Step it Up! Series – Make a Sunshine Dress without Sleeves Pattern Hack

Sleeveless dress from Sunshine Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Take a regular doll dress sewing pattern and learn how to make it without sleeves for more fashion options! #easytosew #patternhack #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #easysewing #dollclothes

Make a sleeveless shift dress for your 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack.



Don’t you just swoon every time you see one of those cute sleeveless sundresses made by Lily Pulitzer?  I mean, how cute is this?

This adorable dress is basically exactly the same as my new SUNSHINE DRESS pattern.

WANT A SIMPLE PATTERN HACK????

Make a sleeveless doll dress with the easy Sunshine Dress sewing pattern.

First you will need the sewing pattern. This pattern hack will work for all sizes. Find the 18 inch doll sized Sunshine Dress HERE.



Sleeveless dress from Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Sew a doll dress 3 with variations for more fashion options! #easytosew #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #easysewing #dollclothes

With a few simple adjustments, and the right fabric, even a beginner can create this same look! Here’s my version using Vera Bradley fabric.  Read on to see how easy it is to step up my simple SUNSHINE DRESS pattern to a super trendy look!

vera bradley easy to sew doll dress

Make a Sunshine Dress without the Sleeves Tutorial

1.  Choose your fabric and cut out the following pattern pieces:  1, 2, 3, 4.  (back, front, lining back and lining front. If you want to use princess seams, use the pieces the pattern specifies for that view instead of piece 2 (front).)

2.  To make my dress, I used luncheon sized napkins I bought at the Vera Bradley outlet. (Yes, Virginia, there is a such a thing, and yes, it is truly amazing!).  The napkins have a bound edge, and I decided to use that as my dress hem. The pieces just barely fit!  I used two of my four napkins to make this one dress.  It’s a little shorter than the pattern piece by about an inch, which okay, as I want a shorter sundress.

Sleeveless dress from Sunshine Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Take a regular doll dress sewing pattern and learn how to make it without sleeves for more fashion options! #easytosew #patternhack #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #easysewing #dollclothes

3.  Follow the pattern instructions and sew the shoulder seams of both the dress and the lining.  Finish the bottom edges of your lining before you attach it.  Line the pieces up with right sides together, pin, and sew the neck and sleeve edges.

Sleeveless dress from Sunshine Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Take a regular doll dress sewing pattern and learn how to make it without sleeves for more fashion options! #easytosew #patternhack #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #easysewing #dollclothes

4.  Carefully pull the back pieces through the shoulders to the front, flipping the pieces inside out. If you’ve never done this before, see my TUTORIAL.   To make it easier, use a FASTURN set (*affiliate link – Tutorial here).  Press for nice smooth edges.  With RST, line up your side seams, opening out the bodice pieces as well, and sew one long seam from the hem of the dress to the hem of the bodice lining.  Fold the insides together and press if needed.  Finish the back edges and hem according to the pattern directions.  I skipped the hem part, as mine was already finished!  That made this quick project even quicker!

Sleeveless dress from Sunshine Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Take a regular doll dress sewing pattern and learn how to make it without sleeves for more fashion options! #easytosew #patternhack #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #easysewing #dollclothes
Sleeveless dress from Sunshine Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Take a regular doll dress sewing pattern and learn how to make it without sleeves for more fashion options! #easytosew #patternhack #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #easysewing #dollclothes

5.  Once my dress was done, I added the pink sparkles (from the craft store) with my iron to complete the look.

Sleeveless dress from Sunshine Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Take a regular doll dress sewing pattern and learn how to make it without sleeves for more fashion options! #easytosew #patternhack #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #easysewing #dollclothes

Ta da!! I used a dress pattern I already had on hand, to create a trendy look by leaving off the sleeves and shortening the length a little bit.  With a little imagination, a simple little pattern can go a long way!

Sleeveless dress from Sunshine Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Take a regular doll dress sewing pattern and learn how to make it without sleeves for more fashion options! #easytosew #patternhack #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #easysewing #dollclothes

I can’t wait to see what you sew!! Post your Sunshine Dress on social media with #ohsewkat!

See more Sunshine Dress tutorials HERE and HERE.

Make a sleeveless doll dress for 18 inch dolls from any dress pattern with this easy hack.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!