Use the Party Time Peasant Dress pattern from Oh Sew Kat! and your fun, Halloween fabrics to make your 18 inch American Girl doll a fun and not so spooky outfit!
In honor of pride month, here are some rainbow inspired doll clothes to inspire you!! Both the dresses above and below were sewn with the simple Oh Sew Kat! Party Time Peasant Dress pdf pattern.
I knit this adorable rainbow dress with varigated yarn from Hobby Lobby and the Metropolitan pattern on Ravelry.
Add a splash of rainbow on the Spring Shine Dress with an easy hem band.
Courtney’s 80s world was full of rainbows!! This skirt was made with the Four Season Skirt pattern. You can get it FREE right HERE.
When it comes to doll dresses, I say, can there ever be enough ruffle? Whether it’s a full, twirly doll skirt, or a cute ruffle at the hem of pants or a skirt, you can make your ruffles in mere seconds with this fancy accessory for your sewing machine!! Use this quick method when you sew the Boardwalk Boutique, Party Time Peasant Dress, Playtime Peasant Skirt, and the Sugar n Spice dress patterns from Oh Sew Kat! See the full pattern collection HERE.
Learn to Use Your Ruffler Attachment for Your Sewing Machine
The first thing is to ensure you have the exact correct ruffler for your specific machine. My machine is a Bernina 560 and the ruffler foot is #86. I have a ruffler foot for my babylock machine as well, and even though it looks almost identical, it’s not compatible with my Bernina. A ruffler for your machine is not a cheap accessory, but if you use it often, it can be a huge time saver!!! Be sure to watch a few quick videos on you tube to get familiar with how to use it. Generally, a ruffler will look like the photo below. It’s quite the contraption! But once I tried it, I fell in love!
Sewing Doll Skirts: Ruffler Tips
- There can be a lot of math involved when using a ruffler. It has a few options and if you change the number and the stitch length, you get even more! That all gives me a headache, to be honest. I’m an English teacher not a math teacher, remember? If you want a great tutorial on how to figure all of this out, I highly recommend searching you tube. Me, I just want to put a piece of fabric in and gather my doll skirts in about 15 seconds! So this is what I did and maybe it can benefit you too.
- The ruffler foot seems intimidating at first, but it really attaches just like any of your other sewing feet. You need to make sure the top “hook” (looks like a backwards “c”- see Fig 1) is over the needle bar (see Fig 3), which will move the entire mechanism. This is similar to some buttonhole feet. Once the foot is secure, and the “c” hook is over the bar, lower the foot and check that your needle moves in and out freely and doesn’t hit any of the metal.
- In Fig 2, you can see the front notch which shows the number of stitches between “tucks” or gathers. For tight gathers, set this to 1, so it will “tuck” every stitch. You can also set it to every 6th stitch or every 12th stitch. The smaller the number, the tighter the gathers. You will need less fabric the higher the number.
- The fabric will move front to back, just like your regular sewing. The center, middle of the foot has a darker, flat piece of metal. The back end of this piece has a zig zag type edge, which will grab the fabric. As the fabric is tucked, the needle stitches it in place. Your fabric is fed in between the two bars at the front, then under this little metal piece and out the back.
- In Fig 1, you can see that the foot has a two layer bottom. The fabric will feed in between these two layer bars at the front, then under the metal piece and needle etc. (Fig 4). Start slowly, and ensure the fabric and the little claw are moving correctly. You will hold/feed the fabric, watching the front guide. If you start to sew, and your fabric doesn’t start to move in under the needle, pull it out and try again.
- I sat down with a pile of cotton strips (I used the ugly parts of a quilter’s jelly roll, but you can use anything that is similar to the fabric you will gather the most. You can even ruffle a strip, measure it, pull the stitches out, and ruffle it again using the same strip more than once.) The jelly roll strips were all 42 inches long (and 2.5 inches wide), which is more or less the width of fabric when you buy it off the bolt. I sat down and set my ruffler to ruffle every stitch, (the little holes front and center) and my stitch length to 2.5. I ruffled the strip. The next one I ruffled with the stitch length set at 3.0 and kept moving up to 5.0 which is as long as my machine will let me set. (No idea what a jelly roll is? Click AD: to see at the Fat Quarter Shop HERE. Jelly rolls (also called Bali Pops, Rolie Polies etc) are a type of precut cotton fabric, designed for quilters, but also great for doll clothes!)
- Once I ruffled each strip, I measured it and started making a chart. I entered the original length of fabric, the stitch length (2.5-5.0), the ruffler stitch count setting (every stitch, every sixth stitch, etc), and the finished, ruffled length. My goal was to see what stitch length would give me the closest measurements to the skirts in my doll clothes patterns. I add them to a white board or wall chart for quick reference. Look up the skirt measurements of your favorite doll clothes patterns with ruffles or gathered skirts. Cut strips to match, and start with the lowest stitch length setting, to see where you end up. It’s not hard to get right to certain measurements, and as I said, I’m an English teacher, and I didn’t want to do the math. I needed the strips to be 1 or 2 inches LONGER than what I would use on the doll garment. I can trim off the end. 😉 If a measurement is too short, leaving an inch unruffled at either end can work as well. This also makes it a little easier to add the hook and loop tape to a back closing garment.
- I found that a strip that measured 42 inches, ruffled at 5.0 stitch length gave me 14-15 inches. This is what I use most of the time for 18 inch dolls. I leave one inch at the beginning, and ruffle all the way to the end. Once it’s pinned to the skirt, I can remove the part I don’t need (perfect for an apron like in Sugar n Spice pattern), remove a few stitches to flatten out the back edge, and attach it to my waistband. Time saver!!!
It’s possible to ruffle and attach your skirt to your waistband at the same time. As long as you know you can trim off the excess at the end, you can do it in one step. Having your handy chart of which stitch length will give you what approximate measurement will really help! I encourage you to ruffle a few strips of fabric and make your own chart. At first I used a notebook, but I’ve since put it into my google drive so it is now sorted by fabric length. I add to it every time I ruffle a skirt or piece of fabric, and I reference it when I sit down to sew a pattern to speed up my doll clothes constructions.
How to Use a Ruffler to Gather Doll Skirts when Sewing
A ruffler foot can also be used to make your own gathered trim (think eyelet lace) and ruffles for any and every project. Have fun with this new tool!!
Use the ruffler foot to make the quick to sew Party Time Peasant Dress even quicker!! Find the pattern here.
Does your doll need a new dress? Which doll doesn’t am I right? Oh Sew Kat! has a new value pattern bundle with three styles of dresses for your doll, in four doll sizes.
Best Dresses Doll Dress Pattern Bundle of Three by Oh Sew Kat!
Save 15% by purchasing this value bundle of three print at home PDF patterns that have full color photos for every step in the detailed directions. Each pattern also includes full size pattern pieces that fit your home printer paper (US 8.5 x 11 inches).
3 Doll Dress Pattern Value Bundle from Oh Sew Kat!
This Best Dressed bundle is offered in 3 doll sizes: 18 inch dolls, 16 inch Animators’ and 14.5 inch Welliewishers. There is a similar bundle (one dress is different) for 15 inch Bitty Baby dolls. Each pattern is also available individually. See them all HERE.
Find this new pattern bundle, Best Dressed, in my Etsy Shop.
Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice: This pattern includes a short sleeve dress with fitted bodice and gathered skirt. Also included are patterns for a no sew tutu, reversible corset, apron, overskirt, and hooded cape so you can make your full imagination’s worth of outfits.
See the Sugar n Spice Inspiration Gallery HERE.
Here are some samples of the Sugar n Spice Pattern. Find a list of Sugar n Spice pattern hacks HERE.
Party Time Peasant Dress: Simple and quick to sew, with an elastic neckline, and contrasting waistband, the Party Time Peasant Dress is perfect for every season. You can make it with long sleeves with THIS HACK for even more options.
Here are a few samples of the Party Time Peasant Dress. Instructions are included for both the solid skirt and the 3 tiered prairie skirt. See more dresses in the Inspiration Gallery.
Easy to Sew Doll Dresses for 18 inch Dolls and other Sizes by Oh Sew Kat!
Sunshine Dress: This a-line dress is simple to sew with three variations to the front: Straight lined center, princess seams, or solid. Use THIS HACK to make it without sleeves for even more options.
Here are a few samples of the Sunshine Dress. You can find more ideas in the Inspiration Gallery.
Create your perfect doll dress with these three dress patterns, bundled together to save 15%. Happy Sewing!!
Sewing up the Green for St Patrick’s Day!
Sewing o the green this month? Be inspired by these doll outfits for St Patrick’s Day and see more in the Oh Sew Kat! St Patrick’s Day Inspiration Gallery.
St Patrick’s Day Dresses for 18 inch Dolls
Emily’s simple green dress takes on a new look for St Patrick’s Day with a simple rainbow ribbon and shamrock button. Find the pattern for the Sugar n Spice Dress in four doll sizes HERE.
Looking for something to sew for the little Valentines in your life? Oh Sew Kat! has your back! Shop in my Etsy Shop and download your pattern immediately. Print your pattern at home and be ready to sew in just minutes. Here are some fun Valentine fashion ideas to get you started.
Valentine’s Day Sewing for American Girl Dolls- patterns by Oh Sew Kat!
The Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern includes a simple dress and pinafore/jumper. The pinafore makes a great stand alone dress as well. Here I kept it short, but it’s fun to make longer versions like in THIS POST. Layer the pinafore over a turtleneck, like the one included in the Jumping Jack pattern, or a tee or peasant top. Add some fun tights (these pink and red ones were actually from a Bitty Baby set by American Girl® called Sweetheart Outfit) and some cozy boots to complete the look.
DIY Valentine’s Day Doll Clothes with simple Sewing Patterns
If you are like me, I collect holiday prints, usually purchased in bundles like THESE from the AD: Fat Quarter Shop. I love to mix and match the colors and prints. The Twinkle Twirl Skirt was made for these fabrics. The single pattern includes five doll sizes and three variations!!
PDF Sewing Pattern for Dolls- Oh Sew Kat!
The Party Time Peasant Dress is quick to sew and is my favorite GO TO pattern for a fun, holiday dress. I made it with long sleeves like in THIS POST since Valentine’s Day can be a little chilly around here!
Kira’s skirt was made with the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle- it’s a simple overskirt that ties with a bow. It can also be worn over a dress with the opening in the front, as seen in THIS POST.
Valentine’s Day Fashions for American Girl Dolls- Easy and Quick to Sew!
Click the photos below to see more ideas for Valentine’s Day, and visit the Valentine’s Day Inspiration Gallery HERE.
Sew your own Holiday Doll Dress with Easy PDF Patterns
The Party Time Peasant Dress is a simple to sew pattern with stunning results. Whether you choose one fabric or many, the results and fit are stunning every single time. Try this pattern for your dolls in a fun pink or red Valentine’s Day colorway. Try THIS Tutorial to make it with long sleeves!
Make your doll clothes next level by adding trims you purchase at the craft or fabric store. Whether it’s fun, printed bias tape for the hem, a gathered ruffle trim, or some simple lace, you can add your own personal flair to everything you create.
Visit the Oh Sew Kat! Valentine’s Day Inspiration Gallery HERE.
Make your doll the cutest Holiday Dress this Valentine’s Day
Love is in the air!! Sewing Valentine Day’s fashions for dolls is so fun. All the cute hearts, little birdies, pinks and reds…I love to mix and match fabrics. For Blair’s dress, I used the Party Time Peasant Dress. The hem is quick and stunning with gingham pre-folded bias tape. Find the PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls and other sizes HERE. See more ideas in the Party Time Peasant Dress Inspiration Gallery.
Party Time Peasant Dress PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch Dolls like American Girl
You might also like these Valentine themed outfits and crafts:
All of these dresses were made using the same, simple to sew pattern from Oh Sew Kat!- the Party Time Peasant Dress.
Last minute gift idea: Party Time Peasant Dresses for Dolls
The holidays are upon us!! Do you still need a quick gift for the doll love in your life? The Party Time Peasant Dress is the perfect solution! With an elastic neckline and optional elastic sleeves, you can stitch this beautiful doll dress up in no time flat. Digital PDF patterns mean you can download directly from my shop, print on your home computer, and be sewing without leaving the comfort of your own home.
This popular Oh Sew Kat! pattern is available in five doll sizes: 18 inch dolls like American Girl®, 16 inch dolls like Disney Animators and A Girl for All Time®, 14-15 inch dolls like Ruby Red Fashion Friends™, Welliewishers™, Glitter Girls®, and Hearts for Hearts Dolls, 15 inch baby dolls like Bitty Baby™ and Bitty Twins™, and also the 8″ Caring for Baby tiny doll from American Girl®. Find them all in the Oh Sew Kat! Shop! See the Inspiration Gallery HERE.
It’s Game Day!!
How is your favorite team doing so far? Every day can be Game Day with all of the fun team fabrics available in stores and online. With fun plaids, patchworks, logo scatters and more you can mix and match your school logos and colors to create your own Game Day Doll Fashions. Oh Sew Kat! patterns are simple to sew and let your team spirit shine.
Get your 18″ or other sized doll ready for Game Day with Sewing Patterns from OhSewKat and fun team fabrics!
The Backyard Bibs pattern is perfect to show off your team logos and team colors. Riley is a big Villanova basketball fan and can’t wait for the season to get started!
The dolls at our house like to get behind their favorite football teams too!! Like the Virginia Tech Hokies, and the NC State Wolfpack. Blaire’s cute dress is made from the Sunshine Dress pattern using this TUTORIAL to leave off the sleeves.
Keep your Game Day outfit super simple with the free FOUR SEASON SKIRT pattern and a Popsicle Top. Add fun hair bows (make them on your Cricut machine like in THIS POST) and tennis shoes to complete the look. Find this free pattern in 3 sizes HERE.
Easy to sew Game Day Doll Clothes are Fun for you and your 18″ doll too!
Are your dolls baseball fans? October is for baseball too! Go Nats!!
Make your Game Day outfit for your favorite team- football, baseball, even hockey!
Bitty Baby’s Hokie dress was made with the Party Time Peasant Dress pattern. Available in five sizes, it’s perfect for mixing and matching Hokie colors and patterns.
Make fun School Logo Tees, Hoodies and More!
You can also use your Cricut machine to add iron on logos and more with Heat Transfer Vinyl. See how in THIS POST HERE.