Welcome to Prairie Wind Collection....where you will find all sorts of information, items and things for sale dealing with Historical American Girl Dolls. Welcome to my passion, I hope to help bring your dolls and history to life!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Felicity's Winter Outfit

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I fell in love with this cape pattern, and couldn't wait to make Felicity's Winter outfit out of it!!!!  Then I found this very soft red velvet, and knew I had to do it....This is called a Cardinal Cape, not for the cardinal red color....but because it is similar to the cape that Roman Catholic Cardinals in the 1700's wore, and still wear!  It is a full cape with a beautiful gathered hood, made of red velvet, and lined in red satin.  It closes at the neck with 2 gold buttons.  Then to keep her hands warm, she has white leather mitts, embroidered in red, and a white satin muff, embroidered in blue.  One very stylish colonial girl!!!!  I used a pattern I found on Liberty Jane, called Ivy Cape, by Melodie Valerie. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Samantha is Having a Fun Winter Vacation!!!!

Finally finished up Smanthas's Hat, Muff and skates to go with her winter cape....she is all set to go skating on the Victorian pond....a proper Victorian Girl....

Friday, December 20, 2013

Lovin' Downton Abbey

Those of you that know me and Steven....know that we LOVE Downton Abbey...we are waiting with baited breath....for the next season to start....I particularly love the fashion....(well, I guess I would!?!?) So, have been thinking of doing a line of clothing in the Downton Abbey fashion.  American girl has the Victorian girls fashion covered...and I am replicating that in Samantha's, Nellie's, and Rebecca's outfits, but Adult Victorian Fashion is so much different....so I have decided to start a line called The Abbey Collection....Steven loves the idea...as he still hasn't quite figured out my Steampunk Collection!!!!  So what do you all think...Stay tuned, as I start collecting for the first outfit!!!! 

Kirsten's Winter Outfit

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Kristen’s winter outfit was inspired by a festival costume from the “old country.” The white blouse has full peasant sleeves and a button at the the neckline. Momma, made sure Kirsten had a heavy wool skirt to keep warm, and it has a beautiful braid woven in a pattern at the waist and bands of red and green at the hem. Two hair ribbons woven in bright colors add an enchanting touch.I am almost done all of the 6 start-up Outfits and Accessories for Kirsten....I'm thinkin' some furniture may be in order!!!! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Quilt Time

I was looking for a good quilt to do for Kaya....As American Girl from 1764, Kaya would not have had anything like this quilt, but, when she's being a modern day girl, I think she would love this quilt. The pattern is Morning Star....and it is a quilt used in the Underground Railroad....to let run-away slaves know where safe houses were. I love the bright colors, and I'm sure Kaya does too.

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 As I was working on this...I realized...I totally forgot to post a pic of Kit's quilt.....I was looking for quilts made in the 1930's so that I could do one for Kit. I came across this pieced block that was published in the Chicago Tribune in 1933. The simple Cross Country blocks are set "on point", and in the full quilt, form a basic Irish Chain. The colors are unusual but go together well!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Samantha's New Mini Outfit

This came out so darn cute....Samantha is all set to go..with her hat and purse.  the set is for sale on my Etsy Shop.... www.etsy.com/shop/prairiewindgirls  and you can also get the pattern to make your own!!!  Need to get it up on Craftsy ...it's up on Etsy!!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Baby ....It's Cold Outside!!!!

Nicole is staying toasty warm in this crochet navy long dress, embellished with a white snowflake, and matching boots, and headband.....She looks so wintery!!!!! 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Summertime Cutie...

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Whoops...I was cleaning out some things...and realized I forgot to post this cute little summer outfit I made for Granddaughters to play with....Ally had that dear in headlights look....but she loves the outfit!!!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


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The long awaited day is here...I finally got Miss Steampunk Kassy up on my site....The outfit came out uber cute!!!!  The idea for it came from Samantha's Lacy Whites...I had re-made one of the outfits that had sold...and as she was standing on my desk, waiting to be photo shot...I started day dreaming...something I do alot....and thought, oh wouldn't that be cute in black...hmm...very Steampunk...then I had to go research Steampunk...and I just fell in love with it.....I have sooo... many ideas, I can't wait to get them going!!!!  Stay tuned...next one will involve a little time travel!!! 

Monday, December 2, 2013


Samantha wanted to be the next Today's Girl....this is what she wears when she's off to her BFF's house.  Samantha is more the Girly girl of our family...loves those skirts...I know her historical character would love to be able to wear pants!!!! 
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This is such a cute bubble skirt....and simple pink tank...I used a great pattern by Liberty Jane....love Cinnamon's patterns!

Off to work on Kassy's first steampunk outfit....can't wait to get it done!!!  

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Samantha's Winter Cape and Gaiters

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The wind is blowing very cold here in Colorado....so it was time to make a warm cape for Samantha, and gaiters....which were worn over shoes to keep the ankles warm in Victorian times. I think she needs a hat!!!!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kirsten's Summertime Accesory Set

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It was summertime, 1854, and Kirsten had found a honey tree....and all that wonderful, sweet honey helped to get her a new straw hat.  There were only 31 States in 1854, so the flag looked much different.  Kirsten always carried her whistle that Papa had carved, just in case there was trouble!!! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Time for another Mini!!!!

Mini Kirsten has been bugging me for a nightgown to match her big sister's.....
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

One Last Sundress

I know...I said a while back that I was done with sundresses.....but I had some left over pieces of fabric....just enough to make a Pillowcase sundress...so here it is on Ally.....
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Monday, November 11, 2013

PJ Time....

I had gotten a pair of PJ's for the dolls the little grandaughters play with when they are here...but I needed another pair./..and found these on-line the other day..and these adorable slipper so go with them....Madison fell in love with them...so I guess they are hers now!!!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Molly Finally Got Her PJ's!!!

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Molly was very patient, waiting for me to get thru all my Craft Fair stuff, to get her PJ's made.  She loves the Red and White stripes....so like our flag!!!!!  Can't wait to make the robe to go with it!!!!  Now I'm off to work on the newest line, Today's Girl---Stay tuned!!!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Lissy's Summer Gown

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The summer was so hot....girls in Lissy's time...wore lighter fabrics in light colors to try and stay cool....here is Lissy's summer gown....I love the brocade shoes.  and you still had to wear your mop cap under your straw hat....not sure how much cooler that was?!?!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Girl....

I needed a new doll to be my model for my new Steampunk Line.....so I went looking on Ebay....got one really cheap.....but she was in really bad shape.  Very much loved and played with.  She came, and I should have taken pictures of her before I cleaned her up....First, she had layers and layers of make-up.  She sparkled!!!!  Got all that off, and an all over bath, then to get the layers and layers of nail polish on fingers and toes.  Now to tackle the hair.  At some point, it looks like she was re-wigged, but it was a bad wig, and it had been cut, and was missing about half the hair.  Here are pics....

So the wig came off, and I found a really cute short, blond bob on-line....will post pictures later...she came out really cute.....I was gonna name her Steampunk Annie....but there already is a doll online with that name....so came up with Steampunk Kassy.  My neighbor, growing up always called me Kassy instead of Cathy....and Steven said she looked alot like me when I got her all done....so Kassy it is!!!!  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Just a quick note to say "HI" to everyone...Hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween.  We always do a family Chilli Dinner....Spice cake with cream cheese frosting is all made, slaw is chillin' in the fridge, and chilli is bubblin' away on the stove.  Just need to make the corn bread!!!!  Then we wait for the Trick or Treaters...last year we didn't have nay....will see what this year brings!!!!  Homes are so far apart out here...I guess everyone goes into town .

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nature Perphanalia

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For Victorians, vacations were a time to learn about the outdoors as well as to have fun there. On sunny days at Piney Point, Samantha loaded up her pack basket and took a nature hike into the Adirondack Mountains. She chased butterflies and picked wildflowers like these.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Kirsten's Summer Outfit

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Kirsten was so tired of wearing that hot bonnet on those hot summer days....She so wanted a cool straw hat like her cousins....and her wish came true!!! Crisp blue and white striped, short sleeved dress with cream socks and red boots...and of course the straw hat with a black ribbon and red flowers.  Had fun making this one!!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Josefina's Quilt

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When Josefina lived in New Mexico in the1820's, quilts would have been a rarety.....most blankets would have been woven.  But, I like to think that Josefina's friend Patrick O'Toole, may have brought her back one from Missouri.  Josefina would have loved the bright colors in this quilt!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Mini Samantha's Lacey Whites

I always feel compelled to start each line with their undergarments....and here are Samantha's!!!  So Sweet!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Chillin with Nicole!!!!

Nicole was complaining that it was getting a bit cool down in the Studio....so I found this cute outfit this weekend....lovin' the colors!!!!  She wouldn't give up the flip-flops yet!!!!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Overalls!!!! Oh My!!!!

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Madison is loving her overall outfit that I  made for her.....Time to go play in the yard!!!!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Molly's Accessories

Molly was complaining because I was taking so long to get her accessories for her Meet Outfit.....I've been putting my booth together for the Craft Fairs....so have been really busy!!!!  Fortunately that is almost done!!!! So here is her accessory set....Blue wool beret, red shoulder bag, hankie and locket.  She will be all set!!!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Quick Little Apron!!!!

Maria begged to wear the little apron I made up....this is such a cute pattern...I'm making one for a door prize for one of the local church MOPS groups.....I changed it up a bit, with a big center pocket, and a stripped ruffled edge....I think I like it better then the original...will post a pic when It is finished!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Learning Cursive

I just heard the other day, that some schools are doing away with Cursive writing.  Too old school....everything is in type print now....so no longer needed....I beg to differ.....Cursive is a way to put your best foot forward.  In Samantha's time...that was all that was taught.  Children were never taught to print.  It must have been very hard, learning to read print, but having to write it in cursive.  Appearance was all important in Samantha's time....The more fancy you could write...the more important.  .  In school most everything was taught in drills.  Students practiced writing over and over, as with everything else.  They had to learn all the different lines and curves that went into writing.  School was so much more regimented...they had to sit a certain way, hold their pencils a certain way....No wonder penmanship class was so disliked.  I remember getting my knuckles wrapped with a ruler because I held my pen too tightly....and that was a whole lifetime later!!!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Socks, Socks, and More Socks!!!

I think I went a little crazy doing socks....Varigated yarn is addicting....gotta do one more row to see how the pattern plays out!!!  Now I need to get this written up so that I can get them on Eetsy, Ravelry and Craftsy!!!!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Patterns up on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy!!! WooHoo!!!

Got Kirsten's Mini Meet Outfit Pattern all put together and up on Etsy.  Also got the rest of Molly's meet outfit up on Ravelry, and I am working on Craftsy!!!  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ally Wanted to Say Hello!

Ally was getting cold in her Tennis outfit...so we switched her out to her running suit!!!!  Weather is turning here in Colorado....sweater days are here!!!! I love the sneakers they make for these guys...wish my feet were smaller!!!! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hello Molly Pattern

Finally got the patterns for Meet Mollly up...and they are on Etsy, and Ravelry!!!!  Need to work on Craftsy!!!!  It took me all day to figure out the Ravelry site.....

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Addy's Quilt

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When Momma and Addy left the plantation and ended up in Philadelphia....everything was so different. Everything was bigger, faster, and more. There was the ocean...that fascinated Addy...and when winter came...they were so much further north...and it was so much colder. BRRRR.....Mrs. Ford let Momma keep scraps from the Dress Shop, and she may have made Addy a warm quilt like this one for her bed. The pattern is Window By the Sea.  

Monday, September 16, 2013

Hello Molly!!!

Finally...designing patterns is alot of work.....You knit a row...see how it looks, then right down what you did....takes about 3 times longer then a regular outfit would take....but this one was oh....so...worth it!!!! 
See more of Molly's outfits on my Etsy Shop  www.etsy.com/shop/prairiewindsgirls
I was worried about the argyle pattern, but it came out great...and I think I can see how to do it for Mini Molly....just put the paper pattern up on Etsy, and will get the downloadable one done tonight!!!  I'm off to can tomatoes from the garden....I love eating fresh stuff all summer....but hate it when it all comes in at once...and then I have to scramble!!!  Spaghetti sauce here we come!!!! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Marie's Photoshoot

I purchased 2 knit patterns, one was an A-line skirt, the other an Argyle sweater so that I could make Molly's Meet outfit....well, they were from a home-made site, and they were so poorly written...The sweater, was only half the instructions....so back to square one.  I've done my own pattern, the Skirt is done, and I must say it came out really cute, I'm working on the sweater...just the front neck area and collar to finish up....so in a day or 2, stay tuned.  I will have the outfit on my Etsy shop when it is finished...and also the pattern....I'm thinkin on Craftsy and Ravelry also!!!!

In the meantime...Marie has a new outfit, that I purchased for her for the end of summer.  It is really cute, I love that hat and shoes....I guess I'm an accessory gal!!!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Felicity Get's a New Spring Dress For Her Birthday!

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Felicy kept looking at Kirsten's and Samantha's birthday dresses...so we knew we would have to make her one also.  this is a pretty pink gown with a pinner apron.  They didn't put neck ties on aprons in 1774, so they were held up with tiny straight pins, because safety pins hadn't been invented yet....She has a flower pom-pom on her head that momma gave to her. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Samantha's Birthday Teddy

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Awww....he's so cute!!!! 

It was 1904 and Bears were all the rage They started in Germany, and then moved to America, and took on the name Teddy after "Teddy" Roosevelt. Agnes and Agatha got one for Samantha for her Birthday. This one has a bright pink bow.Samantha loves playing with him and her Doll Clara. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Kirsten's Birthday Quilt

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After Momma had Baby Britta, Kirsten didn't have time to play with her friends.  She had so much work to do around the house.  But Momma and Papa did plan for her to have a special day for her birthday.  All of her friends were there, and they surprised her with a friendship quilt, like Miss Winsten's family and friends made for her.  They each brought leftover fabric from their own dresses and pieced them together for Kirsten's quilt.  She was so surprised!!! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pattern # 2 is Up!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

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Got another Pattern up on my Etsy Shop...this one is for a full sized dress for Samantha...Back to work on more outfits!!!! 

Friday, August 30, 2013

My patterns are up....well one is!!!!

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OK.....I need to improve the delivery...but, I'm on a slow learning curve.....trying to learn too many things at once!!!!  I plan on doing all the outfits....that I have done for the bigger girls....so keep coming back.  This is available in paper or PDF/download.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Follow me in my Newest Adventure!!!!

I am so excited...I have fallen in love with the American Girl Mini's .....the 6-1/2" historical dolls that American Girl makes.  I started looking for clothes...since as you can see from the above photo...most come without clothing when you get them used.  Meet Kirsten, Kit, Rebecca, and Caroline.  I have 8 more in the mail right now!!!! 

So I started looking, and couldn't find clothes...or patterns  out there....so thought...I can do that...Now, I said I didn't do Barbie's because she was too small...well these are half her size....I must be insane....but the outfits aren't really that hard to do....and I am working on getting them into patterns to sell on my Etsy Shop.....So here is the first doll outfit...I always start with their undergaments...and here is Kirsten's.Yes, I even made her socks...trying to figure out how to do tights...the socks weren't too bad!!!!
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Molly's Quilt

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It was World War II and they were trying to conserve EVERYTHING so that supplies could be sent to our soldiers. Molly's Mom had made everyone flannel pajamas for the winter of 1944. There was some leftover flannel so she made Molly a warm quilt to snuggle under. It reminded her of Dad's flannel shirts. Quilt is 14 1/2" X 14 1/2", the perfect size for Molly, or any of the other American Girl dolls.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Yeah! for Molly!!!!

I am so excited to be making outfits for Molly....Alot of her clothes , while not growing up in the 1940's, are like what I wore as a child, and have brought back lots of memories. Here she is in her underwear set. White, white, white...you didn't wear anything else in 1944. This set consists of lace trimmed panties, lace trimmed undershirt, and a ruffled slip. Also included are handknit red and white knee socks. 

Keep an eye on my Etsy Shop ( www.etsy.com/shop/prairiewindgirls ) I am working on a new outfit for Samantha, and am designing the pattern my self, and will be publishing them on my shop, and you will be able to by them.  I am also going to start making clothes for the AG Mini's and patterns too, as there are no patterns out there!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Milliner's Fashion Doll

Lissy was pouting, Kirsten and Samantha both had their dolls, and she wanted her's.  I was actually able to find wooden Penny dolls in the correct size, to make her one.  In the stories...Lissy saw the doll in the Milliner's shop.  these were sent from Europe in the latest fashions....sample dolls, for women's fashions.    Lissy hoped she would get it for Christmas...and even more...hoped she could have a ball gown for  the Govenor's Palace, just like the one the doll wore. Fortunetely Lissy got both wishes....
Lissy, Kirsten and Samantha's dolls are on my Etsy Shop

Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Launch

Stay tuned to my Etsy Store, in this next week, I will be starting to make Doll Clothes for Molly McIntire.  I am really excited to be doing clothes for another American Girl.  Molly's timeframe is in the thick of World War II, and Patriotism abounded everywhere!!!!  Once I get thru the reproductions of the AG outfits...I have some great ideas for more playclothes and accessories....so much fun...stay tuned!!!!
Molly's outfits will begin appearing on my Etsy Shop this week!!!!

Sweet, Sweet Samantha

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Just finished up Samantha's Birthday outfit...it is all sweetness....she is just so precious.  Spent the morning working on the new gals hair....they were all very frazzeled....Last night they all got Downey Spritz...and so they were all dry this morning, and got combed out, and styled....much, much better.  How do you do a Downey Spritz.  Fill a small spritz bottle, 3/4 with warm water, and 2 Tablespoons of Downey.  Shake well, and saturate hair, being careful not to get any in their eyes.  Let dry overnight....and comb out with a wire brush.  You can buy the AG one, or get a wig brush...but if you go into the dog section at WalMart...you can get one really cheap!!!!  Since it is so dry here in Colorado...I think all the girls will get this treatment on a monthly basis!!!!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tennis Anyone???

I saw this outfit in one of the doll catalogs...and just thought it would look so cute on Ally.  The sneakers ar just so tiny and cute....She even has the racket and ball!!!!
Molly and Josefina got Downey Spritz'z on their hair today.  Will take all night to dry, hoping it helps...sure smells nice!!!! Addy is tomorrow!!!