The Twinkle Twirl Skirt pattern is a simple pull on skirt with an elastic waistband. Make it with a four fabric skirt, or a fuller 9 pattern skirt. Add contrasting bias trim for the hem for even more style. You can add a ruffle to the outside of the skirt near the hem, or sew it into the waistband, or BOTH!
Riley’s skirt, below, was made with quilting precuts! I used 10 inch layer cake squares to make the skirt, and a jelly roll strip for the ruffle. I purchased the cute striped bias tape, but you can easily make your own as well. A simple Popsicle Top (pattern also from Oh Sew Kat!) completes her outfit.
Joss is wearing her Twinkle Twirl skirt with a Picnic Play lace top. The top is simple and reversible and gives a different vibe each time you change the fabric. Here I sewed lace and cotton as one layer. The Twinkle Twirl Skirt uses 4 skirt panels with a cute, contrasting ruffle on top!
I made this set of Wellie Wishers™ outfits as a gift for a little girl, and I wanted all of the pieces to mix and match however she might choose. By choosing a focus fabric, and then using the same pink striped fabric in different ways on each piece, I easily created a unified collection of Wellie Wishers clothing by adding a few solid colors here and there.
Make your own capsule wardrobe for your 14.5 inch dolls with easy sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat!
Your dolls will be cute, cool, and casual in their Boardwalk Boutique outfits made just for them this summer. The Oh Sew Kat! classic pattern is quick and easy to sew. It includes an elastic backed halter top (with ribbon or fabric ties) and pull on ruffled capri pants. This pattern is available in 4 popular doll sizes. Read on to find 9 ways to use this fun pattern which is not just for summer time!
The Boardwalk Boutique pattern gives you many more options besides the basic top and capris. This post shows you 9 unique ways to sew the Boardwalk Boutique PDF pattern. Click the photos to go right to each tutorial. Visit the Boardwalk Boutique Inspiration Gallery to see even more ideas for this fun pattern.
Make a Lace Back Halter top for your 18 inch Doll
A wide eyelet trim is perfect to make the back in sweet lace.
Make a 70s style halter maxi Dress for Julie and her Friends
Maxi dresses are fun for any decade. Add ruffles to the top to create this flowing flowery dress for Julie. Find more ideas for 70s fashions HERE.
This ruffled sundress is made just like the one above, except I used a larger, fuller ruffle.
Holiday Fashion Fun: Boardwalk Boutique Santa and Elf Outfits
These are some of my favorite holiday outfits. Add a peasant top and sew the pattern as written but change up the colors to create an elf or santa look. I used iron on for the belts, but fold over elastic would work too!
Make a Gingerbread Cookie outfit for dolls
My daughter loved to wear fun holiday outfits like this when she was young (especially the striped socks). I didn’t make any changes to the pattern here, except added some trim and buttons before assembling. The Playtime Peasant Top makes the perfect blouse to go underneath.
Boardwalk Boutique Pattern Hack: Make a holiday apron
The front of the Boardwalk Boutique looks like an apron, so use it to make one! Add festive decorations with felt.
So there you have it- 9 fresh ideas to use the Boardwalk Boutique pattern to create something special for someone you love all year long. Find this pattern, and many more, in my ETSY SHOP.
There are so many ways to change up your sewing patterns to create your own unique doll clothes. One of my favorite fashion features is to add a pocket (or two) to a simple garment. Some of my patterns include pattern pieces to add a pocket (HalterAlls for example) but any square or circle scrap of fabric can work too.
My Oh Sew Kat! Testers love pockets too!! Michele is my pocket QUEEN! Pam, Sophie, and Shirley also add stunning accents to outfits with their pockets. Be inspired to try a few pockets on your next outfits.
The Sixth Grade Skirt was the first pattern published by Oh Sew Kat! back in 2015. With simple lines and a hook and loop tape close, it’s a quick sew from scraps of fabric and can be adjusted easily to fit other sized dolls. It’s available in 6 sizes (18 inch dolls, 16 inch A Girl for All Time®, 16 inch Animators’, 14.5 inch dolls, and 14 inch Hearts for Hearts Dolls) in my ETSY SHOP, sold alone and in value bundles. Often paired with the Popsicle Top or a Jumping Jack turtleneck, it’s a go to skirt for year round fun.
The pattern includes instructions to make a pleated or lace center panel for the skirt.
Try these other fun ways to change up this simple pattern to create even more fashion wardrobe items. Click on the photo to go right to the tutorials.
Add pockets to the Sixth Grade Skirt.
Use contrasting fabric or the same fabric to add easy pockets to the Sixth Grade Skirt.
The super cute PDF sewing pattern, Picnic Play, is now available sized for the 14.5 inch dolls like Welliewishers™, Glitter Girls®, Ruby Red Fashion Friends, and Style Girls. Download your pattern and stitch up a cute outfit for your doll today!
Picnic Play- Red, white and blue outfits for Welliewishers™ Sewing pattern
Michele’s dolls are ready for summer in their fun, mix and match Picnic Play outfits. Michele added matching backpacks for each girl, complete with a cool drink for her to take along to the park.
Find the Picnic Play PDF pattern in my Etsy Shop, along with a large selection of patterns for 14.5 inch dolls, as well as 18 inch dolls like American Girl® dolls and 15 inch baby dolls like Bitty Baby®.
The reversible top, with an easy, one piece design, can be worn with the snap or button closure in the front, or the back for even more cute Welliewisher™ outfits for summer! Visit the Picnic Play Inspiration Gallery to see more ideas, as well as THIS POST and THIS ONE.
That works for some of the summer outfits… and sometimes I just crop out their feet 🙂 but at the same time, a well dressed doll deserves some perfect shoes to complete the perfect outfit. If you are looking for doll shoes, and don’t want to make your own, I’m sharing where I buy most of my shoes to help your doll shoe shopping needs! (Kendall’s outfit is made with the HalterAlls sewing pattern.)
American Girl offers trendy shoes for your 18 inch Dolls.
My favorite place to buy shoes is directly from American Girl®. They offer trendy styles (although pricey, especially if you have to buy the outfit to get them), but they are well made, fit perfectly and come in all sorts of styles and colors. My daughter is now 18 years old. We got her Bitty Baby when she was 1, and her Mia GOTY doll when she was 6. That is a LOT of years of buying doll clothes and shoes from American Girl, so you just have to watch the styles and try and purchase what you like when you see them. (Riley’s boots- above- which I use ALL the time, are the meet shoes that came with my Saige GOTY doll.) Patterns used: Backyard Bibs, Playtime Peasant Top Pattern bundle.
Emily’s shoes above are from Nicki’s collection also from American Girl®. Nicki was the GOTY in 2004. Emily’s outfit is made with the Picnic Play top and the Everything Nice Skirt worn backwards.
Find a large selection of doll shoes on ebay and etsy.
Don’t forget some of the more popular online shopping sites to look for cute and inexpensive doll shoes. Etsy and Ebay also offer some options. You can find a whole range of styles by searching by doll size (Animators’, 14.5 inch dolls for example.). I’ve found lots of really cute shoes on Etsy. Plus there are tons of patterns out there if you want to make your own!
So those are places I shop the most often for my doll shoes. Do you have any shops you would add to this list? Leave a comment below and let us know!
I also had recommendations from readers about Sophia’s and also Monique’s. I think if you poke around the net, you will find lots of places to buy some cute doll shoes to match your adorable handmade outfits!
Make a quick spring skirt with this FREE SKIRT pattern for Dolls
Spring has sprung!! With flowers and showers, the entire world seems to wake up overnight when Spring arrives. Maryellen can’t wait to remove her saddle shoes and put her bare feet in the grass. Her cute whale skirt is paired with a reversible Popsicle Top and the skirt waistband matches the top. This skirt was actually one of the prototypes I used when I created the Four Season Skirt pattern, which you can get for free HERE. This skirt is a little shorter in both the waistband and the skirt, which gave it a fuller flare for spring!! Check out Grace in her pink Easter egg skirt here. See more Four Season Skirts here and here.
Easy to sew, the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Pattern for Dolls makes both a capri outfit and a sundress for your 18 inch dolls.
Are your dolls ready for the summer weather? The Boardwalk Boutique PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is one pattern that will give you just what you need to keep your 18 inch and other sized doll cute and cool this summer.
The pattern includes an easy ribbon or fabric tie halter top (with elastic back- no closures) and cute, ruffled capri pants. But you can also use this pattern to make a cute sundress too!
The Boardwalk Boutique top has two cutting lines. Use the longer one- and add a ruffle or pretty trim. A little ruffle for a short dress, or a longer, fuller ruffle for a full length dress. You can make it maxi length too! See my tutorial HERE and find the pattern at the blue button below in multi sizes and bundles.
Need an easy sewing project? The Halter Top from Boardwalk Boutique makes the perfect summer sundress.
These Disney Animators’ dolls look ready for summer fun in their halter sundresses. With ribbon or fabric straps and an elastic halter back, the pattern sews up quickly to get your girl off to play. Again, use the longer top cutting line and add lace or a ruffle to make it the perfect length as a Boardwalk Boutique sundress!
Make a Summery Sundress for your 18 inch Doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
Saige is ready for fun! This Boardwalk Boutique pattern has two cutting lines for the top- with and without the ruffle. Use the longer one, and add some fun trim to make a cute sundress or add a pair of leggings!
You can create even more cute sundresses just by adding more, or longer, ruffles. Create this 70’s vibe Maxi Halter Dress with two ruffles sewn to the Boardwalk Boutique top. Find the full tutorial here. How will you make your cute Boardwalk Boutique Sundress?
The Easy Up! Jumper is quick to sew and makes a no closure jumper that pulls up over your doll’s feet. The technique is easy to follow, but sometimes you may prefer a dress that has a back closure for simple dressing. It’s simple to make the Easy Up! Jumper with a back closure instead. Start with the Easy Up! pattern for 18 inch or 14.5 inch Dolls. Find it in my Etsy Shop HERE.
Use this hack to make a summer beach jumper like Joss’s coral dress.
Easy Up! Jumper Pattern Hack for Dolls- Give it a back closure.
Cut out 1 front and 1 front lining according to the pattern directions.
Cut out your two back pieces, adding 1/2 inch to the edge marked FOLD on the pattern piece. Do not put it on a fold. (You can also print a second copy of your pattern, and add the 1/2 inch to your piece and cut it out that way.). Do the same for the back lining.
You now have 1 front, 1 front lining, 2 backs, and 2 back linings.
Because the jumper does not have to go on over the feet, you can opt to leave out the elastic straps if you like. I just folded mine and sewed them closed, using a 4 inch strap for 18 inch dolls and a 2.5 inch strap for the 14.5 inch dolls. (If making the elastic straps, follow the pattern).
Follow the pattern instructions to add lining, pleat triangles, and straps.
Kat’s Tip: Use a small safety pin to pin the back edges together while you attach the back straps. This will make it easier to ensure you get the jumper straps sewn in the right places, as it will now more closely look like the pattern instructions.
Press up your hem but do not sew it.
Serge or zig zag stitch your back edges, being sure to catch the lining. Fold in 1/2 inch and press (or turn under 1/4th, then 1/4th again). Add hook and loop tape.
Stitch your hem.
Make your Easy Up! Jumper with a back closure for easy dressing.
Isn’t this little birdie fabric so sweet for spring? I just love the fresh lilac and lavender colors. See more Easy Up! Jumper ideas here and here.