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 70s inspired calico top for your 18 inch Julie American Girl doll with this easy pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies PDF Sewing pattern. Find more doll clothes patterns at Oh Sew Kat.

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

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 70s inspired doll top for American Girl doll Julie Albright with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #julie #1970sfashions #dollclothes #sewingpatterns

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

It makes a cute long sleeve top too!! Use THIS tutorial for the sleeves and just add elastic to the cuffs.

Easy sewing patterns to make 70s retro doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl doll like Julie Albright. Find more pdf sewing patterns in the Oh Sew Kat etsy shop.

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.

Sewing patterns to make your own doll clothes, easy patterns for beginners by oh sew kat. #ohsewkat #juliedoll #dollclothes #sewingpattern #easypattern #tutorial #70sdollclothes
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Summer time Sunshine Dresses for Dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

With three options to change up the front of the dress, the Sunshine Dress is a great pattern to stitch up some summer dresses for your dolls.  It’s available in three sizes:  18 inch dolls, 14.5 inch dolls, and 16 inch Animators.

Sew Basic: Sew a Simple Doll Dress for 18 inch Dolls like American Girl Dolls.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

Use this tutorial to turn the Sunshine Dress into a pretty Hawaiian muumuu dress.

Make a simple summer dress for your 18 inch doll with the Sunshine Dress PDF Pattern from OhSewKat! Also available for 14 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #summerclothes #dolloutfit #sunshinedress #ohsewkat

The Sunshine Dress sewing pattern comes in three popular doll sizes.

Find an entire collection of easy to sew, print at home PDF sewing patterns for classic doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat!
Make a simple summer dress for your 18 inch doll with the Sunshine Dress PDF Pattern from OhSewKat! Also available for 14 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #summerclothes #dolloutfit #sunshinedress #ohsewkat
Make a simple summer dress for your 18 inch doll with the Sunshine Dress PDF Pattern from OhSewKat! Also available for 14 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #summerclothes #dolloutfit #sunshinedress #ohsewkat

Sew doll clothes with an easy dress pattern from Oh Sew Kat- The Sunshine Dress.

Make a simple summer dress for your 18 inch doll with the Sunshine Dress PDF Pattern from OhSewKat! Also available for 14 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #summerclothes #dolloutfit #sunshinedress #ohsewkat

The Wellie Wisher Sunshine Dress is so sweet.  Photo credit:  18onMain.

Make a simple summer dress for your 18 inch doll with the Sunshine Dress PDF Pattern from OhSewKat! Also available for 16 inch dolls like Animators. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #summerclothes #dolloutfit #sunshinedress #ohsewkat #animators

Don’t forget the Animators dolls!

Use the easy to sew Sunshine Dress PDF pattern to make a summer doll dress that shines. Print at home, photo turotial to make 18 inch doll dress and clothes from Oh Sew Kat! #americangirldoll #dollclothes #sewingpattern
Make a simple summer dress for your 18 inch doll with the Sunshine Dress PDF Pattern from OhSewKat! Also available for 14 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpattern #summerclothes #dolloutfit #sunshinedress #ohsewkat

Find more ways to sew the easy Sunshine Dress for dolls.

How about a sleeveless version?  Find the tutorial HERE.

Have you tried the Sunshine Dress pattern yet?  Share your photos with hashtag #ohsewkat.  See more ways to use this versatile pattern here and here. Be sure to stop by the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas!

Sew doll clothes for Blaire Wilson, GOTY 2019 from American Girl. Easy to sew 18 inch doll clothes PDF digital patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #blairewilson #americangirldoll #ohsewkat
Add lace to a ruffled doll skirt with this free skirt pattern and tutorial for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls like American Girl. Get a Free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt PDF print at home digital pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #laceskirt #ruffle
American girl doll blonde with bandana dress and cowboy hat
Make a sparkly snowflake tee shirt for your 18 inch doll with this quick and easy HTV tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Find more sewing patterns for American Girl dolls (free skirt pattern) at www.ohsewkat.com. #ohsewkat #cricuttutorial #dollteeshirt #htvtutorial #dollcraft
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Step it Up Series: How to Sew a 70s Sunshine Dress for Julie – A BeForever Pattern Hack!

The Sunshine Dress, with its three variations and classic A-line look can easily be adapted to look like it came from the 70s era with just a few minor tweaks to the pattern.

Make a 70s doll dress for your BeForever Julie Doll with this easy sewing pattern.

Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing

I used this photo from Pinterest for inspiration.  Here’s another one.  Based on the first photo, I am using View C, the princess seamed option, but I really think that any of these views can be easily adapted to create this daisy trimmed look. The second photo definitely looks like View B.

Start with the Sunshine Dress pattern.  This pattern has had a recent update.  Check your file and make sure that it says Copyright 2018 at the bottom of the front cover.  If it doesn’t, you can find the updated version where you purchased the pattern, or contact me.

Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls
  1.  Raise the neckline by quite a bit- I used almost a half inch for the 18 inch size doll. Don’t forget the lining piece needs to match too!
  2. Skip the top stitching after assembling the dress front.  It would be covered by the trim. If you want your trim to disappear into the seam at the shoulders (and not go down the back), you need to add it over your seams before you stitch the front to the backs as I did hereIf you want the trim to go over the shoulder and down the back, it will be attached after the dress front and back are joined but before you do the hem.  I just attached mine to the front (to conserve my trim mostly).  Add the daisy trim with transparent tape to ensure you have the look you want; you can follow the seam lines if you have them, but if you don’t, put the trim where you think it should go. Stitch in place.  I used a machine and just carefully stitched down the center of my flowers.  You can also add your trim by hand.  If the trim was wider, or for a real girl and would be washed, I would put a row of stitching down each side to hold it securely.
  3. Raise the hem by an inch or even more. Dresses for girls were short then too! (I usually do this after the dress is sewn together unless I’ve done it before and have a good measurement.  Once the dress is done, it’s easy to (use a ruler) and trim off the right amount for right look for the era.) .
  4. Optional:  Add lace (again by hand?) around the neckline.
Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing
Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing

Make a 70s inspired dress for your 18 inch doll.

One final note.  I do not profess that this pattern is historically accurate.  I found an image on Pinterest and used my own pattern, which looks very similar.  However, in the world of child’s play, “close enough” is usually enough to save you a few dollars at the American Girl Store if you have a young friend pleading for Julie Albright or items from her time period and collection.  When my daughter was very young, and a new doll was released, I usually kept her focused on who she already had with just a few new doll dresses to fit the new era or theme.  The one that comes to my mind is when Elizabeth Cole, Felicity Merriman’s best friend was released in a beautiful pink, ball gown.  I was able to make and buy a few colonial dresses for my daughter’s Mia doll, and off we went to Williamsburg happy as can be.  Elizabeth never did join our doll family by the way.  😉

Use the Sunshine Dress PDF sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! for BeForever Julie Dolls.

Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing

PLEASE NOTE:  The Sunshine Dress has been updated since it was first published. The current version has Copyright 2018 on the bottom of the cover page.  If you are unable to get the updated copy from where your purchased it, please contact me at ohsewkat@gmail.com with the details of where and when you purchased the pattern and I will get you the updated copy!

See other ways to make clothes for Julie here and here, and more ways to sew the Sunshine Dress here.

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Jumping Jack Sewing Pattern for Dolls – Make 3 outfits in One

Make a 70s style pantskirt outfit for your 18 inch or 14 inch doll with the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set sewing pattern from Oh Sew kat!  PDF digital doll clothes pattern includes shorts, turtleneck shirt, and button or belt on apron style jumper.  #dollclothes #sewingpattern #70soutfit
Make a 70s style pantskirt outfit for your 18 inch or 14 inch doll with the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set sewing pattern from Oh Sew kat!  PDF digital doll clothes pattern includes shorts, turtleneck shirt, and button or belt on apron style jumper.  #dollclothes #sewingpattern #70soutfit

The Jumping Jack Jumper sewing pattern is a great value.  It includes three patterns:  long sleeve knit shirt, wide leg shorts, and a reversible, open sided, jumper that buttons to the shorts or is held on with a belt for a fake dress look. You doll goes from casual to cute in just a few minutes!

Make a 70s style pantskirt outfit for your 18 inch or 14 inch doll with the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set sewing pattern from Oh Sew kat!  PDF digital doll clothes pattern includes shorts, turtleneck shirt, and button or belt on apron style jumper.  #dollclothes #sewingpattern #70soutfit
Make a 70s style pantskirt outfit for your 18 inch or 14 inch doll with the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set sewing pattern from Oh Sew kat!  PDF digital doll clothes pattern includes shorts, turtleneck shirt, and button or belt on apron style jumper.  #dollclothes #sewingpattern #70soutfit
Make a 70s style pantskirt outfit for your 18 inch or 14 inch doll with the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set sewing pattern from Oh Sew kat!  PDF digital doll clothes pattern includes shorts, turtleneck shirt, and button or belt on apron style jumper.  #dollclothes #sewingpattern #70soutfit
Make a 70s style pantskirt outfit for your 18 inch or 14 inch doll with the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set sewing pattern from Oh Sew kat!  PDF digital doll clothes pattern includes shorts, turtleneck shirt, and button or belt on apron style jumper.  #dollclothes #sewingpattern #70soutfit

See more Jumping Jack outfits, including a cute snowman version, HERE and HERE.

This pattern is also available for smaller dolls like Wellie Wishers and Glitter Girls.

Find both sizes in my Etsy shop and sew up a Jumping Jack outfit for your doll today!  Visit and follow my JUMPING JACK idea board on Pinterest.

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Tester Tuesday: Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set

Jumping Jack Sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls

Jumping Jack is a 1970s based pattern that takes on a modern and fun flare.  A knit turtleneck shirt and wide shorts are cute on their own, but add an “over the head” (reversible) jumper that buttons to the shorts (or is held in place with a belt) and it’s an instant jumper!  When I was young, we probably called them pantskirts!

Here are a few photos of my amazing testers’ Jumping Jack outfits.  Photo credits:  Jenny Swann, Carly Gebert, Nicole Rhodes, Sandy O’Malley, Edith Sheluga and Ashley Crawe.  The tunic can be put on your doll with cute buttons or a tie or belt.  Doll sized elastic headbands work great too!  😉  Find this new pattern HERE.

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This belt is reversible too!

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Jumping Jack Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

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Come back next week to see the holiday Jumping Jacks!

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