American Girl Can’t Seem To Wait

Even though it is only the beginning of the new year, 2008, American girl has already started planning for the girl of the year 2009! They just can’t seem to wait can they? Well anyway the good thing is… we get some very early news! It seems as though the author of the girl of the year 2009 will be Mary Casanova, who also wrote the Jess books (girl of the year 2006) for American girl. If any more information comes out we will be sure to let you know. This information was found at Doll Diaries. Not American girl: I found a website called Free Rice, where you try to define a word and if you get it right 20 grains of rice goes to people who need food, try it sometime.


February 23, 2008. Cool Things To Know, New American girl dolls and items. 45 comments.

Behind the Scenes: The Planning of Julie’s Outfits

Making an outfit is more than just sewing. The designers have to make a plan, or a sketch, of what the outfit is going to look like. Sit back, relax, and look at the different sketches for Julie’s outfits.


This looks like it became Julie’s pajamas.


This became Julie’s swimsuit, which you’ll see in Sylvie’s new post.


This was probably another sketch for her swimsuit, but it never became final.

February 22, 2008. Behind The Scenes. 6 comments.

Behind The Scenes: The Making of the Cover of Good Luck, Ivy!

Once again, all this information can apply to any book at all, but in Oprah’s show, they used the book, Good Luck, Ivy! American Girl puts a lot of work into a cover, even though we all know to never judge a book by its cover. First, American Girl hires girls to model out the book cover. They take loads of pictures, so it will be easier for the artist. The next step is when the artist produces a sketch. Finally, the artist makes an oil painting and that becomes the cover of the book. What hard work! Now we know why it takes a long time for a book to come out!


Hired Models


The Sketch of the Cover


Final Cover


Draft of the Story

Once again, these photos were taken by me from the Oprah Winfrey Show.

February 22, 2008. Behind The Scenes, Information. 1 comment.

Behind The Scenes: The Making of Julie

Making a doll takes a lot of work. You have to decide what clothes they wear, what hairstyle they will have and you have to decide on their life. In this post, you will learn the steps American Girl went through to make the latest doll, Julie. American Girl had many possibilities for Julie’s clothing, since she is from the 70’s. Before making the real clothing, experts draw out basic pieces that a real girl from the 70’s would wear. They sketch out several outfits that are almost the same using the same pattern, and see which one fits the doll the best. For the hairstyles, American girl, once again had many choices. They started out with a simple braid, one on each side, which you’ll see at the bottom of this page. Next, they tried her hair down, with two strands of hair pulled back, which became closer to the hairstyle that we see Julie in today. Finally, American Girl all decided Julie’s hair down with a little braid in the front. This is the hairstyle we all know and love. As you can see, making a doll is not easy, for those of you who thought it was. Keep in mind, American Girl has to make millions of these dolls, not just one. All of this information applies for any doll; every doll has lot of work put into it. 




Which one’s your favorite? In my opinion, I like the one they came out with.
I took all these pictures on my camera from the Oprah Winfrey Show.

February 22, 2008. Behind The Scenes. 9 comments.

Julie’s New Outfits

 Before I thought that Julie would get more outfits in December, well I was off be two months… Julie has two more outfits and some accessories now and I like them a lot.

What do you think?


This is her 2-in-1 outfit that has a roller skating outfit and an outfit for the beach.


Here we have Julie’s birthday dress (it is my favorite.)


These are Julie’s birthday accessories.

Photos are from the American girl website.

February 18, 2008. New American girl dolls and items. 4 comments.