I love the fall! Here in Virginia, we get the color late, but it’s so rich! We go apple picking and use our fire pit and enjoy being outside in the nice weather. Here are a few outfits sewn with the Backyard Bibs sewing pattern I’m reaching for to get my dolls ready for the Pumpkin Spice season this year.
The Twinkle Twirl Skirt pattern is a simple pull on skirt with an elastic waistband. Make it with a four fabric skirt, or a fuller 9 pattern skirt. Add contrasting bias trim for the hem for even more style. You can add a ruffle to the outside of the skirt near the hem, or sew it into the waistband, or BOTH!
Riley’s skirt, below, was made with quilting precuts! I used 10 inch layer cake squares to make the skirt, and a jelly roll strip for the ruffle. I purchased the cute striped bias tape, but you can easily make your own as well. A simple Popsicle Top (pattern also from Oh Sew Kat!) completes her outfit.
Joss is wearing her Twinkle Twirl skirt with a Picnic Play lace top. The top is simple and reversible and gives a different vibe each time you change the fabric. Here I sewed lace and cotton as one layer. The Twinkle Twirl Skirt uses 4 skirt panels with a cute, contrasting ruffle on top!
This idea was sent to me by one of my customers, Laura C. 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. Once you tie them nicely, you can easily slip the outfit on and off without untying them each time. I used 1/4th inch ribbon for this adorable strawberry romper. Simply cut 4 pieces, 9-10 inches each, and stitch one into each part of the bodice (You will stitch one on each side of the front, and one on each back piece at the top, just as you would for connected straps.) Remember to keep them free as you complete your sewing!
Make your doll a quick summer outfit with the Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern for Dolls
Another easy change to the Backyard Bibs pattern is to put elastic in the legs of the capris or the shorts. I used the capri length pattern piece (no cuff), and turned up the hem by 3/8th inch for the elastic casing. Four inches of elastic is perfect for this knee length romper. Maryellen is ready for a day outside in the Florida sunshine!
Use the OSK Backyard Bibs pattern to make a cute summer romper for your doll.
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.
The Sugar n Spice PDF pattern for Animators dolls by Oh Sew Kat! includes a short sleeved dress with a full gathered skirt. It can also be made without sleeves and worn over the base dress as a pinafore. A quick little apron tutorial is included as well.
With the Sugar n Spice PDF pattern, your doll can be anyone she wants to be.
I like to make my base dresses in solid colors, leaving the overskirts, aprons, pinafores, corsets for the busier fabrics as they are quicker to make and take less fabric. The solid dresses also provide mix and match options for different characters and costumes as you can see here and here.
Sew easyAnimators’ Doll Clothes with easy patterns from OhSewKat!
Jenny made this sweet dress for her daughter’s Rapunzel doll with the no sew tutu pattern, included in the Everything Nice accessories pattern, and added a pretty accent to the neckline with more of the tulle.
Create character costume doll clothes with the Sugar n Spice sewing pattern.
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!
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Meet Joss Kendrick! She is the 2020 American Girl Doll “Girl of the Year (GOTY). She’s a ten year old girl from Newport Beach, California, and she wears a hearing aid in one ear. She loves to surf, and learns how to be a cheerleader as well. Read all about her and her friends in her stories HERE. Check out your local library for her books as well!
Joss has a fun wardrobe mixed with surfside fashions and cheer accessories. You can find her full collection on the American Girl website. She has surfboards and a bull dog! There’s even a decked out surf bus! You can make your own fashions and accessories for Joss with these Oh Sew Kat! patterns and tutorials.
Joss’ pajama set has a pair of baggy pants paired with a tank top like this one! Make your own version of Joss’ pajamas with this tutorial.
In her stories, Joss and her mom have to figure out how to put her cheer bow on correctly. Make your dolls fun, big bows with this tutorial.
I have to admit that Joss has the most fun hair of any doll I’ve photographed. She always looks like her hair is floating in the California breeze!
DIY your Joss doll’s wardrobe with easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find the full selection of print at home patterns in my Etsy Shop!
The Sugar n Spice pattern makes a cute sundress too!
This geometric print just screams summer! I used the Sugar n Spice pattern, shortened the bodice just a little, and added a hem band for a fun in the sun dress! Both Kanani and Grace look stunning- who wore it best?
Make a simple doll dress for 15 inch Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins Dolls
Pretty in Purple!! Pam tested this simple pattern for me and added a white contrasting waistband and pretty eyelet trim at the hem of the Party Time Peasant Dress for her bitty baby. Sweet, sweet, sweet!!
Carol’s baby looks super sweet in this solid colored eyelet Party Time Dress. Such a perfect dress for any baby girl!