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.
The Easy Up! Jumper is quick to sew and makes a no closure jumper that pulls up over your doll’s feet. The technique is easy to follow, but sometimes you may prefer a dress that has a back closure for simple dressing. It’s simple to make the Easy Up! Jumper with a back closure instead. Start with the Easy Up! pattern for 18 inch or 14.5 inch Dolls. Find it in my Etsy Shop HERE.
Use this hack to make a summer beach jumper like Joss’s coral dress.
Easy Up! Jumper Pattern Hack for Dolls- Give it a back closure.
Cut out 1 front and 1 front lining according to the pattern directions.
Cut out your two back pieces, adding 1/2 inch to the edge marked FOLD on the pattern piece. Do not put it on a fold. (You can also print a second copy of your pattern, and add the 1/2 inch to your piece and cut it out that way.). Do the same for the back lining.
You now have 1 front, 1 front lining, 2 backs, and 2 back linings.
Because the jumper does not have to go on over the feet, you can opt to leave out the elastic straps if you like. I just folded mine and sewed them closed, using a 4 inch strap for 18 inch dolls and a 2.5 inch strap for the 14.5 inch dolls. (If making the elastic straps, follow the pattern).
Follow the pattern instructions to add lining, pleat triangles, and straps.
Kat’s Tip: Use a small safety pin to pin the back edges together while you attach the back straps. This will make it easier to ensure you get the jumper straps sewn in the right places, as it will now more closely look like the pattern instructions.
Press up your hem but do not sew it.
Serge or zig zag stitch your back edges, being sure to catch the lining. Fold in 1/2 inch and press (or turn under 1/4th, then 1/4th again). Add hook and loop tape.
Stitch your hem.
Make your Easy Up! Jumper with a back closure for easy dressing.
Isn’t this little birdie fabric so sweet for spring? I just love the fresh lilac and lavender colors. See more Easy Up! Jumper ideas here and here.
St. Patrick’s Day Sewing- Try the Easy Up! Jumper for Wellie Wishers™
The Easy Up jumper is a beginner level patten that has a few options and shortcuts to try. Choose a tiny print for the 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls®. You can even make it reversible.
Make an easy Shamrock Jumper for your 14.5″ inch day.
Find more ideas for sewing the Easy Up! Jumper HERE in the Inspiration Gallery. Need more ideas for St. Patrick’s Day? Check out this POST, and this ONE. Find more ideas for this simple pattern by clicking on the photos below.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Dress your 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls® dolls in pretty pink Easy Up! Jumpers to celebrate the day of LOVE.
The Easy Up! PDF sewing pattern is a quick sew. It’s easy to sew it reversible as well. Sometimes I’ll choose a seasonal fabric for one side and make the other side non seasonal.
Camille’s dress has tiny hearts on one side, and delicate rosebuds on the other. I also added some lacy trim to the hemline for extra frill. A Playtime Peasant Top in pink or white completes her outfit.
Does your 14.5 inch doll have a new dress to wear for Valentine’s Day?
The chill is in the air and I thought I’d share some of my favorite Oh Sew Kat! patterns that will keep the dollies a little warmer. All of my patterns can be downloaded from my Etsy Shop as soon as payment clears, so you can print the pieces on your home computer and get started sewing right away!
Use the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set to make your 18 inch doll a winter outfit.
The Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set PDF sewing pattern is three outfits in one great pattern. The long sleeve turtleneck shirt is my go to knit shirt for cooler weather. Add a pair of wide leg shorts and tall boots for a cute outfit, or include the reversible open sided apron jumper (attach with buttons to shorts or a simple elastic waistband) for a mock dress style based on the 70s. The great thing is this jumper works over a tee shirt for spring or summer too! See more ideas for the Jumping Jack pattern HERE.
Quick and easy- the Easy Up! Jumper is perfect for 18 inch Doll Clothes.
The Easy Up! Jumper is a quick to sew jumper with a few options to add contrasting straps or side kick pleats. It also has a fake button front option that is super easy to sew with no button holes required. You can also make it reversible. The Easy Up! Jumper has elastic straps and pulls up over the doll’s feet without any closures to sew. It’s also a great canvas for your machine embroidery, your applique, and your heat transfer vinyl (HTV) ideas! See more Easy Up! Jumpers HERE and HERE. Find the pattern and download it HERE.
Make a School Bell Blouse for your 18 inch doll with a printable sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
The School Bell Blouse has two options for two different doll blouses! Add the Sixth Grade Skirt in a thin wale corduroy and some tall boots for a perfect outfit for colder days like for Grace (below). You can also make either style into a cute dress which makes this pattern an even better value! Find the instructions HERE and HERE.
The School Bell Blouse pattern is available in 3 doll sizes HERE.
Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern for Easy to Make 18 inch Doll Clothes
No matter the season or the weather, the Backyard Bibs offers the most value of any other Oh Sew Kat! pattern. Pair it with a peasant top or a turtleneck, a tee shirt, or a tank top. With four options (two pants and two skirts) this quick sew project will be the one you turn to in all the seasons for both the style and the fun! Nicki’s Bibs have cute little buttons on them, but rest assured. This pattern has fully sewn attached straps. No buttons or button holes required!
See more ideas for the Backyard Bibs pattern HERE and HERE. It’s available for 5 sizes of dolls- find them all HERE.
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.
The weather is getting chilly- and fall is in the air! Your doll needs some new outfits with long sleeves for style and warmth!~ Oh Sew Kat! offers a wide range of PDF print at home sewing patterns- the styles are simple and easy to make, so they work well as you move from one season to another.
Little girls, and their dolls, look adorable in classic outfits likes jumpers, turtlenecks, and tights! Check out these outfits made from this pattern bundle- Jump into Fall, offered exclusively in my Etsy Shop. This bundle includes two popular sewing patterns- the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set and the Easy Up! Jumper. You will get patterns and detailed instructions to make a pull on (reversible jumper), an open sided apron style (reversible) jumper, flared shorts and a knit turtleneck shirt. Mix and match the pieces for a full fall dolly wardrobe!
Sewing patterns to make reversible jumpers for dolls.
Maryellen’s outfit below is a two for one. The Easy Up! Jumper is houndstooth and red on one side, and reverses to cute, patterned pumpkins! Both sides look great with the Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt and black tights and easily move from Halloween through Thanksgiving and on to the winter holidays (even Valentine’s Day?)
And the other side…..
Find the pattern bundle HERE and download and sew today!
Fall jumpers and cozy turtleneck shirts for 18 inch Dolls
Luciana’s Easy Up! jumper was so quick and easy to make with fold over elastic for the straps and no side pleats. The instructions for this easy “step down” version are included in the pattern. I used my Cricut machine to add the sparkling words to the front. I love the classic look, using the same black turtleneck from the Jumping Jack pattern.
Classic doll clothes outfits for fall- easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat!
The Easy Up! Jumper also includes pieces and instructions to make the jumper with buttons down the front. Don’t worry! No button holes!! This easy method is the same as in this tutorial. It’s so easy to do, you will want to add it to all of your doll clothes! This jumper pulls on over the doll’s feet just like the versions above.
Make cute fall outfits for 18 inch dolls with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
The Jumping Jack sewing pattern has three pieces. The jumper, the shorts, and the long, sleeve turtleneck shirt. These pieces will mix and match throughout your doll’s entire wardrobe in lots of fun ways!! Kelly loves it with knee socks and saddle shoes!
Sew the Jumping Jack pattern in its 1974 original form. A jumper, a shirt, and some shorts. Then use the pieces to mix and match a doll fall wardrobe! Find the tutorial to make this easy belt HERE.
Whether you are gearing up for fall craft shows, making gifts for sweet granddaughters, or just adding a darling fall wardrobe to your own doll’s collection, this Jump into Fall bundle, with the Jumping Jack and Easy Up! pdf sewing patterns, is a great place to get started!!
You can make all of the outfits in this post with the two patterns in this JUMP INTO FALL BUNDLE.
My Etsy Shop is the only place to find the value pattern bundles. Be sure to check out each doll size and the multi size value bundle links on the left hand side to see what is available. Have a good idea for a bundle I don’t offer? Send me an email!!
Make a quick headband or belt accessory for your 18″ Doll with this easy tutorial.
Have you used fold over elastic before? Don’t you just love it? With so many colors and designs to choose from, it’s a go to trim for doll clothes, especially tees, panties, and swimsuits. The edges don’t ravel, and when folded in half along its center line, it makes a nice border trim for your project that is so easy to use. It’s featured in my Simple Sweet Tee pattern as an easy way to handle knit fabric edges for beginners.
Make a quick and easy doll headband and belt with fold over elastic.
Fold over elastic, available in colors and patterns, is the perfect, easy to use trim for doll clothes. Try it on hems and necklines, as belts, headbands, and straps! I use fold over elastic on a lot of different types of doll outfits as you can see below. I use it often as straps for the Easy Up Jumper or the Backyard Bibs to speed up my cutting and sewing and still offer a nice part of the design element.
The gray striped straps on this (below) bunny jumper is actually fold over elastic, (not folded) and because the Easy UP! Jumper straps are elastic anyways, using FOE is a great shortcut without sacrificing style! Click HERE to see more photos of this dress and to find a direct link to purchase the pattern.
Make an 18 inch doll headband in less than 10 minutes:
The greatest use I’ve found for FOE (Fold over elastic) is a quick and easy headband for your doll. The best news is that it also fits as a belt, so it’s a perfect two for one project that will take 10 minutes or less! Because it’s elastic, it’s easy to put on and take off the doll, yet still stays snugly to the doll’s head and waist. Use different widths, colors, and patterns, and add flowers, buckles, or fun buttons. You will find fold over elastic is also very inexpensive!
Doll Headband (Belt) Tutorial:
Choose your FOE (fold over elastic)- find it in your local craft store, on etsy, or even Amazon like this assortment: AD: FOE ON AMAZON. I like 5/8th inch wide, which is a pretty easy to find size.
Cut your elastic to 10 1/2 inches for an 18 inch doll or for Bitty Baby. For Wellie Wishers and Glitter Girls use 8 inches. For other size dolls, measure the size of their heads, and also their waist. Use the average of the two measurements, because the elastic will stretch. Try it before you sew if you are unsure.
If you want to add any sort of a slide buckle, put that on now, ensuring the front of the buckle and the front of the elastic are facing the same direction.
Over lap your elastic ends by 1/2 inch, being sure the elastic is not twisted. Stitch over the lapped edges, by forming a square, then sew an X in the middle. This will keep it nice and secure.
Leave it plain or decorate your elastic with a flower or button and put it on your doll as a headband or a belt! Make them in every color!
Easy doll accessories to make- Headband and Belt Elastic Craft
The elastic I used for Nicki’s belt below, already had the sparkly stones on it, so it’s not technically fold over elastic, but it’s about the same width and certainly works the same way. Can’t find any that sparkle? Use some strong glue and add your own sparkle! See the tutorial to make this Playtime Peasant dress HERE.
Follow these simple steps to make your own Fold Over Elastic headbands and belts for all of your dolls. You will love having a small basket of these easy accessories ready to go as you mix and match new doll outfits.
The Simple Sweet Tee pattern was designed around using fold over elastic to create a pretty contrast trimmed edge on the neckline, sleeves, and hem, but it also makes sewing knits a little easier for beginners to learn. Find the pattern HERE.
Find more tutorials for your dolls HERE and be sure to visit the Inspiration Gallery to see ideas for the entire line of Oh Sew Kat! line of PDF sewing patterns.
What are the best dressed dolls wearing this fall? What are the hottest sellers at local craft fairs? What outfits are your girls hoping to find under the tree this year? Read on for Kat’s favorite four patterns to sew this fall for your dolls.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Fall: School Dance Dress
The School Dance Dress has lots of options and looks great using the same or contrasting fabric. Shown here in Vera Bradley fabric, the princess seams (one of three options for the front of the dress) give the dress a soft flair. Find the pattern HERE and see more ways to sew this basic, long sleeved dress HERE.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Fall: School Bell Blouse
With a pretty pleat at the neck and pleats along the sleeves,this boho styled blouse is perfect for the cool, crisp days of fall. The School Bell Blouse can be made with a soft flair at the waist, or add a cute peplum skirt for a completely different look. Find the pattern HERE in three sizes and see the Inspiration Gallery HERE. Use this pattern hack and this one to make a cute dress with the same pattern!
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Fall: Playground Pants
I love the Playground Pants pattern. With a loose fit, fun side pockets, and an option for patchwork, they make a cute addition to your doll’s wardrobe for fall. Pair them with a School Bell Blouse or a Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt. These pants are also great for boy doll clothes! Find the pattern HERE and visit THIS LINK to see the Inspiration Gallery for this pattern.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Fall: Easy Up! Jumper
The Easy Up! Jumper pattern got its name from the ease of dressing the doll by simply pulling the jumper up over her feet. It’s a double bonus because the pattern is super easy to make too! Here, Maryellen’s jumper has a Jumping Jack Turtleneck underneath- you can also make the jumper reversible! This dress has hounds tooth on one side and pumpkins on the other! The straps can also be made with Fold Over Elastic to be even “easier”. Find the pattern HERE and check the Inspiration Gallery HERE.
When it comes to fashion in miniature- your dolls love to have basic wardrobe pieces that can be used with multiple outfits just like we do! Check out this classic black turtleneck- it’s the perfect accent to so many different outfits! The turtleneck pattern is included with the Jumping Jack reversible jumper (this pattern also includes a cute pair of shorts too~ Find it in 2 doll sizes HERE.)
Make your Doll a classic, black turtleneck with the Jumping Jack sewing pattern.
The Jumping Jack knit turtleneck shirt is looking great under all sorts of items. Here Maryellen and Riley are both wearing it with an Easy Up! Jumper. The jumper pattern is quick and easy, and you can find it bundled with the shirt pattern HERE.
Find the Jumping Jack Turtleneck Shirt Pattern HERE. It’s also available sized for 14.5 inch dolls.
Mix and Match with a black Turtleneck for your favorite doll outfits.
Make your 18 inch doll clothes with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
The Jumping Jack pattern is the perfect shirt on its own, or under a cute, Backyard Bibs. Blaire is ready for the pumpkin patch! Find the 18 inch doll pattern HERE.
And it’s not too early to start to plan ahead! The winter holidays are right around the corner. The snowmen on Samatha’s Backyard Bibs are cute and whimsical. The black shirt shows off the fun, bias trim stripes as well!