It’s a new year!! Does your 2023 goal list include starting to sew? Or making doll clothes? I got you!! Oh Sew Kat! Designs offers beginner level sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®, as well as other popular doll sizes like Welliewishers™, Bitty Baby™, Animators’ by Disney, and A Girl for All Time. Oh Sew Kat! patterns are easy to follow with simple construction and designs to help even the newest seamstress to achieve success. Oh Sew Kat! patterns are PDF files, purchased in my Etsy Shop, and downloaded to your home computer. Print only the pattern piece pages on your home printer, and cut them out. You are ready to begin!!
Learning to Sew is Easy with Oh Sew Kat! PDF Sewing Patterns
What kind of supplies do you need? A sewing machine, some pins, sharp scissors, fabric, a pattern, and some thread. There are lots of other tools to make your sewing easier, but these are truly the basics. Take a look at THIS POST that is full of beginner tips!!
The simplest pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is the Sixth Grade Skirt. With only straight lines, it’s a quick sew that uses just a fat quarter of fabric. In fact, you can make two skirts from just one fat quarter! Mix and match prints to make your own unique skirt. You can find fat quarter cuts of fabric in rolls or small folded bundles at Joann’s, Michaels, and Walmart. Or you can shop m favorite online selection from the AD: FatQuarterShop. Find the pattern is 6 doll sizes HERE. Want to see more ideas for this cute skirt? Check out the Inspiration Gallery HERE.
When my daughter was young, and wanted to start sewing (She was around 6), we each selected a fabric and cut out two Sixth Grade skirts. I sewed my first seam, then she sat down and did the same. We went back and forth for every step until my excited little girl put her skirt on her doll.
Once you have mastered the simple Sixth Grade Skirt, step it up a bit, and add some pockets!! A pattern hack is when you take an existing pattern, and make a change to it, to make it look different. The instructions to add the pockets are found HERE. The Sixth Grade Skirt looks so cute with added pockets! It’s also a great way to practice straight, steady stitching.
Teach a newbie how to sew Doll Clothes with Oh Sew Kat!
The Sixth Grade Skirt will give a beginner seamstress the confidence to move on to a simple top. And the next thing you know, you’ve got a complete outfit!
The Playtime Peasant Top pattern is another quick and easy project to sew. Straight lines and feeding elastic in the neckline (and arms) are the only skills you need. You can make it long sleeved or short sleeved and if you stick with some basic colors (white, black, red, navy) you will have wardrobe pieces to mix and match with many more wardrobe items. Find the pattern HERE and be sure to visit the Inspiration Gallery for more ideas with this simple pattern HERE. Mary’s wearing her peasant top with a red skirt (below) with the Sixth Grade Skirt worn backwards with cute button accents and a simple ribbon belt for a completely different look! Look how many ways you can change up this easy peasant top pattern in THIS POST.
Easy Sewing Pattern for Beginners: Playtime Peasant Top
Ready for another easy project? The Four Square Skirt is very similar to the Sixth Grade Skirt, and has just a little bit of gathering. It’s also a very simple pattern for someone new to try!
Learn to Sew with Easy 18″ Doll Sewing Patterns from OhSewKat
Evette (below) is wearing the Four Season Skirt with the OhSewKat Popsicle Top- also available in the SHOP!
Easy Doll Sewing Patterns for Beginners
When you purchase a PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! you will get a beautifully laid out pattern, fully tested by more than four sewists of different skill levels, computer drawn, full size pattern pieces, easy to follow step by step instructions that include a color photograph for each step, and this blog, which offers more ideas, inspiration, tutorials, and pattern hacks to keep even a simple pattern, feeling fresh and new with every time you sew. Check out the tutorials and pattern hacks page HERE.
Have some fun with this new hobby. With such a small investment in patterns, fabrics, even time, you can experiment and gain confidence with each try. I can’t wait to see what you make!