Kristin Rutten

Zooey Deschanel & Tommy Hilfiger Ahoy Dress is inspiration for new American Girl doll dress pattern.

The Story Behind My Latest Dress Design

I fell in love with the “Ahoy” dress by Tommy Hilfiger the first time I saw it.

I was flipping through People StyleWatch magazine a few months ago and came upon a page featuring Zooey Deschanel. As a star in New Girl, my latest must-see TV series, Zooey is among my favorite actresses. I love her cute, quirky personality and even more, her fun clothing style.


The inspiration for my new American Girl doll dress came from an article about the new To Tommy from Zooey Collection.


The Ahoy Dress is a great example of that style, as is the entire “To Tommy from Zooey Collection” by Tommy Hilfiger.

So I set out to create my own dress inspired by the one I saw in that article.


Patriotic dress inspired by Zooey DeschanelI love the patriotic colors … just in time for Independence Day! (And I’ll bet you wouldn’t have guessed that I made it out of a spare bed sheet and a striped shirt that I no longer wanted!)

Once the festivities are over, I plan to get my dress pattern ready for publication.

I’ve got lots of ideas for other color and design combinations, so I’m looking forward to trying them out with the new pattern!

Do you like it? I’d love to hear what you think!

🙂 Tillie








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About Kristin Rutten

Kristin Rutten is the creator, owner and operator of Matilda Jo Originals. Born and raised in Montana, she first learned to sew on her grandmother's antique Singer sewing machine by cutting out and stitching a simple nine-square pillow. Other projects soon followed and she has been crafting and sewing ever since. In addition to sewing and pattern design, she also enjoys crocheting, scrapbooking and designing WordPress websites, including sister company iCreateForDolls.com. She makes her home in Central Montana with her husband and four children, ages 9 to 22.

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