Make sure you select and use doll clothes patterns that include handbags, shoes, hats and jewelry to create that ‘total look.’ When most people think about making doll clothes, they don’t consider the impact of accessories. It’s often the choice of doll accessories that completes the outfit… or makes it ordinary. That’s why we included these must-have accessories on our 5 Top Trends list.
Here are five of today’s top accessories trends to translate into doll clothes patterns:
1.) Oversized bags
Backpacks are ‘out’ and mailbags are ‘in’. Many of the new handbags are big, like totes and body bags. Popular features are drawstring tops and lots of hardware trim. These bigger bags are balanced by wearing heavier shoes, like sandals with very wide straps, or boots.
2.) Knee-boots with fringe
The must-have boot this season is leather or suede, knee-high and trimmed with fringe. Consider adding a fringe-trimmed tote or hobo bag. You’ll also see drawstrings around the tops of boots. Don’t forget, doll clothes patterns for American Girl and 18-inch dolls must convert the popular high-heeled sandal and boot styles to fit your dolls’ flat feet.
3.) Casual knit hats
Most hats are knit or soft fabrics, worn close to the head and either clingy or droopy. Big floppy-brimmed bridesmaid-type hats are ‘out’. The beanie is still a hot style. Update it with an open crocheted pattern, for a lacier, more delicate look to wear with a long scarf. Other popular shapes are the engineer’s cap and the newsboy’s cap. Fabric headbands and forehead bands (inspired by the 1970′s) are back again as trendy hair accessories.
4.) Extra-long scarves
These long, exaggerated scarves wrap around the neck and hang down to the knees. They’re usually made of lightweight knits and sometimes silk. As outerwear, they’re often worn with a matching hat. If you know how to knit or crochet you can create your own doll clothes patterns by reducing some of your ‘human’ projects to doll-size.
5.) Long pendant necklaces
The long pendant necklace is probably the biggest trend in jewelry. The younger crowd wears hearts, lockets, stars, crosses… interesting, meaningful objects. Recycled and ‘found’ objects are good, too. Be creative. Girls and dolls like to wear matching necklaces.
Get started! Now you have plenty of information about the new accessories trends to help you select doll clothes patterns, accessorize and coordinate your doll’s wardrobe. So, get inspired and release your inner designer.