iCreate Monthly Doll Magazine Dec 2017 now available

Icreate monthly magazine for dolls ohsewkat

iCreate Monthly is now available for December 2017.  This month’s feature is doll and product photography!

I like to share great doll finds with my readers as I come across them.  Let me tell you, this magazine publication is top notch! It’s full of ideas, patterns, interviews, printables, projects, information, coupons and more!  You can purchase a PDF download, or you can buy a printed version that is a full 8×11 size glossy magazine! Both are worth the money, in my opinion, for all the tips, ideas, and coupons you receive.  Head on over to http://www.icreatefordolls.com and get your copy today!  You can join the iCreate community for free and take advantage of many of its new features.  If you pay for a subscription, you will also receive this magazine each month!

Last month I hosted a holiday themed sew-along. There’s alot of fun doll related activities and chat going on at iCreate.  I’ll see you there! (Be sure to invite me to be a friend!)

~Kat

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Tester Tuesday: Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set

Jumping Jack Sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls

Jumping Jack is a 1970s based pattern that takes on a modern and fun flare.  A knit turtleneck shirt and wide shorts are cute on their own, but add an “over the head” (reversible) jumper that buttons to the shorts (or is held in place with a belt) and it’s an instant jumper!  When I was young, we probably called them pantskirts!

Here are a few photos of my amazing testers’ Jumping Jack outfits.  Photo credits:  Jenny Swann, Carly Gebert, Nicole Rhodes, Sandy O’Malley, Edith Sheluga and Ashley Crawe.  The tunic can be put on your doll with cute buttons or a tie or belt.  Doll sized elastic headbands work great too!  😉  Find this new pattern HERE.

Jumping Jack sewing pattern doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

This belt is reversible too!

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Jumping Jack Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

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Come back next week to see the holiday Jumping Jacks!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Holiday Doll Dresses

Whether you are making a gift for a special girl in your life, or teaching a young girl to sew her own doll clothes, so many of us get inspired and excited by festive holiday prints and trims!

First up is Nanea in (Tenney’s Shirt) and a Four Season Skirt.

Free sewing pattern for dolls by OH Sew Kat!

Here are some of my favorite doll outfits I’ve sewn for the holiday season.

Lanie in Playground Pants and Jumping Jack turtleneck.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by ohsewkat
Willa in a sweet Party Time Peasant Dress.Holiday doll dresses with Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns (2)

Mary in a Party Time Peasant Dress (love this gold piping look!)Holiday doll dresses with Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns (3)

Kelly in a Party Time Peasant Dress (this pattern does not get old. Add some trim, some contrast, a fun button!)Holiday doll dresses with Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns (5)

Always a classic:  Emily in a School Dance Dress.Holiday doll dresses with Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns (7)

Mary in another School Dance Dress.Holiday doll dresses with Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns (8)

What are you sewing this holiday season! Don’t forget to share!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up Series: Sugar n Spice Dress Nutcracker Inspired Clara Nightgown Tutorial

Nightgown tutorial for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Every doll loves a special new nightgown to wear on Christmas Eve.  Here I’ll show you a few changes you can make to the basic SUGAR N SPICE dress pattern to create this pretty, flowing gown for your doll.

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First, you will need the pattern!  Find the pattern here in my Etsy shop.

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Bodice:

  1. Fold your fabric in half.  Decide how wide you want your center placket and place the bodice front piece that distance from the fold.  My placket is about 1/2 inch wide, and the pattern piece is placed 1/2 inch from the fold. Cut one.  *Note:  On this sample, I cut the neckline about 1/4 inch higher than the pattern piece.  Be sure to cut the lining to match this exactly if you want to do this too. I did not make any changes to the back bodice piece.
  2. Cut an additional bodice front and two bodice backs as directed by the pattern for the lining.  Do not add the extra width to this front.
  3. On the wider front, fold the fabric wrong sides together.  Stitch a seam at 1/2 inch (the measurement from step 1) down the middle of the piece, from the neckline to waist.  Open out the placket and press it flat.
  4. If you want to add trim or lace to your placket, put it under the edges, then top stitch. Otherwise, just top stitch each edge down.
  5. Assemble the bodice as the pattern directs.

Sleeves:

  1. Use the same sleeve as the pattern you are using.  (always).  Measure down your doll’s arm and decide where you want the finished length. Then add 1/4 th inch and cut your new sleeve.  *Tip:  Print and cut an extra page that has the sleeve piece on it. Ignore the other things on the page, and measure and draw out your long sleeve and cut it out. You will now have it to use again!  My measurement was 1 5/8th inch longer, measured at the outside edge of the pattern piece (not the center).  Just extend the lines of the sleeve down to this new hemline.
  2.  To add a ruffle to your sleeve hem, cut two additional strips.   I cut mine 1 1/2 x 10 inches.  Hem one long edge of each one. Gather the unhemmed long edge and attach it, right sides together, to the bottom of the sleeve.  If you have trim, baste it on the sleeve piece before you attach the ruffle, so it is sandwiched in between.
  3. Top stitch.
  4. Follow the pattern directions to attach the sleeves.

Skirt:

  1. Cut the skirt to 7 inches by 28 inches and the ruffle ruffle 3 1/2 x 36 to make your gown look like mine.  Note:  I normally cut the skirt for this pattern at 33-36 inches because I like them full, but this time, I wanted to conserve my expensive trim, so I went with 28 inches.  The ruffle will make up for the fullness.  To make the gown a little closer to floor length, use 7 1/2 x 33 inches for the skirt and 3 3/4 x 44 inches for the ruffle.
  2. Zigzag or serge one long edge of the ruffle. Press up 1/4th inch and stitch hem in place.
  3. Baste optional piping or trim to the raw, bottom edge of the skirt. Turn to right side. Do not top stitch until after you attach the ruffle.  Gather and attach the skirt as directed in the pattern.  Top stitch at the bodice.
  4. Gather and attach the ruffle. Topstitch.

Finishing:

  1. Continue with the pattern directions to finish the back edge and attach the hook and loop tape.
  2. Add buttons or bows to your placket for a final touch.

Sugar n spice nightgown for dolls

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Nightgown pattern for 18 inch dolls by ohsewkat

New sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls: Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set by Oh Sew Kat!

Jumper turtleneck and shorts sewing pattern for dolls

Now available, a brand new sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls from Oh Sew Kat! (Coming in other sizes soon).  This pattern features flared shorts, a knit turtleneck shirt, and a reversible, tunic style jumper that buttons to the shorts (or choose an easier elastic belt option) for three great looks in one pattern!  This pattern is perfect for your Julie doll!  It’s inspired by a pattern from 1974! Use cute buttons or try an elastic belt.  The tunic is reversible and has open sides for a fun, retro pantskirt look.

Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set for 18 inch Dolls

Jumping Jack sewing pattern for dolls by oh sew kat

1970s doll clothes sewing pattern ohsewkat

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turtleneck shirt sewing pattern for dolls

The turtleneck shirt can be worn with many of your doll’s other outfits to keep her warm this fall and winter. Shown above with Sixth Grade Skirts and the Four Season Skirt, patterns also available from Oh Sew Kat!

Use your imagination to create a cute holiday themed outfit! This would also be adorable as a gingerbread man or snowman as well!  Find the Jumping Jack pattern for a special intro price until Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 in my Etsy Shop.

Jumper santa outfit for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Jumping Jack Sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls

Find the pattern here in my Etsy shop. Coming soon to Pixie Faire and You Can Make This.

See more ideas in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

 

 

 

Sixth Grade Skirt

The Sixth Grade Skirt was the pattern that started it all!  I had just finished a pattern making class, and a few friends and I were all working together to publish our first patterns.  We worked together and tested each others’ work, challenging ourselves to publish our first patterns! We all did it!  And the Sixth Grade Skirt was mine.

Sixth Grade Skirt Sewing Pattern for dolls by ohsewkat

Because it was my first pattern, the learning curve was pretty steep. Who knew there was so much work in a pattern? I chose a simple design that my (at the time) 12 year old daughter could easily sew.  Thank you to all of you that have purchased this (and any that have come since!) pattern!

 

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The Sixth Grade Skirt is a simple skirt to sew.  From cutting to finishing, you can easily complete it in under an hour.  With the overlap in back, it’s easy to fit for different sized dolls.  You can make it for summer, or winter, or anything in between!

Add pockets to your skirt with this easy tutorial!

Sixth Grade Skirt Sewing Pattern for Dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Choose shiny fabrics and pretty trim to put in between the seams.  Here is the Sixth Grade Skirt for Hearts for Hearts Dolls.

Doll clothes sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat for American Girl wellie wishers animators

This rainbow skirt was fun to make and is perfect for a hot summer day.  I turned my fabric when I cut the center panel for interest.OhSewKat popsicle top pdf doll pattern-034

Maryellen is ready for the holidays in her red, corduroy Sixth Grade Skirt.  A perfect fall skirt to take your doll right into the holidays and on to Valentine’s Day!OhSewKat PDF Patterns Fall 2015 020

This pink skirt was made with simple, pink cotton.  It easily works in summer and winter. Because dolls don’t get cold 😉

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School Bell Blouse and Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat!

Rapunzel’s summery outfit was stitched by Jaci of JGooseandCO.  Mixing and matching prints make a perfect play outfit for Disney animator dolls.Tangled by Jaci

Find the patterns here to stitch up your version today!  You can find all the sizes in my ETSY SHOP.  These patterns are also available on Craftsy, Pixie Faire, and You Can Make This.

Sixth Grade Skirt for 18 inch dolls

Sixth Grade Skirt for Animators

Sixth Grade Skirt for Bitty Baby

Sixth Grade Skirt for Wellie Wishers

Sixth Grade Skirt for Hearts for Hearts

Shirley of Doll Clothes by Shirley used the Sixth Grade Skirt with pretty embroidery and fold over elastic as the trim for her Wellie Wisher outfit.Simple tee shirt sweet tee pattern by oh sew kat

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

 

 

Four Season Skirt : Make a Holiday Doll Skirt

A few years ago, I set up my email list and offered a free skirt pattern.  You can still join and get your copy!  I named it the Four Season Skirt because it’s the “go to” skirt you need to make doll fashions for every season.

Free skirt sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls

How about some Holiday Cheer!  Twinkling lights, pretty presents, candy canes, and festive parties.  Nanea is wearing her skirt with Tenney’s lace top.  Kailey is all dressed up for a party with a sequin tank in her pretty, plaid taffeta skirt. Adding a tulle underskirt is another way to “dress it up” with this super, simple pattern.

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holiday skirt for dolls sewing pattern

Grace’s long sleeve tee was made from a pair of girls’ leggings!  Her red, sightseeing capelet is perfect for the holiday season.  The Four Season skirt pattern is also available in other sizes for Animator , Wellie Wishers, and Hearts for Hearts dolls.

 

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Team Spirit! Game Day spirit wear for dolls.

Do you have a favorite team?  It’s so fun to stitch up a spirit outfit for your dolls too.  The Four Season Skirt, with just a few seams and no pattern pieces, is my favorite to make up a quick spirit outfit whether it’s MLB Baseball, our favorite colleges, or a football team. This skirt can be made is less than an hour, and the pattern is FREE in 3 sizes when you join my email list.  It’s the perfect match for the reversible Popsicle Top!

Free skirt pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

This cute Wisconsin outfit was stitched up by the Pearl Pony.  You can find her on Facebook.  She also used the Popsicle Top pattern with the Four Season Skirt.

Wisconsin Badgers doll skirt

Don’t forget the Wellie Wishers and the Glitter Girls! They have school spirit too! Lanie’s ready for Hokie Game Day in her Va Tech FOUR SEASON SKIRT and Willa’s pinafore is made with the Sugar n Spice pattern.

Virginia Tech doll clothes by ohsewkat

Marquete skirt wellie wishers doll

Lanie is wearing a Sweet, Simple Tee with her Marquette U Four Season Skirt.  Camille has hers with the Popsicle Top.Marquette University Doll Skirt by Oh Sew Kat!

Kailey is all set for a warm, fall Game Day in her Cal Bears Bloomer Buddies Top.  This top is a quick sew; make one up in an afternoon!

Cal Bears Doll Top by Oh Sew Kat!

What team does your doll cheer for?  Find all these sewing patterns and more in my ETSY SHOP, and on Pixie Faire.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

 

Sewing Inspiration: Sugar n Spice Dress for 18 inch Dolls

Here’s a little inspiration for your sewing this weekend. I bought some new fabrics from my favorite online shop, The Fat Quarter Shop, and wanted to stitch up something new.  I have a new selection of fabrics from the amazing Bonnie Christine.  This is her HELLO OLLIE collection.

Bonnie Christine fabric dress by oh sew kat

I chose the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern .  I made the pleated hemmed sleeve and a six inch skirt, adding lace to the bottom.  I added the bonus apron as well.  This dress is my most popular pattern because it is easy to stitch up in a single evening.  The sleeves have pretty puffs and pleats and you can make the dress look different with just a few changes.  I didn’t change anything on this one except add some lace to the bottom.  I used less than three fat quarters to make this dress. (I had to stitch two pieces together to make the green bird piece long enough for the skirt).

sew a doll dress by oh sew kat

 

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Nanea looks so pretty in this dress!!  See more Sugar n Spice dress here and here.  What are you sewing this weekend?

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Doll dress pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

 

iCreate Monthly Magazine Nov 2017 Now Available

Doll Magazine for crafting and sewing for dolls

iCreate Monthly is now available for November 2017.  HOT off the Presses!

I like to share great doll finds with my readers as I come across them.  Let me tell you, this magazine publication is top notch! It’s full of ideas, patterns, interviews, printables, projects, information, coupons and more!  You can purchase a PDF download, or you can buy a printed version that is a full 8×11 size glossy magazine! Both are worth the money, in my opinion, for all the tips, ideas, and coupons you receive.  Head on over to www.icreatefordolls.com and get your copy today!  You can join the iCreate community for free and take advantage of many of its new features.  If you pay for a subscription, you will also receive this magazine each month!

~Kat