Learning to Sew? What pattern to start with?

I get asked this question quite often.

“What would be the best pattern for my young, or brand new sewist start with?”

learn to sew doll clothes with easy patterns by oh sew kat!

Oh Sew Kat! offers patterns with basic pattern pieces and simple constructions for this very reason. The goal is to give success to someone who has NEVER SEWN A PATTERN EVER.  Here are my top 3 patterns for newbie seamstresses: The Sixth Grade Skirt, the Playtime Peasant Top, and the Easy Up! Jumper.

  1.  Sixth Grade Skirt

Doll Skirt sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

The greatest thing about the Sixth Grade Skirt is that it’s very hard to mess it up. Because it is an open skirt, with a hook and loop tape closure in back, it fits a wide variety of dolls (and toys), and also accommodates a beginning seamstress’ (possibly) uneven seam allowances.  It’s fun to mix and match different fabrics, and you can add easy pockets with this TUTORIAL, or ruffles or lace to the hem like in this TUTORIAL.

American Girl Doll Skirt sewing pattern

2. Playtime Peasant Top

As far as a doll shirt goes, the peasant top is a timeless staple for every doll wardrobe.  It really does not get much easier than this.  The simple construction still lends itself to whimsical fabric combinations for unique styles.  Feeding a safety pin through an elastic casing for the easy neckline will teach a beginner a skill that can be then used on skirts, pants and shorts too!

Peasant Top sewing pattern for wellie wishers dolls

Make the Playtime Peasant Top with long sleeves with elastic at the wrist.  This classic look works for both historical and modern outfits.

Julie doll in white top and red gingham long skirt

Playtime Peasant Top with short sleeves with elastic.  Add lace to a skirt with this easy TUTORIAL.

Lace Skirt Country Western Doll Clothes by Oh Sew Kat patterns

3. Easy Up! Jumper

Beginner sewing pattern for 18 inch doll clothes

The Easy Up! Jumper is just that! Easy! It’s easy to cut, and quick to sew.  For first time seamstresses, make the simple version (no side pleats) and use FOE (fold over elastic) for the straps. Be careful, this pattern is addicting! It’s hard to make just one!

Simple sewing pattern doll jumper by ohsewkat


Visit the Inspiration Gallery for each pattern to see more ideas.

Other simple patterns to try:  Boardwalk Boutique, Playground Pants, HalterAlls, and the Party Time Peasant Dress.

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New Sewing Pattern for A Girl for All Time

A girl for all time doll in pink skirt and peasant top

Newly released!! The Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt sewing pattern is now available for your A Girl for All Time doll.  Find it in my ETSY SHOP to download and print on your home printer.

OSK Playtime Peasant AGAT Image Files9With three different sleeve lengths and a “dress” cutting line, you will love creating this  basic outfit for your doll.   See how to add the lace between the layers HERE.A Girl for All Time doll sewing pattern peasant topOSK Playtime Peasant AGAT Image Files11

Look for more patterns for these lovely 16 inch slim dolls later this spring and summer!  This easy to sew pattern is also available in other doll sizes (18 inch American Girl, 14.5 inch Wellie Wisher, 16 inch Disney Animator) in my Etsy store.

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A Girl for All Time Doll Sewing Pattern

Wellie Wishers Wee Wardrobe

Wellie Wishes dolls Willa Ashlynn CamilleThese adorable outfits were made as a special order for a good friend to give as a gift.  She gave me a price range, and let me decide what I would make.  I love to sew that way!  I don’t know the child, so I thought a few pieces that mixed and matched together in different ways might be a good place to start.

My favorite pattern for all dolls, but especially the Wellie Wishers, is the Party Time Peasant Dress.  This dress lets me use three different, cute fabrics at once and is now available in 5 doll sizes!

Doll dresses for wellie wishers sewing patterns

I wanted to make two tops and two bottoms.  The tops I chose are the Playtime Peasant Top (purple), the reversible Popsicle Top (pink stripes and puppies).

The two bottoms I decided on are the Four Season Skirt, and Sandbox Shorts with contrasting pockets.  Between these four pieces, the lucky, little girl can make 6 different outfits!  Because I used fat quarters, I still have enough of each color that I could make another set.  Inexpensive fat quarter bundles from Walmart and other craft stores like Hobby Lobby are great for these kinds of projects!

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I hope the little girl enjoys her new doll clothes! I had fun making them for her!  Find the link for the free Four Season Skirt pattern by clicking HERE.

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Make a Country Western Outfit for Your Doll- with a Free Skirt Pattern

It’s easy to make these adorable, country and western inspired outfits for your dolls like Tenney Grant or any of her friends!

Two dolls wearing clothes made of pink bandana fabric with denim and lace accents

I bought this cute bandana fabric at Walmart.  They offer it in fat quarters in quite a few colors. I wanted to make some country and western inspired fashions!

I started with the simple peasant top in the Playtime Peasant Top pattern.  I made one top with short sleeves, and two others with long sleeves. Both are included in the pattern.

18 inch doll in western bandana outfit with cowboy hat

Grace Thomas doll in bandana peasant top with blonde 18 inch doll in skirt and blouse

American girl doll blonde with bandana dress and cowboy hat

Get the FREE Skirt Pattern

I made both skirts here using this TUTORIAL and the FOUR SEASON SKIRT.  Mix and match your denim and lace layers to create your own style of skirt!  You can also use the skirt pattern in the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt.  They are very similar.   I added an easy elastic belt to complete the look.  The hat and boots are from American Girl® and belong to the Nicki Fleming GOTY collection.


I simply cut a triangle of fabric from my leftover scraps for the pink bandana, and dressed my dolls with hats and boots.  I think they look ready for some square dancing, don’t you?

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Lace Skirt Country Western Doll Clothes by Oh Sew Kat patterns

Valentine’s Day Doll Outfits- a little Inspiration

Today I’m sharing a little inspiration for some happy heart sewing.  It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  These outfits were stitched by the Oh Sew Kat! testers.  Share the love with your little friends and stitch one up today!  Each outfit can be made using fat quarters of fabric and a single afternoon.  Click the photos or the links below to get to the pattern page.

Oh Sew Kat Party Time Peasant Dress Sewing pattern 5

Party Time Peasant Dress by SewDolledUp81

Bloomer Buddies by Oh Sew Kat 9

Bloomer Buddies by The Pearl Pony

Free skirt pattern for your doll

Sugar n Spice on Kendall and Four Season Skirt and Popsicle Top on Ashlynn by Oh Sew Kat!


Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt PJ Top with Boardwalk Boutique pants by Oh Sew Kat!

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HalterAlls by The Pearl Pony

What are you sewing this Valentine’s Day?  Visit my Inspiration Gallery page to find lots of ideas for all the Oh Sew Kat! patterns.  See more Valentine inspired outfits here and here.

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Sewing patterns for WellieWishers dolls at Oh Sew Kat

Playtime Peasant Top and Party Time Dress

Birdie Wright shared some adorable doll outfits with me that she made recently.  I design Oh Sew Kat! patterns to be easy and versatile. There are so many ways to make them!  She used both the Playtime Peasant Top and the Party Time Dress patterns to make these  outfits.

Birdie used the sleeves from the Playtime Peasant Top and a floor length skirt, and added pretty lace to the sleeves to make this sweet version of the Party Time Peasant Dress.

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Here she used the Playtime Peasant Top with long sleeves (and pretty lace hems!) and used the Party Time back pieces to make her top open in back instead of a pull on item.

Oh Sew Kat! Playtime Peasant Top

Both outfits are adorable, Birdie! I love the way you used the patterns to create just the look you wanted!  Thank you for sharing!  See more Peasant Tops and Party Dresses here and here.  Buy the patterns here and on YouCanMakeThis and on PixieFaire.  These patterns are also available sized for the Wellie Wishers and Disney Animators’ Dolls.

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Nanea’s Wardrobe:  Make a Hawaiian Muumuu Dress with the Playtime Peasant Top pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

Everyone is going hog wild for Hawaiian fashions with American Girl’s release of the 1940s doll, Nanea Mitchell.  (Pronounced Na-Nay-Uh).  Enjoy this second way to make a Hawaiian dress for your doll.

Sewing for dolls Hawaiian dress from Oh Sew Kat

Part Two:  Playtime Peasant Top!Sewing patterns for Nanea Hawaiian Dresses by ohsewkatNanea lives in Hawaii in 1941, at the time of the Pearl Harbor Attack.  Read more about her in her books by American Girl® here (affiliate link from Amazon).  You can make beautiful Hawaiian dresses for Nanea or any of her doll friends with sewing patterns you may already own from Oh Sew Kat! In this tutorial, use the Playtime Peasant Top to make a pretty, ruffled Muumuu.

Hawaiian Doll Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

First, you need the pattern. This pattern is available in my Etsy Shop (also available for Animators and WellieWishers too!).  Click the image to purchase the digital sewing pattern and download and print it out on your home computer.

Sewing patterns for dolls by oh sew kat 18 inch welliewishers**This tutorial, or pattern hack, assumes you have a basic knowledge of sewing and is designed to show you how to make a few changes to the Oh Sew Kat! Playtime Peasant Top pattern to create a new outfit.  Please see the actual pattern for pattern pieces and more specific, step by step instructions.  See many more ways to make the Playtime Peasant Top in the Inspiration Gallery.

Step 1.  Cut out two bodice pieces, two short sleeves, one ruffle strip 3 x 20 inches for the neck, and one 3 x 32 inch strip for the hem ruffle. This purple dress was made with a neckline ruffle that measured 2 x 20 inches, so it’s a little shorter, but remember, you get to design it!  Choose the finished length you want your neck ruffle, and multiply it x 2.  Add 1/2 inch for seam allowances, and cut it to 20 inches in length.

Step 2.  Zigzag finish or serge one long edge of the ruffles.  Press up 1/4th inch and stitch in place. (You could also use a rolled hem on a serger!)

Hawaiian Dress for Nanea tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

Step 3.  Stitch your bodice and sleeves pieces together as directed in the pattern.  Lay it out on your table with the right side facing up towards you and wrong side against the table.  Place the raw edge of the ruffle on the raw edge of the neckline, also with right side facing up.  Pin and stitch in place with a little less than a 1/4 inch seam.  Finish the edge with a serger if desired.  Press this edge down 3/8 inch to the wrong side to make a casing for the neck elastic.  It is a little thick, so use some steam. Feed the elastic through both layers and secure the ends as stated in the directions in the pattern.  Again, it’s a little thick, so just take it slowly. I always use a bodkin like this one.

Step 4.  Sew one side seam as directed in the pattern.  Open up your dress and with right sides together, pin the hemline ruffle to the raw, hem edge.  Stitch in place, and top stitch from the front, catching the seam allowance.  Complete the final steps for the other side seam per the pattern.  Once your dress is done, fluff up the ruffle around the neckline! Maryellen is ready for some fun at the luau!

Nanea style hawaiian dress pattern by OH Sew Kat.

Nanea Hawaiian Dress Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

See more ways to make your Playtime Peasant Top here and here.  Do you want to make more Hawaiian Muumuu dresses? See the other pattern hack/tutorials here,  here, and here.

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Valentine’s Day Outfits for Your Dolls

Here at Oh Sew Kat!, I offer patterns that are simple to sew and don’t take a lot of fabric. The sewing is shown in clear, step by step photographs to help even the newest and youngest seamstresses be successful.  Those with more experience will also enjoy these patterns as a chance to use fun trims, fabrics and more to “style it up”.

Here are a few more looks for Heart Day!

Sewing patterns for WellieWishers dolls at Oh Sew Kat

My patterns are offered in mutiple sizes to fit different dolls. Here are some WellieWishers dolls all ready for Valentine’s Day!

Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt

and Sugar N Spice Dress and Pinafore


Find these patterns at more at the following links.  I sell my patterns where YOU like to shop so you can stay true to your favorites and collect applicable rewards points.

Oh Sew Kat! on Etsy

Oh Sew Kat on Pixie Faire

Oh Sew Kat! on YouCanMakeThis

Oh Sew Kat! on Craftsy

Make it a Great Day!


Another Tester Tuesday! Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt

Sewing patterns for wellie wishers dolls by ohsewkat

Donna Mancuso, of DMM Funky Frocks, takes a simple pattern and makes it specatcular.  Just look at what she did with the Playtime Peasant Top!  She sells her beautiful outfits on Facebook.  Be sure to stop by and check out her shop.

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The Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt is available on ETSY.  Find it for your American Girl Dolls, your Wellie Wishers dolls, and also Disney Animators.


See more ways to use this versatile pattern in my INSPIRATION GALLERY.



Find the Playtime Peasant top in  my Etsy shop and download and sew today!!  Also available for 18 inch and Animator sized dolls.  Visit my Inspiration Gallery to see more Playtime Peasant Tops and Twirl Skirts.Ohsewkat pdf sewing patterns for dolls

Tester Tuesday! Playtime Peasant for Animators

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Enjoy a few photos of the outfits my test group made with this quick and easy Playtime Peasant pattern. It’s now available in my Etsy Shop and http://www.YouCanMakeThis.com.

Click here to buy the Playtime Peasant Top

and Twirl Skirt for Animators

Mulan and Snow White love their outfits stitched by Jenny Swann.

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Isn’t Snow White pretty in pink?  This outfit was stitched up by Carly Reese of Koala-T.

Disney Animators doll clothes princess dolls by OH Sew Kat

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