Sewing doll clothes this weekend? Snuggle up! Use the simple to sew Bloomer Buddies PDF pattern to turn the dress into a snuggly nightgown for your doll. This easy pattern that you download and print on your home computer will work on any size doll. Use this simple pattern hack to the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern to Step it Up!
First, you need the Bloomer Buddies pattern. It’s available in three sizes where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold. Print out the pieces for the dress with short sleeves.
You will need to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern pieces. You may be able to lengthen the pieces on the original printout, or you may need to cut it out and then tape it to a fresh sheet of paper first, depending on the size doll you are sewing for.
Using the short sleeve pattern piece, and THIS TUTORIAL, you will need to lengthen the sleeve pattern piece to make it a long sleeve. Measure down from the side edge, not the center, and draw your new sleeve hem edge straight across, not curved. For this 18 inch doll nightgown, I lengthened my sleeve by 3 1/2 inches, and used a 3/8th hem/elastic casing. I used 4 inches of elastic for the wrist.
Sew the dress as directed by the pattern. Choose a snuggly flannel or pretty cotton for your nightgown. The nightgown Grace is wearing below, is the same dress length as the dress length pattern lines.
Luciana is ready to hop into bed in her Bloomer Buddies nightgown!
Another option is to add a pretty ruffle to the bottom of the dress length. Here I used a piece of a jelly roll, that was 2 1/2 x 40 inches long. A jelly roll is a quilting fabric precut of 20-45 2 1/2 inch strips like this one Ad: https://amzn.to/2VNxmED. I keep a few on hand to use as precut dress and skirt ruffles. I used one end of the same strip to cut the yoke. Any size ruffle will do; you can choose how long you want your doll’s nightgown to be.
Your dolls will be ready to snuggle into bed in a new, cozy nightgown. See more ways to sew the mix and match Bloomer Buddies pattern here and here. Be sure to pin these images to save them for later!