Another sewing project from a few months back was a little blouse and jumper for an 18" doll.
I started out with plain blue fabric and stitched the red stripes. That added some interest to an otherwise plain (cheap) fabric.
Then I embroidered a butterfly on the bodice. I found the images in a cross stitch book and just transferred them onto the fabric.
I am a sucker for any sort of piping. I added it around the collar of the blouse and the edge of the bodice. I think it turned out to be a really one-of-a-kind outfit, don't you? I can't wait to sew a whole wardrobe for this sweet doll. Incidentally, she is a Gotz doll I found at Value Village for $2.