Why Nicki Doesn’t Have Pajamas: American Girl Writes to Us…

From American girl:
Dear American Girl Friend,Thank you for your inquiry regarding the outfits that were available for
our Girl of the Year 2007, Nicki, specifically why she did not have
pajamas made specifically for her. Each of our Girl of the Year
collections has a limited number of outfits and accessories that are
chosen to represent particular aspects of her story or her life. They
are limited because the stories are limited in scope, also because of
the time frame of their availability.In Nicki’s case, her story obviously revolved around horseback riding,
her service dog, and the activities on the ranch and at school as well
as skiing. The decision was obviously made that to include those items
meant not including other items that were more integral to Nicki. And
as our Girl of the Year dolls are contemporary, several contemporary
sleepwear outfits would have been suitable for her.We hope that this helps explain what was the likely decision process for
Nicki’s collection. We hope that you enjoy getting to know Mia, our
Girl of the Year 2008!We wrote to American girl asking why Nicki didn’t have pajamas. As you can see they have responded. This letter told you why American girl didn’t make pajamas for Nicki.

If you want to ask American girl a few questions yourself look at this link.


March 4, 2008. American girl experiences, Behind The Scenes. 2 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.

American Girl Dolls Are Made In China

Everyone always suspected that American girl dolls are made in the U.S.A, but no, they are actually made in China! If you look on the back of a box, or your doll it says made in China. Here is a little video that talks about it, and interviews a couple people. They asked if it bothers the parents that they are made in China, the parents said no, but they also said that they will continue to buy them.

I think that American girl dolls should be made in America, because they are American girl dolls. Although usually I forget that they are made in China. It does bother me a lot.

December 27, 2007. Behind The Scenes, Information. 64 comments.

See Mia Live!


Hey folks,

Here is a picture of Mia, when she was on the Oprah show, on her book cover, and a poster.

If you missed the Oprah show on Mia, here is the part where they show her. It stops a lot but, I liked it.

I also want to thank Millie’s Doll Closet, and Doll Diaries for the pictures of Mia.

December 18, 2007. Behind The Scenes, Cool Things To Know, New American girl dolls and items. 15 comments.