She's not a fan of the fabric body of the dolls showing, so instead of a sundress, she opted for an outfit with a little more coverage. She developed an easy-to-make pattern for a short-sleeve sundress with ruffled hem! I've posted the pattern for free!
Of course no American Girl outfit is complete without the accessories! She ordered hula kits from Oriental Trading Company, that come with a grass skirt, necklace lei, and two bracelet leis. She cut the kid-sized grass skirt in half, trimmed it to 7" long, and added velcro to make hula skirts for the dolls. The bracelets became doll leis. She also ordered an extra kit for each kid, so they could have a skirt and lei just like their doll!
Between half a yard of fabric and three hula kits, the total cost for two doll outfits (plus matching skirt and leis for the nieces) came to $23. Not bad! She also added that they were very quick and easy to put together.
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