Step it Up Series: Long Sleeve 70s or 80s Style Blouse for Dolls with the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern

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Your Julie and Courtney dolls will LOVE this soft baby doll style blouse. Use the Bloomer Buddies pattern, with one small adjustment, to make a cute 70s or 80s style blouse for your 18 inch Dolls.

Easy sewing patterns to make 70s and 80s retro doll clothes for 18 inch American Girl doll like Julie Albright and Courtney Moore Find more pdf sewing patterns in the Oh Sew Kat etsy shop.

For this easy doll clothes tutorial, start with the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! It comes in 3 sizes, so if you are making a blouse for a doll other than 18 inches, simply adjust your measurements to fit your doll’s arm. Find the sewing pattern HERE.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy doll dress, top, and bloomers in one easy pattern. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern

Print out all of your pieces to make the doll top, including the sleeve. Cut out your pieces, and tape your sleeve piece to a new sheet of paper (near the top) so the fold line is even with the left edge of your paper. Measure down the edge by 3 1/2 inches, and make a mark. Use your ruler to draw the new sleeve hem at a 90 degree angle from your fold line. You can then connect the new hem back up to your short sleeve edge. Cut out your new piece and label it for 18 inch dolls.

Follow the pattern as directed. You can put wrist elastic (4 inches) in or leave it out. You can also make longer sleeves on the tunic or dress length too! Depending on the fabric you choose, your dress can look modern or retro.

See more ideas for the Bloomer Buddies pattern HERE, HERE and in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.

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.

Long sleeve, baby doll blouse for your Julie or Courtney 18 inch doll with Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns

The American Girl BeForever® characters are 9-10 years old in their books. I was seven years old in 1974 (so a little younger than Julie) and my youngest sister was six years old in 1986 (so a little younger than Courtney.) My sister and I BOTH had clothing made from this little rosebud fabric. My sister also had a dress in the same fabric that was pink. Such memories! What do you think? 70s? 80s? I think it works for both!

See more ideas to sew for Julie HERE.

See more ideas to sew for Courtney HERE.

Step it Up Series: Long Sleeve 70s or 80s Style Blouse for Dolls

I think this top might also be cute for a set of pajamas!! See it used for nightgowns HERE.

Easy Sewing Patterns for Courtney and Julie Dolls- DIY retro doll clothes

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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.

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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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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.

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Julie Albright’s Sunshine Dress Tunic Top

As it is such a simple dress, The Sunshine Dress sewing pattern has so many options. There are many different ways to style it up to create just the look you want.  Here, I used it for the 1974 BeForever Character, Julie Albright.

Find tutorials for other ways to sew Oh Sew Kat! patterns for your Julie Doll HERE. Click here to see more Sunshine Dresses.

Make a tunic top for your 70s Doll – Julie

This top is very simple.  I only made one change to the pattern- I cut off about 1 1/2 inches from the hem.  I added a little bit of crochet trim, and Julie has a perfect tunic to wear with her bell bottoms.

Make a fashion outfit for your 18 inch Julie doll with easy, sewing patterns from ohsewkat. Beginner level PDF learn to sew patterns. #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #1970s #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll

See more ways to make the Sunshine Dress here and here, and find more fashions for the 70s and Julie Albright here and here.

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See and save more great sewing ideas for the 70s and Julie with me on Pinterest!

Find the Sunshine Dress Pattern for 18 inch Dolls here (other sizes also available.)

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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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How to Make a Snowman Outfit for Dolls- Jumping Jack Sewing Pattern

Make a cute snowman outfit for your 18 inch American girl doll with the easy to sew jumping jack sewing pattern by Oh  Sew Kat!  Find more patterns in my Etsy Shop.

Make your doll a cute outfit for her winter play with the Jumping Jack Sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat!  A three piece, easy to sew outfit consists of a turtleneck shirt, flared shorts, and a reversible jumper that buttons to the shorts or is held on with an elastic belt or tie.  This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small compensation. This does not impact the price you pay and I would never promote products that I do not actually use in my own sewing.

If you want to sew buttons on your jumper, be sure to add them before you sew the jumper together in order to keep it reversible.  You could also use iron on transfer material for the buttons or add a snowman face.  They are hard to see in this photo, but I used a special fabric glue and fine glitter to give Grace’s jumper a little extra sparkle! See the end of this post for the supplies.

Easy to sew Holiday Outfits for 18 inch Dolls

Make a cute snowman outfit for your 18 inch American girl doll with the easy to sew jumping jack sewing pattern by Oh  Sew Kat!  Find more patterns in my Etsy Shop.
Make a cute snowman outfit for your 18 inch American girl doll with the easy to sew jumping jack sewing pattern by Oh  Sew Kat!  Find more patterns in my Etsy Shop.

Make a cute Snowman jumper for your 18 inch doll with the Jumping Jack Sewing Pattern

With a reversible jumper, choose two different fabrics to double your doll’s outfits in a jiffy! This pattern sews up in an easy afternoon.

Make a cute snowman outfit for your 18 inch American girl doll with the easy to sew jumping jack sewing pattern by Oh  Sew Kat!  Find more patterns in my Etsy Shop.
Make a cute snowman outfit for your 18 inch American girl doll with the easy to sew jumping jack sewing pattern by Oh  Sew Kat!  Find more patterns in my Etsy Shop.

Supplies Used:

Glitter glue for fabric

Glitter Kit Christmas colors

Glitter Elastic for belts

Other ideas for cute Jumping Jack outfits?  How about a jack-o-lantern? Or a gingerbread girl?  A yellow chick or a bunny for Easter?  Share what you come up with using #ohsewkat.

Find the Jumping Jack Pattern for 18 inch dolls here.

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Santa Outfit for Dolls: Jumping Jack Pattern Hack

Jumper santa outfit for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Make this cute Santa dress for your doll with the new Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set pattern.

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This is barely even a hack to the pattern.  The only change I made was I added white cuffs to the sleeves (and made the neckband white as well.) Be sure to subtract the cuff width (plus 1/4 inch seam allowance) from the sleeve length when you cut out your turtleneck shirt.  I also recommend sewing the buttons on before you sew your jumper together so you won’t ruin the reverse of your jumper.  These belts, made of fold over elastic, can also be used as headbands!

Doll clothes for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

The best part is that it’s reversible! I put a red heart fabric on the back so it can go from the Christmas holiday right to Valentine’s Day.

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Find the pattern here and check back in January for the Wellie Wishers size!  See more Jumping Jacks here and here.

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New sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls: Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set by Oh Sew Kat!

Jumper turtleneck and shorts sewing pattern for dolls

Now available, a brand new sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls from Oh Sew Kat! (Coming in other sizes soon).  This pattern features flared shorts, a knit turtleneck shirt, and a reversible, tunic style jumper that buttons to the shorts (or choose an easier elastic belt option) for three great looks in one pattern!  This pattern is perfect for your Julie doll!  It’s inspired by a pattern from 1974! Use cute buttons or try an elastic belt.  The tunic is reversible and has open sides for a fun, retro pantskirt look.

Jumping Jack 3 in 1 Jumper Set for 18 inch Dolls

Jumping Jack sewing pattern for dolls by oh sew kat

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 #1970spattern

Easy sewing pattern to make 18 inch doll clothes. Print at home PDF patterns by oh sew kat for dolls. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #jumpingjack #18inchEasy sewing pattern to make 18 inch doll clothes. Print at home PDF patterns by oh sew kat for dolls. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpattern #jumpingjack #18inch
turtleneck shirt sewing pattern for dolls

The turtleneck shirt can be worn with many of your doll’s other outfits to keep her warm this fall and winter. Shown above with Sixth Grade Skirts and the Four Season Skirt, patterns also available from Oh Sew Kat!

Use your imagination to create a cute holiday themed outfit! This would also be adorable as a gingerbread man or snowman as well!  Find the Jumping Jack pattern in my Etsy Shop.

Easy Santa doll outfit sewing pattern by oh Sew Kat! #sewingpattern #pdfpattern #americangirl #dollclothes #ohsewkat #santadress

Jumping Jack Sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy turtleneck, shorts and jumper sewing pattern for American Girls. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #americangirl #grace

Find the pattern here in my Etsy shop.

See more ideas in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.

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