Sew doll clothes for Halloween!

It’s the spooky season! I’m obsessed with this adorable Halloween fabric from Doodlebug.  I couldn’t wait to make it into a few cute doll dresses!

Doll clothes for Wellie Wishers sewing pattern

I used the School Dance Dress pattern and had fun mixing and matching the cute, spooky fabrics!  The eyes are just too much!  The pattern is available in three sizes:  18 inch dolls, Wellie Wishers, and for 16 inch Disney Animators.

Doll Clothes for American Girl Dolls and Wellie Wishers

Willa loves her new dress!  I used a little scrapbook embellishment for the ribbon’s belt buckle.

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Camille loves to twirl. Her dress is made with the Party Time Peasant Dress. Right now, this dress is only available for 18 inch dolls like American Girl dolls, and Wellie Wishers.

I used some cute, striped bias tape from HOME SEW on the bottom. It was perfect!

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I can’t get enough of this fabric!  It’s called Ghouls and Goodies by Riley Blake.  (Doodlebug Designs). Such cuteness!  Are you sewing for your dolls this Halloween?

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Party Time Doll Dress Easy Sewing Pattern

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Tester Tuesday: Party Time Peasant Dress

Tester Tuesday!! The Party Time Peasant Dress is the perfect dress to make no matter the season.

Party Dress sewing pattern for Wellie Wishers dolls

Find the pattern for the Party Time Peasant Dress for WellieWishers in my Etsy Shop and at http://www.youcanmakethis.com.  It’s available in 18 inch size as well.

Stop by Julie’s Etsy Shop to see beautiful doll clothes for sale like the dress shown here. Willa is ready to twirl into fall!  This dress is one piece, so it’s easy for little hands to dress and play.

Party Dress for WellieWishers pattern by Oh Sew Kat!Party Time Peasant Dress by ohsewkat 31

Visit the Inspiration Gallery to see other cute Party Time dresses.  Download and sew one up for your doll today!

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Step it Up Series: Simple, Hawaiian MuuMuu for Nanea with the Sunshine Dress Pattern

You can create a beautiful Hawaiian dress for your Nanea (Na-nay-uh) doll or one of her friends from almost any dress pattern you own.  Use this quick tutorial to take the Sunshine Dress to a Hawaiian Muumuu.  Here is the 4th dress tutorial!

Hawaiian Dress sewing tutorial for dolls

Part Four! The Sunshine Dress.

Hawaiin Dress for dolls like Nanea Sewing Pattern by OhSewKat

 


If you look closely, you will find the fabric is what really makes your doll’s dress look Hawaiian.  Your Nanea or her friends will be thrilled with this modern take on a simple Hawaiian Muumuu dress.  I chose a bright, orange floral print.  Be sure the flowers are not too large for your doll, but with dresses like this, almost anything can work.

Doll sundress Hawaiian inspired doll dress 

First you will need the pattern.  Click the image below to go to  my Etsy Shop. (This pattern is also available for Animators and WellieWishers.) Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls

Step 1.  Choose your sunshine dress pattern view (Princess seam, solid front, or straight seamed front) and cut out all of the front, back and lining pieces as directed by the pattern.  No sleeves are needed.

Step 2.  Cut a strip of fabric to add to the hem of the dress as the ruffle.  I used 2 1/4 x 33 for a shorter, more modern look.  Traditional muumuus probably have a longer ruffle (3 x 33 inches).  Finish the bottom hem of the ruffle, by pressing up 1/4 inch and stitching in place.

Step 3.  Complete the Sunshine Dress according to the pattern instructions making it sleeveless, as seen in this tutorial here.  Add the ruffle to the bottom edge and top stitch. Do not finish the back edges yet.

Make a Hawaiian dress for your doll

Step 4.  Choose your trim to add to the neckline and hem.  I used a cute, gathered ribbon trim I had on hand.  Add your trim around the neckline and hemline, leaving a bit hanging over the back edge.  You can stitch in in place by machine or by hand.  Finish the back edge as directed by the pattern , catching trim ends.  If you don’t have trim you like, you can also make your own with fabric or ribbon. Create a fabric tube, or choose a wide ribbon and gather it down the center to create a ruffle.

Make a Hawaiian dress for Nanea tutorial

Share your Muumuu with me on facebook and instagram!

Nanea's dress tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

Harper and Nanea are ready to dance the hula at a luau!

sew a hawaiian dress for dolls**This tutorial, or pattern hack, assumes you have a basic knowledge of sewing, and is designed to show you how to make a few changes to the Oh Sew Kat! Sunshine Dress pattern to create a new look.  Please see the actual pattern for pattern pieces and more specific, step by step instructions.  See many more ways to make the Sunshine Dress in the Inspiration Gallery.

Tutorial to make a hawaiian dress for dolls

See more 3 tutorials to make Hawaiian inspired fashions from different patterns HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Hawaiian Dresses for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Hawaiian sundress for Nanea tutorial by OH Sew Kat

 

 

Sewing for Nanea: Make a Hawaiian Muumuu with the Bloomer Buddies Pattern

The doll world is falling in love with the newest BeForever character from American Girl, Nanea Mitchell.  She lives in Hawaii in the 1940s. You can purchase her fancy Holoku Muumuu dress from American Girl, but she also needs some dresses for every day! This tutorial shows you how to take the Bloomer Buddies pattern and make her a dress for every day!

Sewing patterns for Hawaiian dresses for dolls

Part Three:  Bloomer Buddies!Sewing patterns for Nanea Hawaiian Dresses by ohsewkat

Here’s a super, simple way to make a pretty, Hawaiian dress for your doll from the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

Sew a dress for Nanea Tutorial for dolls

You will need the Bloomer Buddies pattern, which you can purchase and download in my Etsy Shop by clicking the image below.   Cut out the pattern pieces for the dress option with sleeves.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by OH Sew kat dress and top and bloomers

Step 1. Pin your pattern pieces to your fabric.  Add one inch to the dress length of both the front and back pieces before you cut them out. Assemble the short sleeve dress according to the pattern instructions, but do not sew the hem. Don’t put any pleats in the sleeves so they have an open look.

Step 2. Cut a strip of fabric, 2 1/2 inches x the width of fabric. (This means your strip will be 40-45 inches long.). Finish one edge with a zigzag stitch or serger, and press up 1/4 inch.  Stitch the hem in place.

Step 3.  Gather the ruffle’s top, raw edge, and with right sides together, pin, then stitch it to the hem of your dress.  Top stitch from the front if you like. Complete the dress as directed by the pattern.

 

Nanea floral dress by oh Sew Kat

Nanea and Maryellen are ready for some hula lessons! (See how to make Maryellen’s purple muumuu here.)

Bloomer Buddies muumuu by oh sew kat

Easy to sew Hawaiian dress for dolls

Hawaiian dresses for dolls sewing patterns

Make more floral Hawaiian dress with tutorials here, and here.

Find the Bloomer Buddies Pattern for 18 inch Dolls, 14.5 inch WellieWishers, and Animators in my Etsy Shop.  See more ideas in the Inspiration Gallery and here in this blog post.  Did you enjoy this post? Share it on facebook, twitter and pinterest from the links below!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hawaiian Dress Sewing pattern for dolls by ohsewkat

Simple Sweet Tee Shirt Sewing Pattern for Animators’ Dolls

Just listed!  The Simple Sweet Tee for Animators Dolls.

Easy tee shirt sewing pattern for dolls by oh sew kat

Use the fun new trend of FOLD OVER ELASTIC to trim a tee shirt or tank top for your Disney princess doll.  Download, print and sew easy!

Sweet Tee for Animators (also available on Pixie Faire)

Sweet Tee for 18 inch Dolls

Sweet Tee for WellieWishers

 

tee shirt sewing pattern for dolls

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Nanea’s Wardrobe:  Make a Hawaiian Muumuu Dress with the Playtime Peasant Top pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

Everyone is going hog wild for Hawaiian fashions with American Girl’s release of the 1940s doll, Nanea Mitchell.  (Pronounced Na-Nay-Uh).  Enjoy this second way to make a Hawaiian dress for your doll.

Sewing for dolls Hawaiian dress from Oh Sew Kat

Part Two:  Playtime Peasant Top!Sewing patterns for Nanea Hawaiian Dresses by ohsewkatNanea lives in Hawaii in 1941, at the time of the Pearl Harbor Attack.  Read more about her in her books by American Girl® here (affiliate link from Amazon).  You can make beautiful Hawaiian dresses for Nanea or any of her doll friends with sewing patterns you may already own from Oh Sew Kat! In this tutorial, use the Playtime Peasant Top to make a pretty, ruffled Muumuu.

Hawaiian Doll Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

First, you need the pattern. This pattern is available in my Etsy Shop (also available for Animators and WellieWishers too!).  Click the image to purchase the digital sewing pattern and download and print it out on your home computer.

Sewing patterns for dolls by oh sew kat 18 inch welliewishers**This tutorial, or pattern hack, assumes you have a basic knowledge of sewing and is designed to show you how to make a few changes to the Oh Sew Kat! Playtime Peasant Top pattern to create a new outfit.  Please see the actual pattern for pattern pieces and more specific, step by step instructions.  See many more ways to make the Playtime Peasant Top in the Inspiration Gallery.

Step 1.  Cut out two bodice pieces, two short sleeves, one ruffle strip 3 x 20 inches for the neck, and one 3 x 32 inch strip for the hem ruffle. This purple dress was made with a neckline ruffle that measured 2 x 20 inches, so it’s a little shorter, but remember, you get to design it!  Choose the finished length you want your neck ruffle, and multiply it x 2.  Add 1/2 inch for seam allowances, and cut it to 20 inches in length.

Step 2.  Zigzag finish or serge one long edge of the ruffles.  Press up 1/4th inch and stitch in place. (You could also use a rolled hem on a serger!)

Hawaiian Dress for Nanea tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

Step 3.  Stitch your bodice and sleeves pieces together as directed in the pattern.  Lay it out on your table with the right side facing up towards you and wrong side against the table.  Place the raw edge of the ruffle on the raw edge of the neckline, also with right side facing up.  Pin and stitch in place with a little less than a 1/4 inch seam.  Finish the edge with a serger if desired.  Press this edge down 3/8 inch to the wrong side to make a casing for the neck elastic.  It is a little thick, so use some steam. Feed the elastic through both layers and secure the ends as stated in the directions in the pattern.  Again, it’s a little thick, so just take it slowly. I always use a bodkin like this one.

Step 4.  Sew one side seam as directed in the pattern.  Open up your dress and with right sides together, pin the hemline ruffle to the raw, hem edge.  Stitch in place, and top stitch from the front, catching the seam allowance.  Complete the final steps for the other side seam per the pattern.  Once your dress is done, fluff up the ruffle around the neckline! Maryellen is ready for some fun at the luau!

Nanea style hawaiian dress pattern by OH Sew Kat.

Nanea Hawaiian Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

See more ways to make your Playtime Peasant Top here and here.  Do you want to make more Hawaiian Muumuu dresses? See the other pattern hack/tutorials here and here.

Download and Sew For Dolls Today- Oh Sew Kat! on Etsy!

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Make Nanea’s Muumuu: Sew a Hawaiian Dress with the Sugar n Spice Dress

Sewing patterns for Nanea Hawaiian Dresses by ohsewkat

The tropical climate of Hawaii is perfect for floral sundresses of all styles!  A quick google search for “Hawaiian Dress” or “Hawaiian Muumuu” will show you thousands of pretty island dresses.  There are many styles, so it seems that however you make yours, it will be perfect for Nanea, American Girl®’s newest BeForever character from Hawaii!

Hawaiian Dress Tutorial for dolls by ohsewkat

This post is one in a series of four STEP IT UP SERIES posts of easy Hawaiian Dresses to make from Oh Sew Kat! Patterns.  Hopefully you already own one or two and can get started right away!

The easiest way to make a Hawaiian dress is to simply sew your favorite sleeveless, sundress pattern is a bright, floral print.  Keep the size of your doll in mind as you select your fabric; you don’t want the flowers to be bigger than she is!

The Sugan n Spice pattern is perfect!  Click the image below to purchase and download it today.

Sewing Patterns for dolls by Oh Sew Kat 18 inch animators welliewishers

Step 1.  Choose the Seeveless pinafore, print and cut out your pieces as directed in the pattern with a skirt length of 6.5 inches.  Cut a strip of fabric for the ruffle:  2.75 x 45 inches (or WOF, the width of your fabric).

Step 2. Construct your dress according to the pattern directions but do not sew a hem.

Step 3. Zigzag or serge finish one long edge of your ruffle strip, press it up 1/4th inch and stitch hem in place. Gather the top edge of the ruffle.

Step 4.  With right sides together, pin the ruffle to the skirt, and stitch in place. Top stitch from the right side.  Complete the dress according to the pattern instructions.

Traditional Hawaiian Muumuu dresses are a little longer than a usual dress, and often have a wide ruffle at the hem.  Harper’s pink dress is made with ModKid fabric called Mezzanine.

hawaiian dress tutorial for dolls like nanea by ohsewkat

Make a Hawaiian Dress for dolls

You don’t have to do a ruffle! Take your “ruffle strip”, fold it in half with wrong sides together, and press it well.  Add it to the right side of your dress hem, then turn it under and top stitch.  You can play with your patterns with this banded hem version.  Grace looks so pretty in blue!Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns by Oh Sew Kat-58Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns by Oh Sew Kat-72

Your Nanea doll will look beautiful in a handmade Hawaiian sundress!

Floral hawaiian dress for dolls Oh Sew Kat! Tutorial

The Sugar n Spice pattern is perfect for Hawaiian dresses and Halloween costumes, as well as the perfect every day dress for school or holidays.  Check out the Inspiration Gallery and this blog post to see more Sugar n Spice dresses.

Who else can’t get enough Hawaiian dresses lately?  Check out this post and this post to see how to make more Hawaiian Dresses! Did you enjoy this post? Share it on facebook, twitter and pinterest from the links below!  Thanks for stopping by!

Make a Hawiian dress for your doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

Ohsewkat pdf sewing patterns for dolls

 

Tester Tuesday! Party Time Peasant Dress PDF Sewing Pattern for Dolls

Sewing pattern for wellie wishers dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Have you sewn the Party Time Peasant Dress pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat?  This simple dress is a quick sew and provides so many options to mix and match fabrics.  It has a full twirl skirt, trimmed with lace or a ruffle, and attached waistband.  The elastic neck and sleeves are quick and easy- you can create your one of a kind Party Dress in just an afternoon!

Julie H of SewDolledUp81 had so much fun with this dress pattern.  As you can see, she made all of the variations, each one sweeter than the last.  Check out her Etsy Shop– these dresses may still be for sale! If not, check out her other adorable listings to buy the cutest clothes on the net for your Wellie Wishers dolls!

Find the Party Time Peasant Dress pattern here! Also available for 18 inch dolls.

 

Party Dress Sewing Pattern for Wellie Wishers Dolls by Oh Sew Kat!Oh Sew Kat Party Time Peasant Dress Sewing pattern 3Oh Sew Kat Party Time Peasant Dress Sewing pattern 5Oh Sew Kat Party Time Peasant Dress Sewing pattern 6

Find the Party Time Peasant Dress pattern here! Also available for 18 inch dolls.

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What season will you sew your Party Dress for?  Find the Party Time Peasant Dress pattern here! Also available for 18 inch dolls.  See more Party Time dress here and here.

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Step it Up Series: Sixth Grade Skirt with Pockets!

Pockets for the Sixth Grade Skirt!

 

Skirt Sewing Tutorial by Ohsewkat

 

 

With the end of summer, we find ourselves back to routines and Back to School!  Put a new twist on the classic A-Line Skirt for dolls, the Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat!  Add some cute pockets with this easy tutorial!

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

First, you will need the pattern.  I offer the Sixth Grade Skirt in five sizes:  18 inch, 16 inch Disney Animators, 15 inch Bitty Baby, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers, and 14 inch HeartsForHearts Girls.  (Because this skirt is fitted and does not use elastic, I encourage you to check the fit on your own doll before you sew on the hook and loop tape.)

OSK Sixth Grade Skirt Cover AG

Step 1. Begin your pattern as you always do.  Print the pieces, cut them out, and choose your fabrics.  Cut out all of the pieces for your skirt. To add pockets, (in the same or contrasting fabric- your choice!), cut two additional SIDE FRONT pieces.

Step 2.  Hold your pocket piece up to your doll and figure out how far down the pocket should go. (About to her hand).  Draw a straight line on each pocket, fold along that line, and press wrong sides together. (For the 18 inch dolls, I measured 1 7/8th inch down from the top. For Wellie Wishers I measured down 1 1/2 inch.)

Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat! Step 3.  Top stitch the top of your pocket.  Double stitch it if you like.  Trim the excess fabric inside.

Step 4.  Place the pockets, with rights sides facing up for both pieces, directly over each other and pin.  Be sure to they match exactly.  Continue to put your skirt together according to the pattern directions.

That was easy!  Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete!  How about some cute buttons?

Sixth Grade Skirt sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

This post is first in a series of six posts:

Six Ways to Sew the Sixth Grade!

Each post in the series will feature a new way to “Step it Up” and make your Sixth Grade Skirt just a little more unique.  Find the quick and easy pattern in my Etsy Shop:

Sixth Grade Skirt for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 15 inch dolls like Bitty Baby®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™

You can also make Sixth Grade Skirt for Disney Animator Dolls and Hearts for Hearts.

Skirt sewing pattern for dolls

Sixth grade skirt with pockets for dolls

Sew a Skirt Six Different Ways by OH Sew Kat!

Share your skirt with pockets online with hashtag OhSewKat.  Check back soon for the second way to step up your Sixth Grade Skirt.

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