This is a really great, straightforward pattern, and I think I will get a lot of use from it in the future. These backpacks would make great gifts, they sew up very quickly (I did most of the work on Christmas Eve!), and you can omit the doll carrier portion to create a regular backpack! I have to admit, my favorite part of the pattern is that the zipper casing/gusset fits perfects. To me, that is a sign of a well-written pattern!
I did change a few things - I did not use prequilted fabric, I used heavy interfacing in the doll straps rather than batting, nylon webbing for the backpack straps, and I made the straps and doll "pocket" piece with enclosed seams. That may not make sense unless you have read through the pattern, but it was just a small change that I made.
I used Castle Peeps by Lizzie House for the backpack.
The first outfit that I made was a skirt and knit shirt. The knit is from JoAnn's and the skirt is made from some left over Innocent Crush velveteen!
Simplicity 5733). I'd also like to try making a few generic pieces like skirts and pants that will fit dolls of different sizes.
The backpack and clothes were all a big hit, which makes it all worth it!