Doll scale bandana fabric can be hard to find. A few years back, my Walmart had some in just a few colors. I’ve not seen it in a long time, and wish I had purchased more, because it’s such a short cut to making western style doll outfits!! Above, Kelly’s blue outfit is actually two pieces- The free FOUR SEASON SKIRT and the Playtime Peasant Blouse. The cowboy hat and boots are made by American Girl® and are part of Nicki Fleming’s collection.
Use THIS TUTORIAL to make a cute Playtime Peasant Top Dress. In this red bandana fabric, it takes on a western vibe especially when you add the boots! I also added a sparkly elastic belt using this tutorial.
Grace’s pink outfits is one of my favorites. It is also made with the free PDF pattern, the FOUR SEASON SKIRT and the the Playtime Peasant Top. I added the lace to the skirt and you can find the tutorial HERE.
Blaire Wilson is the newest doll made by American Girl®. She is the 2019 Girl of the Year doll- which usually means she and her collection are only available in 2019. The GOTY creates a fun buzz in the doll community as her collection is unveiled. Blaire’s a NY girl- living on a farm to table Bed and Breakfast.
Make a bee skirt for Blaire with the Four Season Skirt free sewing pattern.
When you purchase your 18 inch dolls, they come fully dressed in what is called their “meet” outfit. Blaire’s meet outfit is a cheery white sundress covered in bumblebees and purple sandals. Our January weather is a little chilly, so I got to work to create an outfit she might find a little more comfortable.
The Jumping Jack 3 in 1 jumper set includes the pattern for a universal, knit turtleneck shirt. This go to staple fits any doll’s wardrobe, and can be worn with all kinds of outfits from jeans to skirts. I found this adorable bee fabric at Hobby Lobby, and used the Four Season Skirt pattern (find it FREE HERE) for a quick project!
The Four Season Skirt is a free PDF sewing pattern that is quick and easy.
The Four Season Skirt is a great beginner project, especially for girls that want to learn to sew. It doesn’t use pattern pieces- just measure out two rectangles of fabric and some 1/4th inch elastic and off you go! Blaire is much happier in a warm shirt and boots! See more about Blaire HERE, and find lots of ideas for her wardrobe in the Inspiration Gallery.
Here is a closer view of her daisy necklace. The local craft stores have wonderful selections of charms and beads in their jewelry and scrapbooking sections, at a very low price point. These little ball chains were already precut (key chains?), but you can easily cut your own from a roll, so I just put the daisy on it and completed Blaire’s outfit. Find bee themed charms online here: AD: https://amzn.to/2CUZVsg and the keychains here: https://amzn.to/2VyJSaO.
I made both skirts here using this TUTORIAL and the FOUR SEASON SKIRT. Mix and match your denim and lace layers to create your own style of skirt! You can also use the skirt pattern in the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt. They are very similar. I added an easy elastic belt to complete the look. The hat and boots are from American Girl® and belong to the Nicki Fleming GOTY collection.
I simply cut a triangle of fabric from my leftover scraps for the pink bandana, and dressed my dolls with hats and boots. I think they look ready for some square dancing, don’t you?
Here is a fun way to add a little more style to a simple “ruffled” skirt. Take your simple skirt, and give it a country western look! Try it out in denim and lace! Here I used the FOUR SEASON SKIRT pattern, which is free in three sizes when you join the Oh Sew Kat! Chat email list. You can also use this technique on the Playtime Peasant Twirl Skirt.
It’s easy to add lace to a ruffled doll skirt sewing pattern.
Step 1. Gather your supplies and prep your lace. You will need a piece of lace that is the same length as your skirt measurement.
If your lace is already gathered, you can add it to your skirt after you gather the skirt piece and before you attach it to the waistband. That will work, but I find it extra bulky to work with. Instead, I cut the edge off of my gathered lace (and throw it away) and then press the lace flat.
Step 2. Follow the instructions of your pattern, and stitch the waist edge and hem edge as directed.
Add your skirt to a peasant style top, like the Playtime Peasant Top and add a sparkly belt and a hat to complete your country and western doll outfit! She is ready to be a country pop singer! (My hat was made by American Girl® for the Girl of the Year, Nicki Fleming in 2007.)
Create your own unique skirt with this easy sewing tutorial to add lace to your doll skirt.
Here are a few more examples. Pam Ray (Amy Violet’s) denim and lace Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt and a holiday skirt with green laced added by me (Oh Sew Kat!):
Today I was sewing up these fab glitter jeans as a pattern test. (They are the new CowGirl Ranch Chaps from an amazing new designer, 18onMain). This pattern is so well done, with such incredible detail and photography. I made mine without the sewn in chaps (no horses in this neighborhood!) so next time I might make the hem a little longer, but the attached belt won’t get lost and this was my first time ever making doll sized belt loops. I love how they turned out!
Make a crop top for your doll with the Popsicle Top sewing pattern
I wanted to photograph the jeans but even my short little Popsicle Top was covering up the cute waistband. Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave, you’ve probably noticed that midriff tops are really in lately! Lots of belly buttons on display this summer. Well, Lanie doesn’t have a belly button, but her new top is pretty cute, nonetheless.
To make your Popsicle Top into a midriff length one, simply cut 1 inch off all of your pattern pieces. Follow the instructions for the Popsicle Top. Because I didn’t want mine to be reversible or trimmed, I simply cleaned finished the hem and turned it up 1/4 inch.
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After the fact, I decided to try one more tweak. I threaded about 8 inches of 1/4 inch elastic into my hem, and it ended up like this! Two cute options for more summer fun from one pattern. Click here to get your pdf Popsicle Top pattern and get sewing today!
Maybe you noticed Lanie’s sparkly headband? The fabric stores are stocked with fun print and sparkle elastic and fold-over elastic. I bought mine at Hancock’s- and it makes a super, simple headband when you sew a 10 inch piece together in a loop. Hint: It also makes a cute belt!
See more country and western outfits for dolls here . See more ideas for the easy Popsicle Top pattern HERE, and if you love the ease of Fold Over Elastic, see other projects to make with it HERE and HERE.