The Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt pattern is now available for Bitty Baby™ and Bitty Twins™. This easy to sew peasant top can be made with long or short sleeves, and the pattern includes the fun, 3 tiered “pull on style” twirly skirt too! It’s available in my Etsy shop!
Make a twirl skirt for your 15 inch Bitty Baby® Doll with this easy sewing pattern.
How about some cute shorts for summer!! The Sandbox Shorts pattern from Oh Sew Kat! has lots of options to keep your dolls cute and casual through the summer months. Download the file and print the pattern pieces on your home printer. You’ll be ready to sew today!! This quick pattern stitches up in 90 min to two hours. Have fun!!
Sewing doll clothes can be a pretty quick project as a general rule. The pieces and seams are small, they don’t take long to cut out, and they don’t use much fabric. However, if you want to sew a lot of clothes (like for a craft show) or you just have a short nap time to work in, here are four tools that can save you a little more time and make your sewing time more efficient, and, in my opinion, are really worth the investment.
1. A good Serger- sergers are funny machines. People that sew fall into three categories. Those who can’t live without a serger, those that bought one but it’s still in the box and are afraid to use it, or those who simply don’t want one or see its benefits. No matter which category you fall into, one sure way to speed up your sewing is with a serger. First of all, the speed settings on a Serger are higher than a sewing machine. It doesn’t stitch backwards, but it goes faster! 🤗 When you use a serger, you learn to work with flat construction. This also speeds up the sewing process. Spend some time on you tube watching videos of your specific model, as well as how to use one in general. If changing the thread is intimidating, you can simply leave it with gray or white thread for most fabrics. 😉 I love my jet air threading Evolve serger made by Babylock! (I use stickers to help me remember the settings for quick stitch changes!)
Tools to make sewing easier
2. A Ruffler foot- if you like gathered skirts and ruffled hems, this one tool can save 10 minutes per outfit- at least! My machine is a Bernina, and yes, the ruffler foot was pretty pricey. I watched one you tube video and I was off and running. There is a great e-book here if you want to get serious with the math. I just started to experiment and kept a spreadsheet with every measurement I tried. With that sheet, I have a baseline to start with to vary the stitch length to ruffle the skirt from each if my patterns with. It doesn’t have to be exact- just “close enough” at first. (You can always pull a little back out at either end if it ends up too short.) It takes 15 seconds to gather an 18 inch doll skirt this way! Well worth the hefty price tag and time to learn and experiment in my opinion. (You can also attach and gather the ruffle to the fabric at the same time…I intend to learn how to do that too, I just haven’t gotten to it.)
3. An overlock foot- this probably came with your machine; mine did. This is a much cheaper option than the serger. Again, hop on over to you tube and learn how to use it. Since I purchased my new Bernina last June, I have really started taking advantage of all the feet that are offered. I change feet at least 9 times an outfit. (Bernina has an easy one hand hook mechanism so this doesn’t take long at all.) My Serger is around the table from my sewing machine. In some cases, making a quick switch to the overlock foot is faster and just as productive as using the Serger. I also really like this thinner stitch for underarm sleeves on smaller doll clothes. Will this save you a whole lot of time? Probably not like the two above, but it’s another tool for your tool box and a great option if a serger machine is not on your wish list or in your budget.
Sewing Tools that are worth the investment
4. The Cricut Maker- this is definitely not your cheapest time saver! At $399, it’s a big price to pay for something you can do with a nice pair of scissors. (You can save 10% with a subscription to cricut access; click AD: here to read more about that.). If you’ve never used an electronic cutter, you may need to get familiar with your machine and its software first. Once you are comfortable using it, and you spend the time to get your files set up, this can really be a huge time saver, especially if you sew mutliples items at once! The cricut maker cuts up to 12×24 inches- it’s perfect for doll clothes! I set up all of my patterns for the cricut maker and can cut them out quickly and cleanly in literal minutes! See this tutorial for more specifics. There are also so many other fun things you can do with a cricut machine; sewing doll clothes is just the start! (If you don’t want to splurge on the Cricut maker, or already have a cutting machine, the time to set up your files can be worth it to cut out your printed patterns as well, as another way to save a little time.)
So many sewists have a room full of tools and toys and still sew with the same 2-3 sewing feet or stitches day in and day out. Hopefully this post has given you a little inspiration to dig out something you’ve already bought, or invest in something you hadn’t thought of. The right tool for the job makes this hobby even more fun! What tools might you add to this list? If you try something new, leave a comment and tell us about it!
Need a little inspiration for your March sewing? How about some shamrocks and rainbows? These adorable dresses are made with the Oh Sew Kat! Party Time dresses sewing pattern for dolls. It’s now available in 5 sizes!
The Party Time Dress is a quick dress with a full gathered skirt and elastic at the neck and sleeves. Here I left out the sleeve elastic for fuller sleeves. It goes together in just an afternoon! With a fully open back, it’s very easy for little hands to dress their own dolls. Mix and match your fabrics to create a unique dress for your own doll and it’s quick enough to make one for every season!
Need a little inspiration for your weekend sewing? How about some pink and red Party Time dresses? There’s just something about the red and pink, the lace and ruffles, you know, love in the air 😉 Show your dolls a little extra love this month!
The Party Time Dress is a quick dress with a full gathered skirt and elastic at the neck and sleeves. Leave the elastic out of the sleeves for a different version. It goes together in just an afternoon! With a fully open back, it’s very easy for little hands to dress their own dolls. Mix and match your fabrics to create a unique dress for your own doll. I added the lace to the neckline using this tutorial.
How about the smaller dolls? The Party Time Dress is perfect for Wellie Wishers dolls too!
The Wellie Wishers™ sized pattern will fit your Hearts for Hearts dolls too!
Find the patterns to make your own in 5 popular doll sizes:
The Sixth Grade Skirt was the pattern that started it all! I had just finished a pattern making class, and a few friends and I were all working together to publish our first patterns. We worked together and tested each others’ work, challenging ourselves to publish our first patterns! We all did it! And the Sixth Grade Skirt was mine.
Because it was my first pattern, the learning curve was pretty steep. Who knew there was so much work in a pattern? I chose a simple design that my (at the time) 12 year old daughter could easily sew. Thank you to all of you that have purchased this (and any that have come since!) pattern!
The Sixth Grade Skirt is a simple skirt to sew. From cutting to finishing, you can easily complete it in under an hour. With the overlap in back, it’s easy to fit for different sized dolls. You can make it for summer, or winter, or anything in between!
HalterAlls for Dolls is one of my very best selling patterns. With just two pattern pieces, and an easy “ribbon tie” option, it’s so quick and easy for craft show sellers and a great project for beginner seamstresses alike. Use your imagination to style up this simple frock and make it uniquely your own! Long or short, you can whip up at least two of these from a fat quarter of cotton fabric and be stocked and ready to go for all of your fall craft shows in no time.
Find and download the digital pattern HalterAlls in four sizes here. (18 inch dolls, Wellie Wishers, Bitty Baby and Animators are all available in my Etsy shop, and on YouCanMakeThis.com and PixieFaire.com.
Ribbons and Lace by Sonya Finley:
Pretty Pockets and Cuffs by Amy Violet’s:
Applique by SewDolledUP81:
And here, I brought the neck ties around to the front (they were lined in contrasting fabric) and added a flower accent:
What can you add to your HalterAlls? A cute belt? A bow? Pretty lace or piping? How about a pocket? Download the PDF sewing pattern today and whip one up tonight!