The HalterAlls pattern, available in 5 popular doll sizes, it super quick and easy and has lots of fun options to make faux overalls for your dolls. It’s the perfect pattern for a quick end of summer project!
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Here is a way to make a big impact on the look of a skirt or dress with very little effort! Double fold bias tape!!
Use premade Bias tape for a fun hem accent to your 18 inch Doll Clothes
I love my patterned bias tapes. They add a quick and fun accent with very little effort. I prefer 1/2 inch double fold bias tape for the easiest application. You can look on You Tube for more detailed instructions to attach bias tape to your doll clothes. I simply open up the tape, (if one side is longer than the other, that goes on the inside of the garment), and line the raw edge in with the fold crease. I close the tape, and pin in place. When I sew, I sew from the right side, using my edge foot so my stitches are close to the edge but not on it. You can also apply bias tape in two steps. Open out the tape and sew the raw edge to the inside of your garment. (Right side of tape to wrong side of garment.) Fold the tape back in place with the raw edge neatly inside. Stitch on the right side of the garment just inside the edge.
I buy most of my bias tape on Etsy and at Home Sew. You need about a yard for an 18 inch doll’s gathered skirt. You can also make your own, with your cutting tools, an iron and this kit Ad: Bias Tape Makers.
Here are some fun examples that I have sewn for 18 inch American Girl dolls and 14.5 inch Welliewishers Dolls. It looks like I tend to pull my bias tape out at holiday times!! 🙂
Easy to Sew Doll Clothes using pre made Bias Trim for an Accent hemline
Bias tape hems can make such a statement. Here Camille is wearing the Party Time Peasant Dress with a black and white striped bias tape hem.
If you don’t have an premade bias tape, you can either make your own, or you can create the same look with a very narrow hem band. Ashlynne’s cute pink panda bear outfit is made with the HalterAlls pattern.
It’s easy to make your own doll clothes. Try bias tape for a quick and easy accent hem.
This rainbow bias tape was found prepackaged at Joann’s, like this one Ad: Double Fold Bias Tape. You can also use solid colors as well. Here, Courtney has a Four Season Skirt with a rainbow hem- for a fun 80s vibe! Her top was made with the Popsicle Top pattern and looks just like the one from her collection at American Girl! Get the Four Season Skirt pattern FREE right HERE.
Poppy’s halloween dress was made with the Party Time Peasant Dress. This is my favorite pattern to mix and match holiday prints for a fun and festive outfit and I offer it in 6 doll sizes from 8-18 inches! This bias trim includes a little lace crochet edge but it was attached the same way; I just put the raw edge of the skirt into the fold and stitched along the edge. See more skirts with this same trim HERE.
Here’s another Party Time Peasant Dress– Grace is ready for Valentine’s Day!! I shop on Etsy and at Home Sew to find my patterned bias tapes so I always have a fun assortment on hand. See how to make the Party Time Dress with long sleeves HERE.
Such cute and tiny snowglobes!! Nicki’s Easy Up Jumper is trimmed in cute red gingham bias tape. Bias tape works on non gathered skirts too (and takes less tape.) It accents her fun striped socks and cozy red Jumping Jack Turtleneck. You can find more ideas for this simple to sew jumper here and here. Find the Jump into Fall bundle with both of these patterns in my Etsy shop HERE.
I hope you will try the fun, patterned bias tapes on the market to give your doll clothes a lot of accent for very little effort!! Don’t forget to follow me on facebook and see new sewing ideas daily!
I often get asked where I buy the cute shoes my dolls wear with my outfits. As you can see, my dolls have not always had the fanciest footwear.
Be sure to check out my favorite way to organize my doll shoes in THIS POST.
That works for some of the summer outfits… and sometimes I just crop out their feet 🙂 but at the same time, a well dressed doll deserves some perfect shoes to complete the perfect outfit. If you are looking for doll shoes, and don’t want to make your own, I’m sharing where I buy most of my shoes to help your doll shoe shopping needs! (Kendall’s outfit is made with the HalterAlls sewing pattern.)
American Girl offers trendy shoes for your 18 inch Dolls.
My favorite place to buy shoes is directly from American Girl®. They offer trendy styles (although pricey, especially if you have to buy the outfit to get them), but they are well made, fit perfectly and come in all sorts of styles and colors. My daughter is now 18 years old. We got her Bitty Baby when she was 1, and her Mia GOTY doll when she was 6. That is a LOT of years of buying doll clothes and shoes from American Girl, so you just have to watch the styles and try and purchase what you like when you see them. (Riley’s boots- above- which I use ALL the time, are the meet shoes that came with my Saige GOTY doll.) Patterns used: Backyard Bibs, Playtime Peasant Top Pattern bundle.
American Fashion World offers a large selection of doll shoes in lots of popular doll sizes.
Every so often, I place a large order from American Fashion World. Their prices are very low, and the quality and fit are not as high as American Girl®, but they are perfect for playtime and for photographs and offers lots and lots of styles and colors, to include boys’ styles, along with other things like tees, hats, belts, and much more. You no longer have to have a wholesale account with them- find them on Amazon. Affiliate link: https://amzn.to/378OrPr. This three pack of tennis shoes is just $9.99. Or find these cute “sherpa” look boots in lots of colors here. (Maryellen’s outfit: Jumping Jack sewing pattern.). Both wellies in the photo below are wearing AFW shoes and the Picnic Play sewing pattern was used for their outfits.
Find a large selection of doll shoes on ebay and etsy.
Don’t forget some of the more popular online shopping sites to look for cute and inexpensive doll shoes. Etsy and Ebay also offer some options. You can find a whole range of styles by searching by doll size (Animators’, 14.5 inch dolls for example.). I’ve found lots of really cute shoes on Etsy. Plus there are tons of patterns out there if you want to make your own!
So those are places I shop the most often for my doll shoes. Do you have any shops you would add to this list? Leave a comment below and let us know!
I also had recommendations from readers about Sophia’s and also Monique’s. I think if you poke around the net, you will find lots of places to buy some cute doll shoes to match your adorable handmade outfits!
Don’t forget to check out my idea for organizing doll shoes in my POST here.
Simple to sew and fat quarter friendly, the Halteralls PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is a perfect beginner project. Use ribbon or fabric for the straps and add buttons, belts, or bows to create your own one of a kind summer romper for your 18 inch American Girl® doll.
Use the Halteralls Sewing Pattern to make a summer romper for your 18″ doll.
Quick and easy- the Halteralls pattern makes a great summer outfit for your doll.
Make a simple belt to complete your outfit. I use buckles found at the craft store in the scrapbook section. You can also use fold over elastic as seen in THIS TUTORIAL.
The dolls at our house are very patriotic! They love to have new outfits in red, white, and blue to wear to parades and picnics all summer long.
July 4th Doll Clothes: Backyard Bibs
When you go into a fabric store, be sure to check out the batik fabric section. You can find some amazing fabrics that make really unique doll clothes, like this red and blue stars fabric.
Both outfits above were made with the Backyard Bibs pattern. Instead of a full skirt, I just added a tiny ruffle to make a cute, summertime top. Blaire’s shorts were made by American Girl®.
July 4th Doll Fashions: HalterAlls for Dolls
With easy ties and an open back, the HalterAlls pattern makes a perfect parade watching outfit. Make one up in just an afternoon with one fat quarter of fabric. See more ideas in the Inspiration Gallery.
Make a halter top with a patchwork twist- use the Boardwalk Boutique pattern.
The hot and hazy days of summer are just around the corner. Need some inspiration for summer doll clothes sewing? The warmer weather means shorts, skirts, and bare shoulders and backs. All of these Oh Sew Kat! patterns are quick and easy with full color photographs of every step.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: HalterAlls for Dolls
HalterAlls for Dolls is a quick and easy sewing pattern. You can easily make one in any size from just one fat quarter of fabric. With 2 basic pattern pieces and some 1/4th inch elastic, your doll will be ready for the summer heat in style. HalterAlls also look great on boy dolls! See more ideas with the HalterAlls pattern in the Inspiration Gallery. and find the pattern in four doll sizes HERE.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Reversible Popsicle Top
The Popsicle Top is the perfect match for all your shorts and short skirts. With hook and loop tape at the back, it’s quick to sew and can be made reversible for double the outfits. Add pretty lace or trim at the bottom. Click here to find the pattern in 5 popular doll sizes and in some value bundles. Shown here with the FREE Four Season Skirt pattern.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Sandbox Shorts
The Sandbox Shorts pattern has cute patch pockets and an elastic back with flat front. Check out this tutorial to move the pockets to the inside for another way to sew them. The Sandbox Shorts pattern is available in five popular doll sizes. Find them here. Shown here with a polka dot Popsicle Top.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Sixth Grade Skirt
The Sixth Grade Skirt was designed to go with the Popsicle Top pattern to make a cute and easy outfit for summer. In fact, I offer these two patterns as a value bundle here. Use this TUTORIAL to add pockets to your skirt or THIS ONE to add ruffles or lace. See even more ideas for the Sixth Grade Skirt pattern in the Inspiration Gallery. (Shown here with the Popsicle Top.)
So what darling outfits will you make for your dolls this summer? Share your photos on instagram with #ohsewkat or on my facebook page! Happy sewing!
Sophie is one of my very talented, long time testers. Her sense of fashion and amazing photography give me so much joy. I hope you are as inspired by her cool, blue fashions as I am! Find more of her beautiful work on Instagram under Project_AG_Runway, and find the link to each pattern below the photos.
Sew a soft, ruffled skirt and eyelet top with the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt Pattern.
The Party Time Peasant Dress features of the waistband and pretty ruffles shine in denim blue.
The Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern is the perfect pattern for soft florals and a sweet, eyelet peasant top.
Soft and sweet florals make a dreamy Easy Up! Jumper with detailed pocket.
Sweet, blue stripes are perfect for a summer Halteralls romper.
The Sweet Simple Tee can also be made as a cool, striped tank top.
Thank you again to Sophie for sharing her amazing talents with me. These outfits were all sewn using Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns. Find all of these patterns and more in my Etsy Shop for 18 inch dolls and other sizes as well.
Here are a few photos of the amazing Easy Up! jumpers from the Oh Sew Kat! testers. They never cease to amaze me with not only how quickly they work, but also have creative they are! Find the Easy Up! Jumper and other digital sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls here.
Make the Easy Up! Jumper in an afternoon with this easy to sew, beginner level PDF sewing pattern for dolls.
Above, Pam Ray of Amy Violet’s, used lace for her pleats and straps. Such a pretty dress!!
The Easy Up! Jumper is cute with a pocket on the front.
Michelle Anderson added an adorable pocket to the front of this spiffy plaid jumper. The pocket piece is not included with the pattern, but if you don’t have one from another pattern (like the HalterAlls or Backyard Bibs for example), it’s very easy to make your own!
Add a pretty peasant top under the Easy Up! Jumper for a soft, romantic look.
Sophie Pagr’s STUNNING dress blew me away. The fabric is perfect with this off the shoulder peasant style top. Be sure to check her out on instagram at ProjectAGrunway for more stunning photos and doll clothes.
The Easy Up! Jumper is quick to sew to make a sundress for your doll.
Nellie looks ready for anything in her adorable apple Easy Up! Jumper made by Koala-T. Find them on facebook and say hi!! Koala-T sells her doll clothes online and at craft shows in Canada.
What will you add to your Easy Up! Jumper to make it uniquely yours? Share your photos with me at #ohsewkat on instagram or my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ohsewkat. See more Easy Up! Jumper ideas in the Inspiration Gallery and purchase the pattern HERE.
It’s time to celebrate the red, white and blue here in the USA! Here are a few 4th of July inspired outfits made with Oh Sew Kat! patterns. Click on the photos to go right to the pattern.
Melody looks adorable in Bloomer Buddies!
Kendall shows her pride in Party Time Peasant Dress (photo credit: Amy Violet’s).
Sam is also in a Party Time Peasant Dress.
The Bitty Twins are ready for a picnic in their HalterAlls.
Nina Self made this cute version of Boardwalk Boutique.
It’s not too early to start planning spring wardrobes for your dolls and the girls that love them. Easter feels like it’s early this year, so here are a few patterns that are perfect for Easter and spring. Click on the pattern cover to purchase the sewing pattern and stitch one up this weekend!
Which one will you choose to make? All three of these patterns are also available for 18 inch dolls, Animators, and Bitty Baby.
Shop a large selection of doll clothes sewing patterns in my Etsy Shop.