Hello everyone! Part 2 of this celebration will include Kirsten, Addy, and Samantha.
Full name: Kirsten Larson
Kirsten is a pioneer growing up in 1854. She and her family moved from Sweden to Minnesota. It was a rough journey and even when she arrived in America she didn’t feel like she would belong. She befriended an Indian friend, helped her mother when she was having a baby, and helped out the family making money selling honey. Kirsten is helpful and able to take on a lot of responsibility without complaining.
Although Kirsten is a pioneer, she did not get to ride in a Conestoga wagon in her books, but I made one for her anyway out of a shoebox and cardboard.
I only have one other authentic Kirsten outfit, which is her winter skirt and blouse outfit that Molly is modelling ( I got the hat from a garage sale.)
Since I didn’t have her knitted sweater and mittens I decided to knit them myself! You can see the hat pattern is a different from the original with hearts instead of dancing girls.
The prairie dress Lindsey is wearing was made by my grandma. Henriette is wearing a dress I got at a rummage sale.
Felicity decided to join them wearing a dress similar to Kirsten’s birthday dress.
Here are all the pioneer girls:
Full name: Aduke Walker
Addy was a slave on a South Carolina plantation in 1864. After her brother got sold, she and her mother left the rest of her family and ran away to Philadelphia. There, she and her mother started a new life. Her mother got a job sewing dresses and Addy would often deliver them. She worked very hard at school and learned quickly, but was influenced by her more wealthy classmates and felt ashamed at how poor she was. She is very loyal, caring, and brave.
Addy’s clothes are probably my favorite out of the American Girl collection so I have a lot of outfits. This is Addy in her old meet outfit and Nellie in her new BeForever meet outfit.
I just love the new dress Nellie’s wearing. The boots have little buttons but they velcro in the back.
Samantha is wearing Addy’s old school dress and Lily is wearing the new one.
The old outfit came in three pieces: a white blouse, a jacket and skirt.
The new outfit is only two pieces, the blouse is attached to the jacket. It does not come with shoes.
Tess is wearing her Christmas dress.
Here’s Lindsey in her birthday pinafore dress.
Miranda is wearing her Saves the Day dress.
Jacky is wearing Addy’s winter coat.
Felicity is wearing Addy’s nightgown, though I knitted her heartwarmer.
All of Addy’s outfits:
Some of the other girls decided to wear Civil War outfits and came up to be photographed too:
Here’s Carlie in a Civil War style dress made by Carpatina.
The rest of the dolls: (Katie is wearing Cecile’s parlor outfit and Molly is wearing dress with little blue hearts).
Full name: Samantha Mary Parkington
Samantha is a wealthy Victorian orphan who lives with her grandmother. Despite her wealthy surroundings she is very humble and befriends a servant girl named Nellie. Samantha always tries to be there when Nellie is in trouble and even sneaks her and her sisters into her aunts house to save them from getting separated. She is a curious girl who always tries to help those in need.
Extra Note: I only own two AG dolls that I got brand new. Samantha is the very first American Girl doll I received for Christmas from my parents. Before I got her I would sleep with the catalog opened to her picture by my bed every night! Since she arrived first, she is “queen” of all the dolls in the room; she makes decisions about what goes on in the doll room and solves any disagreements that occur between the dolls.
Tess is wearing Samantha’s school dress, and Lindsey is wearing a school dress made by my aunt.
I don’t own Samantha’s Christmas dress because my aunt made this beautiful one which I like much better!
My aunt also sewed this sailor dress that Molly is wearing.
I have Samantha’s original winter cloak that Tess is wearing and a beautiful cloak with a hood sewn by my aunt that Lily is modelling.
Girls in the early 1900s were not allowed to wear pants, even to play! Instead they wore dresses with pinafores to cover them in case they got stained. And for Samantha who loves climbing trees, that happened a lot! Here is Katie in the AG Samantha play dress, and Kirsten in my aunt’s homemade one.
Samantha wanted her birthday to be a very ladylike affair. She used the best party ware with a fancy table cloth and dishes.
Here’s Carlie, in her birthday outfit, and Nellie in hers.
Here is a look back at some of what American Girl originally sold for Samantha:
And here is a group picture of all of the dolls in their Victorian finery.
Don’t you just love everyone’s outfits? Thanks to my aunt who took the time to sew so many of them when I first got Samantha twenty years ago! The outfits she made are still in like-new condition! Stay tuned for the final part of this series when I will feature Kit and Molly.