Step it Up! Series: 50s Style Sunshine Overskirt Dress for Maryellen Larkin

These outfits came about completely by accident.  They don’t even need a tutorial or pattern hack. I simply used pieces from two different patterns together to make a new outfit.

I was making a doll skirt from my Everything Nice pattern. (The Everything Nice pattern is the accessory pattern that is sold bundled with the Sugar n Spice dress.) . It is a quick little skirt, attached to the waistband, with an open back. It was designed to give “dress up options” to the princess themed Sugar n Spice Dress.  In order to check my hook and loop tape placement, I grabbed the closest doll.  It was Melody, and she was wearing a Sunshine Dress I made for THIS post.  The dress seemed tight enough for my test, so I did not remove it.  As I stood back to check the skirt fit, I realized that by simply using two of my own patterns, I could create a similar look to Melody’s fancy dress or the popular overskirt fashions of the late 50s and early 60s.

I went right to Pinterest for some inspiration and found this pin,  and also this pin, and this pin.

Maryellen doll dress pattern 50s inspired

Next I went to my fabric stash- and found some navy fabric to match one Sunshine Dress I’d already made…and chose some creamy, dreamy roses fabric for the other one.

Doll dress sewing pattern 50s 60s inspired Oh Sew Kat

This dress is the Sunshine Dress sewn with the princess seams option.  The Everything Nice overskirt fits perfectly over it- open it in the front or in the back!  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  Find the Sunshine Dress HERE.

Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls

 

Maryellen 50s overskirt dress

Sewing patterns for dolls 50s 60sSewing Patterns for dolls by Oh Sew Kat-1350s inspired overskirt dress for Maryellen doll

What other patterns can be used together to provide more value for your time sewing and money spent?  Share in the comments below.  Make a 50s or 60s inspired dress for your dolls today!

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Step it Up Series: Sixth Grade Skirt with Ruffle or Lace Hem!

Add a ruffle or lace hem to your Sixth Grade Skirt!

 

American girl dolls DIY skirt tutorial

The Sixth Grade Skirt is the perfect skirt to make for your doll all year long.  It takes such a tiny bit of fabric and goes together in a jiffy!  Here’s a way to give your Sixth Grade Skirt a new look! Add a cute hem to your skirt with this easy tutorial.

American girl dolls sewing patterns

First, you will need the pattern.  I offer the Sixth Grade Skirt in five sizes:  18 inch, 16 inch Disney Animators, 15 inch Bitty Baby, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers, and 14 inch HeartsForHearts Girls.  (Because this skirt is fitted and does not use elastic, I encourage you to check the fit on your own doll before you sew on the hook and loop tape, especially if your doll does not have a cloth body.  If you purchased this pattern before June 2018, be sure to get the updated version! (Check your etsy purchase history, contact me, or Pixie Faire.)

Sixth Grade A line skirt sewing pattern for dolls

Step 1. To keep the skirt’s cute silhouette, you need to remove a little bit from the hem of the pattern pieces.  You can do this after you sew the pieces together, but it’s easier to just cut the seam allowance off the bottom of each pattern piece.  Cut out your skirt and put it together according to the directions.  Before you add the waistband, complete Step 2 below.

Step 2.  To add a fabric ruffle for an 18 inch doll skirt, cut a strip of fabric 2 inches by 27-36 inches.  (27 inches will give a less full ruffle than 36 inches will.)  You will need a thinner, and shorter piece for smaller dolls. Measure the hem of your skirt, and cut the ruffle to 1.5 or 2 times that length.  Pre-gathered eyelet lace also makes a pretty hem!

Skirt with lace hem skirt with ruffle hem Step 3.  With wrong sides together, press your ruffle the long way.  The fold will be the hem.  Gather the top, raw edges or use (my new favorite!) a ruffle foot.  With right sides together, pin the ruffle (or your lace or trim) to the hem of your skirt, and stitch with a 1/4th inch seam allowance.  Use an overlock stitch, zigzag stitch, or serger to give the seam allowance a clean finish.  Press it towards the skirt, and top stitch close to the edge.

Step 4.

That was easy!  Complete the skirt according to the directions.  Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete!

Skirt with lace hem skirt with ruffle hem

This post is the second post in a series of six posts:

Six Ways to Sew the Sixth Grade Skirt!

  1.  Add pockets to your Sixth Grade Skirt
  2. Add a ruffle or lace hem to your Sixth Grade Skirt
  3.  Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  4. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  5. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  6. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!

Each post in this series will feature a new way to “Step it Up” and make your Sixth Grade Skirt just a little more unique.  Find the quick and easy pattern in my Etsy Shop:

Sixth Grade Skirt for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 15 inch dolls like Bitty Baby®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™

You can also make Sixth Grade Skirt for Disney Animator Dolls and Hearts for Hearts.

American Girl Doll Sixth Grade Skirt Popsicle Top

Grace Thomas doll in Sixth Grade Skirt

Six ways to sew the Sixth Grade Skirt

Share your skirt with ruffles or lace online with hashtag OhSewKat.  Click HERE to see another way to step up your Sixth Grade Skirt.

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Step it Up Series: How to Make a Patchwork Top for Dolls

Try something new today! Do you have lots of scraps or small pieces of fabric?  My mother was a big quilter, and she was always buying those cute little 5 inch square packs of fabrics. Here is a great way to turn those small pieces into cute, one of a kind doll clothes.

Use scraps to make doll clothes tutorial

The fabrics in this tutorial came from a pack of 5″ squares, called a “charm pack”.  This one is by Doodlebug Designs- I love the whimsical images.  None of the squares are big enough to make 18 inch doll clothes, so I picked a few of my favorites and patched them together, quilt style, to make my own fabric!

I used the Boardwalk Boutique pattern for this cute, halter top, but really any pattern will work to give the same effect.

How to make a one of a kind patchwork doll top

  1.  Choose your fabrics and lay them out on your table in a pleasing way.  Try to offset the colors and place the rows so you don’t have a four square in the center of your top (unless you are going for that look 😉 .  Ensure that your squares cover enough space for your entire pattern piece.
  2. With right sides together, sew the pieces together in rows, moving from bottom to top with 1/4th inch seams.  Once you have your two rows complete, put them right sides together and sew them together to make a larger square or rectangle. Press all of your seams open.
  3. If needed, trim the edges so your fabric piece is neat.
  4. Pin your pattern pieces to your new patchwork fabric (being mindful of one way designs) and cut out as usual.

Patchwork Top tutorial for dolls by ohsewkat

Once you have your pieces cut out, simply assemble the pattern as usual.

How to make a patchwork doll top

Ta da!! You’ve made a one of a kind top for your doll!

Luciana Vega 4th of July Boardwalk Boutique Halter Top

Find more tutorials for the Boardwalk Boutique pattern here and here.

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Tips for Beginners- Learning to Sew

sewing doll clothes beginner tips

I posted the following question on my facebook page:

Oh Sew Kat! patterns are designed with the beginning sewist in mind. What is one tip you would give to a young or new sewist who is just starting out in making doll clothes?

Readers from all over posted their tips if you are new to sewing- whether it’s doll clothes or other sewing projects, these few things will help get you off to a great start!

  • Jenny:  Go slow and read the pattern directions. Read them twice before even beginning your project. Nothing has to be perfect. If you don’t like your creation, put it away for a day or two and then come back and look at it. You might be surprised that you now like it!!
  • Anneke:  I never expect a planned pattern to come out as it should. My advise would be go with the flow. Let the fabric tell you what it wants. Sounds hazy and dreamy (which I am NOT) but that’s the way it works for me. I have no technical advice all. But before I start I do sit down read the instructions. Toss them aside and have FUN
  • Cindy:   Press, press, press
  • Deirdre:  Don’t be afraid to rip out a seam and sew it again, the truth is even experienced sewers have to do this at times.
  • Bee:  Read through all of the pattern first before you get started.
  • Julie:  Iron as you sew.
  • Barb:  Take your time. Read the instructions completely before you start and follow each one in order.
  • Jeanna:  Always double check your seam allowances as you go. Nothing worse than making an adorable outfit only to have it be too small 😫
  • Karen:  My advice is (and I really should take my own😂) that perfection, although nice…it isn’t necessary. Enjoy the process of making something cute. It took me ripping apart a genuine cabbage patch outfit to make a pattern to realize this! It was terribly sewn from the factory.
  • Nina:  Learn your sewing machine inside and out. Practice the threading pattern so it’s easy enough to do in your sleep!
  • Gail:  Turn on the iron before you turn on the machine. Sew a seam press the seam. Sew a seam press the seam. Every time!
  • Julie:  Have fun with it!! Really, doll clothes take such a little bit of fabric, if you make a mistake, you haven’t wasted a lot of fabric. Just toss it and try again! That takes the pressure off to be “perfect” and makes it so enjoyable 🙂
  • Paula:  Use good quality fabric. It may be tempting to use lower quality fabric to try it out, but it is much harder to sew on.

You probably see a few themes emerging here … read all the directions before you start and to press every seam.  But the themes of “you don’t have to be perfect” and “have fun” are obvious too! If you are just starting out learning to sew, doll clothes give you such a low cost way to jump in the pool and start to swim.  Enjoy the process and know your skills will build with every stitch!

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How to make a summer head scarf for dolls

50s style gingham head scart tutorial for Maryellen DollsThis quick project will give you the perfect head scarf for your doll’s favorite summer outfits.  It’s also perfect for making 50s style outfits for BeForever character, Maryellen Larkin like THIS. Girls in the 70s, like Julie Albright also wore scarves like this.

scarf tutorial for dolls by oh sew kat

 

Maryellen Larkin BeForever Doll in blue Bloomer Buddies 50s dress

  1.  Cut one 8 1/2 inch square of fabric.
  2. With right sides together, fold in half along the diagonal.  Start 1/2 inch from one corner near the fold, and stitch along the edge, around the top corner, and back towards the fold.  Stop 1/2 inch before you reach the fold.
  3.  Turn right side out and press well, being certain to push the top corner out.  Tuck the raw edges to the inside of the corners as you press.  Top stitch if desired.
  4. Cut 3/8th inch wide elastic to 2 inches.  Tuck each end into a corner of the scarf and stitch in place.

sewing pattern for doll size head scarf

See more tutorials for your dolls here, and coming soon, how to make this cute, 50s version of the Bloomer Buddies dress.

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50s style gingham head scart tutorial for Maryellen Dolls

Step it Up Series: Boardwalk Boutique Ruffle Maxi Dress

Make a cute sundress with the Boardwalk Boutique sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Choose one ruffle or two with this easy tutorial variation (pattern hack).  This look is perfect for American Girl doll, Julie Albright, a character from 1974.

Julie American Girl doll halter sundress 70s style

Start with the pattern.  This tutorial shows the 18 inch doll size, but it can easily be adapted to any of the five doll sizes this pattern is offered for.

Doll clothes boardwalk boutique sewing pattern by oh sew kat

Cut out the Boardwalk Boutique top, using the “cut here to add ruffle” line.  (If you use the pattern piece with the extra inch, your sundress will have a little longer bodice, I’ve sewn it both ways! Just make sure you shorten the hem by an inch or so if you are making the double ruffle/maxi version.)

I put an existing top on my doll and used a ruler to decide how long I wanted the dress to be.  You can also lay the pattern piece over your doll.  Cut one or two ruffles.  For 18 inch dolls, the top ruffle measures 3 1/2 by 24 inches. The bottom ruffle measures 4 1/2 by 36 inches.  These measurements can be whatever you like to create a longer or shorter sundress.

Grace Thomas American Girl Doll in floral sundress

Assemble the halter top according to the directions up to the side seams.  Stitch both side seams.  (Note: The directions say to stitch only one side, in order to attach the ruffle/hem flat and then sew up the side seam.  You can certainly use this method for the maxi dress, but with longer ruffles, the following method of attaching ruffles in the round may produce a better hang on the longer dress.)

Ruffle Prep:  With right sides together, stitch the short ends of each ruffle together, making each one into a circle.  Press seams open.  Serge or zigzag the hem edge of your bottom ruffle.  Press up 1/4th inch and stitch.  Mark both ruffles into equal fourths with pins or other markings, with one mark being on the seam line.

Ruffle strips for .a doll sundress

Mark the raw edge of your halter top in fourths with pins.  Put one in each side seam, and one at center front and center back.

Halter Top with pin markings to attach ruffle

Increase your stitch length and stitch two rows of gathering stitches along the top edge of the top ruffle, starting and ending at the seam.  With right sides together, place to the top inside the ruffle, match the four pins or markings, and pull up the gathering threads to fit the ruffle evenly to the bottom edge of the halter top.  Line it up so the seam is at the center back.  Pin the gathers in place, and using a regular stitch length, stitch the ruffle to the halter top.  Remove the gathering stitches.  Serge or zigzag your seam allowance and press it towards the halter top.  Top stitch from the right side of the ruffle.

Attach (Optional) Bottom Ruffle:  Increase your stitch length and stitch two rows of  gathering stitches along the top of the bottom ruffle, starting and ending with the seam.  With right sides together, match the four pins or markings, and pull up the gathering threads to fit the top of the bottom ruffle to the bottom of the top ruffle.  Line it up so the seam is at the center back.  Using a regular stitch length, stitch in place.  Remove the gathering stitches.  Serge or zigzag your seam allowance and press it towards the top ruffle.  Top stitch from the right side of the ruffle.  Ta da!! Beautiful!

Julie doll in long, floral maxi halter dress

Have fun with this new sundress for summer doll fun!!

Brown hair american girl doll in floral sundress

See the INSPIRATION GALLERY for more Boardwalk Boutique outfits.

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Julie American Girl doll halter sundress 70s style

 

 

Step it Up Series: Sugar n Spice Dress Nutcracker Inspired Clara Nightgown Tutorial

Nightgown tutorial for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Every doll loves a special new nightgown to wear on Christmas Eve.  Here I’ll show you a few changes you can make to the basic SUGAR N SPICE dress pattern to create this pretty, flowing gown for your doll.

Nightgown sewing pattern for dolls by oh sew kat20171119-IMG_273220171119-IMG_2734

First, you will need the pattern!  Find the pattern here in my Etsy shop.

Sewing Patterns for dolls by Oh Sew Kat 18 inch animators welliewishers

Bodice:

  1. Fold your fabric in half.  Decide how wide you want your center placket and place the bodice front piece that distance from the fold.  My placket is about 1/2 inch wide, and the pattern piece is placed 1/2 inch from the fold. Cut one.  *Note:  On this sample, I cut the neckline about 1/4 inch higher than the pattern piece.  Be sure to cut the lining to match this exactly if you want to do this too. I did not make any changes to the back bodice piece.
  2. Cut an additional bodice front and two bodice backs as directed by the pattern for the lining.  Do not add the extra width to this front.
  3. On the wider front, fold the fabric wrong sides together.  Stitch a seam at 1/2 inch (the measurement from step 1) down the middle of the piece, from the neckline to waist.  Open out the placket and press it flat.
  4. If you want to add trim or lace to your placket, put it under the edges, then top stitch. Otherwise, just top stitch each edge down.
  5. Assemble the bodice as the pattern directs.

Sleeves:

  1. Use the same sleeve as the pattern you are using.  (always).  Measure down your doll’s arm and decide where you want the finished length. Then add 1/4 th inch and cut your new sleeve.  *Tip:  Print and cut an extra page that has the sleeve piece on it. Ignore the other things on the page, and measure and draw out your long sleeve and cut it out. You will now have it to use again!  My measurement was 1 5/8th inch longer, measured at the outside edge of the pattern piece (not the center).  Just extend the lines of the sleeve down to this new hemline.
  2.  To add a ruffle to your sleeve hem, cut two additional strips.   I cut mine 1 1/2 x 10 inches.  Hem one long edge of each one. Gather the unhemmed long edge and attach it, right sides together, to the bottom of the sleeve.  If you have trim, baste it on the sleeve piece before you attach the ruffle, so it is sandwiched in between.
  3. Top stitch.
  4. Follow the pattern directions to attach the sleeves.

Skirt:

  1. Cut the skirt to 7 inches by 28 inches and the ruffle ruffle 3 1/2 x 36 to make your gown look like mine.  Note:  I normally cut the skirt for this pattern at 33-36 inches because I like them full, but this time, I wanted to conserve my expensive trim, so I went with 28 inches.  The ruffle will make up for the fullness.  To make the gown a little closer to floor length, use 7 1/2 x 33 inches for the skirt and 3 3/4 x 44 inches for the ruffle.
  2. Zigzag or serge one long edge of the ruffle. Press up 1/4th inch and stitch hem in place.
  3. Baste optional piping or trim to the raw, bottom edge of the skirt. Turn to right side. Do not top stitch until after you attach the ruffle.  Gather and attach the skirt as directed in the pattern.  Top stitch at the bodice.
  4. Gather and attach the ruffle. Topstitch.

Finishing:

  1. Continue with the pattern directions to finish the back edge and attach the hook and loop tape.
  2. Add buttons or bows to your placket for a final touch.

Sugar n spice nightgown for dolls

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Nightgown pattern for 18 inch dolls by ohsewkat

Step it Up Series: Sugar N Spice Peplum Top for Dolls

Take your patterns to the next level when you step up the Sugar n Spice Dress to this cute, peplum top!

Sugar n Spice Step it Up Make a Peplum Top by oh sewkat

This cute little top is easy to sew from the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern.  Buy it in my Etsy shop. The pattern bundle also includes the dress up accessories! This pattern is also available sized for WellieWishers and Animators Dolls.

 

Make your dress into a Peplum Top with this easy variation to the pattern. This tutorial assumes you have a basic knowledge of sewing.  Please refer to the pattern instructions for more detail, as well as the pattern pieces.

  1.  Cut out your pattern pieces and fabric for the bodice, lining, and sleeves.  Add 1/2 to 3/4 inch to the bodice if you want the peplum to sit below the waist.
  2. Instead of a wide skirt piece, cut a shorter skirt piece as the peplum.  For the 18 inch doll size, I used 2 1/4 inches by 28 inches.  The longer your peplum, the fuller it will be.  For the 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers dolls, I cut peplums at 2 1/2 by 15 inches (ladybug) and 1 3/4 inches by 17 inches (holly).
  3. Follow the pattern directions to make the top, using the peplum piece instead of the skirt piece.

Peplum Top for Dolls Sugar n Spice Sewing PatternOh Sew Kat! Sewing Pattern Make A Peplum Top from Sugar n Spice Dress Pattern (4)Oh Sew Kat! Sewing Pattern Make A Peplum Top from Sugar n Spice Dress Pattern (5)

Enjoy these amazing photos by Pam Ray of Amy Violet’s, who made the cutest peplum tops for her Wellies and sells the outfits in her shop. Each set is paired with a Sixth Grade Skirt, with the added pockets as shown in THIS TUTORIAL.  She also used THIS TUTORIAL to add the front placket with a little lace!  Nice touch!  I just love to see how others stitch up the patterns I created.

Doll top tutorial by OhSewKat

 

Sugar n Spice Peplum Top with Sixth Grade Skirt 5

Have fun sewing up a cute top with Oh Sew Kat’s most popular (and versatile) dress pattern, Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice!  See the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas to use your pattern!  Thanks for stopping by!  Use the links below to share this tutorial with your friends!

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Peplum Top for dolls Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

 

Step it Up Series: Simple, Hawaiian MuuMuu for Nanea with the Sunshine Dress Pattern

You can create a beautiful Hawaiian dress for your Nanea (Na-nay-uh) doll or one of her friends from almost any dress pattern you own.  Use this quick tutorial to take the Sunshine Dress to a Hawaiian Muumuu.  Here is the 4th dress tutorial!

Hawaiian Dress sewing tutorial for dolls

Part Four! The Sunshine Dress.

Hawaiin Dress for dolls like Nanea Sewing Pattern by OhSewKat

 


If you look closely, you will find the fabric is what really makes your doll’s dress look Hawaiian.  Your Nanea or her friends will be thrilled with this modern take on a simple Hawaiian Muumuu dress.  I chose a bright, orange floral print.  Be sure the flowers are not too large for your doll, but with dresses like this, almost anything can work.

Doll sundress Hawaiian inspired doll dress 

First you will need the pattern.  Click the image below to go to  my Etsy Shop. (This pattern is also available for Animators and WellieWishers.) Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls

Step 1.  Choose your sunshine dress pattern view (Princess seam, solid front, or straight seamed front) and cut out all of the front, back and lining pieces as directed by the pattern.  No sleeves are needed.

Step 2.  Cut a strip of fabric to add to the hem of the dress as the ruffle.  I used 2 1/4 x 33 for a shorter, more modern look.  Traditional muumuus probably have a longer ruffle (3 x 33 inches).  Finish the bottom hem of the ruffle, by pressing up 1/4 inch and stitching in place.

Step 3.  Complete the Sunshine Dress according to the pattern instructions making it sleeveless, as seen in this tutorial here.  Add the ruffle to the bottom edge and top stitch. Do not finish the back edges yet.

Make a Hawaiian dress for your doll

Step 4.  Choose your trim to add to the neckline and hem.  I used a cute, gathered ribbon trim I had on hand.  Add your trim around the neckline and hemline, leaving a bit hanging over the back edge.  You can stitch in in place by machine or by hand.  Finish the back edge as directed by the pattern , catching trim ends.  If you don’t have trim you like, you can also make your own with fabric or ribbon. Create a fabric tube, or choose a wide ribbon and gather it down the center to create a ruffle.

Make a Hawaiian dress for Nanea tutorial

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Nanea's dress tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

Harper and Nanea are ready to dance the hula at a luau!

sew a hawaiian dress for dolls**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! Sunshine Dress pattern to create a new look.  Please see the actual pattern for pattern pieces and more specific, step by step instructions.  See many more ways to make the Sunshine Dress in the Inspiration Gallery.

Tutorial to make a hawaiian dress for dolls

See more 3 tutorials to make Hawaiian inspired fashions from different patterns HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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Hawaiian Dresses for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Hawaiian sundress for Nanea tutorial by OH Sew Kat

 

 

Sewing for Nanea: Make a Hawaiian Muumuu with the Bloomer Buddies Pattern

The doll world is falling in love with the newest BeForever character from American Girl, Nanea Mitchell.  She lives in Hawaii in the 1940s. You can purchase her fancy Holoku Muumuu dress from American Girl, but she also needs some dresses for every day! This tutorial shows you how to take the Bloomer Buddies pattern and make her a dress for every day!

Sewing patterns for Hawaiian dresses for dolls

Part Three:  Bloomer Buddies!Sewing patterns for Nanea Hawaiian Dresses by ohsewkat

Here’s a super, simple way to make a pretty, Hawaiian dress for your doll from the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

Sew a dress for Nanea Tutorial for dolls

You will need the Bloomer Buddies pattern, which you can purchase and download in my Etsy Shop by clicking the image below.   Cut out the pattern pieces for the dress option with sleeves.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by OH Sew kat dress and top and bloomers

Step 1. Pin your pattern pieces to your fabric.  Add one inch to the dress length of both the front and back pieces before you cut them out. Assemble the short sleeve dress according to the pattern instructions, but do not sew the hem. Don’t put any pleats in the sleeves so they have an open look.

Step 2. Cut a strip of fabric, 2 1/2 inches x the width of fabric. (This means your strip will be 40-45 inches long.). Finish one edge with a zigzag stitch or serger, and press up 1/4 inch.  Stitch the hem in place.

Step 3.  Gather the ruffle’s top, raw edge, and with right sides together, pin, then stitch it to the hem of your dress.  Top stitch from the front if you like. Complete the dress as directed by the pattern.

 

Nanea floral dress by oh Sew Kat

Nanea and Maryellen are ready for some hula lessons! (See how to make Maryellen’s purple muumuu here.)

Bloomer Buddies muumuu by oh sew kat

Easy to sew Hawaiian dress for dolls

Hawaiian dresses for dolls sewing patterns

Make more floral Hawaiian dress with tutorials here, and here.

Find the Bloomer Buddies Pattern for 18 inch Dolls, 14.5 inch WellieWishers, and Animators in my Etsy Shop.  See more ideas in the Inspiration Gallery and here in this blog post.  Did you enjoy this post? Share it on facebook, twitter and pinterest from the links below!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hawaiian Dress Sewing pattern for dolls by ohsewkat