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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway: Crochet For Dolls; 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-inch Dolls by Nicky Epstein; Nicky Epstein Books

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Who better than design superstar Nicky Epstein to create an adorable collection of crochet patterns for today's wildly popular 18-inch dolls? Epstein's 25 playful, fashion-forward garments—from hats, coats, and jackets to dresses, skirts, tops, and pants—range from classic to chic to trendy, and she gives all the basics on measuring, getting a great fit, and choosing the right yarn and needles. Nicky's outfits make up a stylish complete doll wardrobe—perfect for a special little girl's special friend!

My Review

My daughter Adisyn turned 4 this year and so she got her first 18’ doll. I thought she was finally mature enough to care for one without losing it, breaking it, or stripping it naked and losing all it’s clothes.

Just like any normal girl, her “dolls” can never have enough clothes or accessories. What’s better as a mom then to be able to handcraft her those clothes and accessories? Something she can play with for years and years? Something she will love and cherish for a long time!Something she might want to keep to put in her memory box after she is through playing with them!

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The uniqueness and originality of the designs is just absolutely stunning! I can’t say that there is ONE design in the book that I don’t want to make at some point in the future. There are a huge variety of patterns to make to suit any girls vivid imagination of where her doll will be going in that particular outfit!

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My best friends daughter also collects dolls. She has almost the entire collection of American Girl Dolls, so making her a couple outfits would be the perfect Christmas gift for her! She would absolutely adore it, I’m sure!

Summer, Spring, Winter, and Fall. An outfit for all seasons. There’s an outfit for so many amazing things, to keep your “girl” interested in her doll, keep her imagination moving, and keep her playing for HOURS!

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Let her cast her imagination into the world of a Royal Princess with this beautiful dress. A gown and a crown are all a girl needs to feel like a princess. It comes with dainty rosebuds dot on the skirt and a beautiful matching purse.

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Let her be a wildflower. This beautiful hat, scarf, and mitten set is composed of colorful petals looks like it was picked from a flowerbed.

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Give it a Whirl with this airy dress that has a pretty pinwheel on the bodice. It becomes an anytime ensemble with a matching jacket & purse.

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Dressed up in Daises- A cozy turtleneck tunic embroidered with scarlet blossoms is pretty as a picture.

Pretty as a Picture- A loop-stitch skirt, a top with dainty buttons and ruffles, and a matching circle purse are a true work of art.

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There are also funky, hip, unique styled clothing like the Fit for a Fiesta dress! There are so many different textures of fabric, made of different stitches. Some are simple stitches yet look so elegant while some are made of more complicated stitches!

There are also a variety of accessories which makes it SO much more amazing! Hats and purses galore! It even shows how to make little doll jewelry in the back! There are also recipes to accompany these little “imaginative” places your daughter is going to visit!

This would make an amazing Christmas present for someone who loves to crochet!

Biography

Nicky Epstein is one of today's most prolific and versatile knitwear designers, authors and teachers. She has gained worldwide recognition for her artistic, distinctive and innovative work, whimsical sense of style and informative workshops. Her designs continue to be featured in many knitting magazines and publications, on television, and in museums.

Buy IT: Crochet for Dolls by Nicky Epstein $19.95 from Sterling Books

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Jessica is the writer behind Sweet Southern Mama. She is the mother of 2 adorable kids- Aidan, 7 and Adisyn, 5. She lives in Kentucky with her fiance and kids. She loves designing blogs, reading, writing, crafting, all things electronic, photography, and spending time with her family.

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