Sunday, 15 November 2015

Who Sews? Ally Sews

Earlier in the year, when I was looking for dolls to make under for my own Tree Change Dolls project, I had an amazing op shop find. A trio of sweet little Madeline dolls. Little did I know at the time, that the lovely little dollies staring back at me were made by a company called Eden, and were never actually released in Australia. 

Madeline Eden Dolls

They are the sweetest dolls, unfortunately the wardrobe I came home with was very limited (they have one pair of shoes between them).

I had seen some lovely handmade Barbie Doll and other dolls clothes on Instagram and Esty by Ally Sews. I contacted Ally, a 17 (nearly 18!) year old who is Ally Sews and asked her if she would be able to create outfits for them.

She even has accessories!

Ally was lovely and extremely obliging. I sent off a volunteer Madeline, and she came back with a beautiful handmade and very extensive wardrobe. I was so so delighted and Sophie is going to LOVE them!


I of course, had to find out all about Ally's Handmade Adventure;

How & when did Ally Sews come about? 

I've always known since I was little that I wanted to be a designer and make things. At the end of last year, I had only a small amount of fabric and not alot of money and decided to open an etsy shop and make do with what I had, my shop gained momentum really quickly so it all worked out...and I get to do what I love everyday :)

What's been the most exciting place one of your items has travelled? 
Barbie never looked so good!
They've travelled to lots of cool places!! Chile, Sweden and London are a few I'd like to visit someday. I'm from Texas and the only place I've traveled to is Australia so it would be awesome to go back or travel somewhere else. I mean...It'd be very hard to not buy ALL the fabrics wherever I go though ;)

Are you studying? 

I don't study, I left highschool a few years ago and got a job doing sewing alterations. I take sewing classes sometimes too.

What is your favourite thing to sew? 

Doll clothes of course

Where do you work from? 

My bedroom. 95% of my belongings is sewing stuff and fabric so it's basically a craft room with a bed lol!

What do you love most about what you do? 

I love sewing for children, it's so much more fun and fulfilling than when I was sewing normal stuff.

Do you have any other crafty outlets?

 I *attempt* crochet and knitting. Still learning.

What's next for Ally Sews?

This year's been pretty huge for my business and I can't believe it hasn't been a year yet. Soon my doll clothes will be sold by a few online retailers which is exciting. Next year I just want to continue doing what I do and make new styles of clothes.

I cannot recommend Ally's dolls clothes highly enough. If you're looking for a lovely, well made and special gift for a child who loves dolls, look no further then Ally Sews.

Did you like dressing up dolls as a child?


  1. I love your little Madeline dolls and the clothes you've created for them. Nice work, Ally!

  2. Ooh, I'd love those outfits for my Madeline doll!! Are you willing to sell them? Or maybe let me know where I can find them since Ally doesn't seem to be on Etsy anymore.

    1. I didn't even realise Ally wasn't making these clothes anymore. I'm afraid we love too much to sell. I can't even find her on instagram anymore. Perhaps you can find someone else who makes dolls clothes that may be willing to create some special ones just for you. Good luck!