Doll scale bandana fabric can be hard to find. A few years back, my Walmart had some in just a few colors. I’ve not seen it in a long time, and wish I had purchased more, because it’s such a short cut to making western style doll outfits!! Above, Kelly’s blue outfit is actually two pieces- The free FOUR SEASON SKIRT and the Playtime Peasant Blouse. The cowboy hat and boots are made by American Girl® and are part of Nicki Fleming’s collection.
Use THIS TUTORIAL to make a cute Playtime Peasant Top Dress. In this red bandana fabric, it takes on a western vibe especially when you add the boots! I also added a sparkly elastic belt using this tutorial.
Grace’s pink outfits is one of my favorites. It is also made with the free PDF pattern, the FOUR SEASON SKIRT and the the Playtime Peasant Top. I added the lace to the skirt and you can find the tutorial HERE.
Try this simple pattern hack to the Oh Sew Kat! Backyard Bibs to replace the sewn straps with pretty ribbon bows!
The Backyard Bibs is one of my favorite patterns to sew. It doesn’t take a lot of fabric, has just a few steps, and looks great no matter what fabric I choose.
This idea was shared with me by one of my customers. Thank you, Laura!! It’s really easy to switch out the sewn in straps on the Backyard Bibs pattern and replace them with pretty ribbons you can tie into bows. I used 1/4th inch ribbon for this adorable sundress. Simply cut 4 pieces, 9-10 inches each, and stitch one into each part of the bodice (one on each side of the front, and one on each back.) Remember to keep the ribbons free as you complete your sewing!
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 Sixth Grade Skirt was the first pattern published by Oh Sew Kat! back in 2015. With simple lines and a hook and loop tape close, it’s a quick sew from scraps of fabric and can be adjusted easily to fit other sized dolls. It’s available in 6 sizes (18 inch dolls, 16 inch A Girl for All Time®, 16 inch Animators’, 14.5 inch dolls, and 14 inch Hearts for Hearts Dolls) in my ETSY SHOP, sold alone and in value bundles. Often paired with the Popsicle Top or a Jumping Jack turtleneck, it’s a go to skirt for year round fun.
The pattern includes instructions to make a pleated or lace center panel for the skirt.
Try these other fun ways to change up this simple pattern to create even more fashion wardrobe items. Click on the photo to go right to the tutorials.
Add pockets to the Sixth Grade Skirt.
Use contrasting fabric or the same fabric to add easy pockets to the Sixth Grade Skirt.
Easy to sew, the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Pattern for Dolls makes both a capri outfit and a sundress for your 18 inch dolls.
Are your dolls ready for the summer weather? The Boardwalk Boutique PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is one pattern that will give you just what you need to keep your 18 inch and other sized doll cute and cool this summer.
The pattern includes an easy ribbon or fabric tie halter top (with elastic back- no closures) and cute, ruffled capri pants. But you can also use this pattern to make a cute sundress too!
The Boardwalk Boutique top has two cutting lines. Use the longer one- and add a ruffle or pretty trim. A little ruffle for a short dress, or a longer, fuller ruffle for a full length dress. You can make it maxi length too! See my tutorial HERE and find the pattern at the blue button below in multi sizes and bundles.
Need an easy sewing project? The Halter Top from Boardwalk Boutique makes the perfect summer sundress.
These Disney Animators’ dolls look ready for summer fun in their halter sundresses. With ribbon or fabric straps and an elastic halter back, the pattern sews up quickly to get your girl off to play. Again, use the longer top cutting line and add lace or a ruffle to make it the perfect length as a Boardwalk Boutique sundress!
Make a Summery Sundress for your 18 inch Doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
Saige is ready for fun! This Boardwalk Boutique pattern has two cutting lines for the top- with and without the ruffle. Use the longer one, and add some fun trim to make a cute sundress or add a pair of leggings!
You can create even more cute sundresses just by adding more, or longer, ruffles. Create this 70’s vibe Maxi Halter Dress with two ruffles sewn to the Boardwalk Boutique top. Find the full tutorial here. How will you make your cute Boardwalk Boutique Sundress?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
The Playtime Peasant Top is a basic staple for your doll’s wardrobe. This PDF pattern is available in 5 popular doll sizes from 14.5 inches to 18 inches in my Etsy Shop. The pattern includes both the long sleeve and short sleeve options, as well as a fun, ruffled 3 tiered peasant skirt.
Here are 6 different ways to sew the Playtime Peasant Top PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
Make a Short Sleeve Peasant Top for your Doll
Make them in all colors- prints, checks, and solids. Your doll can use them with shorts, skirts, and under bibs too. You’ll see my dolls wearing lots of peasant tops, especially with the Backyard Bibs pattern like HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Nicki is rocking the red in her cute, bandana dress. It sends such a fun, summer and country vibe! It was easy to sew with elastic at the neck and sleeves (no closures) and pulls on over her feet. I found this doll scale bandana fabric in both red and navy blue at Walmart.
Dress your 18 inch doll like a country singer with a bandana print peasant dress and belt.
This is a very simple pattern hack and will work for any size doll, just adjust the measurements to your preferred length. Start with the Playtime Peasant Top Sewing Pattern. It’s available HERE for 18 inch Dolls, and HERE for other popular doll sizes like Bitty Baby and Wellie Wisher, plus more.
Nicki Fleming looks just like a country music pop star in a bandana print Playtime Peasant Dress.
To make this cute dress for your 18 inch doll, simply add one inch to the hem of your Playtime Peasant Top bodice. Cut an additional piece of fabric 3 inches x 30 inches for the ruffle and press it the long way with wrong sides together.
Complete the entire pattern as directed until you get to the hem. You can add the ruffle before or after your sew the 2nd side seam, it’s up to you. Gather the ruffle and with right sides together, attach it to the hem of your dress. Top stitch from the right side of the dress, with the seam allowance towards the dress.
Cut 10 inches of FOLD OVER ELASTIC. Sew the ends together, and use this as a belt. (It also works as a headband!).
Make your 18 inch doll an easy country western peasant dress with the Playtime Peasant Dress Sewing Pattern.