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.

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

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!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

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 retro 1970’s themed outfit for Julie and other dolls with this easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

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 top for Julie and her friends- inspired by the seventies.

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.

Free tutorial and pattern for a 70s retro headscarf for dolls.

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!

Make 1970’s fashions for your dolls with the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern.

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Wow! A Playtime Peasant Top in Full Fall Color!

Are your dolls ready for some fall color?  Pick your favorite Oh Sew Kat! pattern and have a little fun this October!

Tutorial for adding a neck ruffle to a peasant top. Find more sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #peasanttop #dolltutorial #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #18inchdolls

 

This gorgeous blouse was made with the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt pattern.  Find the pattern in 5 (yes, five!)popular doll sizes HERE.

I used this TUTORIAL to add the pretty neck ruffle for a fun, new twist!  It’s amazing how a basic peasant blouse is completely transformed by a simple ruffle and some spectacular fabric.  The best part? This top is a super quick sew so you can easily make up one or two in a naptime!

Tutorial for adding a neck ruffle to a peasant top. Find more sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #peasanttop #dolltutorial #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #18inchdolls

To see more of the gorgeous dresses below from this same fabric, click HERE.

Tutorial for adding a neck ruffle to a peasant top. Find more sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #peasanttop #dolltutorial #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #18inchdolls

What are you sewing this fall?

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New Fabric Collections from Cricut by Riley Blake

Wow! I was blown away when I clicked over to http://www.cricut.com to see their new fabric selections!  Cricut may be my new favorite fabric store!! Take a look!

Find a large selection of doll scale sized fabrics at Cricut.

Find doll scale fabrics to make cute doll clothes from Cricut. Small stripes by Riley Blake, perfect for the Four Season Skirt- free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #maker #cricut #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #stripes #18inchdolls

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The cricut maker, their newest “power e-cutter machine” has a special rotary cutting blade that will cut your fabric for smaller projects.  With a subscription to cricut access, you will have a whole library of patterns and designs that you can make with this new, powerful machine.  I love my cricut maker.  I use it all the time to cut out my doll clothes.   You can find a basic tutorial how to that here.

It’s hard to find good fabric with the right, small scale for doll clothes.  Because cricut projects need to fit on a 12×24 mat to be cut out, they offer a large selection of beautiful, small scale fabrics.  These gorgeous stripes, a collection by Riley Blake, could not be a more perfect scale for doll sized clothing.  This is a great basic package to have on hand for many of your special projects.  Here you can see the scale of the stripes with an 18 inch doll.

Make your own doll clothes with cute fabric from Cricut.

Find doll scale fabrics to make cute doll clothes from Cricut. Small stripes by Riley Blake, perfect for the Four Season Skirt- free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #maker #cricut #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #stripes #18inchdolls

I purchased the 10 inch squares (four of each color) and the fat quarter package (two of each color), but they offer strips and smaller, charm squares as well, as well as many other patterns.  The quality is exactly what I expect from Riley Blake or any high end quilt shop.

Cricut fabric collections are perfect for all of your fat quarter and small sized fabric crafts.

Find doll scale fabrics to make cute doll clothes from Cricut. Small stripes by Riley Blake, perfect for the Four Season Skirt- free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #maker #cricut #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #stripes #18inchdolls

I think these red and green stripes would be a perfect ruffle on a holiday outfit, maybe a variation of the Boardwalk Boutique like these in this post!

Check out Cricut’s new selections of fabric cut to size and scaled for small sewing projects.

Find doll scale fabrics to make cute doll clothes from Cricut. Small stripes by Riley Blake, perfect for the Four Season Skirt- free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #maker #cricut #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #stripes #18inchdolls

Be sure to sign up for cricut emails. They send out special offers quite often- in fact, I saved 30% on my fabric order!  Visit my tutorial to see how to use a cricut machine for your doll clothes project.

How to cut PDF doll patterns on Cricut Maker Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Use your cricut machine to cut fabric, wood, cardstock and more. #dollclothes #ohsewkat #cricutmaker

I can’t wait to cut into my new fabric. I give the cricut fabric shop five stars!! Now for the harder part- which pattern to choose? So many to choose from!!  🙂  

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make an Infinity Scarf for 18 inch Dolls with a Dollar Tree Scarf

Like me, I’m sure you are always on the hunt for cute, easy, (and cheap!) crafts for your 18 inch dolls and their 14 inch friends.  If so, this post is for you!  This is a Halloween themed craft, but it’s really perfect for the entire fall and winter months, depending on the scarf fabric you choose.

Use this easy tutorial to make an infitinity scarf for your 18 inch doll.

How to make an infinity scarf for your doll with Dollar Tree Supplies. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free doll clothes sewing pattern. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #craft #tutorial #18inchdolls

Read below to see how quick it is to make a fashion accessory for your doll, like these Halloween infinity scarves.

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I found these scarves in my Dollar Tree store.  There were a few more choices, but I only picked the two that had a doll scaled sized design.  On such a small accessory, a large pattern will easily get lost and not look like whatever it is supposed to be.  Try to find designs that are about the size of a quarter or smaller.

Each scarf is a flowing, lightweight material that measures 11 inches by 60 inches. That is a lot of fabric for just one dollar!  With so much fabric, I can easily make the dolls a Playtime Peasant Top or Easy Up! Jumper as well.  I’m going to have to go back and look if they have any other holiday versions. This could be fun!

I decided to keep it easy.  I cut a piece 4 inches (this will give me a scarf that is 1 3/4th wide) x 30 inches (Half the scarf length.) . To be honest, I did not even use a ruler. This is a very forgiving project the the scarf is very lightweight and drapes nicely, so it won’t show if you don’t cut super straight or at an exact measurement.

Step 1.  With right sides together, fold the scarf in half the long way, and start your stitching one inch down the edge, stitch with a 1/4th inch seam, stopping one inch from the other end.  Turn it right side out. (I was able to turn this with my fingers.)  You can give it a light press, or finger press it, but I didn’t.

Step 2.  With the fabric tube now right side out, open out each end, and pin them with right sides together across the short edge.  It is totally okay, even preferred, to let the scarf twist once or twice as you put the ends together.   Stitch with a 1/4th inch seam and flip to the inside.

Step 3.  If you want, you can stitch the opening closed, but it may not be even be noticeable once the scarf is on your doll.

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Put the infinity scarf on your doll, and wrap it twice for a perfectly, spooky (and inexpensive!!) doll fashion accessory!

This doll scarf tutorial uses a scarf from the Dollar Tree.

How to make an infinity scarf for your doll with Dollar Tree Supplies. Visit www.ohsewkat.com to try a free doll clothes sewing pattern. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat #craft #tutorial #18inchdolls

Fun fact! Use a “tag tie” to use the scarf as a fun belt! Yay!! Two accessories in one!  (A “tag tie” is what you would use to put a tag onto your suitcase handle.  Put the scarf behind the doll, holding both loops to the front.  Put one loop through the other, and tug it around the dolls waist, tucking it in.  It looks so cute with the Playtime Peasant Top!

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Have you found any other treasures at the Dollar Tree or other discount store?  Find more tutorials for your doll HERE and HERE.

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Make an easy infinity doll scarf with this Oh Sew Kat! tutorial.

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Holiday Dresses to Make for Your Dolls

Is it too soon? 🙂   Have you thought about the special girls in your life that might enjoy new clothes for their special dolls this holiday season?  Here are a few ideas to inspire you to ring in the season! Click on each photo to go right to the Oh Sew kat! sewing pattern I used.  Visit my Etsy Shop to find a full selection of patterns for dolls from 14-18 inches tall.

Sew a holiday skirt for your dolls with free pattern from Oh Sew Kat! #freepattern #sewingpattern #dollskirt #pdfpattern

Four Season Skirts ^^ Find this free pattern HERE.

Snowman doll outfit sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Jumping Jack 1970s fashions for dolls. #ohsewkat #jumpingjack #70sdollclothes #sewingpattern #pdfpattern
Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Printable patterns PDF patterns School Dance Dress for dolls #ohsewkat #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #easypatterns
Easy Party Time Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns to diy doll clothes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #easypatterns

Jumping Jack  ^^

Easy Party Time Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns to diy doll clothes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #easypatterns
Easy beginner sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns to diy doll clothes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #easypatterns
Easy sewing pattern to make 18 inch doll clothes. Print at home PDF patterns by oh sew kat for dolls. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #jumpingjack #18inch

Party Time Peasant Dress  ^^

Sew a Clara inspired Nightgown! Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns to diy doll clothes. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #18inchdolls #easypatterns

Sugar n Spice Dress Pattern Hack ^^

See more holiday doll clothes ideas HERE and HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Make a holiday doll dress with easy sewing patterns for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy beginner patterns to DIY doll clothes like the Party Time Peasant Dress. #dolldress #holidaydress #christmas #18inchdoll #ohsewkat

Learning to Sew? What pattern to start with?

I get asked this question quite often.

“What would be the best pattern for my young, or brand new sewista to start with?”

Best sewing patterns for beginners to make doll clothes.

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

Oh Sew Kat! offers patterns with basic pattern pieces and simple constructions for this very reason. The goal is to give success to someone who has NEVER SEWN A PATTERN EVER.  Here are my top 3 patterns for newbie seamstresses: The Sixth Grade Skirt, the Playtime Peasant Top, and the Easy Up! Jumper.

Find easy sewing patterns for doll clothes at Oh Sew Kat!

  1.  Sixth Grade Skirt
Doll Skirt sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

The greatest thing about the Sixth Grade Skirt is that it’s very hard to mess it up. Because it is an open skirt, with a hook and loop tape closure in back, it fits a wide variety of dolls (and toys), and also accommodates a beginning seamstress’ (possibly) uneven seam allowances.  It’s fun to mix and match different fabrics, and you can add easy pockets with this TUTORIAL, or ruffles or lace to the hem like in this TUTORIAL.

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2. Playtime Peasant Top

As far as a doll shirt goes, the peasant top is a timeless staple for every doll wardrobe.  It really does not get much easier than this.  The simple construction still lends itself to whimsical fabric combinations for unique styles.  Feeding a safety pin through an elastic casing for the easy neckline will teach a beginner a skill that can be then used on skirts, pants and shorts too!

Peasant Top sewing pattern for wellie wishers dolls

Make the Playtime Peasant Top with long sleeves with elastic at the wrist.  This classic look works for both historical and modern outfits.

Julie doll in white top and red gingham long skirt

Playtime Peasant Top with short sleeves with elastic.  Add lace to a skirt with this easy TUTORIAL. This outfit below, and Julie’s outfit above are both very easy to complete and can be done in an afternoon.

Lace Skirt Country Western Doll Clothes by Oh Sew Kat patterns

3. Easy Up! Jumper

Beginner sewing pattern for 18 inch doll clothes

The Easy Up! Jumper is just that! Easy! It’s easy to cut, and quick to sew.  For first time seamstresses, make the simple version (no side pleats) and use FOE (fold over elastic) for the straps. Be careful, this pattern is addicting! It’s hard to make just one!

Simple sewing pattern doll jumper by ohsewkat

Oh Sew Kat! are easy sewing patterns for beginners to make their own doll clothes.

Visit the Inspiration Gallery for each pattern to see more ideas.

Ready to try some other simple patterns:  Boardwalk Boutique, Playground Pants, HalterAlls, Backyard Bibs, and the Party Time Peasant Dress.

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Gingham Peasant Dress Outfit Tutorial for Julie Albright- A BeForever Pattern Hack!

I’m really enjoying sewing for Julie Albright, the BeForever character from 1974.  I think I’m attracted to her collection because I was seven years old in 1974 and I had very similar things- like her purple coat (mine was blue) and the sneaker skates (mine were bright yellow with orange stripes).

When I saw THIS PIN, I just knew that this peasant style outfit would be easy to recreate with Oh Sew Kat! patterns. Be sure to follow my Julie board when you stop by my Pinterest page.

Make a 70s style gingham skirt for your 18 inch Julie doll and her friends.

Make a 70s peasant top and skirt outfit for Julie doll

Click here to see other outfits I’ve sewn for Julie.

Make your own Doll Clothes for BeForever Doll: Julie

1970s doll dress skirt and top for Julie BeForever Doll

The top is simply the Playtime Peasant Top, sewn in white with long sleeves.  For the skirt, I used the overskirt that comes in the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle.  I cut the gingham fabric skirt longer by 4 1/2 inches, but didn’t make any other changes.  Add a little lace at the bottom, and ta da! A perfect, pretty bell skirt! Add a red or gingham ribbon to complete the look.  This outfit will be perfect for the Christmas holidays!

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

Find the patterns HERE.  Find more fashions for Julie (all made with Oh Sew Kat! patterns!) here and here.

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

Make 70s themed doll clothes for your Julie Doll.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up! Series: Make a 50s Style Sunshine Overskirt Dress for Maryellen Larkin- A BeForever Doll Pattern Hack!

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.

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

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.

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

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
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 50's outfit for Maryellen or Melody. DIY 50's 60's 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 50's outfit for Maryellen or Melody. DIY 50's 60's 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 50's outfit for Maryellen or Melody. DIY 50's 60's 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

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 by checking out these other pattern hacks here and here!

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