The Sugar n Spice PDF pattern for Animators dolls by Oh Sew Kat! includes a short sleeved dress with a full gathered skirt. It can also be made without sleeves and worn over the base dress as a pinafore. A quick little apron tutorial is included as well.
With the Sugar n Spice PDF pattern, your doll can be anyone she wants to be.
I like to make my base dresses in solid colors, leaving the overskirts, aprons, pinafores, corsets for the busier fabrics as they are quicker to make and take less fabric. The solid dresses also provide mix and match options for different characters and costumes as you can see here and here.
Sew easyAnimators’ Doll Clothes with easy patterns from OhSewKat!
Jenny made this sweet dress for her daughter’s Rapunzel doll with the no sew tutu pattern, included in the Everything Nice accessories pattern, and added a pretty accent to the neckline with more of the tulle.
Create character costume doll clothes with the Sugar n Spice sewing pattern.
Oh Sew Kat! currently offers 24 patterns and bundles for the 16 inch Animators’ dolls produced by Disney®. Disney® keeps us on our toes, as all the animators are not the exact same size…and the new toddler and my first princess doll lines have the same wide eyes that were once tell tale signs of the Animators’ line. Some of my patterns do fit the smaller toddler dolls- I’ve had success with the 14.5 inch size patterns for the one doll I’ve tried.
These Animators’ patterns are all designed for the 16 inch dolls, sold in Disney stores and Disney’s online store, with an average cost of $25 each. My sweet Rapunzel recently had a haircut. Her long locks are true to character, but were just always in the way as I’m dressing and undressing and taking photos. I think the new style suits her!!
Find the full selection of Oh Sew Kat! animators’ patterns HERE.
Sew your own Animators’ Doll Clothes with easy sewing patterns.
The Sugar n Spice Dress (and Everything Nice accessories) pattern offers a dress, pinafore, apron, corset, cape, tutu, and overskirt pattern to mix and match and create lots of fun looks. Check out the inspiration gallery and see some costume ideas here and here. The reversible corset is a quick accessory to give a “princess” style front to a plain purple dress.
Make an Animators’ Doll a custom wardrobe- great gift idea!
The Bloomer Buddies pattern has a lot of value with its many mix and match options. With or without sleeves, the top or dress can stand alone or be paired with short or long bloomers. See THIS POST about making nightgowns and pj’s with this pattern, and others, as well. See more Bloomer Buddies ideas here, here, and here.
Rapunzel calls this her “best friends” dress. 🙂
Use Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns to DIY your Animators Dolls’ Wardrobe
The Spring Shine Dress has pretty details and can be made as a dress or as a top. With a faux button placket, no button holes required! Add pretty flutter sleeves or leave them off. Your doll is ready for spring in her new outfit made with the Spring Shine Dress pattern by Oh Sew Kat!
Spring Shine Doll Dress for Animators Dolls- an Easy Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
Julie H. always makes the cutest creations. Pop by her shop to see what is available for sale. These bicycle riding hedgehogs steal the show!
Disney Animators’ collectors- you will be excited to see that the Spring Shine Dress is now available for your 16 inch sized princess dolls. This sewing pattern seems simple at first, but as you can see, there are still plenty of options to create one of a kind dresses for your dolls!
One of the Oh Sew Kat! testing team members, Michele A, made these adorable outfits for Halloween for her Animators dolls. She’s so creative, and you can be too! You can create this same ensemble with gorgeous pastel florals for spring, or festive Christmas or snowflake fabrics this winter. I love to mix and match fun fabrics for doll clothes.
The Spring Shine Dress for Animators Dolls has lots of options!
Find the Spring Shine Dress sewing pattern HERE– download and sew today!
The Spring Shine Dress Sewing Pattern for Animators also makes an adorable top!
Pair the Spring Shine Top with a pair of ruffled capri pants using the Boardwalk Boutique pattern, also from Oh Sew Kat! See more ideas for the halter top and capri pattern here and here…it’s available sized for 5 different dolls from 14-18 inches tall. Michele used a contrasting fabric inside her sleeves and added fun bows down the front of the placket.
For this amazing outfit, Michele used both the Spring Shine skirt and top measurements, and layered them together for a double layer skirt. You can also make the longer skirt as a stand alone piece for even more mix and match options.
Anna’s double layer skirt has a layer of tulle as well. Love her spider hair pieces!! These are some lucky little princess dolls, aren’t they? The Spring Shine Dress or Top is a fairly quick sewing project, so you’ll have time (and fabric!) to make one for every princess doll in your house.
Make a Spring Shine Dress for Animators dolls with this sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
It’s Tester Tuesday! Today’s feature is the popular Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! sized for 16 inch princess dolls like Animators’. These adorable outfits were sewn by the talented Chris Lambrechts. Her fashions use the Backyard Bibs and Playtime Peasant Top patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Both patterns are also available in other popular doll sizes in my Etsy Shop.
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!
I love getting emails or seeing posts of the amazing outfits you all make with my patterns. I was blown away by these outfits that Michele Anderson sewed and shared. I hope you enjoy them too! I love the entire ensemble!!
Sewing doll clothes can be a pretty quick project as a general rule. The pieces and seams are small, they don’t take long to cut out, and they don’t use much fabric. However, if you want to sew a lot of clothes (like for a craft show) or you just have a short nap time to work in, here are four tools that can save you a little more time and make your sewing time more efficient, and, in my opinion, are really worth the investment.
1. A good Serger- sergers are funny machines. People that sew fall into three categories. Those who can’t live without a serger, those that bought one but it’s still in the box and are afraid to use it, or those who simply don’t want one or see its benefits. No matter which category you fall into, one sure way to speed up your sewing is with a serger. First of all, the speed settings on a Serger are higher than a sewing machine. It doesn’t stitch backwards, but it goes faster! 🤗 When you use a serger, you learn to work with flat construction. This also speeds up the sewing process. Spend some time on you tube watching videos of your specific model, as well as how to use one in general. If changing the thread is intimidating, you can simply leave it with gray or white thread for most fabrics. 😉 I love my jet air threading Evolve serger made by Babylock! (I use stickers to help me remember the settings for quick stitch changes!)
Tools to make sewing easier
2. A Ruffler foot- if you like gathered skirts and ruffled hems, this one tool can save 10 minutes per outfit- at least! My machine is a Bernina, and yes, the ruffler foot was pretty pricey. I watched one you tube video and I was off and running. There is a great e-book here if you want to get serious with the math. I just started to experiment and kept a spreadsheet with every measurement I tried. With that sheet, I have a baseline to start with to vary the stitch length to ruffle the skirt from each if my patterns with. It doesn’t have to be exact- just “close enough” at first. (You can always pull a little back out at either end if it ends up too short.) It takes 15 seconds to gather an 18 inch doll skirt this way! Well worth the hefty price tag and time to learn and experiment in my opinion. (You can also attach and gather the ruffle to the fabric at the same time…I intend to learn how to do that too, I just haven’t gotten to it.)
3. An overlock foot- this probably came with your machine; mine did. This is a much cheaper option than the serger. Again, hop on over to you tube and learn how to use it. Since I purchased my new Bernina last June, I have really started taking advantage of all the feet that are offered. I change feet at least 9 times an outfit. (Bernina has an easy one hand hook mechanism so this doesn’t take long at all.) My Serger is around the table from my sewing machine. In some cases, making a quick switch to the overlock foot is faster and just as productive as using the Serger. I also really like this thinner stitch for underarm sleeves on smaller doll clothes. Will this save you a whole lot of time? Probably not like the two above, but it’s another tool for your tool box and a great option if a serger machine is not on your wish list or in your budget.
Sewing Tools that are worth the investment
4. The Cricut Maker- this is definitely not your cheapest time saver! At $399, it’s a big price to pay for something you can do with a nice pair of scissors. (You can save 10% with a subscription to cricut access; click AD: here to read more about that.). If you’ve never used an electronic cutter, you may need to get familiar with your machine and its software first. Once you are comfortable using it, and you spend the time to get your files set up, this can really be a huge time saver, especially if you sew multiples items at once! The cricut maker cuts up to 12×24 inches- it’s perfect for doll clothes! I set up all of my patterns for the cricut maker and can cut them out quickly and cleanly in literal minutes! See this tutorial for more specifics. There are also so many other fun things you can do with a cricut machine; sewing doll clothes is just the start! (If you don’t want to splurge on the Cricut maker, or already have a cutting machine, the time to set up your files can be worth it to cut out your printed patterns as well, as another way to save a little time.)
See other ways to use the Cricut machines with your doll clothes HERE and HERE.
So many sewists have a room full of tools and toys and still sew with the same 2-3 sewing feet or stitches day in and day out. Hopefully this post has given you a little inspiration to dig out something you’ve already bought, or invest in something you hadn’t thought of. The right tool for the job makes this hobby even more fun! What tools might you add to this list? If you try something new, leave a comment and tell us about it!
Did you know that I offer selected Oh Sew Kat! patterns in a bundle discount? If you are new to Oh Sew Kat! patterns (welcome!), my pattern bundles are a great way to start your collection. These bundles are available exclusively in my Etsy Shop and are currently available for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl® dolls, Animators’ Dolls by Disney, and 14.5 inch dolls such as Wellie Wishers and Glitter Girls.
Click here to see all of the bundles available. I currently offer bundles around four basic themes: Basics, Summer, Holiday, and Back to School in a few doll sizes. Leave a comment below and tell me what other types of bundles you would like to see! It’s probably time for me to put together some more options!
Sew Basic: This 3 pattern bundle for the WellieWishers dolls offers the first three patterns I created for this size. It includes two tops and two bottoms. The reversible Popsicle Top, the easy to make Sixth Grade Skirt, and the most popular Boardwalk Boutique Halter and Capri (can also be made into a sundress!) patterns will give you lots of pieces to mix and match if you are just starting out sewing for this sized doll.
Sounds of Summer Bundle: This bundle offers the short and sassy fashions to keep your doll cool and stylish all summer long with four patterns to mix and match. Pair the reversible Popsicle Top with the Sandbox Shorts or the ruffled capri pants from the Boardwalk Boutique pattern. The Sunshine Dress has three variations and also looks cute without sleeves as seen in this tutorial. The Halter Top in the Boardwalk Boutique makes a cute sundress too!
Back to School Bundle: This bundle offers the long pants and the long sleeves basics your doll will need to head to school in the crisp, fall air with 4 popular patterns. The Playground Pants, and Sixth Grade Skirt provide the basics to pair with pretty School Bell Blouses (two styles). The School Dance dress has three variations for even more options to sew!
Holiday Bundle: This bundle offers 4 patterns. I put these four patterns together to make an “essential” wardrobe for someone who wants to give a doll a basic wardrobe. It includes pajamas, a dress, a skirt, a blouse, a halter top, and capri pants, all of which can be mixed and matched in to make so many different outfits. See THIS POST for a trio of outfits I made that inspired this bundle.
I’d love to hear what bundles you’d like to see in my Etsy Shop. Maybe multiple sizes of the same pattern? Maybe bundles of tops and bottoms, or a set of three dress patterns? Pattern bundles are offered in select sizes as described, and there are no substitutions of the selections.