Fashion Feature: Add Pockets to Your Doll Clothes

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.

It’s easy to add pockets to doll clothes sewing

Enjoy these outfits that POP with the addition of pockets.

Make your own doll clothes for 15 inch Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins dolls with Easy PDF digital sewing patterns from OhSewKat on Etsy. Download and sew today! Full color step by step tutorial directions for beginners.
Backyard Bibs
Make a 50s style gingham smock dress for BeForever character Maryellen or other 18 inch dolls with this easy Pattern Hack. Add pockets to the Bloomer Buddies easy sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! with this simple tutorial. #sewingpattern #50sfashions #dollclothes #patternhack #ohsewkat
Bloomer Buddies
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Sandbox Shorts
Doll clothes sewing pattern tutorial by ohsewkat for doll clothes for Julie BeForever doll. #easypattern #sewingpattern #tutorial #americangirl #dollclothes #ohsewkat
Bloomer Buddies
Learn to sew doll clothes with easy sewing patterns by oh sew kat! American Girl doll clothes patterns plus free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #diy#sewingproject #beginner #ohsewkat
Sixth Grade Skirt
Use the Backyard Bibs easy sewing pattern to make a cute, nautical outfit for your doll like American girl Kit or other 18 inch dolls. Easy beginner sewing pattern tutorials from Oh Sew Kat! in my etsy store.
Backyard Bibs

Make your own doll clothes with fun pocket accents.

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.

Download and sew the quick and easy Picnic Play PDF sewing pattern and make a summer outfit for your American Girl Doll. Find more doll clothes sewing patterns in the OhSewKat Etsy shop.
Picnic Play
Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.
Backyard Bibs
Make adorable Backyard Bibs outfits for your 16 inch Animators dolls with this easy sewing pattern from OhSewKat. Also available sized for 18 and 14 inch dolls on Etsy. #animators #dollclothes
Backyard Bibs
Make a reversible jumper for your 14 inch Wellie Wishers Glitter Girls doll with this easy PDF sewing pattern by OH Sew Kat! Easy to sew beginner level pattern. #ohsewkat #welliewisher #sewingpattern #falljumper #dollclothes #halloweenoutfit
Easy Up Jumper
Sew an easy and reversible fall jumper for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls with this easy pattern from Oh Sew Kat! More patterns and style available in my shop and find a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #18inchdoll
Easy. Up Jumper
Make doll clothes for your 15 inch baby doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find overalls, dresses, tops, shorts, and skirts with easy to sew pattern tutorials.
Backyard Bibs
Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.
Backyard Bibs
Make a playful overalls outfit for Wellie Wishers and Glitter Girls with this easy PDF sewing pattern for dolls. Backyard Bibs by Oh Sew Kat! is easy and quick to sew! #welliewishers #sewingpattern
Backyard Bibs
Sew an easy and reversible fall jumper for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls with this easy pattern from Oh Sew Kat! More patterns and style available in my shop and find a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #18inchdoll
Easy Up Jumper
HalterAlls sewing pattern for American Girl dolls
HalterAlls

What outfit will you add cute pockets to?

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Oh Sew Kat! Best Places to buy Doll Shoes

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.

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Easy pdf doll clothes for 14.5 inch dolls like Welliewishers™ and Glitter Girlsl from Oh Sew Kat on Etsy.
Organize your 18 inch doll's shoe collection in just 15 minutes. For less than $10 you can buy a set of book boxes and sort the shoes in rainbow order. It's pretty and functional and makes clean up easy! #dollshoes #organization

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.

Villlanova Bibbed Skirt Doll Dress made with the Backyard Bibs easy PDF sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Great for all VU Wildcat Fans!

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.

Use easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat to make your 18 inch dolls some quick and easy outfits. Great first time beginner sewing project, print your patterns at home. Find a full selection of easy patterns with full tutorials in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

Emily’s shoes above are from Nicki’s collection also from American Girl®. Nicki was the GOTY in 2004. Emily’s outfit is made with the Picnic Play top and the Everything Nice Skirt worn backwards.

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.

PDF Sewing Patterns to make 18 inch doll clothes for dolls like American Girl by ohsewkat
Make this super quick and easy Picnic Play outfit for your 14-15 inch doll with the PDF digital sewing pattern from OhSewKat. Fat quarter friendly, quick sewing project to make Welliewisher sized doll capris, backpack and simple shirt. Find more patterns in the OHSewKat etsy Shop.

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.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Sweet Doll Outfits for Spring: Button Up! Skirt – An Easy Pattern Hack

Make an easy button up doll skirt with the Sugar n Spice Sewing Pattern

The Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is a short sleeved, full skirted dress with fun accessories, including a pinafore, and an overskirt. See this post and this one for the full look. The overskirt pattern, when turned around, makes an adorable button up skirt on its own!

Use easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat to make your 18 inch dolls some quick and easy outfits. Great first time beginner sewing project, print your patterns at home. Find a full selection of easy patterns with full tutorials in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

Find the Sugar n Spice Everything Nice sewing pattern in 3 sizes HERE. The overskirt, included as an accessory to the dress, is a quick skirt as a stand alone piece too! Pair your skirt with the Picnic Play reversible top (below), which is available HERE, or the Popsicle Top (above and also reversible) HERE.

Use easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat to make your 18 inch dolls some quick and easy outfits. Great first time beginner sewing project, print your patterns at home. Find a full selection of easy patterns with full tutorials in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

You can certainly add real buttons and button holes to your skirt. I opted for hook and loop tape to keep my skirts easy for children’s little fingers. I added enough of the hook and loop tape to close the skirt up. I added the tape first, then sewed the buttons next to it. I folded the edge back in and stitched down next to the buttons so I didn’t have to sew the buttons on through the tape.

Use easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat to make your 18 inch dolls some quick and easy outfits. Great first time beginner sewing project, print your patterns at home. Find a full selection of easy patterns with full tutorials in the OhSewKat etsy shop.
Use easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat to make your 18 inch dolls some quick and easy outfits. Great first time beginner sewing project, print your patterns at home. Find a full selection of easy patterns with full tutorials in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

The Sugar n Spice/Everything Nice pattern shows the overskirt with the opening in the back, but it’s your choice. The skirt works great both ways- buttons in front or the back! See another example with a 50s/60s flair in THIS POST. Find the pattern HERE. Pair your skirt with the Picnic Play reversible (one piece!) top.

18 inch Doll Skirt Sewing Hack- Make a button front skirt

Use easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat to make your 18 inch dolls some quick and easy outfits. Great first time beginner sewing project, print your patterns at home. Find a full selection of easy patterns with full tutorials in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

Find the Sugar n Spice Everything Nice sewing pattern in 3 sizes HERE.

Oh Sew Kat! 18 inch Doll Skirt Sewing Pattern- lots of variations

Use easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat to make your 18 inch dolls some quick and easy outfits. Great first time beginner sewing project, print your patterns at home. Find a full selection of easy patterns with full tutorials in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

Click on each photo below to see more skirt tutorials and pattern hacks.

American girl dolls DIY skirt tutorial
Add lace to a ruffled doll skirt with this free skirt pattern and tutorial for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls like American Girl. Get a Free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt PDF print at home digital pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #laceskirt #ruffle
Easy skirt sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls- Sixth Grade Skirt. Tutorial to add pockets to Oh Sew Kat! Skirt pattern.
Make a cute skirt for your American Girl doll or Wellie Wishers with a free pattern from OH Sew Kat. Print at home digital patterns are easy to sew for beginners. #dollpattern #freepattern #skirt #americangirldoll #ohsewkat
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

50s Fashions to Sew for your American Girl Doll, Maryellen Larkin

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.

Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

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.

Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing
  1.  Sunshine Dress &  Sugar n Spice Bundle
  2.  Bloomer Buddies
  3.  Boardwalk Boutique with Bloomer Buddies Shortie Bloomers
  4.  Party Time Peasant Dress

Free 50’s headscarf pattern for dolls

Click HERE for a tutorial to make a cute fifties style headscarf for your doll!

50s scarf doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing patterns for beginners to print and sew at home. #ohsekwat #bloomerbuddies #maryellen #headscarf #tutorial

Make 50s inspired doll clothes with Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns.

Find more ideas to sew for Maryellen HERE and HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

50s Fashions to Sew for your American Girl Doll, Maryellen Larkin

Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

Make a 50’s Style outfit for your 18 inch American Girl Doll

Sewing for Maryellen Larkin?  Try these twists on patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.

  1.  Sunshine Dress &  Sugar n Spice Bundle
  2.  Bloomer Buddies
  3.  Boardwalk Boutique with Bloomer Buddies Shortie Bloomers
  4.  Party Time Peasant Dress

Click HERE for a tutorial to make a cute headscarf for your doll!

50s scarf doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing patterns for beginners to print and sew at home. #ohsekwat #bloomerbuddies #maryellen #headscarf #tutorial

Find more ideas to sew for Maryellen HERE and HERE.

Free sewing pattern to make an 18 inch Doll Headscarf

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up! Series: Make a 50s Style Sunshine Overskirt Dress for Maryellen Larkin- A BeForever Doll Pattern Hack!

These outfits came about completely by accident.  They don’t even need a tutorial or pattern hack. I simply used pieces from two different patterns together to make a new outfit.

I was making a doll skirt from my Everything Nice pattern. (The Everything Nice pattern is the accessory pattern that is sold bundled with the Sugar n Spice dress.) . It is a quick little skirt, attached to the waistband, with an open back. It was designed to give “dress up options” to the princess themed Sugar n Spice Dress.  In order to check my hook and loop tape placement, I grabbed the closest doll.  It was Melody, and she was wearing a Sunshine Dress I made for THIS post.  The dress seemed tight enough for my test, so I did not remove it.  As I stood back to check the skirt fit, I realized that by simply using two of my own patterns, I could create a similar look to Melody’s fancy dress or the popular overskirt fashions of the late 50s and early 60s.

I went right to Pinterest for some inspiration and found this pin,  and also this pin, and this pin.

Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

Next I went to my fabric stash- and found some navy fabric to match one Sunshine Dress I’d already made…and chose some creamy, dreamy roses fabric for the other one.

Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

This dress is the Sunshine Dress sewn with the princess seams option.  The Everything Nice overskirt fits perfectly over it- open it in the front or in the back!  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  Find the Sunshine Dress HERE.

Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls
Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing
Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen or Melody. DIY 50's 60's American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing
Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen or Melody. DIY 50's 60's American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing
Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen or Melody. DIY 50's 60's American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

What other patterns can be used together to provide more value for your time sewing and money spent?  Share in the comments below.  Make a 50s or 60s inspired dress for your dolls today by checking out these other pattern hacks here and here!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

How to make a bandana or summer head scarf for 18 inch dolls (a Quick Craft Tutorial)

Make a 50s style head scarf for your American Girl 18 inch doll with this easy tutorial from Oh Sew Kat. Sew a matching dress with easy, PDF sewing patterns.

This quick project will give you the perfect head scarf for your doll’s favorite summer outfits.  It’s also perfect for making 50s style outfits for BeForever character, Maryellen Larkin like THIS. Girls in the 70s, like Julie Albright also wore scarves like this.

Make a 50s style head scarf for your American Girl 18 inch doll with this easy tutorial from Oh Sew Kat. Sew a matching dress with easy, PDF sewing patterns.

How to make a head scarf or bandana for your 18 inch Doll.

Make a 50s style gingham smock dress for BeForever character Maryellen or other 18 inch dolls with this easy Pattern Hack. Add pockets to the Bloomer Buddies easy sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! with this simple tutorial. #sewingpattern #18inchdoll #50sfashions #dollclothes #patternhack #ohsewkat
  1.  Cut one 8 1/2 inch square of fabric.
  2. With right sides together, fold in half along the diagonal.  Start 1/2 inch from one corner near the fold, and stitch along the edge, around the top corner, and back towards the fold.  Stop 1/2 inch before you reach the fold.
  3.  Turn right side out and press well, being certain to push the top corner out.  Tuck the raw edges to the inside of the corners as you press.  Top stitch if desired.
  4. Cut 3/8th inch wide elastic to 2 inches.  Tuck each end into a corner of the scarf and stitch in place.
50s scarf doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing patterns for beginners to print and sew at home. #ohsekwat #bloomerbuddies #maryellen #headscarf #tutorial

Make a bandana or headscarf for your 18 inch doll with this free pattern.

Doll scarf tutorial by ohsewkat. Easy sewing pattern for a doll headscarf 70s style. #70s #headscarf #bandana #americangirl #ohsewkat #sewingtutorial #easypattern

See more tutorials for your dolls here, and click here to see how to make Maryellen’s cute, 50s blue gingham version of the Bloomer Buddies dress.

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Make a 50s style head scarf for your American Girl 18 inch doll with this easy tutorial from Oh Sew Kat. Sew a matching dress with easy, PDF sewing patterns.