Welcome back to Oh Sew Kat! Designs- where you can find an endless stream of ideas of new ways to sew the PDF sewing patterns for dolls I offer. Today’s post will show you a simple pattern hack of the School Bell Blouse. See how easy it is to take the School Bell Blouse pattern, and make a super sweet dress for your doll.
This pattern is currently available sized for three dolls: 18 inch Dolls like American Girl® dolls, 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls™, as well as the 16 inch adorable Animators’ Dolls made by Disney®.
The pattern looks like this and you can find it where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold. This post will show you how to make a dress from View A, the pleated front top (shown in pink on the cover.) Check back soon to see more fun variations with this fun pattern!
1. To begin, cut out all of your pattern pieces. I made my dresses from View A, the pleated front version. Tape each front piece and back piece near the top a new sheet of paper. You will be extending these pieces at the hem by three inches for 18 inch dolls and 1 1/2 inches for 14.5 inch dolls. Measure from the two hem corners, and also in the middle, to create a new hem line parallel to the bottom of the pattern piece.
2. At the corner where the side seams will meet, measure out 1/2 inch to the side (less for smaller dolls if you even need any at all). Draw a line from this point, back up to the armhole to give the dress a little bit more flare in the side seams at the hem. Do the same for the back piece. Cut out your new pieces.
3. You will need to cut a front and 2 backs from view b (peplum top). These will be the lining for your dress. You do not need the facing piece. Serge or zigzag the bottom of each lining piece.
3. Now simply follow the pattern as directed to make your doll dress! I like to decorate the neckline of my blouses and dresses with crystals (found in the bead or scrapbooking section of craft stores) for some extra sparkle.
You can make it sleeveless too!! Follow the same steps as seen in THIS TUTORIAL.