70s Fashions to Sew for Your Julie American Girl Doll

Sewing for BeForever character Julie Albright?  Her stories are set in 1974 and she has some groovy fashions! Give your Julie a personalized 70s themed wardrobe with these twists on PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop:

Make a 70s outfit for Julie American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #70s #dress #Julie #sewing

Click on the links below to go right to each easy tutorial.

  1.  Sunshine Dress with Daisy Trim
  2. Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set
  3. Boardwalk Boutique Ruffled Maxi Dress
  4. Playtime Peasant and Sugar n Spice Everything Nice Overskirt

What other Oh Sew Kat! patterns might work for Julie outfits? Visit the Julie page of the Historical Fashions gallery for more ideas.  See more sewing ideas for the BeForever characters like Melody and Maryellen too!  Comment below with your ideas!

Visit & follow my 1970s doll fashion PINTEREST Board for more ideas. Pin these images to save them for later!

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Step it Up! Series- 60s Dress for Melody Ellison- School Bell Blouse Dress

Your Melody doll will feel groovy in a swing dress you made yourself with the Oh Sew Kat! School Bell Blouse pattern.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

When you are fabric shopping, keep your eyes open for small scale prints that look retro.  For Melody’s dress, I found this cotton fabric in a quilt store. I had no idea what I would make at the time, but I knew it would be perfect for Melody. Doesn’t she look great in this color?

Here are some pins on my Melody board on Pinterest that I used for inspiration.  Don’t forget to follow me while you are there! This white dress for ladies , this Barbie sized pattern, and this blue and red dresses all have the same wide sleeves, a-line look, and even the front pleat.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

This the pattern I used: The School Bell Blouse.  It has two styles of blouses to make for your doll and comes in three sizes (Animators, 18 inch and Wellie Wishers).  Click HERE and HERE for the tutorials to make this pattern into two cute dresses.

Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! School Bell Blouse for DIY doll clothes. #ohsewkat #18inchdolls #sewingpattern #dollclothes

These cute little bows were the perfect color to accent the pleats in the front and sleeves of the dress.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

Be sure to share your 60s dresses you make for Melody or any of her friends with hashtag ohsewkat.

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Step it Up! Series: Make a Floor Length Nightgown with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern for Dolls

If there is one thing that little girls like to do with their dolls, it is to dress them for bed and put them to sleep.  The dolls in your life will have sweet dreams with a flowing nightgown you make yourself with this easy PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!  Use this simple pattern hack to the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern to Step it Up!

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

Make a snuggly nightgown for your 18 inch doll with easy sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #nightgown #ohsewkat

First, you need the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies pattern. It’s available in three sizes where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  Print out the pieces for the dress with short sleeves.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy doll dress, top, and bloomers in one easy pattern. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern

You will need to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern pieces.  You may be able to lengthen the pieces on the original printout, or you may need to cut it out and then tape it to a fresh sheet of paper first, depending on the size doll you are sewing for.

Using the short sleeve pattern piece, and THIS TUTORIAL, add 3 1/2 inches to the length of the sleeve. Measure down from the side edge, not the center, and draw your new sleeve hem edge straight across, not curved.  For this 18 inch doll nightgown, I lengthened my sleeve by 3 1/2 inches, and used a 3/8th hem/elastic casing.  You will need 4 inches of 1/4th inch elastic for the wrist.

Add 1 inch to the front and back pieces length, below the dress length line to make a floor length nightgown.

Cut a ruffle so the nightgown will reach the floor.  I cut mine at 3 inches by 44 inches.  It can be anywhere from 33-44 inches long, depending how full you want your ruffle.

Follow the pattern directions as written, adding 4 inches of 1/4th inch elastic into the sleeve hem when you hem it, and gathering and attaching the ruffle to the hem before you stitch up the back.  It’s easier to hem the ruffle before you attach it to the nightgown.

Make a snuggly nightgown for your 18 inch doll with easy sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #nightgown #ohsewkat

Make a snuggly nightgown for your 18 inch doll with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern.

Make a snuggly nightgown for your 18 inch doll with easy sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #nightgown #ohsewkat

Your dolls will be ready to snuggle into bed in a new, cozy nightgown.  See more ways to sew the mix and match Bloomer Buddies pattern here and here.

Click HERE to purchase the Bloomer Buddies Pattern for 18 inch Dolls.

Click HERE to find the pattern in other sizes and value bundles.

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Five Popular Pattern Hacks for Oh Sew Kat! Patterns

Don’t you love making special doll clothes for the girls in your life with the easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!  The easy to follow photo instructions are designed to help even the novice sewist have a successful time.  In many of my more recent patterns, I’ve started to include some ideas and simple instructions for variations on the patterns.  You can “Step them Up” or “Step them Down” to your heart’s content.  Read below to see five of my favorite (and most popular to date!) pattern hacks.  Click on the photo to go right to the tutorial of Kat’s favorite pattern hacks.

Find all these patterns, plus many more in 5 popular doll sizes in my Etsy Shop or other places Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.

Take a new twist on Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns with these favorite pattern hacks.

 

Try these easy pattern hacks for your 18 inch dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern for subscribers. #diycrafts #dollclothes #ohsewkat #sewingpattern


  1. Tee shirt Dress tutorial:  Make a cute, tee shirt dress from the Simple, Sweet Tee Shirt pattern.  Works for any size doll.  Find the pattern in 4 popular doll sizes here. Make a tee shirt dress from a tee shirt pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Make American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #dress #18inchdolls #sewing


  2. Pumpkin jumper:  The classic Boardwalk Boutique pattern doesn’t have to be put away when the weather gets cooler.  Use it as a base to make cute holiday themed outfits as well as summer play clothes.  A little orange fabric and an iron on pumpkin face took this simple halter top to a cute jumper for fall. Layer it over a Playtime Peasant Top or a Jumping Jack Turtleneck! 18 inch doll sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Boardwalk Boutique is easy and quick to sew! Free skirt pattern for 18 inch sized dolls.

  3.   50s overskirt dress:  This one isn’t even a pattern hack.  Make a 50s or 60s classic look dress with an overskirt for Melody or Maryellen.  The Sunshine Dress is worn underneath an overskirt made from the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern. Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

  4.   Make a Halter Maxi Dress:  This easy hack to the Boardwalk Boutique lets your fabric shine with one or two big ruffles.  Make a halter maxi dress for your doll 70s fashion sewing pattern

  5.   Add lace to a ruffle skirt:  Take your skirts to a new level with an added lace layer.  See this easy tutorial for any ruffled skirt- shown with the Four Season Skirt and Playtime Peasant Twirl Skirt patterns. Add lace to a ruffled doll skirt with this free skirt pattern and tutorial for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls like American Girl. Get a Free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt PDF print at home digital pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #laceskirt #ruffle

 

Easy to sew Pattern Hacks for 18 inch and other sized doll clothes.

Find all these patterns, plus many more in 5 popular doll sizes in my Etsy Shop or other places Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  See more pattern hacks and tutorials HERE.

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Step it Up! Series: Make a Doll Nightgown with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern for Dolls

Sewing doll clothes this weekend?  Snuggle up!  Use the simple to sew Bloomer Buddies PDF pattern to turn the dress into a snuggly nightgown for your doll. This easy pattern that you download and print on your home computer will work on any size doll.  Use this simple pattern hack to the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern to Step it Up!


Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll like American Girl or Our Generation with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #nightgown #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

First, you need the Bloomer Buddies pattern. It’s available in three sizes where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  Print out the pieces for the dress with short sleeves.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy doll dress, top, and bloomers in one easy pattern. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern

You will need to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern pieces.  You may be able to lengthen the pieces on the original printout, or you may need to cut it out and then tape it to a fresh sheet of paper first, depending on the size doll you are sewing for.

Using the short sleeve pattern piece, and THIS TUTORIAL, you will need to lengthen the sleeve pattern piece to make it a long sleeve.   Measure down from the side edge, not the center, and draw your new sleeve hem edge straight across, not curved.  For this 18 inch doll nightgown, I lengthened my sleeve by 3 1/2 inches, and used a 3/8th hem/elastic casing.  I used 4 inches of elastic for the wrist.

Sew the dress as directed by the pattern. Choose a snuggly flannel or pretty cotton for your nightgown.  The nightgown Grace is wearing below, is the same dress length as the dress length pattern lines.

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Luciana is ready to hop into bed in her Bloomer Buddies nightgown!

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll like American Girl or Our Generation with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #nightgown #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

Another option is to add a pretty ruffle to the bottom of the dress length.  Here I used a piece of a jelly roll, that was 2 1/2 x 40 inches long. A jelly roll is a quilting fabric precut of 20-45 2 1/2 inch strips like this one Ad:  https://amzn.to/2VNxmED.  I keep a few on hand to use as precut dress and skirt ruffles.  I used one end of the same strip to cut the yoke.  Any size ruffle will do; you can choose how long you want your doll’s nightgown to be.

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Your dolls will be ready to snuggle into bed in a new, cozy nightgown.  See more ways to sew the mix and match Bloomer Buddies pattern here and here.  Be sure to pin these images to save them for later!

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

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6 Dresses from One Pattern: Six Different Ways to Sew the Sugar n Spice Dress by Oh Sew Kat!

When you purchase a PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!, you get more than just the look you see on the pattern cover.  With a few tweaks and changes, (called pattern hacks), and some different fabric combinations, you can Step Up! your basic pattern into almost any look you can think of! Today, enjoy these “twists” on the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern.  These outfits can be made for any size doll!  Find even more pattern hacks and tutorials on the Tutorials Page.

Make six different dresses from one easy sewing pattern: The Sugar n Spice Dress by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #diycraft #dolldress #ohsewkat
  1.  Create a classic holiday dress, similar to the one American Girl® made for the BeForever character, Molly McIntyre.  I used a gorgeous green Kona cotton Sugar n Spice Dress, but the original dress was made of velvet and would be beautiful from that too!  Add a little lace around the sleeves and neckline for a dainty touch.  See more photos HERE.
    Make your own doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like Molly. The Sugar n Spice pattern is available from Oh Sew Kat! for American Girl dolls and other popular doll sizes. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #molly #holidaydress


  2. Every dress pattern can be made as a top, and every top pattern can be made as a dress!  Use the Sugar n Spice bodice to make a cute peplum top!  Find the tutorial HERE.
    Sew your own doll clothes with easy PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat! #ohsewkat #sugarnspice #18inchdolls #americangirl


    Try this nightgown pattern hack of Sugar n Spice Dress sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing tutorial at www.ohsewkat.com to make a Clara inspired Nightgown for dolls. #ohsewkat #clara #nutcracker #dollclothes #sewingpattern

    3.  Every dress pattern can also be used to make a longer dress! Or a nightgown! For the holidays, make the Sugar n Spice Dress in white, and add some peppermint piping and pretty ruffles to make a nightgown that will have sugarplums dancing in her head all season long. Find the tutorial HERE.  I also used THIS TUTORIAL to add the placket in the center front for the buttons.


    Hawaiian Dress Tutorial. Learn to sew doll clothes with easy sewing patterns by oh sew kat! American Girl doll clothes patterns plus free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #diy#sewingproject #beginner #ohsewkat

    4. And while you are thinking about making long dresses, why not try a fun Hawaiian print and make a MuuMuu style dress! These Sugar n Spice Dresses would be perfect for walking along the beach eating shaved ice!  Use the overdress/pinafore pattern and THIS TUTORIAL.


    Make an Easter dress for your 18" doll with easy sewing patterns by OhSewKat! Download, print and sew the best PDF doll patterns today. Try a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com, and find tutorials and pattern hacks. #ohsewkat #sewing #easterdress #dollclothes #18inchdoll

    5. Dress up the front bodice of the Sugar n Spice Dress with some tiny ruffles, trim, ric rac, piping, or lace.  Use THIS TUTORIAL to add the placket, and tuck the trim in before you topstitch it in place.  See more photos of these cute, bunny dress HERE.


    Make your own 18 inch doll clothes for American Girl and Our Generation dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat! #18inchdoll #sewingpattern #dollclothes #stpatricksday

    6.  The Sugar n Spice Dress was designed to layer a dress over a dress.  But don’t stop there! Try the overdress/pinafore over a Peasant Top or a Party Time Peasant Dress as I did here for St. Patrick’s Day.  I reversed the overdress, lowered the neckline, and sewed the skirt on with a large opening for the underdress to show through. See more photos and details HERE


    Sew your own doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from #ohsewkat. #sewingpatterns #beginnerlevel #diycrafts
    Make a cute dress for your 18 inch doll for Valentine's day. The Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern's white dress can be worn for any holiday with a cute apron over the top. Find the Oh Sew Kat! pattern on Etsy. #valentinesdaydress #18inchdolls #americangirl #sewingpattern #ohsewkat
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    The Sugar n Spice Dress was designed to layer prints over prints over prints.  Or to make solid dresses and change the aprons/pinafores for the season, like this Easter Dress and this one for Valentine’s Day.   It was also designed to be a blank canvas to create any sort of character dress you can think of from Wonder Woman, to Princess Belle, to Cinderella and more!  Visit the Inspiration Gallery to see even more ideas for the versatile Sugar n Spice Dress pattern.How will you make the Sugar n Spice Dress?  Find the pattern for 16 inch Disney Animators’ dolls and 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls Dolls where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold

Find an entire collection of easy to sew, print at home PDF sewing patterns for classic doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat!

Make a Santa or Elf Apron for your Doll with this Boardwalk Boutique Pattern Hack

Here is a quick and easy sewing project (which doesn’t even have very much sewing!) to dress up any doll for the holidays~~

Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

Make this easy apron, with fabric or felt.  Use the Oh Sew Kat! Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing pattern for this quick and easy pattern hack.

My favorite sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls! The Boardwalk Boutique pattern is quick and easy and perfect for beginning to sew for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and Welliewishers. #ohsewkat #easysewing #18inchdollpatterns

Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

You only need the FRONT pattern piece.  This pattern hack is super easy if you just use felt, but you can certainly use other fabric and fun materials like fringe, cotton balls, jingle bells, htv, vinyl, embroidery, scraps, felt etc.  I used felt for my samples because I wanted a “no fuss” project, which is also very inexpensive and available at every craft store.

  1. You only need to print the front pattern piece.  On your paper pattern piece, measure over 1/2 inch from the center fold and draw a new fold line.  Cut off the extra 1/2 inch and use this as your new center fold line.  Cut off all of the seam allowances, top, sides, and bottom. (Especially if using felt, which does not fray.) . Draw a line across the top from where the front meets the strap, to your new fold line. This “fills” in to make a top that goes straight across.  If you like the look of the squared off front, just realize you will have to trim those edges in step 5.
  2. For the length, measure up 1/4th to 1/2 inch up from the “Cut here for ruffle” dashed line and draw a new line. Use this as your new hem line.
  3. Cut out the front pattern piece on the fold of your fabric. Do not cut into the square neckline, leave that filled in so it’s straight across the top.
  4. Using a heat and bond product, or a careful edge stitch, add a 1/2 inch wide, black ribbon across the middle to form the belt.  Trim even with the apron sides.   Add lace or a white band across the bottom, turning in each side’s raw edge by 1/4th inch.  If you want to add a Santa beard, or a pointed elf collar, cut them from felt, and bond or sew them to your apron.
  5. Enclose the top, raw edge in a 5 inch piece of bias tape and stitch.  Do the same for each straight side edge, turning the raw end of the bias tape under at the hemline. Trim to be even with the edge of the apron.  (You could also use ribbon or even fold over elastic.)
  6. Cut 2 straps (also of bias tape) 30 inches long.   Mark the center of each strap and place it at the middle of the armhole.  Place your apron in between the bias tape and pin in place, working your way out to the edges, attach the bias tape and when you sew, continue the seam from one end to the other so the strap is sewn together and the apron is sandwiched in between.
  7. Try it on your doll and trim the straps to the length you prefer with a diagonal cut. If you used bias tape, you will not need to turn in the raw edges.
  8. Using ribbon, a buckle, or glitter heat transfer vinyl, cut a one inch belt buckle and attach it to the apron.  Add buttons, bells, pom poms etc (glue or sew on) if desired.
  9. SNAP or Hook and Loop Tape VARIATION IDEA:  Cut your ties to 18 inches each.  After you finish the apron, try it on your doll and add velcro or snaps at the neck and waist, trimming off the long ties for a more fitted, easier to put on apron.

Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

It’s the perfect way for your doll to keep her special holiday dress clean!

Make a simple holiday elf or santa apron for your 18 inch doll (like American Girl and other size dolls) with this easy pattern hack tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! #patternhack #holidaycraft #easychristmasapron #ohsewkat #18inchdolls

Would you rather a full outfit for your doll? Find the Elf, Santa, and Gingerbread outfits from this same pattern HERE.  Find my 5 Favorite Holiday pattern hacks HERE.

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Shop for the Boardwalk Boutique pattern in 4 sizes HERE.

Five Holiday Pattern Hacks for Oh Sew Kat! PDF Patterns

It’s so fun to sew doll clothes for the holidays with easy and quick PDF patterns by Oh Sew Kat!  Below I’ve gathered up a few pattern hacks for you to share the holiday love this season!  Click on the photos to go right to the tutorials.  These pattern hacks can be made for any size doll.  You can find all of these patterns, plus many more in my online shops, like MY ETSY SHOP.

Make a cute holiday outfit for your 18 inch dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern for subscribers. #diyholiday #holidaycrafts #dollclothes #ohsewkat #sewingpattern


  1. Snowman Outfit:  How cute is this outfit?  Use the Jumping Jack pattern, all in white, to make a cute snowman themed outfit that also gives you basic pieces to mix and match with other outfits.  This pattern is also available for Wellie Wishers™.Doll clothes sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls ohsewkat


  2. Holiday Santa, Elf and Gingerbread:  The classic Boardwalk Boutique pattern is a popular pattern for summer halter tops and ruffled capris.  But wait!  You can use it all year long.  Use it as a base to make cute holiday themed outfits!  I just used some creative colors to whip up these quick and easy holiday cuties.  Layer them over a Playtime Peasant Top or a Jumping Jack Turtleneck! Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #christmaself #ohsekwat #santaoutfit #holidaycrafts #dollclothes

  3.   Molly’s Holiday Dress:  This one isn’t even a pattern hack.  Make a beautiful dress that looks like the classic made by AG for Molly McIntire with the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern in a deep green with a little lace.  This would also be adorable in red! Make your own doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like Molly. The Sugar n Spice pattern is available from Oh Sew Kat! for American Girl dolls and other popular doll sizes. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #molly #holidaydress

  4.   Make a holiday nightgown:  This white nightgown is perfect for the holidays and was inspired by Clara in the Nutcracker.  A few changes to the Sugar n Spice pattern is all it takes! Try this nightgown pattern hack of Sugar n Spice Dress sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing tutorial at www.ohsewkat.com to make a Clara inspired Nightgown for dolls. #ohsewkat #clara #nutcracker #dollclothes #sewingpattern

     

  5. Santa Jumping Jack:  The Jumping Jack pattern can also be used to make a cute Santa outfit.  White cuffs on the turtleneck and a black belt!Easy Santa doll outfit sewing pattern by oh Sew Kat! #holidaycrafts #sewingpattern #pdfpattern #americangirl #dollclothes #ohsewkat #santadress

Shop my full catalog of over 50 PDF doll clothes sewing patterns HERE.  Find more holiday doll dress ideas here and here.

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Step it Up! Series- Make a Dress with the School Bell Blouse Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

Welcome back to Oh Sew Kat! Designs- where you can find an endless stream of ideas of new ways to sew the PDF sewing patterns for dolls I offer.  Today’s post will show you a simple pattern hack of the School Bell Blouse.  See how easy it is to take the School Bell Blouse pattern, and make a super sweet dress for your doll.

Make a doll dress with your blouse pattern with this easy tutorial for dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy PDF sewing patterns for beginners for 18 inch dolls and wellie wishers. #diydollclothes #ohsewkat #dolltutorial #freepattern

This pattern is currently available sized for three dolls:  18 inch Dolls like American Girl® dolls, 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls™, as well as the 16 inch adorable Animators’ Dolls made by Disney®.

The pattern looks like this and you can find it where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  This post will show you how to make a dress from View A, the pleated front top (shown in pink on the cover.) Check back soon to see more fun variations with this fun pattern!

Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat- the School Bell Blouse has two styles of tops with long bell sleeves. #18inchdoll #sewingpattern

1.  To begin, cut out all of your pattern pieces.  I made my dresses from View A, the pleated front version.  Tape each front piece and back piece near the top a new sheet of paper.  You will be extending these pieces at the hem by three inches for 18 inch dolls and 1 1/2 inches for 14.5 inch dolls.  Measure from the two hem corners, and also in the middle, to create a new hem line parallel to the bottom of the pattern piece.

2. At the corner where the side seams will meet, measure out 1/2 inch to the side (less for smaller dolls if you even need any at all).  Draw a line from this point, back up to the armhole to give the dress a little bit more flare in the side seams at the hem. Do the same for the back piece.  Cut out your new pieces.

3.  You will need to cut a front and 2 backs from view b (peplum top).  These will be the lining for your dress. You do not need the facing piece.  Serge or zigzag the bottom of each lining piece.

3.  Now simply follow the pattern as directed to make your doll dress!  I like to decorate the neckline of my blouses and dresses with crystals (found in the bead or scrapbooking section of craft stores) for some extra sparkle.

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You can make it sleeveless too!!  Follow the same steps as seen in THIS TUTORIAL.

Sew a doll dress for your American Girl doll with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

Or give it a retro feel for BeForever characters Melody or Julie.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

Try this pattern hack to take a pattern for a top, and make it into a cute dress!  See more ideas for the School Bell Blouse pattern here and here.

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70s Style Calico Top for Julie Albright from Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern

Here is an easy 1970s style top to make for your American Girl doll, Julie.  Julie is the BeForever character from 1974.  I was seven years old in 1975, and I had a top that looked just like this one, red fabric and all, but the print was of mushrooms.  I used “Little Ruby” fabric for this imitation calico top and the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern.

 

Make a 70s inspired doll top for American Girl doll Julie Albright with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #julie #1970sfashions #dollclothes #sewingpatterns

This outfit was inspired by THIS PIN.  For this outfit, I didn’t make any adjustments to the Bloomer Buddies pattern.  In order to be more authentic, next time I might add a seam allowance and make the front open with buttons.  That will stay on my “to do” list for now.  🙂

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy doll dress, top, and bloomers in one easy pattern. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern

It’s easy to add pockets to any pattern, especially square pockets.  I add the pockets after the front is complete, before I add the sleeves as it’s a little easier to work with a flat item than a rounded one.

Figure out what size you want your finished pocket.  On this blouse, my pockets measure one inch square.  Add 1/2 inch to the width, and the length for seam allowances.  I cut my pieces 1 1/2 inch square. With right sides together, sew three sides of the pocket, and turn right side out. Press well, folding the unfinished edge to the inside.

I put my top on my doll, and use scotch tape (the magic, transparent kind) to hold the pockets in place. It’s easier to sew over tape than pins that are longer than your pocket! Use a top stitch or edge foot if you have one to get nice topstitching around the three lower sides of the pocket.  Complete the top as directed by the pattern.

Make a calico 70s style top for Julie American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns by oh sew kat. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #juliedoll #sewingpattern

Complete the 70s inspired look with an easy headscarf. Find the full tutorial HERE.

Doll scarf tutorial by ohsewkat. Easy sewing pattern for a doll headscarf 70s style. #70s #headscarf #bandana #americangirl #ohsewkat #sewingtutorial #easypattern

Doll clothes sewing pattern tutorial by ohsewkat for doll clothes for Julie BeForever doll. #easypattern #sewingpattern #tutorial #americangirl #dollclothes #ohsewkat

What other outfits will you make for your Julie doll or her friends?  Find more 70s inspiration here in my Inspiration Gallery, as well as here and here.  Don’t forget to visit and follow my Julie inspired Pinterest board!

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