Sewing with Batiks Part 1 – DIY Doll Clothes

For a long, long time, I always passed by the batik sections of my favorite fabric stores. My mother, on the other hand, used more batiks than any other fabrics in all of her quilts. When she passed away, I picked through her collection and came home with some very pretty pieces of fabric. I also purchase batiks online at the Fat Quarter Shop (Like these from the Batik Club AD: Batik Clubs).

This rosy batik looked so different each time I used it. I think I’ve made four different items. These two were both made from the School Bell Blouse pattern. Grace is wearing the top, and Kendall is wearing the Dress Hack. Both have added crystals instead of buttons for some extra shine.

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

There are so many pretty batiks in bright fall colors and with leaf pattern designs.

Make this lovely layered look for fall with PDF sewing patterns for American Girl 18 inch and other sized dolls. Create your own DIY doll clothes with tutorials and patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

These fall batiks had lots of swirling colors- each item made from it can take on a completely different look. Both dresses (photo above and below) were made with the Sugar N Spice Dress for 18 inch dolls. See more info in THIS POST.

Simple sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl by Oh Sew Kat! Sugar n Spice Dress and pinafore pattern to DIY doll clothes for your 18 inch doll or her friends. #sewingpattern #dolldress #americangirl #ohsewkat

Try a few fabrics from the batik section of your fabric store or at the Fat Quarter Shop at this AD: LINK and make the magic happen in your doll clothes sewing too!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

New Sewing Pattern for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins Dolls: Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice by Oh Sew Kat!

The Sugar n Spice Dress with Everything Nice Accessories is the perfect pattern to DIY baby doll clothes for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins 15 inch dolls by American Girl.  The pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore (overdress, sundress, jumper) as well as 5 simple accessories to mix and match to make your own designs or princess dresses or Halloween costumes.  Tutu, apron, overskirt, cape, and reversible corset are included by Oh Sew Kat! Designs for Dolls.

Brand New Dress Sewing Pattern for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins from OhSewKat!

The Sugar n Spice PDF pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore, plus 5 easy dress up accessories to mix and match with unlimited options. (No sew tutu, hooded cape, apron, overskirt, and reversible corset.). Also available for 18 inch dolls, Animators, and Welliewishers in the OhSewKat etsy shop.

The Sugar n Spice Dress with Everything Nice Accessories is the perfect pattern to DIY baby doll clothes for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins 15 inch dolls by American Girl.  The pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore (overdress, sundress, jumper) as well as 5 simple accessories to mix and match to make your own designs or princess dresses or Halloween costumes.  Tutu, apron, overskirt, cape, and reversible corset are included by Oh Sew Kat! Designs for Dolls.

Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice Sewing Pattern now available for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins

The Sugar n Spice Dress with Everything Nice Accessories is the perfect pattern to DIY baby doll clothes for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins 15 inch dolls by American Girl.  The pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore (overdress, sundress, jumper) as well as 5 simple accessories to mix and match to make your own designs or princess dresses or Halloween costumes.  Tutu, apron, overskirt, cape, and reversible corset are included by Oh Sew Kat! Designs for Dolls.

New PDF Sewing Pattern for Bitty Baby: Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice

Find this Bitty Baby pattern in the Oh Sew Kat! Etsy Shop here! See more ideas for this versatile pattern in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.

The Sugar n Spice Dress with Everything Nice Accessories is the perfect pattern to DIY baby doll clothes for Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins 15 inch dolls by American Girl.  The pattern includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore (overdress, sundress, jumper) as well as 5 simple accessories to mix and match to make your own designs or princess dresses or Halloween costumes.  Tutu, apron, overskirt, cape, and reversible corset are included by Oh Sew Kat! Designs for Dolls.
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Gingham Christmas Outfit for Julie

Make a 1970s doll gingham skirt and peasant top for Julie BeForever Doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Download your PDF sewing pattern and print on your home printer to sew this afternoon! #ohsewkat #americangirldolls #juliedoll #sewingpattern

Isn’t this the sweetest holiday outfit? It’s perfect for your 1970s characters like Julie and Ivy. You can make this classic outfit for your doll with easy to sew pdf patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

Use the Playtime Peasant Top to make a simple, long sleeved white top. The simple skirt is made from the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern bundle. Use the overskirt, and simply make it longer, adding lace to the hem. Read more here.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Sew for the 70’s: Fashion Fun for Your 18″ inch Julie Doll

Dress your 18 inch American Girl Doll, Julie Albright (and her best friend, Ivy Ling) in all things 1970s with easy to sew PDF sewing patterns for Doll Clothes from Oh Sew Kat!

The fashions of the 70s featured lots of wild prints and earthy colors.  Take a look at my Julie pinterest board HERE.  Choosing fabrics with geometrics and florals in bright colors will give any dress or pattern you make a totally groovy vibe!

The School Dance Dress Sewing Pattern Has a 1970s Vibe

The School Dance Dress features a contrast front panel and long, wide sleeves.  Add a chain across the front as you sew your front panels together for even more grooviness!  You can also shorten the dress to be more in line with the era. Find the School Dance Sewing Pattern HERE.

School Dance Doll dress sewing pattern for back to school outfits for your dolls. Easy beginner level pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl, Our Generation and more. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free skirt pattern. #freesewingpattern #dollclothes #18inchdolls #ohsewkat

The Jumping Jack PDF Sewing Pattern was created based on a 1974 pattern

The Jumping Jack 3 in1 jumper pattern from Oh Sew Kat! was inspired by a pattern from 1974.  Turtlenecks and knee socks paired with shorts for fun times, button on a reversible apron style jumper and it looks like a cute dress!!  This outfit made me think about the days we spent playing outside- and then it was time to get dressed to go out to dinner.  Quick change! Click HERE to find the Jumping Jack PDF Sewing Pattern.

DIY doll clothes sewing patterns for Julie Albright 18 inch American Girl Doll. Easy to sew PDF Patterns from OhSewKat.

Make a Gingham Maxi Skirt Outfit with Oh Sew Kat Patterns

Maybe it’s just nostalgia (I was 7 years old in 1974, so just a bit younger than Julie was at 10) but so many of the outfits speak to me.  My sister and I wore long maxi dresses to church and I even played on an all boys basketball team (Well, I was on the team and in a uniform- I’m not sure I would call what I did “playing basketball”) that when I saw THIS image on Pinterest, I knew it would make a perfect holiday outfit for Julie. The Playtime Peasant Top is  a staple for every fashion era, and I simply took the overskirt from the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle, and made it floor length with a bit of lace at the hem.  See more details on this outfit HERE. The Sugar n Spice bundle pattern can be found HERE, and the Playtime Peasant Top pattern is HERE. Find both patterns in the Holiday Bundle HERE.

Make a 1970s doll gingham skirt and peasant top for Julie BeForever Doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Download your PDF sewing pattern and print on your home printer to sew this afternoon! #ohsewkat #americangirldolls #juliedoll #sewingpattern

Make a long nightgown for your 70s Doll, Julie.

I wore both pajamas and nightgowns as a child of the 1970’s.  This floor length version of the Playtime Peasant Top (find the tutorial HERE) would have been perfect for Christmas morning. Find the pattern HERE.

Make a 70s plaid nightgown for Julie Albright American Girl doll Beforever Character with the pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! and the PDF Sewing pattern: Playtime Peasant Top.

Cute 1970s Tops were made from cotton calico fabrics.

My mother sewed a lot of my clothes when I was a child, both in the 70s and the 80s.  A lot of the fabrics she used were the exact same fabric, but in different colors.  I tried to reproduce one such red and white top here for Julie.  The Bloomer Buddies pattern is simple to sew, and I added some matching patch pockets to give it that 70s vibe.  See THIS POST to read more and use THIS TUTORIAL to add a cute headscarf to complete the look. I remember lots of mushrooms on my clothing as a child. 😉

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

It’s fun to take a basic pattern from Oh Sew Kat! and give it your own personal or historical flair.  See my full list of pattern hacks and simple doll tutorials HERE, and visit the Julie Historical Fashion Gallery page HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up! Series: Classic Jumper with the Sugar n Spice Dress

Make a Classic Jumper for your 18 inch American Girl Doll

I think every one of us wore a jumper of this style when we were little girls. It’s a classic look, whether it’s paired with a turtleneck, a peasant top, a button down shirt, or even layered over another dress. The Sugar n Spice Pattern by Oh Sew Kat! includes a short sleeve, basic doll dress, with a sleeveless pinafore (or overdress) included to create this layered look.

Use the Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern to make a classic fall jumper for your 18 inch dolls. Many other styles also available.

The Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern comes in three sizes: 18 inch dolls, 16 inch animators, and 14.5 inch Welliewishers. It includes the short sleeve dress, sleeveless pinafore, overskirt, tutu, corset, apron, and simple cape. So many options to mix and match, see what all you can make with this one pattern right HERE.

Use the Sugar n Spice PDF Sewing Pattern to make a cheery spring dress for your 18 inch doll. Yellow dress and pinafore pattern is easy to sew with pattern pieces you print at home. This tutorial is also available in my Etsy Shop in other popular doll sizes. Visit ohsewkat.com to see more.

Grab the PDF pattern HERE.

Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls- dress, pinafore, cape, corset, tutu, apron, and overskirt. Mix and match to make Halloween costumes and 18 inch doll dresses.

Inspired by my new, 30th anniversary Kirsten Larson doll, I wanted to make a few, simple additions to her wardrobe. (I did buy a few of her clothing items in the past, because I love the era and the look, but never actually purchased the doll until now.). I realized the pinafore from my Sugar n Spice PDF Pattern could be perfect- it just needed a little more length and some of her characteristic growth pleats along the hem. Once I stitched up a few, I put them on my modern dolls too. I hope you have as much fun as I did dressing your dolls in this classic jumper look.

Make the Sugar n Spice Pinafore into a Longer, Classic Jumper for Dolls

  • Use the pinafore cutting lines for the bodice. (Lower neckline)
  • Cut the skirt at 33 inches by 8.5 inches for a modern jumper and 9 or 9.5 inches for a more historical length.
  • Hem the skirt with a 1/4th inch hem.
  • Option 1: Two smaller growth pleats. With wrong sides together, press the hem up at 2.25 inches and at 1.75 inches. It might be easiest to do them one at at time. Stitch 1/4th from each of the pressed edges (you are stitching on the right (pretty) side of the fabric). Press the pleats down towards the hem from the right side. I use a lot of steam to press my pleats down.
  • Option 2: One large growth pleat. With wrong sides together, press hem up 2 inches. From the right side, stitch along pressed edge 1/2 inch away from the edge. (Use a piece of washi tape to mark the seam allowance on your machine.) Press the pleat towards the hem.
  • Finish as directed by the pattern. Layer your jumper over a Jumping Jack Turtleneck shirt, or a Playtime Peasant Top for a modern but classic fall look for your doll, or use it over a long sleeved dress for Kirsten.

The number and size of the pleats can be any length- play around to get just the look you like. For a modern fall jumper, I used a finished skirt length of 7 inches. For the historical dress length for Kirsten, try a finished length of 8 inches. You can see some of Kirsten’s historical dresses with growth pleats HERE and HERE.

Make this lovely layered look for fall with PDF sewing patterns for American Girl 18 inch and other sized dolls.  Create your own DIY doll clothes with tutorials and patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Find the Jumping Jack 3-1 Jumper Pattern HERE to make a knit turtleneck shirt to wear under the jumper.

Create a one of a kind layered jumper for your 18 inch doll from American Girl.  Find a full selection of easy to sew beginner level patterns at oh sew Kat.

Find more ideas and pattern hacks for the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern HERE.

Use the Sugar n Spice PDF Pattern to Make a Pinafore for Kirsten

Note: This photo shows Kirsten wearing her School Dress, which was purchased at and made by American Girl®, under her Oh Sew Kat! Pinafore.

DIY beautiful historical doll clothes from 1854 for your Kirsten Larson 18 inch American Girl doll with easy to sew PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Find more ways to turn Oh Sew Kat! modern PDF patterns into historical outfits for American Girl® characters HERE. Check the new Kirsten Larson Page for more ideas coming soon.

Make a holiday jumper for American Girl dolls with easy to sew patterns you download at home.  F

Try it with classic red corduroy. Perfect for the holidays!!

Make your 18 inch American Girl doll a holiday jumper with this easy tweak to the Sugar n Spice PDF Sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Classic jumper for your doll!! Easy to make 18 inch doll clothes with print at home PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Sugar N Spice Halloween Costumes for Dolls

Do you like to dress your dolls for Halloween? Making miniature costumes is super fun and you never have to worry about dressing them for the weather!! Here are a few costumes made with the Sugar N Spice and Everything Nice pattern.

Doll Sized Halloween Costumes? Yes Please!

Make an angel costume or simple dress for your 18 inch doll using easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Print at home PDF patterns for beginners. #ohsewkat #angel #saige #18inchdoll #sewingpattern #dollclothes #halloweencostume
Make a Halloween costume for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern can be found at www.ohsewkat.com. #batcostume #halloween #diy #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

Find the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice PDF Sewing Pattern Bundle in 3 sizes HERE. The Sugar n Spice pattern includes only the dress and pinafore. The Dress up accessories are found in the Everything Nice Bundle. 🙂

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Sugar n Spice Hawaiian Sundress

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

How do you make a beautiful Hawaiian themed dress? Use the Sugar n Spice Pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Use THIS HACK and don’t forget to try it in other fabrics too! Wow!!

Make a Spring time Sundress for your 18 inch Doll!

Floral hawaiian dress for dolls Oh Sew Kat! 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

Use the Pinafore Version of the popular Sugar n Spice Dress to make a fun sundress for your 18 inch Doll. Find the full tutorial here.

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

See more ideas to sew this fun pattern for 18 inch dolls, 16 inch animators and 14 inch Welliewishers HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make Adorable Easter Dresses for Your Dolls with easy Sewing Patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Girls and dolls alike will fall in love with pretty, Easter fashions that you sew yourself with the easy to follow PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find a full selection of patterns for dolls that are 18 inches, 16 inches, 15 inches, and 14.5-15 inches in the OH SEW Kat Etsy shop and download and sew today!

Easter Dresses for Your Dolls- DIY Doll Clothes

Click on the photos to go right to the post. Click on the description’s pattern name, to go to the Inspiration Gallery for each pattern. Find all the patterns in the OhSewKat Etsy shop for instant download.

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

Easter Inspiration to Make Your Own Doll Clothes

Easy Up! Easter jumper. Make a quick outfit for your American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns from Ohsewkat

Luciana is wearing the Easy Up! Jumper with a Playtime Peasant Time Top. Read more HERE.

Make an easy skirt for your 18 inch doll with the very easy FOUR SEASON SKIRT- a free pdf sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Find more patterns in the OhSewKat etsy shop and download and sew today.

Luciana’s Easter Egg Skirt was made from the FREE pattern: The Four Season Skirt. Get your copy in 3 sizes HERE.

Make an Easter dress for 18 inch dolls with the easy to sew Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern. Great beginner sewing printable tutorial; find a large selection of budget friendly sewing patterns in the OhSewKat Etsy Shop.

Joss has an Everything Nice overskirt over a polka dot Sugar n Spice Dress. Perfect!! See more!

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

Emily’s dress is a cute hack of the Sugar n Spice pattern. See how I made it HERE.

Make an Easter outfit for your wellie wishers dolls with the Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

Camille loves her bunny version of the Backyard Bibs pattern. Her pink top is the Playtime Peasant Top pattern. Find more info HERE.

Picnic Play Easy Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl by OhSEWKat. Find more pdf printable tutorials in my OhSewKat Etsy shop. Great for beginners!

Joss’ outfit isn’t a dress, but the bunnies are perfect on this Picnic Play set. See more info on it HERE.

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

Kelly’s bunny dress is a hack of the Sugar n Spice dress pattern. Read all about it HERE.

Make an Easter Dress for your 18 inch doll from American Girl with easy, digital PDF sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Sugar n Spice Dress for wellie wishers also available. #easterdress #dollclothes

Dress up your solid Sugar n Spice Dresses with festive overskirts. Read about it HERE and HERE.

Make an Easter outfit for your 18 inch doll with easy PDF Sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Download and sew today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #18inchdolls

Riley’s Playtime Peasant Top has cute bunnies to match the pink gingham Backyard Bibs. Find more info HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Sewing 50s Fashions for Dolls

Sew your 18″ American Girl® doll some fun fashions for the 50s with easy Oh Sew Kat! patterns.

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

Visit the Oh Sew Kat! 50s Inspiration Gallery for ideas and links to sew the Oh Sew Kat! patterns with a fun, 50s flair. Your Maryellen Larkin™ doll with love fabulous fifties fashions that you made yourself!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

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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
Make a 50s style gingham smock dress for BeForever character Maryellen or other 18 inch dolls with this easy Pattern Hack. Add pockets to the Bloomer Buddies easy sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! with this simple tutorial. #sewingpattern #18inchdoll #50sfashions #dollclothes #patternhack #ohsewkat
50s scarf doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing patterns for beginners to print and sew at home.
Make an easy romper with tied straps for your 18 inch American Girl doll. The Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat is quick to sew and has four options- two pants and two skirts. Find out more in the OhSewKat etsy shop.
Sew a halter top and capri outfit for your 18 inch and other sized dolls with a quick and easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Print the pattern pieces on your home computer and make a doll outfit in about an hour. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern #ohsewkat #18inchdoll
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
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make it Monday: Sweet Pink Sugar n Spice Dress

Make your welliewishers doll a cute dress with puffed sleeves with the PDF Sewing pattern:  Sugar n Spice from Oh Sew Kat!  Find easy to sew print at home PDF patterns for 14 through 18 inch dolls.

Willa looks so sweet in her pretty pink, polka dot dress. I used the Sugar N Spice pattern (find it HERE) and added tiny bows to each sleeve for a special touch. Sewing for smaller dolls isn’t any harder, just take it slow and do it one step at a time.

Make your Welliewishers™ doll a sweet dress with the Sugar n Spice PDF Sewing Pattern

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!