Karito Kids "After Hours"

Hi all!  Just want to let you know that we've added another Karito Kid Ensemble to our Etsy Shoppe.  I love texture as much as I love color and style.  When an ensemble has contrasting textures, it just comes alive.  This outfit has it all -- the soft, fluid drape of the woolblend dress slacks; the sturdy body of the corduroy blazer, and the silky smoothness of the satin top.  Add a great necklace and metallic blue sandals and the look it complete. . .  ready for that holiday party "After Hours".

Here's a closer look at the textures and colors.  The pants are charcoal grey with a pale grey and blue pinstripe.  The top is silvery grey with shimmers to reflect the light .  The blue blazer brings it all together and makes the whole thing "pop".  Lots of mix and match possibilities.

See ya next flight. . .  :-)

Latest Karito Kid Outfit by Maiden Flight Clothing -- Winter Ice

We added this outfit to our Etsy Shop this evening.  It has wonderfully soft mini-wale corduroy jeans; they are the palest ice-blue (nearly white).  We added little blue sparklies to give some added interest to the long-sleeved white Tee. The whole ensemble is pulled together with a striped tank in shades of blue & tan.

This outfit is already sold.  Congrats to the shopper who managed to get there first..  If you missed out on it, sign up for our newsletter.  I often like to give our subscribers a little advance notice of the Maiden Flight Items going into our Etsy Shop. 

See ya next flight. . .

Signup To Get Free Newsletter and Free Gift

Great big Thank You to everyone who signed up for our FREE Newsletter.  I hope that you are now enjoying the free Guidebook for the Trendy Tee from Liberty Jane Clothing and customized for Karito Kids by Nanci here at Maiden Flight Clothing.

What!?!?!?!?!  You say you haven't gotten yours yet?  No problem. . . it's easy-peasy to get one.  Just go to
the top of our sidebar and click "Sign Up For Our Free Newsletter".  Once you enter your email name, check your email for a "confirmation" email from Maiden Flight.  You need to open that email and click the download links to receive your Pattern Guidebook.   This is pattern is rated EASY, and there is still time to make one as a Christmas present.

See ya next flight. . .

50% off Karito Kids World Collection II Dolls

Okay, here's exciting news to any of you who are planning on purchasing a Karito Kid for Christmas.  Here's a link to a code that can get you 50% off any of the Karito Kids World Collection II dolls.  But you have to hurry, the offer expires tonignt at Midnight EST.  That's just 2 hrs. from now.  Just click here!

WCII Group
See ya next flight. . .

American Girl Clothes from Maiden Flight Clothing Make a Cool Christmas Gift

Our Boot Cut Jeans (made from the acclaimed Liberty Jane Clothing Pattern) have been very popular in our Etsy Shoppe. After being sold out for a few days, the Jeans are back in the shoppe now. Just go here.

We are meticulous about the detailing on these jeans. . . double topstitching, faux fly, functional front pockets, and functional backpockets that display our signature Maiden Flight design. Every seam is finished for durability and to prevent fraying. You're gonna love these!!!!
Don't Delay -- Buy them now to be shipped in time for Christmas

Add this to the jeans for a really great look!
It's in our shoppe, too!  

Liberty Jane and Maiden Flight Release Patterns for Karito Kids

Maiden Flight Clothing was honored to be asked to customize four of the Liberty Jane Clothings patterns to fit Karito Kids.  Yesterday, we explained how to get one of these patterns free by signing up for our newsletter.
Well, how would you like to get another pattern for free?  Just click on the picture of the cover to go to Liberty Jane Patterns for a FREE Strappy Tank Pattern for Karito Kids.  The skill level for the pattern is EASY.  Pairing these patterns together will give a great trendy look for your Karito Kid, as you can see from the cover of the Guidebook.

Hey wait . . . that's not all. . . there's even more!  You can, also, purchase the Boot Cut Jeans Pattern customized for Karito Kids by Maiden Flight Clothing at Liberty Jane Patterns as well. Only $3.99.   Just click on the pic below to take you there.  Although the skill level of this pattern is INTERMEDIATE, the clear, concise STEP-BY-STEP directions make this a very do-able project if you just take your time.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get all three patterns and make a great looking trendy outfit for your doll in time for Christmas.

See ya next flight. . .

Liberty Jane Clothing and Maiden Flight Announce Patterns for Karito Kid

We've been keeping a secret from everyone for a little while now.  But today, we can finally announce that we have had a marvelous opportunity to partner with Liberty Jane Clothing to adapt some fabulous patterns to fit Karito Kids.  The patterns will be available at www.libertyjanepatterns.com in the next week or so.  How cool is that?!?!?!?

The first patterns to be offered will be the Trendy Tank, Trendy Tee, Strappy Tank, and Jeans.  If there is good interest in those, other patterns will be forthcoming.  So if you are a Karito Kid fan, be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think.

See ya next flight. . .

Handmade American Girl Doll Dress - Midnight and Sparkles

The Holidays are fast approaching, and a girl must have a festive dress to wear to all the parties. Midnight and Sparkles is a wonderful frilly dress with a midnight blue velor bodice with puffy sleeves trimmed in white lace and tiny ice blue bows.  Snowflake-adorned organza overlays ice blue nylon.  Perfectly styled bow adorns the waistline. Now in our Etsy shop.

See you next flight!!!  :-)

Newest Member of our Flight Crew

Today we thought we would introduce the two original members of our Flight Crew (our models). Most of the styles in the slide show above were modeled by either American Girls Samantha on the left or Molly on the right.

The big news  today is that a new model has recently signed on with us here at Maiden Flight Clothing.

Here is Agapita, being welcomed to our Flight Crew by Molly and Sam.  It seems as though our trio of models are fast becoming friends.

Agapita will be modeling our line of clothing especially sized for Karito Kids.
We here at Maiden Flight Clothing extend her a warm welcome and look forward to working with her. 

See ya next flight. . .

Last 2 Days for Free Offer

Hi everyone. Just wanted to remind you all that today and tomorrow are the last two days of our Tee Shirt giveaway. Buy a pair of jeans and get a free Maiden Flight Tee. This is a great value -- 2 items for the price of 1.

 Don't miss out -- Head over to our shoppe to scoop up this bargain before it's too late.  Our Fabulous Hobo bag has already been bought. . . I knew that wouldn't hang around for long!

One last thing. . . be sure to be watching for another exciting announcement that we will be sharing with all our great friends here in just a few weeks.

See ya next flight

Fall 2010 - Hobo Purse

Well, we have been very busy getting another item ready for Brambleberry Cottage Gift Shoppe and we always like to give our friends and followers a preview of what's going into the shoppe.  Just to give you a little advantage.

This time it is a great accessory item  for every American Girl's wardrobe -- A wonderful, roomy brushed demin Hobo Bag/Purse in cream with a crimson and cream plaid lining that is perfect for fall.

We're really exited about this piece that Nanci has designed.  It's a Maiden Flight Clothing Original -- Maybe, we should have called it a "Flight" bag.  Nanci has  added a ton of details -- taupe-colored top stitching, pleats, functional button and buttonhole tab closure,  even d-rings for the straps.  It truly is a miniature of a fantastic bag you might carry, yourself. 

So pop on over to Etsy and see it for yourself.  This one just may just "fly" out of the shop.

Be sure to let us know what you think. . .by liking us on the sidebar or leave a comment.  Did we mention that we love comments?

Oh, btw, you get a little sneak peek in the photo of one of the fashions we will be auctioning on ebay in the near future.  Just a little secret between friends.

See ya next Flight!!

First Maiden Flight Item on Etsy

Woohoo!!!  Big excitement brewing around here as we get ready to put our first Maiden Flight item in our etsy  shop (Brambleberry Cottage Gift Shoppe).  So what are we going to list???  A great pair of blue jeans made from the Liberty Jane Pattern.  It should be on etsy by this evening or tomorrow morning at the latest.

In celebration of this momentous occassion (I always wanted to say that heehee), we are going to include a black tee, embellished with our Maiden Flight Logo,as a free gift  to the lucky buyer of this pair of jeans.

Take note of our signature back pocket.  Here's a shot of the jeans and tee paired together.  What d'ya think?

Okay, see you next flight!!

American Girl Doll Skirt - You Can Make It

 This is a good beginning project for a young girl who loves her American Girl doll and would love to have some new clothes for her little friend. This easy project will encourage her because she will quickly see a completed project for her favorite doll. The project is entirely machine stitched and has NO curved seams. It will allow practice in making a casing for elastic.
Supplies you will need for this project:
tissue paper or a piece of newsprint to use to make a pattern
a fat quarter of fabric
11" piece of 1/2" elastic
scissors or rotary cutter
bodkin or safety pin
sewing machine
sewing pins

Before starting the project, cut a 16" x 7 1/2" rectangle from a piece of tissue paper or newsprint. Measure 6" from the short end and draw a straight line and place arrows at the ends. This will be used to measure the straight of the material.
If you are old enough to safely handle a rotary cutter, have her cut a 16" x 7 1/2" rectangle from the fat quarter. If you use the rotary cutter, skip to Step 4.
Lay the pattern on the straight of the fabric measuring from the selvage.
Pin in place.
Cut out the pattern.

Machine stitch 1/4" along both long edges.

Fold over fabric along stitching line and press with iron.

Along one long side, fold over 1/4" again and press.

Edge stitch the double folded edge. (This will be the hem of the skirt).

On long side opposite the hem, measure 1 1/2" from the folded edge and mark with tailor's chalk.

Fold over fabric to align edge of fold and chalk line; then pin in place.

Press fold.

Edge stitch to form the casing for the elastic waist.
A VERY helpful item to enable you to sew straight lines of stitching is the little item in the above picture. Some sewing machines come with this item. If yours didn't, a strong straight magnet will also work as a sewing guide.

Attach a bodkin or safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread the elastic through the casing.

At both ends of the casing, machine stitch the elastic to keep it secure.

The final step is to fold the skirt in half (right sides together) matching short ends and machine stitch 1/4" from the edge.
Turn right side out.

That completes the project.

Here my daughter, Orangeblossom, smiles proudly as she displays Molly in the finished skirt.
If you would like a longer skirt, just increase the width of the skirt.
It can be individualized by embellishing it in any way your creativity leads you.

I hope your little girl will enjoy this sewing project.

NOTE: The 11" length of elastic is just right for an American Girl doll waist, but may have to be adjusted for other 18" dolls such as Gotz, Springfield, etc.

Our Maiden Flight - About Us

Why did we choose the name "Maiden Flight for our clothing.  Well, the reason is really two fold.  First, "maiden" represents the American girl and "flight"  represents the concept of soaring high, girls trying their wings as they endeavor to experience new things & achieve greater heights.  It's all those things that are encompassed in "growing up"!  Pleasant Rowland, founder of American Girl Doll, encouraged young girls to strive to achieve their hopes and dreams. Second, on a personal level it is our own Maiden Flight, as we endeavor to realize our own dream of developing and selling fashionable and well-constructed designs for American Girl Dolls.

A catalyst in that dream is that we have recently entered into a agreement with Liberty Jane Clothing that permits us to sell fashions we have made from Liberty Jane Clothing Patterns.  We believe that LJC's standard of providing quality, handmade fashion from quality materials, with an emphasis on details echoed our own particular attention to those areas.  So we are proud to be a Liberty Jane Premium Partner. Some of what you will see here will be fashions from the wonderful patterns designed by Cinnamon Miles, founder of LJC, and others will be a mixture of her designs coupled with our own Maiden Flight Clothing designs.

So you can see why we are very anxious to begin our flight, and we hope that you will grab our button on the sidebar as well as become a Maiden Flight follower so you can keep up with all the exciting things that are happening around here.  Oh yeah, and don't forget to pass the word about us.

Thanks & see you next flight!   ;)

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