Step it Up Series: Easy Pattern Hack: April Moon PJ’s makes a Cute, Knit Dress

Use the April Moon PJ Set PDF sewing pattern to make more than just PJ’s. Here, I hacked the pattern to make 2 cute dresses for spring. The April Moon pattern was designed for knit fabrics and offers a wide, cropped short sleeved top with loose capri pants.

Make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll with the easy to sew, April Moon sewing pattern.

Make a knit dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy sewing patterns for doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat.

The April Moon Sewing Pattern for 18 or 16 inch Dolls.

Make comfy pjs and a nightshirt with this easy sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

I used the April Moon pattern (photo above) to make these dresses. Unlike most knit top patterns, this top is fully lined. It’s a little easier for beginners to sew a smooth neckline by doing it this way, but if you want, you can simply fold over the neckline with a nice 1/4th inch seam and omit the lining if you prefer.

To make this knit dress with a full circle skirt, I didn’t make any changes to the top, to use as my dress bodice. I did a few searches on you tube and google, to find some simple directions for a circle skirt. With a little math and some graph paper, I came up with a pattern for a full circle skirt. Be sure to measure your finished bodice to make sure the skirt will fit correctly. I was pretty pleased with how it came out.

Who wore this 18 inch doll dress best? Emily or Maryellen?

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Try either a circle skirt or a gathered skirt to make your knit doll dress.

For this second dress, I cut about 3/8th inch off the bottom of the bodice to give it more of an “empire waist” feel. A simple rectangle skirt, cut and gathered, gives the dress more of a “baby doll” look. I like both versions for different reasons, but as you can see, there’s a lot of possibilities with this pattern. The cute sleeves, when tied up, give more of a designer feel to it, without any of the work!

Find the April Moon Sewing Pattern HERE to make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll.

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Make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll with this April Moon pajama pattern sewing hack.

Check out the Inspiration Gallery to see more ideas with the April Moon and other Oh Sew Kat! patterns. The April Moon pattern is currently available for 18 inch dolls and 16 inch Animators’ in my Etsy Shop.

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