Step it Up Series: Make a Gabby Gabby Inspired Doll Dress

Have you seen Toy Story 4 yet? There is a new doll character in the movie, Gabby Gabby, and she has red hair and wears a yellow polka dot dress. Like a few other inspired seamstresses on the net, I wanted to try to make a Gabby Gabby inspired dress for 18 inch dolls. Here are the ones I came up with. How did I do?

Make a Gabby Gabby doll dress for 18 inch dolls

Make your own Gabby Gabby inspired yellow polka dot doll dress with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Use OSK sewing patterns to make a Gabby Gabby look alike dress for your doll

In the photos below, Blaire and Maryellen are both wearing the same dress. I used the Sugar n Spice Dress– the pinafore cutting lines to make the dress. I drew out a collar pieces, and attached it before I sewed the bodice pieces together at the neckline. Add a white waistband and attach a button placket and it looks pretty close to the original.

You could also use the Spring Shine dress pattern as well, making the same alterations. Originally I planned to put a white “slip” trimmed with lace underneath, but in the end, I just added the lace right to the hem. (For those of you too young to remember, girls used to wear a fluffy skirt underneath their dresses, usually made of white with lace trim, to make their dresses stick out in a pretty way.)



Make your own Gabby Gabby inspired yellow polka dot doll dress with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Use the Sugar n Spice or the Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern to make a Gabby Gabby polka dot dress.

Make your own Gabby Gabby inspired yellow polka dot doll dress with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Willa’s dress is not quite as true to the original. I used the Spring Shine dress pattern, adding white lace and white flutter sleeves for more of a “similar but different” vibe to Gabby Gabby’s dress. Willa is just as happy!!

Make your own Gabby Gabby inspired yellow polka dot doll dress with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Find these two PDF sewing patterns, and many more, in my ETSY SHOP. Be sure to check out the Multi Size bundles page to save a few dollars too. Visit the Inspiration Gallery to see more doll clothes ideas.

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50s Fashions to Sew for your American Girl Doll, Maryellen Larkin

Make 50s style Fashions and Outfits for your 18 inch Doll.

Maryellen Larkin and her family are glad WWII is over and everyone is hopeful about the future in 1954. She loves pretending to be a 50s movie star and playing the jukebox at the diner with family and friends. Use Oh Sew Kat! patterns to stitch up 50s style outfits for your Maryellen doll and her friends.

Ad: Want to learn more about Maryellen’s adventures? Find Maryellen’s stories by Valerie Tripp HERE and at the American Girl stores.

Use Oh Sew Kat! patterns to sew 50s outfits for your Maryellen Larkin Doll.

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Do you want to make Maryellen a new outfit?  Try these twists on patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.

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  1.  Sunshine Dress &  Sugar n Spice Bundle
  2.  Bloomer Buddies
  3.  Boardwalk Boutique with Bloomer Buddies Shortie Bloomers
  4.  Party Time Peasant Dress

Free 50’s headscarf pattern for dolls

Click HERE for a tutorial to make a cute fifties style headscarf for your doll!

50s scarf doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing patterns for beginners to print and sew at home. #ohsekwat #bloomerbuddies #maryellen #headscarf #tutorial

Make 50s inspired doll clothes with Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns.

Find more ideas to sew for Maryellen HERE and HERE.

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Perfect School Portrait Day Outfits for Dolls

It’s that time of year again- are your dollies heading back to school too? Use Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns to stitch them up some cute new fashions for the fall and for them to look their best in this year’s school portraits and class photos!


Make Picture Perfect Doll Clothes with Easy Patterns from Oh Sew Kat!


Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice is prefect for your favorite school photo outfits.

The Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle gives you options and options and options to create your very own, photo perfect look! Shirley made these darling blue and green dresses and then added all the accessories. See the four different outfits she created in “can’t miss” POST. Pin these images to easily find them later!

Make pretty dresses for your Wellie Wishers dolls with easy to sew beginner level patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Fall Fashions for Dolls- Picture Perfect!

The Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt looks great with the jumper, or even on its own too. Emily and Kelly are ready for picture day in their cute, fox print outfits. The Jumping Jack pattern offers three pieces: long sleeve turtleneck, flared shorts, and a reversible, open sided jumper that attaches with a belt or buttons to the shorts. Cute socks and boots complete the look! See more fun ways to make this pattern HERE and HERE.

American Girl Doll Clothes Sewing Patterns for beginning level sewing.  Use Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns to make your own 18 inch doll clothes.  #18inchdoll


Dress your 18 inch doll for her school portrait with a pretty, new dress!

Spring Shine Dress Sewing Pattern

Kelly is ready for her picture day in a black gingham Spring Shine Dress. This dress pattern can also be made as a cute top. See more ideas for the Spring Shine Dress here, here, and here. It’s also available for Wellie Wisher sized dolls.

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Backyard Bibs- an easy pattern for picture perfect outfits for dolls

Blaire’s blue bee skirtalls are perfect for school picture day. This pattern is super quick to sew and has four options- shorts, capris and two skirt versions. Find the Backyard Bibs pattern HERE. You can purchase just the bibs, or find it bundled with the Playtime Peasant Top to complete the outfit.

Make easy overalls with Oh Sew Kat's Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like Blaire Wilson from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpatterns

The School Bell Blouse, available in 3 doll sizes, offers a loose fitting woven top with pretty flared sleeves. Use THIS TUTORIAL to make into a pretty dress too!! See more ideas for the School Bell Blouse HERE. Lanie has her blouse with a Sixth Grade Skirt, while I made Kendall’s blouse into a dress!

Get your dolls ready for back to school with easy Fashion outfits you sew yourself! Easy beginner PDF sewing patterns for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls from OhSewKat! Free pattern! #backtoschool #autumncrafts #18inchdolls #dollclothes #ohsewkat #14inchdolls #dolldress #welliewishers

Find the School Bell Blouse pattern HERE.

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

What will your doll wear this year for her school photo?



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Classic Clothes for Dolls- The Black Turtleneck

When it comes to fashion in miniature- your dolls love to have basic wardrobe pieces that can be used with multiple outfits just like we do! Check out this classic black turtleneck- it’s the perfect accent to so many different outfits! The turtleneck pattern is included with the Jumping Jack reversible jumper (this pattern also includes a cute pair of shorts too~ Find it in 2 doll sizes HERE.)

Make 18 inch doll clothes with classic looks and easy patterns from Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns to print at home.

Make your Doll a classic, black turtleneck with the Jumping Jack sewing pattern.



The Jumping Jack knit turtleneck shirt is looking great under all sorts of items. Here Maryellen and Riley are both wearing it with an Easy Up! Jumper. The jumper pattern is quick and easy, and you can find it bundled with the shirt pattern HERE.

Find the Jumping Jack Turtleneck Shirt Pattern HERE. It’s also available sized for 14.5 inch dolls.

Maryellen Larkin is ready for school in a rose covered Easy Up! Jumper. Sew doll clothes for your 18 inch dolls with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Classic houndstooth jumper for 18 inch dolls- make it with the Easy Up Sewing Pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat

Mix and Match with a black Turtleneck for your favorite doll outfits.

Make a reversible Easy Up jumper for your 18 inch doll with this easy PDF sewing pattern.


Blaire is looking casual with a Four Season Skirt. Stitch up a few turtlenecks in some basic colors (red, black, navy, white) and your dolls will be ready for class!

Sew your own turtleneck shirt for 18 inch dolls with the easy Jumping Jack sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

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.

Kelly is ready for Halloween in two great outfits! Above, the pumpkin jumper (see more photos HERE) was made using the Boardwalk Boutique pattern, and below, the Jumping Jack turtleneck looks great with the Sugar n Spice dress pinafore and a pair of leggings.

Jumping Jack Turtleneck Sewing Pattern

Sugar n Spice Pinafore Sewing Pattern

Find easy sewing patterns to make 18 inch doll clothes for your American Girl Doll from Oh Sew Kat! Try a free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #sugarnspice #dolldress #halloween #ohsewkat #americangirl

Find the Jumping Jack Turtleneck Shirt Pattern HERE. It’s also available sized for 14.5 inch dolls.



Make your 18 inch doll clothes with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

The Jumping Jack pattern is the perfect shirt on its own, or under a cute, Backyard Bibs. Blaire is ready for the pumpkin patch! Find the 18 inch doll pattern HERE.

Pumpkin spice and everything nice. Make your 18 inch doll a fall outfits with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat~

And it’s not too early to start to plan ahead! The winter holidays are right around the corner. The snowmen on Samatha’s Backyard Bibs are cute and whimsical. The black shirt shows off the fun, bias trim stripes as well!

Stripes and snowmen! Make a Backyard Bibs and Jumping Jack turtleneck outfit for your 18 inch dolls like American Girl with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat!

What pattern will your doll wear with her Jumping Jack, Basic Black turtleneck shirt?

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make your own Character Inspired Doll Dresses with Easy Sewing Patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

When you learn to sew for your dolls, you now have the power to make your doll clothes in any style you like. Oh Sew Kat! offers basic patterns with simple instructions and few pattern details for this very reason. You can change up the colors, or add a collar or embroidery to make your doll clothes fit your latest inspiration or follow the latest trends. Find easy PDF patterns in 5 popular doll sizes from 14-18 inches in my ETSY SHOP and download and sew today!



Maryellen looks perfect in her Gabby Gabby inspired doll dress from the Toy Story 4 movie.

Make your doll a Gabby Gabby dress with bright yellow fabric and the Sugar n Spice sewing pattern. I trimmed off some of the bodice to add the white band, and added the collar and placket to create this Gabby inspired dress for 18 inch dolls.

Find the pattern in 3 sizes here.

Make your own Gabby Gabby inspired yellow polka dot doll dress with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

The Backyard Bibs offers the perfect spot to showcase your favorite superhero’s logo, like this Captain America Dress.

The Backyard Bibs and Playtime Peasant Top are a quick pair of patterns to create a unique and fun outfit in no time at all. With four options for the bibs (shorts, capris, a line skirt, gathered skirt), you will have time and fabric to make more than one set! Find the pattern in 5 sizes HERE. This pattern is also available in a value bundle with the Playtime Peasant Top pattern too. Find it here.

Make a superhero dress for dolls! Use the easy to sew Backyard Bibs sewing pattern to make fun overall romper dresses for 18 inch and other sized dolls. Find Oh Sew Kat! on Etsy!

This Alice in Wonderland inspired dress was created with the Sugar n Spice Sewing Pattern.

The apron pattern is included in the Sugar N Spice sewing pattern. Find more accessories (like a corset and cape) in the Everything Nice bundle.

Find the pattern in 3 sizes here.

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


What doll doesn’t want to be Wonder Woman? This cute outfit was made using the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern.

This Wonder Woman inspired doll dress was made with the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle. With one white dress, I can add accessories like the reversible corset and a starry overskirt to create the look I want. Mix and match the white dress with other pieces for even more dress up fun. See the Inspiration Gallery for more ways to sew the Sugar N Spice doll dress sewing pattern. See THIS POST for six different ways to sew this versatile pattern.

Find the pattern in 3 sizes here.

Wonder woman inspired doll clothes for wellie wishers and 18 inch dolls using easy PDF sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

Make your doll a Snow White inspired Dress with the Backyard Bibs pattern.

Snow White’s iconic colors are easy to duplicate with almost any dress pattern. Here I made a light blue Playtime Peasant Blouse, and layered it under the Backyard Bibs. Find the pattern in 5 sizes HERE. This pattern is also available in a value bundle with the Playtime Peasant Top pattern too. Find it here.

Make a Snow White inspired doll dress using the Backyard Bibs sewing pattern. Easy beginner level pdf digital patterns for 18 inch dolls.

What character are you inspired to sew?



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60s Fashions to Sew for your American Girl Doll, Melody Ellison

Sew doll clothes for 1960s girl Melody with easy to sew PDF sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat. DIY 60s fashions for dolls. #60s #dollclothes #sewing

Sewing for Melody Ellison?  Try these twists on patterns from Oh Sew Kat! to make a 60s inspired outfit for your doll.  Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.

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

Make 60s inspired doll clothes with Sewing Patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

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

Make 60s themed doll clothes for Melody with these sewing patterns:

  1.  Sleeveless Sunshine Dress with Everything Nice Overskirt (roses)
  2. School Bell Blouse Dress (blue)
  3. Colorblock Sunshine Dress with Pockets (green and white)
  4. Sleeveless Sunshine Dress (lime and hot pink)

What other Oh Sew Kat! patterns might work for Melody outfits? Comment below with your ideas!

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Hawaiian Fashions to Sew for American Girl, BeForever Character, Nanea Mitchell

Sewing for BeForever character Nanea Mitchell?  Try these twists on patterns to make a variety of Hawaiian themed dress from Oh Sew Kat! patterns. Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop:  www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.

Sew Hawaiian themed doll clothes for Nanea with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!



Make a Hawaiian muumuu outfit for Nanea American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #40s #dress #nanea #sewing

40s Fashions for Nanea:

  1.  Bloomer Buddies MuuMuu Tutorial
  2. Sunshine Dress MuuMuu Tutorial
  3. Playtime Peasant Top MuuMuu Tutorial 
  4. Sugar n Spice MuuMuu Tutorial
Hawiian dress sewing pattern for Nanea american girl doll


What other Oh Sew Kat! patterns might work for Nanea outfits? Visit the Nanea page of the Inspiration Gallery to see more ideas.  Comment below with your ideas.



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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 1970’s themed outfit for your 18 inch American Girl doll.

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

Use Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns to make groovy 70s outfits for your Julie doll.

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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St. Patrick’s Day Doll Dresses: Sugar n Spice Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

I do have an Irish heritage, and I’ve always loved it! March is one of my favorite times of the year, especially the shamrocks, and the music! Each year, I try to sew something shamrock themed for the dolls. This post shows the dresses I’ve made with the popular SUGAR N SPICE sewing pattern. It’s available in my shop in 3 sizes.

The beauty of the Sugar n Spice pattern is versatility and value. With an underdress and overdress option, plus some extras like an apron, cape, corset, and tutu, the time you spend making solid underdresses is time well spent. Notice each of these next photos. They all have the same, light green dress as a base! I’m just changing up what is layered over it in each photo. See the Easter version HERE.

Willa is wearing her green dress with an overskirt using the EVERYTHING NICE accessories pattern.

This little overskirt look is super quick and easy! Wear it frontwards or backwards like in this post.

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Here she is in the same green dress, but the overskirt is replaced with a green tulle, tutu. (Instructions are found in the Everything Nice section of the pattern bundle.)

Sew an irish themed dress for your 14 inch doll like Wellie Wishers with the Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern by ohsewkat.

And for the 18 inch Dolls:

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Yep! Same green dress- I added a seasonal overdress or pinafore, which is also included in the Sugar n Spice pattern.

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Just the right touch: a ribbon belt and a cute button. Now the green dress really shines!

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And here is one more from the same Sugar n Spice pattern. For this outfit, I took the pinafore/overdress from Sugar n Spice, and reversed it. I left the edges of the skirt unconnected, and layered it over a Party Time Peasant Dress. Read the post about it HERE.

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Find the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern HERE for 18 inch dolls. Wellie Wishers and Animators’ sizes are also available. Put the LUCK OF THE IRISH into your doll’s wardrobe this month!

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Shamrocks and Rainbows! Sew St Patrick’s Day Doll Clothes

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Who doesn’t love March? With the small glimpses outside that spring is just around the corner, and the daylight lasting a little longer each day, it’s fun to sew with shamrocks and rainbows.  Here are a few dresses to inspire you this Shamrock Season.

I used my Cricut Maker to cut out these Party Time Dresses.  Every doll in the house got one this year!  I think the rainbow waistband gives a perfect pop of color!

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Shirley Fombey of Doll Clothes by Shirley created these adorable Wellie Wishers outfits above using the Four Season Skirt and Popsicle Top patterns.

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Find the Party Time Peasant Dress pattern (now available in 5 sizes!) HERE. Above for Saige, I layered a Sugar n Spice modified overdress to offer two outfits in one! Find more details HERE.

Carol Meadows made this darling Party Time dress below for her A Girl for All Time Doll.  More shamrocks and polka dots!

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Are you stitching green doll clothes this month?

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