Make an 80s Style Care Bears nightgown for 18 inch Dolls like Courtney Moore
Use the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern to make a classic nightgown for your 1980’s Courtney Moore™ doll. I made my nightgown from soft, Care Bears® flannel fabric that I found at my local Joann’s store. When I went to college in 1986, I loved the Care Bears® too. My mom made me a nightgown just like this (but the background of the fabric was white.) The girls in the dorm did think I was a little weird. No worries, I’m sure I was. Ha ha!
DIY Doll clothes for Courtney the 80s doll with easy digital sewing patterns from OH Sew Kat!
Find the Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern in 3 doll sizes here.
Use the dress length pattern pieces and lengthen the sleeves about 3 1/2 inches to meet the wrist, like I did in THIS post and THIS one. Otherwise just follow the pattern directions. You could also make the top length, and add some cute pajama pants for a different look like in THIS POST!
I actually found this dress, half made, in a buried pile of things on my sewing table. I’ve been reorganizing and clearing out like crazy and uncovered quite a few “works in progress”. This one had the ric rac already on it, and all that was left was the side seams and the hem. I decided to add a ruffle to the hem- and snapped a few pics of Emily in it. Enjoy!!
For this easy doll clothes tutorial, start with the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! It comes in 3 sizes, so if you are making a blouse for a doll other than 18 inches, simply adjust your measurements to fit your doll’s arm. Find the sewing pattern HERE.
Print out all of your pieces to make the doll top, including the sleeve. Cut out your pieces, and tape your sleeve piece to a new sheet of paper (near the top) so the fold line is even with the left edge of your paper. Measure down the edge by 3 1/2 inches, and make a mark. Use your ruler to draw the new sleeve hem at a 90 degree angle from your fold line. You can then connect the new hem back up to your short sleeve edge. Cut out your new piece and label it for 18 inch dolls.
Follow the pattern as directed. You can put wrist elastic (4 inches) in or leave it out. You can also make longer sleeves on the tunic or dress length too! Depending on the fabric you choose, your dress can look modern or retro.
See more ideas for the Bloomer Buddies pattern HERE, HERE and in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.
Long sleeve, baby doll blouse for your Julie or Courtney 18 inch doll with Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns
The American Girl BeForever® characters are 9-10 years old in their books. I was seven years old in 1974 (so a little younger than Julie) and my youngest sister was six years old in 1986 (so a little younger than Courtney.) My sister and I BOTH had clothing made from this little rosebud fabric. My sister also had a dress in the same fabric that was pink. Such memories! What do you think? 70s? 80s? I think it works for both!
Oh Sew Kat! currently offers 24 patterns and bundles for the 16 inch Animators’ dolls produced by Disney®. Disney® keeps us on our toes, as all the animators are not the exact same size…and the new toddler and my first princess doll lines have the same wide eyes that were once tell tale signs of the Animators’ line. Some of my patterns do fit the smaller toddler dolls- I’ve had success with the 14.5 inch size patterns for the one doll I’ve tried.
These Animators’ patterns are all designed for the 16 inch dolls, sold in Disney stores and Disney’s online store, with an average cost of $25 each. My sweet Rapunzel recently had a haircut. Her long locks are true to character, but were just always in the way as I’m dressing and undressing and taking photos. I think the new style suits her!!
Find the full selection of Oh Sew Kat! animators’ patterns HERE.
Sew your own Animators’ Doll Clothes with easy sewing patterns.
The Sugar n Spice Dress (and Everything Nice accessories) pattern offers a dress, pinafore, apron, corset, cape, tutu, and overskirt pattern to mix and match and create lots of fun looks. Check out the inspiration gallery and see some costume ideas here and here. The reversible corset is a quick accessory to give a “princess” style front to a plain purple dress.
Make an Animators’ Doll a custom wardrobe- great gift idea!
The Bloomer Buddies pattern has a lot of value with its many mix and match options. With or without sleeves, the top or dress can stand alone or be paired with short or long bloomers. See THIS POST about making nightgowns and pj’s with this pattern, and others, as well. See more Bloomer Buddies ideas here, here, and here.
Rapunzel calls this her “best friends” dress. 🙂
Use Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns to DIY your Animators Dolls’ Wardrobe
There are so many ways to change up your sewing patterns to create your own unique doll clothes. One of my favorite fashion features is to add a pocket (or two) to a simple garment. Some of my patterns include pattern pieces to add a pocket (HalterAlls for example) but any square or circle scrap of fabric can work too.
My Oh Sew Kat! Testers love pockets too!! Michele is my pocket QUEEN! Pam, Sophie, and Shirley also add stunning accents to outfits with their pockets. Be inspired to try a few pockets on your next outfits.
Make spring dresses for your dolls with Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns
Winter is winding down, and the flowers are starting to bud and peek out. Days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer… our thoughts turn to cherry blossoms, Easter eggs, baby birds and more. Here’s a few of my favorite Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns for quick and easy spring dresses. Find the patterns in my ETSY SHOP and download, print and sew today!
Use the Spring Shine Dress Pattern for the Perfect Spring Doll Dresses
The Spring Shine Dress looks great as a top or a dress. With pretty flutter sleeves and a fake placket in front, you can really have fun with the details. Try eyelet lace or add trims for a unique Easter dress or dress for spring. See many more Spring Shine dresses in the Inspiration Gallery.
Find the Spring Shine sewing pattern in four sizes HERE.
Photo Credit to Edith S.
Photo Credit to Michele A.
The Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern has so many Options for Spring Outfits
The PDF pattern, Bloomer Buddies, offers lots and lots of mix and match options. You can make dresses, tunics, and tops, and add bloomers that are short, knee length, or long to go with them. Add short, puffy sleeves or leave them off. This classic look is quick and easy to sew in 4 popular doll sizes. See more ideas for Bloomer Buddies HERE. This pattern also makes cute pajamas!!
Boardwalk Boutique- the quick and easy sewing pattern for Spring Doll Clothes
The Boardwalk Boutique is a top selling Oh Sew Kat! pattern available in five doll sizes. It’s so quick and easy with an elastic waistband, elastic halter and ribbon or fabric ties. Make it with or without the ruffles for the perfect spring outfit. Find the directions to make the top into a gorgeous halter dress or maxi here.
Use the Backyard Bibs Pattern for an Easy and Cute Spring Outfit for Dolls
The Backyard Bibs is my favorite pattern, no matter what the season. You’ll find it on my favorites for winter too! No matter the season, this easy overalls pattern can’t be beat. You can make it shorts, pants, slim or full skirted…add long sleeve or short sleeve shirts too. The simple one piece bodice has sewn straps and stitches up very quickly in five doll sizes. See more bibs in the Inspiration Gallery. The Playtime Peasant Top completes the outfit.
Today it’s Make it Monday!! What have you made lately? Here’s a make I’ve been working on – cute buffalo check pajamas!! When you look at a pattern, be sure to think outside the box! I made a few adjustments to the Bloomer Buddies pattern to make these.
Make 18 inch doll pajamas with PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
The Bloomer Buddies pattern is perfect for snuggly, flannel pajamas for your dolls! Use the bloomers pattern pieces and make them longer to make the full legged pants. Add length to the sleeve, or try adding cute cuffs like I did. See more about the sleeves in THIS POST.
Make buffalo checked pajamas for your 18 inch doll.
I added interest to the top by cutting the yoke on the bias. I also cut the cuffs on the bias as well.
A pair of pajamas is a quick make with this simple and classic pattern! Isn’t Kelly ready for the holidays? See the Inspiration Gallery for this pattern for even more ideas.
This same sewing pattern can be used to make an adorable set of pajamas for 18 inch dolls, and also the 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers™ and 16 inch Animators Dolls by Disney®. Find the patterns for all three HERE.
Easy pajamas for 18 inch dolls with the Bloomer Buddies pattern hack.
Does your 18 inch doll need some pajamas to help her off to sweet dreams? Make your own cute pajamas with the Bloomer Buddies PDF Sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! With a few minor adjustments to this classic yoked top and bloomers, your doll will stay snuggly and warm all winter long in a new pair of flannel pajamas!
Make your 18 inch or other sized doll a cute pair of pajamas with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Make Holiday plaid pajamas for 18 inch dolls- How Fun!
Make 18 inch doll pajamas with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
You already love the Bloomer Buddies pattern! You’ve made such cute summer dresses and Easter shortie outfits and then you probably put the pattern away until next spring. But did you realize you can use this pattern all year long? You can make cute holiday dresses like in this POST, but even better, the Bloomer Buddies pattern is perfect for snuggly, flannel pajamas for your dolls! Take a look!!
When you first look at the Bloomer Buddies pattern, you fall in love with the sweet bloomers and sundresses and the mix and match options. Look at these adorable summer sundresses for dolls! They stitch up quickly and easily with or without sleeves. Check out THIS POST and THIS ONE to make a nightgown with this pattern too!
Add enough length to the capri length bloomers to reach your doll’s feet. You can also use another pants pattern like the Boardwalk Boutique as well. Add to the sleeves to make them long for winter warmth. For Blaire’s black and white gingham jammies, I added an extra 1/4th inch to the long sleeve from THIS POST so I could put in some cute wrist elastic to give it a cute ruffle.
This same sewing pattern can be used to make an adorable set of pajamas for 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers™ and 16 inch Animators Dolls. Find it HERE.
18 inch doll pajamas made with Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns
I found these cute, doll scale plaid flannel fat quarter packs at Walmart. I like to cut the plaid or checked yoke on the bias (diagonal) to give the interest and contrast. I used my piping foot to attach baby sized piping as I attached the yoke. The splash of color is a perfect accent. For Luciana’s pjs I also lengthened the sleeves to 3/4 length, left the wrist elastic off, and added a few inches to the capri length bloomers to make jammie pants. (You need to taper the ankles a bit!) Luciana is ready for a slumber party in her Bloomer Buddies pj’s! See this same pattern to make nightgowns here and here, and don’t forget to check out the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas.
Kelly’s red checked pj’s have bias cut (diagonal) cuffs too. Find even more ideas to make outfits with the Bloomer Buddies PDF Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat! HERE in the Inspiration Gallery.
Use this Easy to sew digital sewing pattern to make pajamas for your 18 inch doll.
All those cute holiday fabrics in the stores and online are just so hard to resist! Every year I love to sew up a few new doll outfits with the latest prints and colors. Here are some of my favorites. Find all of these PDF sewing patterns in my ETSY SHOP.
Make your doll a holiday outfit with the Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern
The Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern is a very easy sewing project. Even a very inexperienced seamstress will find the process easy to follow with awesome results. Pull out your awesome holiday fabrics and make your doll a Backyard Bibs skirt or capri outfit today!
Grace’s poinsettia bibs (above) bring a fun PINK color to the holiday season. I used it with the Playtime Peasant top pattern- you can find the 2 bundle value here. Perfect for warmer climates or add a cozy sweater and some furry boots! Nicki’s aqua snowman bibs are from the same fabric collection (Merry Merry Snow Days by Moda). I used striped bias tape to add more interest and she’s wearing it over a Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt (made with the lower collar option.) . Find the patterns HERE.
Make a quick and easy Easy Up! jumper in fun holiday fabric. Make it Reversible!
I love this pattern! I made a dress for my daughter a long time ago and this pattern is the result. See the full post here. The Easy Up! pattern looks complicated, but it’s really very simple. With a full front and front contrast straps and hem kick pleat, it’s the perfect pattern for your awesome and fun holiday fabrics.
I used a cute, gingham bias tape for the hem on this jumper. I didn’t, but it would be cute to use the same trim for the straps too. Have fun mixing and matching your fun fabrics. Go outside your box! Fabric is called SNOW GLOBE by Moda.
Your doll will be ready for the holidays and beyond with an adorable Jumping Jack 3 in1 Jumper Set.
The Jumping Jack pattern is probably the biggest Oh Sew Kat! sleeper pattern. It consists of three pieces, a long sleeve, turtleneck shirt, a pair of wide leg shots, and a reversible “front and back” apron style jumper that makes the complete outfit look like a cute dress. This pattern is based on a 1974 design. See more HERE. With three unique pieces, you will certainly want to add it to your pattern collection whether you use it as a set or for its individual pieces . Check out the turtleneck shirts I featured in THIS POST.
Sewing Tip- any time I make a reversible outfit for the winter holidays, I often make the reverse in Valentine fabric. This santa jumper has red and pink hearts on the reverse.
Holiday outfits for dolls? Yes, please. Try the Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern for so many options!
Bloomer Buddies is a very versatile pattern. With three lengths for the top (top, tunic, dress) and three lengths for the bloomers (shortie, knee, capri), you can make it with out without sleeves for even more options. Choose classic Christmas colors (See more photos HERE) or make it with long sleeves (directions in THIS POST). Use this pattern to make nightgowns and pajamas too!! (See THIS POST and THIS ONE.)
Every sewing pattern is just the starting point. Once you have a bodice and a skirt, you can make a dress that fits your dream.
Use Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make cute holiday outfits for American Girl sized dolls.
See my favorite patterns for Fall HERE and for Summer HERE.
Make 50s style Fashions and Outfits for your 18 inch Doll.
Maryellen Larkin and her family are glad WWII is over and everyone is hopeful about the future in 1954. She loves pretending to be a 50s movie star and playing the jukebox at the diner with family and friends. Use Oh Sew Kat! patterns to stitch up 50s style outfits for your Maryellen doll and her friends.
Ad: Want to learn more about Maryellen’s adventures? Find Maryellen’s stories by Valerie Tripp HERE and at the American Girl stores.
Use Oh Sew Kat! patterns to sew 50s outfits for your Maryellen Larkin Doll.
Do you want to make Maryellen a new outfit? Try these twists on patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.