important for doll play, but I do need dolls to stand easily for photographs.)

See more Oh Sew Kat! reviews of products made by American Girl on THIS PAGE.

Will one of these bright eyed beauties join your doll family? She will certainly need a new wardrobe made from Oh Sew Kat! PDF Patterns. Check out my Etsy Shop as well as the Tutorials page.

Sew your own doll clothes for 18 inch Dolls like ILY 4 Ever Dolls

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Subtle Shamrocks: Summertime Stroll Dress Pattern

Who says doll dresses for St Patrick’s Day have to be all bright colors and rainbows? I found this subtle shamrock fabric at the fabric store last spring and thought it would make a perfect dress for March- and still work for the rest of the spring months too!

Easy to Sew 18 inch Doll Dress Pattern: Summertime Stroll by Oh Sew Kat!

Mary’s dress was made with the Summertime Stroll PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat! You can purchase it HERE. You will find a full selection of 18 inch doll clothes patterns in my Etsy Shop.

With PDF Sewing Patterns for Dolls, you can design your own Doll Dresses

18 inch play doll in green and floral dress

The Summertime Stroll has just a few pieces and goes together fairly quickly. You can mix and match your fabrics, for a fun, colorblock look, or you can stitch it all in one print. Visit the Summertime Stroll Inspiration Gallery here, and also check out this post and this one.

DIY American Girl Doll Clothes with Oh Sew Kat! PDF Patterns

Find more ideas for St Patrick’s Day and other holiday doll fashions HERE or by clicking on the photos below:

Make an Easter outfit for your wellie wishers dolls with the Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
Make an Easter dress for your 18" doll with easy sewing patterns by OhSewKat! Download, print and sew the best PDF doll patterns today. Try a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com, and find tutorials and pattern hacks. #ohsewkat #sewing #easterdress #dollclothes #18inchdoll
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Tester Tuesday: More Summertime Stroll for 18 inch Dolls

Be inspired by the Oh Sew Kat! testers to sew the Summertime Stroll PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Use your favorite fabrics to mix and match in a fun, colorblock style.

Make an easy colorblock sundress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Choose your own look and DIY your doll clothes to match your girl's style. Find more easy to sew beginner level patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

Kathy M. Used primary colors and her Summertime Stroll dress has a fun, back to school feel!!

Make your American Girl doll a cute, summer dress with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! for 18 inch Dolls.

Kathy actually made all of these Summertime Stroll outfits- each prettier than the last. The blue bubbles has a soft, cool feel- perfect for early spring!!

Make your American Girl doll a cute, summer dress with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! for 18 inch Dolls.

Like other Oh Sew Kat! patterns, feel free to mix it up a bit! Kathy used it here to make a super cute top!! She added Sandbox Shorts (also from Oh Sew Kat!) to complete the outfit.

Make your American Girl doll a cute, summer dress with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! for 18 inch Dolls.

Visit the Oh Sew Kat! Inspiration Gallery to see more doll clothes sewing pattern in 18 inch and other popular doll sizes.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Tester Tuesday!! Summertime Stroll PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch Dolls

The Oh Sew Kat! Testers had a blast with the new Summertime Stroll pdf sewing pattern.  Use different fabrics to make a cute, sleeveless color block dress for 18 inch dolls.  Coming soon in other doll sizes.

Make an easy colorblock sundress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Choose your own look and DIY your doll clothes to match your girl's style. Find more easy to sew beginner level patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

Michele A. gave her Summertime Stroll dresses a sixties vibe with bright colors and geometric prints.  The black accent is just the right touch!

Make your American Girl doll a cute, summer dress with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! for 18 inch Dolls.

Kathy N. Made this sweet Summertime Stroll dress in shades of purple! So fresh and pretty!!

Make your American Girl doll a cute, summer dress with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! for 18 inch Dolls.

Mix and match your fun and bold fabric prints like Sandi K. did for a fun “ready for anything” vibe in her Summertime Stroll dress.

Make your American Girl doll a cute, summer dress with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! for 18 inch Dolls.

Find more ideas for the Summertime Stroll PDF Sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.

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New PDF Sewing Pattern: Summertime Stroll for 18″ Dolls

What better way to spend lazy summer days than to stroll along the beach or through a park? This new colorblock dress is perfect no matter where she is- mix and match prints and solids to create your own unique Summertime Stroll sundress with this easy sewing pattern, only available from Oh Sew Kat!

Make an easy colorblock sundress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Choose your own look and DIY your doll clothes to match your girl's style. Find more easy to sew beginner level patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

DIY Doll Clothes for 18 inch Dolls with the Summertime Stroll A Line Dress pattern

Make an easy colorblock sundress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Choose your own look and DIY your doll clothes to match your girl's style. Find more easy to sew beginner level patterns at Oh Sew Kat!
Make an easy colorblock sundress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Choose your own look and DIY your doll clothes to match your girl's style. Find more easy to sew beginner level patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

New 18 inch Doll Dress Sewing Pattern: Summertime Stroll

Choose a few fabrics, or many, and make your own unique 18 inch Doll fashions.

Make an easy colorblock sundress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with the Summertime Stroll PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Choose your own look and DIY your doll clothes to match your girl's style. Find more easy to sew beginner level patterns at Oh Sew Kat!

Visit the Summertime Stroll Inspiration Gallery HERE!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!