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.
I made this set of Wellie Wishers™ outfits as a gift for a little girl, and I wanted all of the pieces to mix and match however she might choose. By choosing a focus fabric, and then using the same pink striped fabric in different ways on each piece, I easily created a unified collection of Wellie Wishers clothing by adding a few solid colors here and there.
Make your own capsule wardrobe for your 14.5 inch dolls with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat!
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.
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.
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!
The Backyard Bibs pattern is a quick sew with lots of options. Make it with capri length pants, as shorts, or choose an A line or gathered skirt. The one piece bib is simple and quick with sewn in straps and no fussy buttons or buttonholes. All outfits close up in back.
Make easy overalls for dolls with the Backyard Bibs sewing pattern in 5 sizes.
Try A Girl for All Time PDF Sewing Patterns by Oh Sew Kat!
A Girl for All Time is a popular new ball joined doll- (BJD). I’ve resized many of my patterns to fit them as well. Find the Backyard Bibs for AGAT here. Michele Anderson’s Clementine doll is ready for summer in her patriotic bibs.
The Disney Animators dolls are also 16 inches tall. The animators patterns will also fit the Mae Meadow dolls (some patterns may need a little tweaking.). Find a full assortment of Animators’ patterns, including the Backyard Bibs pattern here.
Find the Easy to Sew Backyard Bibs PDF Pattern at Oh Sew Kat!
Bitty Baby, and the retired Bitty Twins dolls from American Girl are 15 inches tall. They look adorable in the Backyard Bibs pattern and this pattern also makes super cute brother /sister sets too! Find the Bitty Baby pattern here.
Find the Backyard Bibs for 14.5 inch dolls here. (Wellie Wishers, Ruby Red Fashion Friends, and Hearts for Hearts Dolls. Photo credit Michele Anderson. See more Backyard Bibs for the little dolls here and here.
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.
Please enjoy these beautiful photos of the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt pattern sewn by my amazing Oh Sew Kat! Testing Team. The pattern is available in 5 sizes in my Etsy Shop.
Make the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt with Pretty Lace
Pam, of Amy Violet’s, loves to add lace to almost every outfit she sews. I am always amazed by her creativity and the beautiful outfits she sews! Learn how to add lace to the tiers of your skirt with THIS TUTORIAL.
Try your ombre fabrics for a perfect Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt outfit!
Kathy M’s Neisha doll is so pretty in pink!!
It’s easy to make an awesome doll outfit. Just line up your batik fabrics in color order and create this awesome ombre Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt for your doll. Add a belt to finish the look.
Kathy McMillin also made this dreamy, blue Playtime Peasant Skirt and Top into a dress. I credit her with this awesome PATTERN HACK. Make the top as directed, and add tiers 2 and 3 of the skirt. Learn more HERE.
To make your Peasant Top into a Dress, add 2 inches to the length for the 18 inch doll
Optional depending where you want the sleeve hem to fall: Add 1/4th inch to the length of the short sleeve
Cut your two ruffles twice as long as the hem of the sleeve by 2 1/2 inches wide
Press each ruffle the long way with wrong sides together
Gather the raw edges of each ruffle and pin it to the right side of the sleeve hem
Complete your top according to the pattern directions
Joss looks so pretty in these soft floral prints.
You can also make it into a dress like Grace’s festive outfit below. She is also wearing Luciana’s red belt purse to complete her outfit. To make this dress, I extended the bodice piece by 2 inches to make it dress length and then added the ruffles instead of hemming the sleeves. These green ruffles are a little wider than the ones above, so the sleeves go down to her wrists. Add a belt if you like to complete the look; Grace is using Luciana’s belt purse from American Girl®.
What are you making this week? How about some 18 inch doll pajamas in a fun, cozy flannel fabric. I know there are lots of news dolls out there. They need some fun PJ or nightgowns for a good night sleep! And what’s great about these two sewing patterns, they make awesome (and easy!) outfits for clothes too! Let your imagination run wild- what will you make with the easy Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt pattern paired with the super easy Boardwalk Boutique Capri style pants?
Make 18 inch doll pajamas with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Try a free skirt pattern for your American Girl® Doll by clicking the green button below to sign up for my monthly sewing inspiration for dolls. It has no pattern pieces- just cut two rectangles and sew!! (You will also get two other doll size skirts- 14.5 inch and 16 inch. ) Perfect beginner project!
I found this small scale red and black checked fabric at Walmart. (I always wash my Walmart fabric with a color catcher before I use it just in case!) The Backyard Bibs is a quick and easy jumper outfit- and I cut the waistband on the diagonal for fun. Find the pattern HERE. This pattern is available in 5 popular doll sizes in my SHOP.
The blouse under the bibs is the Playtime Peasant Top. I used THIS TUTORIAL to add the ruffle at the neck. Remember to not attach it to your side seam or your won’t be able to put the bibs over the shoulder. See more Playtime Peasant Tops HERE and HERE. Purchase the pattern on its own (includes a skirt!) or bundled with the Backyard Bibs.
Add lace to a peasant top for the perfect holiday doll outfit.
See more holiday outfits for your dolls HERE and HERE.
What cute outfits are you making for your dolls? Today I’m sharing a favorite outfit I made recently with some nautical fabric I’ve been saving for “just the right” project. It looks perfect on Kit with her bright blue eyes!
Use the Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern to make your own amazing outfit for your 18 inch doll.
This outfit is super quick to make. The Backyard Bibs Overalls/Skirtalls has attached straps and an easy hook and look tape closure. With a lined bodice, it’s quick to make without using a lot of fabric, plus with four options included (2 skirt versions and 2 pants versions) it’s a great value too. Put a matching peasant top underneath. The Playtime Peasant Top includes both long and short sleeves to create just the look you want in a very short amount of time. Find the patterns in 5 sizes in my ETSY SHOP. You can find the Backyard Bibs alone or bundled with the Playtime Peasant Top.
Oh Sew Kat! offers a wide variety of easy to sew PDF digital sewing patterns. After you make your purchase, you can print your pattern pieces on your home printer, and get started sewing right away. Find more bibs and peasant tops HERE and HERE. Read more about OSK PDF patterns in the FAQ.