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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Clothes for Older American Girls, part three: Madame Alexander and Our Generation

This is another post about my trials and errors with eighteen-inch doll clothes.  I've shown you my Madame Alexander dolls and how their clothes look on American Girl dolls (they don't fit).  Today I'll introduce a couple of new arrivals.  One is a doll we've seen before, but with a slightly different body, and the other is a new breed entirely.
Alissa, on the left, is a Madame Alexander "My Life" doll.  She is different from my other MA dolls in that her arms and legs are flexible.  Sadie, on the right, is a Battat Our Generation doll.  The OG dolls are available from Target and come in a wide array of hair colors, eye colors, and ethnicities.  They have two styles of body, one with flexible limbs like Alissa's, and one without.  Sadie has the nonbending limbs and a thick stuffed body like Denise's.  Thus the clothing I have is hit-and-miss on her.  Most of my MA dresses are too small for Sadie.  The pink princess dress does fit and looks quite nice, but is very tight in the bodice.
The rest of the dresses I have are too tight.  Alexander pants are also too tight; as you can see, I couldn't even pull them up over her butt.
The shoes run the gamut from being just right...
...to being too big.
Based on those results I've drawn the conclusion that Our Generation dolls have a similar build to the old-style American Girl dolls and thus might be able to share clothes.  I don't have any extra outfits for Sadie right now, so I'll have to use her stock dress to try this out.  I'm going to try this on both Denise and Alissa.  Denise goes first, and...
It fits PERFECTLY.  I was not expecting this after a long list of no-go's with Madame Alexander clothes, but Sadie's factory outfit fits Denise like a charm.  Of course I want to get a couple of extra outfits and try those on her too, but this particular outfit works from top to toe.

After that it seems a little pointless to try this outfit on Alissa, but I'm going to do it anyway.
It's a little big, but it looks cute on Alissa too.  She doesn't stand well in these shoes, however.  Due to her wire armature the legs needed careful positioning and repositioning, and even then she wanted to tip over.  OG shoes have a slight heel, so keep that in mind if you're going to put these on Madame Alexander dolls with a wire frame.  The heel is not an issue for American Girls or for Our Generation dolls.

Since Alissa has a different body from Gracie I think it will be worth the effort to see how the hiking outfit works on her.  Remember that this outfit fit Gracie, but the shorts were a bit tight on her.  Not too tight, but tight enough that I didn't try to make Gracie sit in them.  Based on the fact that Alissa and the hiking outfit are both from the My Life line, I know that Alissa will be able to wear the hiking outfit, and I hypothesize that she'll be able to wear it better than Gracie.
My hypothesis proved correct.  Alissa CAN wear the outfit better than Gracie can.  She can stand in it, sit in it, and move about in it.  This makes me look forward to warmer weather; I can take Alissa out and take some photos then!

So...three blog posts, three types of doll, what do I have so far?  I've learned that the current Madame Alexander dolls can wear their own clothes, American Girl clothes, and Our Generation clothes.  The older, Pleasant Company-era American Girls can wear some Our Generation clothes but almost nothing else.  Our Generation dolls can wear American Girl clothes and the occasional Madame Alexander piece.  I'll need to try some other OG pieces on Denise before I make my final assessment, but as of right now that option is looking extremely promising.  Hopefully I'll have some new OG duds by the twentieth, when I'll be near a Target again; it's getting quite cold here in Missouri, and Sadie needs a coat.  We haven't had the snow that parts of the country have had, but it's still quite chilly out.

Stay warm, y'all!


  1. Love this! It helps to know the differences. I would love to see more comparisons of doll sizes. It sure helps as a seamstress to know these things!

    1. I'm so glad it was of help to you, Jody! Feel free to look at my other posts if you wish; some of them have other clothing-related conundrums. I don't normally like to whore myself, but it might give you some ideas.

  2. Hi,
    I just saw your blog and it is funny, helpful and entertaining. I mostly collect 50s fashion dolls but I do have a small collection of modern dolls such as Teen Trends and BFC INk. My question concerns shoes: Would Journey Girls' shoes fit the BFC ink dolls? Looking at your pictures i could not be sure. The clothes are not a perfect fit but perhaps the shoes are? Let me know if you can find out. Thanks.
    ALOKA UST-5546

    1. I don't know if they would or not. I don't own any Journey Girl shoes (yet), and I never found a B.F.C. Ink doll, so I can't say one way or the other about fit. If I do find out I'll let you know.