The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Wow! I’d like to thank Meg over at the Canadian Doll Notebook for nominating Oh Sew Kat! for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This is a neat way to check out other bloggers and see some new ones you might not know about!  If you have not been to Meg’s blog, be sure to stop by and say “hi”.

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  1. How did you get into blogging? I thought it would be a great way to show the world some more ideas to sew doll clothes and to show a little behind the scenes for the patterns I publish.
  2. What is your favorite post you’ve written?  I loved making Hawaiian dresses for Nanea from patterns I had already published…so those were the posts I was most excited to write.  Find 2 of them here and here.
  3. What is your favorite food? Lasagna and peanut M&Ms (not together of course!)
  4. Who is your favorite doll, and why? Wow. These are hard questions. Just one? My first AG doll was Nellie. I bought her in 2006 at AGPNY when my sister and I took my daughter there for her sixth birthday. (She chose Mia, her first AG doll as well).  She has blue eyes, freckles, and an Irish dance outfit just like my daughter, so she has always had a very special place in my heart.
  5. Who was your first doll, and how old were you when you got this doll? The first doll I can remember having was a stuffed Holly Hobbie doll, that my mother made for me for Christmas from a Simplicity pattern.  My doll was a brunette and my sister got a blonde.   I probably got her in 1st or 2nd grade and she still sits in my living room in her outfit my mom made. (I had a dress to match hers at one point!)
  6. What would you do if you didn’t blog?  I’d sew more.  And stamp and scrapbook more. I love my cricut and cameo machines and crafting with them.  But I love sharing my sewing creations and I’m sort of addicted to my technology so this is a pretty fun hobby too.
  7. What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done with your doll? Well, I can’t say I’ve had many adventures with my dolls, honestly. They are all sort of “stay at home gals”.  But when my daughter was four, her doll, Dorothy, went on a cruise with us through the Panama Canal!
  8. What are your favorite and least favorite things about blogging?    I love sharing photos that my testers made with my patterns, and I’m not as big a fan of getting the photos from the camera onto a published post.
  9. What makes you different from any other blogger?  I show you new and different ways to sew the patterns you may already own;  plus I offer an inspiration gallery to see all kinds of photos of each pattern I’ve published which is updated pretty regularly.  More new pages and tutorials are coming soon!
  10. What is your favorite book or movie? Oh, where do I start?  I’m an avid reader of audiobooks (not sure if that’s the right way to say that?) and am always on the lookout for my next favorite book.  Some that I’ve read recently and really enjoyed were Where did you go, Bernadette, Three Wishes, The Husband’s Secret, and The Girl on the Train, and anything by Sophie Kinsella.   I also love Young Adult Lit like anything by Rainbow Rowell.  My favorite young reader books are anything by Andrew Clements, and also Captain Nobody that my daughter and I know by heart we listened so many times.  Oh, and don’t forget the Addy series by American Girl!
  11. Last but not least, give us three random facts about yourself.  Three random facts about myself- let’s see.  I am a former USMC officer, I currently have a full time job teaching writing to US Marines, and I’m a huge sports fan, especially of the Washington Nationals and my Villanova Wildcats in March Madness.

Thank you again, Meg, for adding to sunshine to my day through your nomination!

I would like to nominate the following blogs for the Sunshine Blogger Award, because their blogs brighten my day!

I nominate:

  1. Pam from “Amy Violet’s” Doll Fashions
  2. Brandy of “Brandy’s Happy Home” Dolly crafting heaven on the Internet!
  3. Karen from “KarenMomofThree” Doll Crafts and More!

Questions for My Nominees:

  1. How long did you get into this doll related business?
  2. What is your favorite topic to write/blog/post/photograph about?
  3. What is your favorite color for doll clothes or to sew doll clothes?
  4. Who is your favorite doll, and why?
  5. Who is your favorite American Girl character?
  6. How many dolls do you have?
  7. Who was your first doll, and how old were you when you got this doll?
  8. What are some of your other favorite hobbies?
  9. What are a few of your favorite books for kids or tweens?
  10. What is your favorite TV show lately?
  11. Last but not least, tell us 3 things about yourself we might not know.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the Sunshine Award and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 3 other blogs and give them 11 questions to answer.
  • Notify your nominees through social media or by commenting on their blog.
  • List the “rules” and display a Sunshine Award logo in your post.

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New! Bitty Baby Sewing Pattern: Party Time Peasant Dress

Just released! The popular Party Time Peasant Dress is now sized for your 15 inch baby doll like Bitty Baby® and Bitty Twins®.

Blonde and brunette bitty twins wearing yellow and black matching dresses

This easy pattern has lots of options to make your dress your way!

Collage of four bitty baby dolls in different colored Party Time dressesBitty Baby doll in pink flowered dressBitty Baby doll in teal flowered dress with lace edge

The elastic neck and open back make this dress easy on and easy off for little hands.

Party Time Peasant Dress Sewing Pattern for Bitty Baby (3)

Find the pattern for Bitty Baby here.

Find it for other doll sizes in my Etsy Shop.  See more ways to sew the Party Time Peasant Dress in the Inspiration Gallery.

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PDF Sewing Pattern for Bitty Baby Doll in a pink dress

Tester Tuesday! Jumping Jack Jumper Set for Wellie Wishers

Julie Helmer, of Sew Dolled Up 81 has done it again!! Just feast your eyes on these adorable Jumping Jack sets she stitched up! You can find them (and other amazing outfits) in her ETSY SHOP.  Hurry! They don’t last long!  The pattern is available on Etsy and Pixie Faire.

Wellie Wishers doll clothes sewing patterns

The pattern includes the shorts, turtleneck shirt, and reversible tunic style jumper that buttons on to the shorts to go from casual to classy in an instant!

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Have you seen the new Glitter Girls dolls? They are the same size as the Wellie Wishers but at a much lower price point.  Check them out here (affliate link) on Amazon.  Here is Fifer, rocking the red!

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The button on jumper is reversible for two looks with one project! Sew one up for your 14.5 inch doll today! Find the pattern here.

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Find the Jumping Jack pattern for Wellie Wishers here and for 18 inch dolls here.  See more Jumping Jack photos here and here.

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Sewing patterns for wellie wishers doll clothes

Make a Country Western Outfit for Your Doll- with a Free Skirt Pattern

It’s easy to make these adorable, country and western inspired outfits for your dolls like Tenney Grant or any of her friends!

Two dolls wearing clothes made of pink bandana fabric with denim and lace accents

I bought this cute bandana fabric at Walmart.  They offer it in fat quarters in quite a few colors. I wanted to make some country and western inspired fashions!

I started with the simple peasant top in the Playtime Peasant Top pattern.  I made one top with short sleeves, and two others with long sleeves. Both are included in the pattern.

18 inch doll in western bandana outfit with cowboy hat

Grace Thomas doll in bandana peasant top with blonde 18 inch doll in skirt and blouse

American girl doll blonde with bandana dress and cowboy hat

Get the FREE Skirt Pattern

I made both skirts here using this TUTORIAL and the FOUR SEASON SKIRT.  Mix and match your denim and lace layers to create your own style of skirt!  You can also use the skirt pattern in the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt.  They are very similar.   I added an easy elastic belt to complete the look.  The hat and boots are from American Girl® and belong to the Nicki Fleming GOTY collection.

 

I simply cut a triangle of fabric from my leftover scraps for the pink bandana, and dressed my dolls with hats and boots.  I think they look ready for some square dancing, don’t you?

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Lace Skirt Country Western Doll Clothes by Oh Sew Kat patterns

Sewing Patterns for Wellie Wishers

Sewing patterns for wellie wishers and 18 inch American Girl dolls

It’s not too early to start planning spring wardrobes for your dolls and the girls that love them.  Easter feels like it’s early this year, so here are a few patterns that are perfect for Easter and spring.  Click on the pattern cover to purchase the sewing pattern and stitch one up this weekend!

OSK Party Time Peasant Dress WW Cover

Collage of four photos of Wellie WIshers dolls in ladybug dressesOSK Bloomer Buddies Cover WW

wellie wishers dolls in spring dresses

Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern HalterAlls for Dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Photo collage of 7 photos of dolls in overalls

Which one will you choose to make? All three of these patterns are also available for 18 inch dolls, Animators, and Bitty Baby.

Shop a large selection of doll clothes sewing patterns in my Etsy Shop.

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Valentine’s Day Dress for Dolls

Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice!

American Girl doll in white dress with Valentine apron and heart button

I found this rectangle of “beary” cute fabric on my sewing table, cut off of another project.  It was the perfect size to hem up, gather, and add a ribbon waistband to in order to make a simple, Valentine apron.  Riley is wearing it over the white Sugar n Spice dress I made last year. (Take some advice from me.  🙂  Spend a weekend and make a few Sugar N Spice dresses in three or four solid colors.  You’ll find you have the perfect dress to add just a little (and quick!) holiday accent to when the time comes like I did here.)

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Find the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice Pattern for 18 inch Dolls like American Girl®

Find the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice Pattern for 14.5 inch Dolls like Wellie Wishers

Find the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice Pattern for 16 inch Animators’ Dolls.

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Valentine’s Day Inspiration- Pretty Party Time Dresses for Dolls

Need a little inspiration for your weekend sewing?  How about some pink and red Party Time dresses?  There’s just something about the red and pink, the lace and ruffles, you know, love in the air 😉  Show your dolls a little extra love this month!

Grace Thomas American Girl doll in black and pink valentine's day dress

The Party Time Dress is a quick dress with a full gathered skirt and elastic at the neck and sleeves.  Leave the elastic out of the sleeves for a different version.  It goes together in just an afternoon!  With a fully open back, it’s very easy for little hands to dress their own dolls.  Mix and match your fabrics to create a unique dress for your own doll.  I added the lace to the neckline using this tutorial.

American Girl Doll dressed in valentines day dress with hearts

How about the smaller dolls?  The Party Time Dress is perfect for Wellie Wishers dolls too!

Wellie wishers doll in pink valentine dressParty Time Doll Dress for Valentines Day sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

The Wellie Wishers sized pattern will fit your Hearts for Hearts dolls too!

Hearts for hearts doll wearing a pink valentine dress with hearts

Find the patterns to make your own:

Party Time Peasant Dress for Wellie Wishers

Party Time Peasant Dress for 18 inch Dolls

Sneak peak!  I’m sending the Party Time Peasant Dress for Animators out for testing this week! Watch for this to be available in my etsy shop in about two weeks.  Isn’t she cute????

Disney animator Belle doll in Party Time valentine dress

See more Party Time dresses here and click this link to see more ideas to sew for Valentine’s Day.  Happy Heart Day to you and your little friends!

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Tester Tuesday! Jumping Jack Jumper Set for Wellie Wishers

Pam Ray, of Amy Violet’s, battled the Minnesota cold to get these gorgeous photos of her Jumping Jack outfits for WellieWishers.  This sewing pattern is now available on Etsy and Pixie Faire.

Sewing patterns for wellie wishers doll clothes

Camille stays nice and warm in her turtleneck shirt.  When she’s ready to dress up, the over the head jumper offers two looks in one! Add an easy elastic belt to hold it in place or add tiny buttons to the shorts’ waistband.

Hurry over to Amy Violet’s Etsy shop to purchase this adorable outfit!

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Find the Jumping Jack pattern for Wellie Wishers here and for 18 inch dolls here.  See more Jumping Jack photos here and here.

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Jumping Jack sewing pattern for wellie wishers dolls

Doll Clothes Blog Tour featuring Oh Sew Kat! patterns (and a giveaway too!)

Did you get new dolls as a holiday gift? Or maybe a new sewing machine?  Sewing doll clothes can be a quick and rewarding way to spend a winter evening or weekend.  Follow along with Seam Sew Lo as 13 bloggers post their doll clothes sewn using Oh Sew Kat! patterns! In addition, there is a giveaway for two patterns of your choice! Stop by and see what’s sewing!!  Visit a different blog each day for two, fun weeks!

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We are so excited about the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! Please check out all the wonderful blogs on this tour below:

  1. January 15th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. January 16th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. January 17th: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  4. January 18th: Sew Haute Blog
  5. January 19th: Seams Like Style
  6. January 22nd: Elli & Nels
  7. January 23rd: Quilts by Joanne
  8. January 24th: Granma Texas Sews
  9. January 25th: Stitched by Jennie
  10. January 26th: Sewing with D
  11. January 29th: Our Play Place
  12. January 30th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
  13. January 31st: Hazelnut Handmade
  14. February 1st: Daydream Sewing and Design

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How to Make a Sparkly, Snowflake Tee Shirt for Dolls (a simple HTV Tutorial)

Add a little bling and a little sparkle to the doll clothes you make!! Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a sparkly tee shirt like this one.  **This post has affiliate links.

How to add HTV to a doll tee shirt tutorial

  1.  Using your electronic cutting machine software, or using a standard die cutting machine, cut out your pattern from Heat Transfer Vinyl.  HTV is cut from the material in reverse, and then pressed onto the fabric.  If your design is not symmetrical, like a word for example, you need to mirror the image before you cut it out, otherwise it will be backwards on your item.  For these snowflake tee shirts, my design is sized to about 1 1/2 inches and I used silver Heat Transfer Vinyl by Cricut.
  2. Weed the image. This means to pull off all of the vinyl around your design (the negative space) so that all that is left on your clear backing paper is the image that will end up on your tee shirt.  (I typically cut a square around my designs as well, to avoid using more HTV than I need, but to also make this weeding process easier.)  A light pad (or window) can help you see the lines! Use a tweezers, a seam ripper, or other sharp tool to remove those teeny tiny pieces in the snowflake centers (or in letters if you are using a word design) too!  The only thing left on the clear backing paper is what you want on your actual garment.  There may be touches of glitter left on the backing paper and this will not end up on your item.
  3. Position your image onto your shirt and press it with a hot iron or heat press machine for 20-30 seconds. It’s best to use a teflon sheet between your item and the iron, but with HTV, it’s not necessarily required.  The new EASY PRESS by Cricut is a great, new tool for pressing, but a regular iron works just as well, especially because doll shirts are tiny and usually don’t end up being washed over and over like a child’s shirt would be.  Remove the clear, backing paper (it will sort of curl away from your design as it releases it when heated) and discard it.  Let your item cool.
  4. If desired, add to your design with some sparkly crystals to make your design even more unique! Have fun with colored crystals and patterns.  You can purchase them on amazon or at local craft stores.  Depending which type you purchase, some have the glue (called HOT FIX) already on them.  You can use the iron or a hot fix tool to melt the glue and attach them.  You can also glue them right on with E6000 glue (also found at amazon and craft stores).  If you add crystals, be sure that the age of the user is taken into account before you add them.

Add HTV to doll tee shirt tutorial

Have fun making personalized tee shirts for your dolls!

Sparkle snowflake tee shirts for dolls with HTV by ohsewkatHow to decorate a doll tee shirt with HTV (1)

I made the skirts with the FOUR SEASON Skirt pattern and added a few extra crstyals with the E6000 glue to add a little more bling!  Find the free skirt pattern HERE.

How to decorate a doll tee shirt with HTV

I used a CRICUT EXPLORE AIR machine to make these snowflakes shirts. Visit the Cricut website to see more about these innovative machines and products to take your crafting to the next level and beyond!

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Add HTV to a doll tee shirt tutorial

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