Picnic Play Pattern Hack: 80’s Style Crop Top

Make just a slight change to the Oh Sew Kat! Picnic Play top to make the perfect, boxy crop top for 80s BeForever® character Courtney Moore™.

80s style top for 18 inch dolls: Make doll clothes for 1980's 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl. Easy to sew doll clothes with easy PDF digital patterns, printables, and tutorials from OhSewKat. Also available on Etsy. Make a boxy crop top, hair scrunchies, and bubble skirts.

Find the Picnic Play PDF Sewing pattern HERE.

Make doll clothes for 1980's 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl. Easy to sew doll clothes with easy PDF digital patterns, printables, and tutorials from OhSewKat. Also available on Etsy. Make a boxy crop top, hair scrunchies, and bubble skirts.

Make a boxy, 80s style top for your 18 inch Doll like Courtney Moore™.

Make this super quick and easy Picnic Play outfit for your 18 inch doll with the PDF digital sewing pattern from OhSewKat. Fat quarter friendly, quick sewing project to make 18 inch doll capris, backpack and simple shirt. Find more patterns in the OHSewKat etsy Shop.

As written, the Picnic Play Top is already pretty similar to the 80s tops like these and these from Pinterest. However, the 18 inch size does hug the doll’s waist a bit, so I wanted my top to look a little more boxy which was a popular part of 80s fashion. I also deepened the neckline curve in order to give the “off the shoulder” option. Here are the few changes I made.

  1. Print out the top pattern. You will notice the hem corners are marked with large black dots. Using a ruler, make a line of dots that is 1/2 inch along this sleeve/side cutting line (the one with the two black dots). Extend the current hems out to your dots, then connect your series of dots and make a new cutting line. Ensure the corners are 90 degree angles. This basically widens the piece by 1/2 inch.
  2. Deepen the neck curve by cutting along the dotted seam line, then ease it up to the edge.
  3. Cut out your new pattern piece and follow the instructions in the pattern. Lots of 80s tops had square pockets. Add one to either or both sides of your top before you assemble it. I used a 1 3/4th inch square for my pockets on both sides of my black tops.
Make doll clothes for 1980's 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl. Easy to sew doll clothes with easy PDF digital patterns, printables, and tutorials from OhSewKat. Also available on Etsy. Make a boxy crop top, hair scrunchies, and bubble skirts.

Fashions for 1980s Dolls: Boxy, Crop Top Sewing Pattern

Layer the Picnic Play top over the lavender tank top that comes as part of Courtney’s meet outfit. I also chose fabrics that matched her pink tights and hair scrunchie.

Cabbage Patch Kids. American Girl Dolls. Care Bears. Strawberry Shortcake! Give your doll an 80s wardrobe to match with simple to sew Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns. Find us on Etsy too!

Make an 80s style top for your Courtney Moore™ doll from American Girl®

Make doll clothes for 1980's 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl. Easy to sew doll clothes with easy PDF digital patterns, printables, and tutorials from OhSewKat. Also available on Etsy. Make a boxy crop top, hair scrunchies, and bubble skirts.
Make doll clothes for 1980's 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl. Easy to sew doll clothes with easy PDF digital patterns, printables, and tutorials from OhSewKat. Also available on Etsy. Make a boxy crop top, hair scrunchies, and bubble skirts.

Make your Picnic Play top reversible for even more mix and match options. Try a Solid on one side:

The newest BeForever character from American Girl is Courtney, from 1886. Make her some fun 80s fashions with Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns.

Make doll clothes for 1980's 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl. Easy to sew doll clothes with easy PDF digital patterns, printables, and tutorials from OhSewKat. Also available on Etsy. Make a boxy crop top, hair scrunchies, and bubble skirts.

And print on the other:

Make doll clothes for 1980's 18 inch dolls like Courtney Moore from American Girl. Easy to sew doll clothes with easy PDF digital patterns, printables, and tutorials from OhSewKat. Also available on Etsy. Make a boxy crop top, hair scrunchies, and bubble skirts.

Download the PDF Picnic Play pattern from the OhSewKat Etsy shop and make your doll a cute, 80s top today! Find more sewing patterns in 5 popular doll sizes as well!

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