Dress your dolls in green this month with a quick to sew duo of the Sixth Grade Skirt and the Playtime Peasant Top. These patterns will take you less than an hour to cut and sew for your 18 inch dolls. Both patterns are also available in other doll sizes in my Etsy Shop.
Jenna’s green top is a modified Playtime Peasant Top. It’s very easy to alter the Playtime Peasant Top pattern to be a midriff style top. I cut the hem off by about two inches, hemmed the bottom at 3/8th inch to make a casing, and added 10 inches of 1/4th inch elastic so it sits right at her waist. The top still pulls on over her feet. Find the pattern HERE.
As I’m learning to knit, it’s fun (and quick!) to knit for dolls!! As we worked our way through November, the fur trimmed capes were a great way to learn to use furry yarn, but also to create beautiful holiday ensembles for dolls. (These cape patterns are both by A Little Knitty.)
Make your Own Holiday Doll Clothes for American Girl Dolls
Dress your Dolls for Christmas with Doll Clothes made with OhSewKat PDF Sewing Patterns
One knitting pattern had a hood, and one didn’t. These dolls look so cute and so ready for the holidays that I just had to share!!
Riley (above) is wearing a holly jumper made from the Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern. You can find more info about her jumper HERE.
18 inch Doll Fashionistas: Holiday 18″ Outfits for Dolls
This cape can also look very classic!! Julie is ready for Christmas with her cape and mittens over the Everything Nice Gingham Skirt. Find more information about her outfit here. See more ideas for Julie’s outfits HERE.
Buffalo Skirt and Tree Shirt DIY Holiday Outfit for 18 inch Dolls
Who doesn’t love the recent Buffalo check trend? Emily is ready for some festive fun. I cut the center panel for her Sixth Grade Skirt on the bias, or the diagonal, to give it the offset look and add interest. Find the Sixth Grade Skirt Inspiration Gallery HERE and purchase the pattern in 5 doll sizes HERE.
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I also made Emily’s matching tee shirt!! I used a newish product, called Infusible Ink, and my Cricut cutting machine. Click here to learn about Infusible Ink and click here to learn more about the Cricut (you can use any machine to cut the infusible ink).
Cricut offers a matching buffalo check pattern in their infusible ink transfer sheets. I used a simple holiday tree design to make a coordinating tee shirt with the Jumping Jack pdf sewing pattern. By cutting up an XXL Cricut adult tee shirt, I used the existing hem to make this shirt even more quickly. I love how easy it is to make my own personalized and fully custom doll outfits. Learn more about how to use infusible ink in this post.
Have you seen the Oh Sew Kat! Back to School Pattern Bundle? This value priced bundle is available only in my ETSY SHOP HERE. Your order will include four pdf pattern downloads- the Sixth Grade Skirt, the Playground Pants, the School Bell Blouse, and the School Dance Dress. Use these four patterns to make a complete mix and match wardrobe for your 18 inch (or 14.5 inch) doll! Find the quick links to all three bundles at the bottom of this post.
Back to School Sewing Patterns from Oh Sew Kat! for 18 inch Dolls
This one pattern bundle offers you two tops, one skirt, one pants, and a long sleeved dress.
Pair the School Bell Blouse with a corduroy Sixth Grade Skirt and tall boots for a great fall outfit. Click the pattern name to check out the Inspiration Gallery for more ideas, or click HERE to find the full gallery.
Your Welliewishers Doll will be ready for School in her DIY Doll Clothes from Oh Sew Kat! Patterns
This pattern bundle is available in 3 doll sizes: 18 inch dolls, 16 inch Animators’, and 14.5 inch WellieWishers. Rapunzel has the School Bell Blouse A line version with bright green Playground pants and a cute beret.
Blaire’s new outfit is simple but stylish! You can use Oh Sew Kat! Pdf patterns to make your own unique doll clothes.
The Sixth Grade Skirt uses very little fabric and goes together quickly with just straight seams. This pattern is the easiest one in the Oh Sew Kat! Collection and is a perfect starter project. Find it here.
Create your own graphic tee shirts with infusible ink and tee shirt blanks from Cricut. I cut up an XXXL adult shirt to make doll sized tees with the Simple Sweet Tee sewing pattern.
I easily cut a butterfly graphic on my Cricut machine and pressed it to the shirt with my easy press 2. See more details here.
Knitting can add a great textured element to your doll clothes and can really add that finishing touch to any doll outfit. Two years ago I set a goal to learn to knit. My mother was a master knitter and I wish I had done it while she was still here to share in my success. I found a local knitting shop and signed up for a beginner class and have been working on my skills ever since. Lately, I’ve been working on lots of 18 inch doll knits. Knitting doll clothes (just like sewing) is a low cost and quick way to grow your skills. I’ll share more as I go along, but here are a few fun outfits I put together with some knitted pieces I recently created along with Oh Sew Kat! doll clothes.
First up is Joss. Joss looks amazing in anything but she really shines in bright colors. I knit her thin strap cami from a Ravelry pattern with Baby Bee yarn from Hobby Lobby. The cami is the perfect thing to put under the Kay Carr short sleeve cardigan from her 70s Mix and Match Knitting pattern. The raglan sleeves are easy to knit the and entire little jacket sweater knits up really quickly. Joss is wearing a pair of capri pants made with the Oh Sew Kat! Playground Pants (no pockets) and just made them shorter. This fabric is from the Flowerhouse Wildflowers collection by Robert Kaufman. Cute cute!!
Next up is Emily!! She’s wearing a hot pink Karina Sweater (pattern by My AG Doll Creations) in the long length. The yarn is Baby Bee from Hobby Lobby in the princess color. Emily’s outfit is a Popsicle Top and Sixth Grade Skirt, along with Saige’s buckle strap boots.
And here is Riley! Riley’s outfit has a cool summer nights vibe. She’s wearing the Sandbox Shorts with patch pockets (as seen in THIS POST) and the pink thin strap cami made with the Baby Bee yarn. This cami was where I learned the duplicate stitch, by adding the yellow heart to the front of the cami. The cute yellow jacket is the same one Joss has on above, made with the Kay Carr 70s Mix and Match Wardrobe knitting pattern. This little jacket is such a quick knitting project and fits so beautifully, I know I will be making many more.
Like so many of you, I love the Olympics and the coming together as a globe to watch the best of the best. I love the pride each country shows in their flags, anthems, and uniforms. I was thrilled to see American Girl® come out with an entire line of Olympic themed outfits…well…until I saw the price tag! At the time of this writing, the day before the Games begin, AG is now offering a buy one, get one half off sale. That would have been nice. But personally, I had to have the Team USA Medal Ceremony set for my collection, despite the very hefty $35 price tag (plus tax and shipping!) Here are my thoughts.
What you get: a thin “windbreaker” type zip up jacket, with navy sleeves, a team USA decal on the back, and the USA flag and olympic rings decal on the front. Three medals (gold, silver, and bronze, all on red white and blue ribbons), a large USA flag with thumb loops, and a pamphlet about taking care of the USA flag.
Olympic Outfit for Dolls: Team USA Medal Ceremony Set
First things first. I love the flag, and the thumb loops make it very easy to photograph the dolls holding it, which can be tricky with the usual flag on a pole. That alone, for me, was worth getting the set. However, for the price, I thought this set should have at least come with an outfit- a tee shirt and shorts or something. Riley is wearing a plain white tee and a white Sixth Grade Skirt that I had on hand. She’s ready to watch the games!
Overall, like many sets from American Girl®, the set feels very high quality. The flag is stitched, not printed, and the medals are heavy (very heavy) and super shiny. The ribbons have hook and loop tape so they don’t have to go over the doll’s head.
OhSewKat’s review of the Team USA Medal Ceremony Outfit for Dolls from American Girl®
All in all, I’m happy with the Team USA Medal Ceremony set and I’m glad I have it. I may regret the $$ if it ends up on clearance after the games, but with a buy one get one half off, it’s the perfect add on set to any of the sport outfits. It could have more included for the high price tag, but it will always remind me of the craziness that has surrounded the summer Olympics of 2020/2021 and I like that. If I were to buy this for my child, I would certainly pick out one of the sport outfits to go with it, even though the cost of both would be almost as much as a new doll. You can find this set in the American Girl online store.
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Looking for a new and unique way to customize your doll clothes? Have you tried Cricut’s infusible ink yet? Infusible ink is different than heat transfer vinyl (iron on) in that it sinks into the fabric instead of sticks to it. The result is a vibrant, permanent image. Cricut offers a wide variety of blanks that are made of the right fiber content for infusible ink. They don’t offer doll sized tees yet, so I wait for a sale, and purchase the largest size of tee shirt available. I cut out my tee and turtleneck shirts using the Simple Sweet Tee and the Jumping Jack PDF sewing pattern.
Infusible ink is sold in transfer sheets. You can use your electronic cutter to cut out designs, and then use a heat press to infuse the ink to your item. It comes in solid colors and patterns too. You can also buy infusible ink markers and draw your own designs! Infusible ink is fun for gift items, coffee mugs, and of course, custom doll tee shirts! See the whole range of blank items HERE.
Choose your design in the Cricut Design Space software. Look for single color, blocky images for the best results. If you are using patterned infusible ink, remember that your design will be very small, so pay attention to where the coloring is on your infusible ink sheet. I size my images for doll tees shirts to about two inches.
I used the slice tool to create the white negative space of the butterfly design into a circle for the front of the shirt, then I was careful not to tear the butterfly that gets weeded out and I put it on the sleeve of the shirt. Learn how to use the slice tool here. Two designs in one! Once you have finalized your design, cut it out with your Cricut machine. I used my Cricut Maker for this project, but any Cricut machine will work. Here’s a quick video to show you how to set it up to cut the ink transfer sheet.
Prep your tee shirt pieces for the ink transfer. You can’t use just any tee shirt for an infusible ink project, it needs to be a special blend of polyester to take the ink. Cricut products are designed specifically for this, but you may be able to find other sublimation blanks to use as well. Need help? Check Cricut’s short video. Here’s a link to Cricut’s video of how to press your design into your tee shirt. My new Easy Press 2 is the perfect size for doll projects! Once I determined my design placement, (color side down), I used the Heat Settings APP to tell me the temp and time for the heat press. Once the design cools, remove the clear carrier sheet and your tee shirt is ready to be sewn together!
Marti McKee took time out of her busy day to send me a beautiful email about how much she has enjoyed sewing with Oh Sew Kat! patterns. She sent me photos of her cute girls in their patriotic outfits just in time for Independence Day!
Here’s an excerpt from her note:
“About a year ago, I remembered a $3 thrift store Samantha doll that I had purchased about 20 years ago and put away. I had two sons, and they never seemed very interested in American girls (go figure, right?) Last summer I remembered that she was still waiting patiently for a new hairstyle and some clothes. I started searching online for AG patterns, and fortunately yours were among the first I found. I am very much a beginner when it comes to sewing, so I really appreciate how clear and concise your patterns are. I was able to get great results (and if I didn’t, it certainly wasn’t the pattern’s fault!) I’ve now made many dozens of items from your patterns. Sewing has been a great creative outlet over this past year plus. I decided early on that Samantha really needed some buddies, so I have acquired four “rescue” dolls to keep her company.”
I love to hear from happy customers!!! Thank you to Marti for sharing her beautiful girls in their Oh Sew Kat! outfits. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I do! I noted the patterns used for each outfit underneath the photos. All patterns are for sale in my ETSY SHOP.
Julie’s dress is made with such fun balloon fabric!! Marti used the Sunshine Dress pattern and THIS HACK to make it with sleeves to keep Julie cool and comfy in the summer heat.
How adorable is Kit? Marti cut one and 1/4th inch off the long sleeve pattern piece of the Playtime Peasant Top and used that as the bodice, adding elastic at the doll’s waist. She added it’s also perfect for a 3/4th sleeve. Her cute cuffed capris were made with the Picnic Play pattern, but the Boardwalk Boutique pattern will give you the same look.
It’s so hard to pick a favorite, right? I do love Samantha’s outfit. The Backyard Bibs pattern makes an adorable top layered over a tee shirt and paired with a Sixth Grade Skirt. This outfit is quick but has a big cute factor!! See more about making the Bibs into a top in THIS POST.
And finally, Saige is popsicle ready in her Playtime Peasant Top ruffle hem dress. Find the pattern hack HERE. Need a quick and easy belt? Fold over elastic to the rescue! Find more info here.