Make Lalaloopsy Clothes

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The Lalaloopsy dolls are a line of doll toys launched by MGA Entertainment on July 19, 2010. Originally called Bitty Buttons, the set featured eight 12-inch rag dolls with the tag line "Sew magical – Sew cute". Shortly, the dolls became Lalaloopsy, each one carrying a unique personality based on the day she/he is born, the dress she/he wears, and the pet she/he cares for.

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Generally, the dolls promote the idea that old things can be given a new purpose and nothing must be wasted, encouraging kids and adults to be imaginative and resourceful. With the special lesson that Lalaloopsy dolls teach, you can and should give old fabrics a new lease on life and use them to make Lalaloopsy clothes. Give your doll collection a creative line of clothing to wear.

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Some people may actually be afraid of Lalaloopsys because of their uncanny resemblance to the Coraline evil characters.It doesn't change the fact that Lalaloopsys are a very sought after collector's items. They are probably the most suitable dolls for children because of the individual character theme they portray. Each doll has a fun story to tell and an important lesson on repurposing old things to give them a second chance. Lalaloopsy dolls are indeed very sweet girls and boys who love to eat, play, and help each other. The dolls are devoid of heavy make-up, do not flirt or gossip, and made of robust, durable plastic.

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Lalaloopsys are extremely floppy and loose. The head and limbs have been designed in wobbly rag doll fashion. It's the wobbly heaviness people come to love since this makes them sturdy enough to survive being tossed around by children. The Lalas' bodies, outfits and shoes can be interchanged to swap their personalities. It must be noted that Lalaloopsys have very large waists so it's unlikely that other doll clothes will fit them. If you want them to wear new clothes, you'll have to get the exact measurements or make Lalaloopsy clothes with your own two hands, using materials you've long consigned to storage.

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Choosing to tackle the job, you must first meet the characters and know their unique personalities to get an idea for how to create new clothes for them. At present the list includes 56 large and 19 little Lalaloopsy dolls. Each of the big dolls has a pet under their care, while their little sisters and brothers have either a pet or particular food favorite. MGA continues to add more characters to the popular toy line, described as "the hottest toy" and "Google's Hottest Holiday Internet Searches" since 2010.

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Here's how to Make Different Lalaloopsy Clothes

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A. Summer Dress for Jewel Sparkle

Jewel always assumes the leadership role among her Lala friends. She always carries herself with great sophistication. But, behind her desire to be the center of attention lies a good heart that is ready to help. She has a Persian cat for a pet. Her signature phrases include "That's perfectly perfect!"

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Materials Needed:

  • Pattern
  • Tracing paper
  • Old denims
  • Pins
  • Thread and needle
  • Pair of scissor
  • Velcro

Procedure

  1. 1
    Get the right measurements.
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    Use a tape measure to get the exact body figure of the doll. {
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  2. 2
    Draw a pattern similar to the image shown.
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    Convert to inches if necessary.
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  3. 3
    Trace the pattern on clear paper.
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    Pin the traced pattern onto a piece of old denim fabric.
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  4. 4
    Cut out the pattern.
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    Cut out along the outer lines of the pattern using a pair of sharp scissors.
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    Sew the seam.
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    Once the pattern has been cut, sew along the solid inner line. It is the actual dress measurement of the doll. Make little snips. Before sewing the arm and neck holes, make a few little snips to bend the fabric inwards.
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    Sew the seams at the edges and the lower side.
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    There's no need to sew the seam at the side to be attached to the body.
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    Cut the fabric for the skirt.
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    Measure the fabric at 70 cm long x 7 cm wide. Create the ruffles. Pull a piece of yarn all the way from the top side to create the ruffled effect.
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    Sew the pieces together.
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    Pin the pieces together before sewing to see if the right length is achieved. If the denim fabric is too thick, you may iron it on the waist part to flatten it down. Or you can also cut off excess fabric inside.
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    Accessorize.
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    Look around for things that can pimp up the dress, like a used gift satin ribbon to serve as belt. Add Velcro to seal the opening at the back.
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B. 13" Lalaloopsy-sized Dress for Crumbs Sugar Cookie

Crumbs Sugar was sewn on National Cookie Day from pieces of a baking apron. She's perfectly mannered who loves to have her friends, and her pet mouse for a nice cup of tea and treats.

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Materials to be Used

  • PDF pattern from spunsugarquilts.com
  • Old dress fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Needle and thread
  • Pair of scissors
  • Velcro

Procedure:

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    Cut the pattern.
    Make one piece for the front side, and two pieces for the back.
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    Allow ¼" seams throughout the entire pattern.
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  2. 2
    Trace the pattern onto the fabric.
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  3. 3
    Sew a ¼" grosgrain ribbon across the front before sewing along the seams.
    Leave the neck and arm holes open.
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  4. 4
    Attach a piece of Velcro to close the opening at the back.
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Using these basic steps, you can now create clothes for your other Lalaloopsy dolls. The key is to be creative in sourcing out old materials and transform them into pretty clothes – a really valuable lesson and a way of entering the whimsical world of these simple rag dolls that magically came to life to take on the personality of the fabric used to make their clothes from.

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Here's a guide to the characteristics of popular Lalaloopsy dolls to help you repurpose new clothes for them.

Essential Guidelines

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    Patch Treasure chest:
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    The first ever Lalaloopsy boy to be created, Patch was sewn from a real pirate's clothes on September 19, being the Talk like a Pirate Day. He is an explorer who likes to travel and collect anything that shines. Like him, his pet is called pirate.
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    Ace Fender Bender:
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    He's an engineer sewn on July 30, coinciding with the birthday of Henry Ford
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    Although he excels at making and fixing things, never trust Ace with your car for he may not be able to put it back together. His dress is made from a mechanic's clothes. His pet is a monkey.
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    Bea Spells-a-Lot:
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    A very smart girl who loves to read, spells, and talks a lot like her pet bird. Made from a school girl's uniform, Bea was born on October 16th, which is also Dictionary Day.
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    Blossom Flowerpot:
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    She loves to be in garden to tend her plants and dig in the mud. Blossom was made from a gardener's outfit, which is as colorful as her flowerpot hat with red and white flowers. Her butterfly pet accompanies her wherever she goes.
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    Charlotte Charades:
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    Sewn from a mime's gloves on April 14th (International Moment of Laughter Day), this girl never talks
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    Instead she performs what she has to say. She loves black and white, but she considers the color see-through as her favourite. Even her pet is invisible.
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    Forest Evergreen:
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    This outdoor-man was sewn from pieces of a lumberjack's overalls. He loves to climb trees, stomps around wearing his boots, and pours maple syrup on just about everything.
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    Lady Still waiting and Sir Battle scarred:
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    This first Lalaloopsy couple is patterned after the royals Princess Kate Middleton and Prince William. The lady wears a cute pink party dress with her unicorn pet while the gentleman is garbed in a suit of armor with his dragon by his side.
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Tips, Tricks and Warnings

  • Lalaloopsy doll houses are not available in the market so you may as well learn how to make one for your own Lala.

Questions and Answers

I want to make horse back riding Lalaloopsy clothes but I don't know how?

Helmet riding shirt and clothes and boots and pants

You can take any of the Lalaloopsy clothes patterns listed in this article, and make minor adjustments to them, changing the position and style of an item, and then using a different material to make the clothes for her. This way, you can have a complete riding outfit, and even make one in several different colors if you would like. One of the great things about Lalaloopsy is the ability for your child to be creative, but also for you to participate in that creativity, enjoying time making clothes and playing together.

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