Spring Shine Dress: A New Sewing Pattern for 18 inch Dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Oh Sew Kat! has a new sewing pattern for your 18 inch dolls! The Spring Shine Dress or Top sewing pattern is now available in my Etsy Shop. Whether as a dress or a top, the Spring Shine’s dress feminine bodice and pretty, flutter sleeves will be the perfect outfit for the fresh, warm weather.  The faux placket is easily formed with a fold and the back closes with hook and loop tape.  Make it twirl ready with a full skirt, or keep it short and simple.  You can add pretty trim or lace to either side of the placket and tiny buttons or sparkles to create your own, unique Spring Shine Dress.

New Pattern Introductory Offer: Get the Spring Shine Dress Pattern for $3.99 through Friday, 19 July.

Click HERE. On Saturday, the price will go up to the regular price of $4.99.

Make a doll dress for your 18 inch doll with the flutter sleeve Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern from oh sew kat! It's easy to DIY your own doll clothes and be a fashion designer~ #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Click here to purchase the Spring Shine Dress or Top 18 inch doll sewing pattern on Etsy.

Make a doll dress for your 18 inch doll with the flutter sleeve Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern from oh sew kat! It's easy to DIY your own doll clothes and be a fashion designer~

The Spring Shine pattern can be made as a dress or a top for your 18 inch doll.

Complete the look! Make the top and pair it up with the ruffled capri pants from the Boardwalk Boutique pattern, or a pair of Sandbox Shorts. Visit the Spring Shine INSPIRATION PAGE to see more cute dresses!

Make a doll dress for your 18 inch doll with the flutter sleeve Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern from oh sew kat! It's easy to DIY your own doll clothes and be a fashion designer~

The Spring Shine Dress is an easy pattern for dolls that is fat quarter friendly.

Make a doll dress for your 18 inch doll with the flutter sleeve Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern from oh sew kat! It's easy to DIY your own doll clothes and be a fashion designer~

Blaire’s bee outfit pairs the Spring Shine Top with the Boardwalk Boutique ruffled capri pants.

Make your doll a dress with lace and sparkles using the new Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern.

Make a doll dress for your 18 inch doll with the flutter sleeve Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern from oh sew kat! It's easy to DIY your own doll clothes and be a fashion designer~

Find a selection of easy to sew doll clothes patterns, like the Spring Shine Dress, from Oh Sew Kat!

The flutter sleeves are fully lined, and provide the perfect accent to your design.

Make a doll dress for your 18 inch doll with the flutter sleeve Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern from oh sew kat! It's easy to DIY your own doll clothes and be a fashion designer~

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE the Spring Shine pattern for 18 inch Dolls

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Find the complete Oh Sew Kat! pattern library HERE.

Make Doll Sized Graphic Tees with your Cricut or Cameo Machine.

Make graphic tees for dolls with HTV and a cricut machine. Easy tutorial by OH Sew Kat. Find sewing patterns for popular sized doll clothes.

Please note: This tutorial includes affiliate links. See my policy HERE. This tutorial will also work with other e-cutter machines like Cameo and Scan n Cut (plus more), but it is written for the Cricut machine.

Make your doll a graphic tee shirt to fit your mood and your style.

Make graphic tees for dolls with HTV and a cricut machine. Easy tutorial by OH Sew Kat. Find sewing patterns for popular sized doll clothes.

I found this baseball graphic in the Cricut Design catalog. When I choose a design for a graphic tee for a doll, I look for bold designs with simple details. Fewer colors is a plus as well. If the letters are thin, they may be too hard to read or get messed up in weeding because it is such a small size.

SUPPLIES NEEDED: HEAT TRANSFER VINYL. You can find it on Amazon as well as from Cricut.

Tutorial: Set up your graphics on Design Space & Prepare Your Materials to Cut

  1. Using Design Space, set up your design. For an 18″ doll, I try to keep my designs within a 3 x 2 inch rectangle as the shirts are not very big. Use a smaller area for smaller dolls to keep the graphics in proportion to their size.
  2. Once your design is set up, you need to either reverse it so it’s now backwards, or use the “Mirror” button before cutting. Heat transfer vinyl comes on a “carrier sheet” and this carrier sheet holds your pieces of your design in place and together as you to put the HTV against the fabric. It will be sticky enough to hold your design in place while you press and will peel off after pressing.
  3. Check your cut settings (heat transfer vinyl or iron on setting on your machine), cut your design, and weed off (pull off) the HTV that surrounds the design, so all that is left on the clear carrier sheet is the design pieces you actually want on your shirt. Be sure to get the little bits inside your round letters if you have any words in your design. If the design is multiple colors, cut each one and weed it individually. When you lay it on the shirt, sticky side down, it should now read correctly.
  4. You will press your design from the bottom layer to the top layer, pressing each one individually. The bottom layer is often the biggest, and it will be closest to the shirt. Figure out your pressing order and line up your layers so you don’t make a mistake. For example, for the Captain America logo, I pressed the layers in this order: large red circle, large white circle, small red circle, navy blue circle, white star. Because these shirts are small, it’s easy to eyeball the placement, and I just used my regular iron. If you have a very intricate design, consider using registration marks to line everything up correctly. There are lots of videos on YouTube® on how to do this.
  5. Fold your tee shirt in half to mark the center and press it with your finger. Do the same for the bottom layer of your design. Place the design, carrier sheet sticky side down, onto the shirt, cover with a teflon sheet, and press quickly. Remove the carrier sheet. The type of shirt and type of HTV will determine the temperature and timing for pressing. If you have a lot of layers, you may not want to press each layer for the full time as the layers will be pressed again with each layer. Give the last layer a good 10 seconds of press.
  6. Working from the bottom layer to the top, continue to add each layer and press it in place. You can add multiple colors at one time, but only if the carrier sheets do not overlap. Use a teflon sheet over your design as you work. If you are using any kind of metallic, hologram, or glitter HTV, that layer must be the very top layer or it will not stay pressed in the long run.

Let your dolls speak for themselves with graphic tees made with HTV on a Cricut or Cameo machine.

Make adorable Captain American dress bibs with the easy Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy to sew printable PDF sewing patterns are available for dolls in 5 sizes.

This Captain America logo was created with simple shapes in Design Space. I just layered circles together with a star on top.

Use your Cricut Machine to make your own doll sized graphic tee shirts and outfits.

Make a sparkly snowflake tee shirt for your 18 inch doll with this quick and easy HTV tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Find more sewing patterns for American Girl dolls (free skirt pattern) at www.ohsewkat.com. #ohsewkat #cricuttutorial #dollteeshirt #htvtutorial #dollcraft

This snowflake was cut from glitter vinyl and is much more sparkly than the photo shows. I found the design in the Cricut catalog. I have a subscription to Cricut’s Access– so I can use any designs marked with the “a” whenever I want, instead of having to purchase designs individually. So far, I’ve always been able to find something that I could use for any project I have worked on. Once it was pressed, I added to it with blue crystals for even more of an effect. (Find them in the craft store scrapbook aisle.) Each one you create will be unique and special!

Heat Transfer Vinyl comes in a large selection of colors and finishes. Try a few in doll scale to add your own personal touch to doll fashions you make or you buy.

You can find premade doll tees on Amazon HERE and THIS SELECTION offers a nice variety of HTV to give you lots of options when you start out. (I prefer SISER Easyweed HTV over some others.

In addition to my cricut machines, I also own two Cameo machines. The results will be the same, no matter which machine you own or use. The Silhouette software works very much the same, and you need to mirror your HTV designs as well. Have fun creating a new doll wardrobe with your choice of fun graphics!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Tester Tuesday: Animators’ Dolls in Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern

It’s Tester Tuesday! Today’s feature is the popular Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! sized for 16 inch princess dolls like Animators’. These adorable outfits were sewn by the talented Chris Lambrechts. Her fashions use the Backyard Bibs and Playtime Peasant Top patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Both patterns are also available in other popular doll sizes in my Etsy Shop.

Tea anyone? Isn’t this outfit cute with contrasting waistband and straps, plus a cute bow accent!

Make easy overalls for girl and boy animators dolls with this digital PDF sewing pattern from OH Sew Kat! Easy to sew beginner level doll clothes patterns for animators like Anna, Elsa and Rapunzel. #animators #dollclothes

The apple of my eye: Add a cute pocket to the front of the bibs. The pocket piece is included in the pattern!

Make easy overalls for girl and boy animators dolls with this digital PDF sewing pattern from OH Sew Kat! Easy to sew beginner level doll clothes patterns for animators like Anna, Elsa and Rapunzel. #animators #dollclothes

Backyard Bibs is the perfect canvas to show off your own artwork- whether it’s painting, embroidery, applique, or heat transfer vinyl.

Make easy overalls for girl and boy animators dolls with this digital PDF sewing pattern from OH Sew Kat! Easy to sew beginner level doll clothes patterns for animators like Anna, Elsa and Rapunzel. #animators #dollclothes

Or use the Backyard Bibs just to show off your favorite, cute fabrics. Rapunzel looks like she is ready to play this spring. She’s wearing a Popsicle Top under her shorts bibs.

Make easy overalls for girl and boy animators dolls with this digital PDF sewing pattern from OH Sew Kat! Easy to sew beginner level doll clothes patterns for animators like Anna, Elsa and Rapunzel. #animators #dollclothes

Thank you to Chris for sharing her wonderful sewing talent with us. What style will you make your Backyard Bibs for Animators?

Find the Backyard Bibs in other popular doll sizes HERE. See more ideas for your sewing projects in the inspiration gallery.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Oh Sew Kat! Shop Feature: You Can Make This

Here at Oh Sew Kat! Designs, you will find quick and easy sewing patterns to make an entire doll clothes wardrobe for your 18 inch dolls (like American Girl®) as well as other, smaller sized dolls, like Wellie Wishers and Bitty Baby®.  PDF patterns are simple to use (shop and print at home!) and easy to store (computer files- save your pattern pieces for next time or toss them and print them again later).  Read below to learn more about the pattern sites where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.

Many of us have favorite sites we like to use and choose and collect reward points to buy (yes!) more patterns.  I want you to be able to shop where you like to shop- so I offer my patterns on multiple selling platforms.  Each platform is a little different, and all patterns are not available on all the sites.  Click HERE to find the FREE Four Season Skirt pattern in 3 sizes.

Please note:  Due to the variety of internet browsers, you should always download your PDF file first, and save it on your computer, before opening it and printing your pieces at actual size.

Learning to sew? Find over 10 tips for sewing newbies! Use easy print at home PDF patterns to sew doll clothes for your 18 inch, 14 inch and Bitty Baby dolls with patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingtips #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #18inchdoll #ohsewkat

Where to buy Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns for dolls


You Can Make This

You Can Make This, or YCMT, is a sewing lovers’ dream!  This was the site where I first found my love of PDF digital sewing patterns.  This site offers much, much more than doll clothes, with a large variety of handbags, kids’ clothes, craft projects, toys, and more from over 300 designers.  They offer weekly newsletters, a place to feature the items you’ve made, and also take most forms of payment.  You will need to establish an account, but your pattern files will always be available for you in your pattern library.  You can also earn points for purchases and use them for future purchases as well.

Oh Sew Kat! on You Can Make This

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Learn to sew doll clothes with easy sewing patterns by oh sew kat! American Girl doll clothes patterns plus free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #diy#sewingproject #beginner #ohsewkat

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Tester Tuesday: Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern for A Girl for All Time® Dolls.

Be inspired by these Backyard Bibs that were sewn by the Oh Sew Kat! testers. I love how each one looks completely unique!

Inspiring tester photos of the Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern.

Make doll clothes for A Girl for All Time dolls with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Backyard bibs has four variations and is quick to sew!
Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Cat’s Meow by Linda R.

Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Anchor’s Away by Michele A. (Shown with the Playtime Peasant Blouse underneath)

Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Old Glory by Michele A. (Shown with a Popsicle Top underneath)

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Find more ideas to sew the Backyard Bibs pattern in the Inspiration Gallery.

Step it Up Series: Make a Western Peasant Top Dress with a Ruffle with this Easy Sewing Pattern Hack

Nicki is rocking the red in her cute, bandana dress. It sends such a fun, summer and country vibe! It was easy to sew with elastic at the neck and sleeves (no closures) and pulls on over her feet. I found this doll scale bandana fabric in both red and navy blue at Walmart.

Dress your 18 inch doll like a country singer with a bandana print peasant dress and belt.

Make a bandana ruffled dress with the Playtime Peasant Top PDF sewing pattern. Oh Sew Kat! offers easy doll clothes sewing pattern tutorials to make diy doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Patterns also available in other popular doll sizes. #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Your 18 inch doll will look like a country western pop star in a bandana print Peasant Dress

Make a bandana ruffled dress with the Playtime Peasant Top PDF sewing pattern. Oh Sew Kat! offers easy doll clothes sewing pattern tutorials to make diy doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Patterns also available in other popular doll sizes. #dollclothes #sewingpattern

This is a very simple pattern hack and will work for any size doll, just adjust the measurements to your preferred length. Start with the Playtime Peasant Top Sewing Pattern. It’s available HERE for 18 inch Dolls, and HERE for other popular doll sizes like Bitty Baby and Wellie Wisher, plus more.

Easy Sewing Pattern to make doll clothes for 18 inch dolls- Oh Sew Kat! PDF digital sewing patterns for easy beginner doll clothes. Try this peasant top and twirl skirt.

Nicki Fleming looks just like a country music pop star in a bandana print Playtime Peasant Dress.

To make this cute dress for your 18 inch doll, simply add one inch to the hem of your Playtime Peasant Top bodice. Cut an additional piece of fabric 3 inches x 30 inches for the ruffle and press it the long way with wrong sides together.

Complete the entire pattern as directed until you get to the hem. You can add the ruffle before or after your sew the 2nd side seam, it’s up to you. Gather the ruffle and with right sides together, attach it to the hem of your dress. Top stitch from the right side of the dress, with the seam allowance towards the dress.

Cut 10 inches of FOLD OVER ELASTIC. Sew the ends together, and use this as a belt. (It also works as a headband!).

Make a bandana ruffled dress with the Playtime Peasant Top PDF sewing pattern. Oh Sew Kat! offers easy doll clothes sewing pattern tutorials to make diy doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Patterns also available in other popular doll sizes. #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Make your 18 inch doll an easy country western peasant dress with the Playtime Peasant Dress Sewing Pattern.

Make a bandana ruffled dress with the Playtime Peasant Top PDF sewing pattern. Oh Sew Kat! offers easy doll clothes sewing pattern tutorials to make diy doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Patterns also available in other popular doll sizes. #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Try a simple sewing pattern for a country diva 18 inch doll dress.

See more ideas for this easy pattern in the Inspiration Gallery. Use it to make a MuuMuu with this tutorial, or use it to make a double ruffle dress with this tutorial.

Find more country and farm themed doll outfits here and here.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Use Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns to make country diva doll dresses.

Sew a Captain America themed Dress with the Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern

Are your girls and your dolls into superheros? The Backyard Bibs is an easy pattern to alter to fit lots of fun themes. Today I’m sharing one with you… I often share sneak peeks on my facebook and instagram pages. Be sure to check them out and follow both so you don’t miss a thing. Enjoy these Captain America inspired photos.

Make your doll a Captain America dress with the easy Backyard Bibs sewing pattern.

No time to sew it now? Be sure to PIN these images so you can find them later!

Make adorable Captain America  dress overalls style bibs with the easy Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Be your daughter's superhero!  Easy to sew printable PDF sewing patterns are available for dolls in 5 sizes.

Available in five popular doll sizes, the Backyard Bibs is quick to sew with four fun options (two skirts and two pants!).

Captain America themed dress for your 18 inch doll – made with the simple Backyard Bibs pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

Make adorable Captain America  dress overalls style bibs with the easy Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Be your daughter's superhero!  Easy to sew printable PDF sewing patterns are available for dolls in 5 sizes.

I used red, white, and navy blue heat transfer vinyl to iron on the logo on the front of the dress, after cutting it out on my cricut machine. See more information in this POST. The white top under the bibs is made from the Playtime Peasant Top. Find it bundled with the Backyard Bibs HERE. You can use any of the 5 sizes of Backyard Bibs patterns to make fun outfits like this one!

Your 18″ doll will love playing she’s just like Captain America, a superhero, in her red, white, and blue themed overalls dress.

Kelly looks amazing in this bright blue dress. She is a Truly Me Doll #63 from American Girl®.

Make adorable Captain America dress overalls style bibs with the easy Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Be your daughter's superhero! Easy to sew printable PDF sewing patterns are available for dolls in 5 sizes.

Which superhero is your favorite? See more ideas to use with your Backyard Bibs pattern HERE and HERE.

Find easy to sew doll clothes patterns at Oh Sew Kat! and make your own version of the Superhero Captain America dress.

Make a superhero dress for dolls! Use the easy to sew Backyard Bibs sewing pattern to make fun overall romper dresses for 18 inch and other sized dolls. Find Oh Sew Kat! on Etsy!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Sunshine Dress Pattern Hacks

This month, Kat’s Pattern Pick of the Month is the SUNSHINE DRESS. This pattern is available in three sizes (18 inch, 16 inch animators, and 14.5 Wellie Wishers) and as an a line short sleeve styled dress, it offers lots of options to sew it up in different ways for your dolls.

Easy Pattern Hacks for the Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

Click on each link below to go right to the instructions for the Pattern Hacks.

Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern for Dolls

Make historical fashion outfits for your BeForever Character dolls with Oh Sew Kat’s Sunshine Dress pattern.

Melody American Girl Doll in Green Sunshine Dress

Find the tutorial to make the Sunshine Dress sleeveless HERE. See more photos of Melody’s outfits here.

Find the Sunshine Dress sewing pattern HERE.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

Nanea’s muumuu dress was part of a four part series of blog posts in adapting Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make Hawaiian inspired fashions. Find the MuuMuu tutorial HERE and see more ideas for Nanea HERE, HERE, and HERE.

See more ideas for the Sunshine Dress pattern here and here.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Tester Tuesday: Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set Sewing Pattern

Even though the weather is warm here, it’s winter on the other side of the world! The Jumping Jack pattern is the perfect pattern for cute and unique outfits for fall, winter, and cooler weather.

The Jumping Jack sewing pattern offers 3 pieces that can be worn together or used to accent other outfits. The knit turtleneck shirt, flair legged shorts, and a button on apron style jumper lets your doll go from casual fun at the park, to dressed and ready for dinner. Enjoy these tester photos of this fun to sew pattern.

The Jumping Jack PDF Sewing Pattern for Dolls

Sew two outfits at once with the Jumping Jack PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch and similar sized dolls. Oh Sew Kat! offers beginner level sewing patterns for dolls in popular sizes.  #ohsewkat #dollclothes

Pam of Amy Violets made this gorgeous outfit for Julie.

Sew two outfits at once with the Jumping Jack PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch and similar sized dolls. Oh Sew Kat! offers beginner level sewing patterns for dolls in popular sizes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes

Carly of Koala-T found a funky geometric for her groovy outfit.

Sew two outfits at once with the Jumping Jack PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch and similar sized dolls. Oh Sew Kat! offers beginner level sewing patterns for dolls in popular sizes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes

And Jenny’s doll is ready to rock in her retro outfit.

Sew two outfits at once with the Jumping Jack PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch and similar sized dolls. Oh Sew Kat! offers beginner level sewing patterns for dolls in popular sizes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes

FIND THE SEWING PATTERN HERE. See more ideas with this fun pattern HERE and HERE.

Make a 70s outfit for dolls with the Jumping Jack Sewing Pattern.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

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