So I've been called out that I am not comparing apples to apples.
I am not comparing a youthful shirt of a child to a youthful shirt of a child.
See the last Trends to Sew post:
And after getting called out,
I felt like my goals for this blog have been misunderstood.
I usually don't respond to comments when they call me out.
But being misunderstood is annoying.
Hopefully without sounding like a whiny poophead,
I would like to explain why I do what I do.
Which kinda seems silly.
But I felt like I needed to restate what my Trends to Sew are about.
And really, what this blog is about.
First off, this is an opinion blog.
I say my opinions here, and those of Maple.
And you can comment your own.
It's meant to be open and free-flowing.
Good opinions of things. And bad opinions of things.
And 'eh' opinions.
And 'meh' opinions.
And 'OMG' opinions.
They're all welcome.
Overall the blog is about owning your dolls,
your collection, your playthings -- whatever they are to you --
and doing whatever you want with them.
You want youthful, colorful clothing?
Buy from AG.
You want other options?
Really detailed historical wear?
You are probably going to have to look outside of American Girl.
What's wrong with wanting something that AG ain't selling?
This is something us collectors have lived with for 30 years.
Some years have been more bountiful from
AG for styles I like to buy, others have been a bust.
That is the nature of being a fan of a company's product line.
The Trends to Sew posts are meant to present
alternatives to those of you who sew and sell, or just sew.
If you want that bright shirt, buy it.
It's there for you to buy.
If you don't, but you still want clothing for your new Lea doll --
well, look elsewhere. Shop on Etsy. Or sew it yourself.
But what if you aren't sure what to sew?
That's where my suggestions come into play.
I look at what's trendy, happening in the tween and teenage realm.
I shop for you on Forever21's site, Hollister, Urban Outfitters, etc. --
and I look for doll clothing I would love to own.
The truth is, that even if Lea is 9 or 10 -- my Lea will not be 9 or 10.
I want her to be the doll I want her to be.
I want her to be older.
I want her to dress older.
And why not?
Why can't I dress my dolls the way I want to dress my dolls?
I asked on Instagram -- are your dolls the 9 or 10 they are designed to be?
And I got all sorts of answers back.
Some said yes, they stay 9 or 10.
Some say they started at 5 yrs old and grew up with them -- so as a child turns 13 her dolls will age with her. Which I think is really something.
Some say their dolls are 12 and 13.
Some say they have teen dolls -- 15, 16, etc.
And if you go on Instagram and look at #agig
...you'll see dolls dressed as all ages and in all kinds of different fashions.
Which is awesome - and kinda the point of it all.
I never tell people not to buy from AG.
I never say -- "Hey that shirt is ugly, don't buy it.
If you buy it you are encouraging them to create ugly stuff."
If you want that shirt. Buy it.
Roll around gleefully in a huge pile of those shirts.
What I am saying is - I don't like it - and I want my Lea to wear something else.
And here are some of the shirts I'd love to have for my Lea:
So I hope I don't sound too whiny.
I just wanted people to know that yes - people have dolls that are teenage dolls.
And yes - sometimes people want to dress their dolls
in different clothing than AG sells.
So I throw out other options in Trends to Sew.
Maybe older options.
Maybe too old for your taste.
But maybe awesome for someone else.
I am trying to be inclusive, while also staying true to my own opinions.
But I will try thinking more about what a ten year old would wear,
if that's what you guys want to see.
And I think this rather random discussion
gets down to a recurring issue in the AG fan community.
In the end, the main goal of this blog
is that I am not necessarily just talking to the 10 yr olds and their family members.
I am not just talking to American Girl's demographic.
I am talking to everybody that owns AG dolls.
Not just the kids, the tweens.
Not just the ten yr olds.
I am talking to everybody.
Young. Old. In the middle.
White. Black. Yellow. Tan. Brown. Blue. Purple.
Women. Men. Girls. Boys.
Genderfluid or trans, or whatever you want to label yourself.
So what if you are 12 or 16 or 25 or 35 or 60 or 90 or however old you are --
You can own American Girl dolls --
You can collect them --
You can buy clothing for them or even sew it yourself.
And you can stand out in a field and take pictures of them at dawn
because that's when the light is the best and
you can't do it in the evening because you have to be at work.
You can use these dolls to feed your creative soul.
You can own these dolls even if you "grew up."
Even if you are supposed to be a teenager doing teenage things.
Even if you are supposed to be an "adult."
You can own them.
And you can do whatever you want with them.
Because they are yours.
Look around your house right now.
How many things do you own that
you can pick them up, smile joyfully, and say happily..."this is mine."
So how about you guys?
Are your dolls all 9 or 10?
Are they older?
Do they only wear AG clothing?
Do they wear a whole mixture of brands with Etsy handmade items thrown in?
What's your dolls' fashion styles?
Let us know in the comments below!!!
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