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.
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.
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 your 18 inch doll an easy country western peasant dress with the Playtime Peasant Dress 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!
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!
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!
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!
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Make historical fashion outfits for your BeForever Character dolls with Oh Sew Kat’s Sunshine Dress pattern.
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.
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 dolls at our house are very patriotic! They love to have new outfits in red, white, and blue to wear to parades and picnics all summer long.
July 4th Doll Clothes: Backyard Bibs
When you go into a fabric store, be sure to check out the batik fabric section. You can find some amazing fabrics that make really unique doll clothes, like this red and blue stars fabric.
Both outfits above were made with the Backyard Bibs pattern. Instead of a full skirt, I just added a tiny ruffle to make a cute, summertime top. Blaire’s shorts were made by American Girl®.
July 4th Doll Fashions: HalterAlls for Dolls
With easy ties and an open back, the HalterAlls pattern makes a perfect parade watching outfit. Make one up in just an afternoon with one fat quarter of fabric. See more ideas in the Inspiration Gallery.
Make a halter top with a patchwork twist- use the Boardwalk Boutique pattern.
Luciana is looking for the picnic in her halter top made with the Boardwalk Boutique pattern and a few five inch squares of fun fabric. Find the tutorial HERE.
Find more patriotic doll clothes ideas HERE and HERE.
Use your cricut maker or cricut explore machine to make doll clothes sewing faster, easier and more precise.
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1. Make graphic tee shirts for your dolls with a cricut or cameo machine.
Use your cricut machine to cut out cute designs and make your own graphic tee shirts and outfits for your dolls! Boy and girl dolls alike love tees with clever sayings and personalization. I find that heat transfer vinyl is much quicker and easier than using my embroidery machine! With a subscription to Cricut Access, I have thousands of designs at my fingertips that can be resized to doll scale with a push of a button.
2. Cut out your PDF doll clothes paper patterns with your cricut machine and Design Space software.
If you have a cricut machine, no matter the size or name, you can use it to cut out your paper patterns that you purchase from Oh Sew Kat! and other online designers. You will need a cricut account and to be able to use Design Space. You can also do this on the Brother Scan and Cut and Silhouette Cameo machines. You will need to get the images from the PDF pattern into the cutter’s software. I convert mine to SVG files but there are lots of way to do this, depending on your software. (You can try the cricut SNAP Mat for example, or in the Silhouette software, it might be easier to print your pattern page and scan it back in as a jpg file. Load that into the software and use the TRACE tool for each piece.) Again, a little extra prep work the first time you do this, will save you lots of time later on when you go to use your patterns again. Once you cut them out, be sure to label them with the piece name and size, plus add any markings like notches, dots etc.
3. Cut out your doll clothes from fabric with your cricut maker machine.
Yep! You read that right! Technology has arrived!! The newest cricut machine on the market, the Cricut Maker, is the only one that has a rotary blade, that can easily cut fabric on a specially treated mat. There is a learning curve and a time factor to get a pattern set up, but once it’s complete, you can just pull it up and be cutting your doll clothes out in minutes. The cricut maker does not require the fabric to be stiffened to work. Just lay it on the mat and cut! What a time saver, especially for you craft show sellers! Read more in THIS POST.
4. Decorate your doll clothes with easy to cut pockets, appliques, or accessorize with purses and belts.
Included with the Design Space program are a lot of basic shapes that you can manipulate and cut for free. You can also weld shapes together or slice them apart. Save your files to use them again later. The sparkly pumpkin face on Kelly’s Boardwalk Boutique dress was part of a full pumpkin image. I simply told the cricut to only cut the face. You can weld a square and a triangle together to make a pocket. The new cricut Maker cuts leather very nicely, which opens the door to fun accessories like purses and belts.
5. Make doll shoes with your Cricut machine.
There are lots of ways to use your cricut machine when it’s time to make doll shoes. Use the cricut to cut the foam or chipboard for nice, precise soles. Use the leather and cut out the uppers.
Too busy to sew right now? Pin these images for later! What other ways can you use your Cricut machine to enhance your doll world? Need some specific cricut tutorials? My favorites can be found HERE. Tell Megan you were sent by Oh Sew Kat!
The days are longer, the days are warmer, and everything is suddenly green! As we turn the calendar from spring to the lazy days of summer, choose an easy to make, short sleeved a-line dress with lots of options for your 18 inch doll, her 16 inch Animators’ friends, and 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers – the Sunshine Dress.
Save 25% on the Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern from 1-5 June 2019.
This month will feature Kat’s Pattern Pick of the Month. Grab this pattern in my ETSY SHOP only 25% off for a very, limited time. No coupon is needed, please wait until the pattern listing price is changed to $3.75 before purchasing. (I am in the East Coast, USA time zone). Then stay tuned here to the blog, my facebook page, and instagram account for a month long celebration of ideas, inspiration, pattern hacks, sew alongs, who wore it best, and more!
The Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for dolls is an easy to sew, short sleeved dress with lots of options.
The hot and hazy days of summer are just around the corner. Need some inspiration for summer doll clothes sewing? The warmer weather means shorts, skirts, and bare shoulders and backs. All of these Oh Sew Kat! patterns are quick and easy with full color photographs of every step.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: HalterAlls for Dolls
HalterAlls for Dolls is a quick and easy sewing pattern. You can easily make one in any size from just one fat quarter of fabric. With 2 basic pattern pieces and some 1/4th inch elastic, your doll will be ready for the summer heat in style. HalterAlls also look great on boy dolls! See more ideas with the HalterAlls pattern in the Inspiration Gallery. and find the pattern in four doll sizes HERE.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Reversible Popsicle Top
The Popsicle Top is the perfect match for all your shorts and short skirts. With hook and loop tape at the back, it’s quick to sew and can be made reversible for double the outfits. Add pretty lace or trim at the bottom. Click here to find the pattern in 5 popular doll sizes and in some value bundles. Shown here with the FREE Four Season Skirt pattern.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Sandbox Shorts
The Sandbox Shorts pattern has cute patch pockets and an elastic back with flat front. Check out this tutorial to move the pockets to the inside for another way to sew them. The Sandbox Shorts pattern is available in five popular doll sizes. Find them here. Shown here with a polka dot Popsicle Top.
The fun with Backyard Bibs just keeps going!! Enjoy these wonderful samples from my testing group as they played with the Backyard Bibs for Animators. The pattern has four options (full skirt, slim skirt, shorts, and capris.) . It can easily be modified to be pants- and you can fancy it up with pockets, embroidery, htv, applique etc. Put the bibs over the Platyime Peasant Top to complete the outfit.