Sew your 18″ American Girl® doll some fun fashions for the 80s with easy Oh Sew Kat! patterns.
Visit the Oh Sew Kat! 80s Inspiration Gallery for ideas and links to sew the Oh Sew Kat! patterns with a fun, 80s flair. Your Courtney Moore doll with love mix and match fashions that you made yourself!
Make a simple summer top for your 18 inch Doll with the Picnic Play PDF Sewing Pattern
The Picnic Play pattern is the perfect beginner pattern to create an 18 inch doll outfit. The pattern includes the pull on capri pants, a reversible, one piece top, and a cute little backpack. Mix and match for endless options. The pattern includes full sized, computer drawn pattern pieces that you print on your home computer. It’s the perfect project for anyone just learning to sew. You can see many more photos of the Picnic Play outfit HERE.
Above, Emily’s Picnic Play top was made using two layers of fabric- the white cotton and a white lace. See how I did it HERE. Her cute striped skirt was made by adding fun buttons to the Everything Nice overskirt and using it backwards. Read more in THIS POST. The Everything Nice skirt is bundled with the Sugar n Spice pattern.
I love that the Picnic Play top is reversible. It’s so quick to sew and can be worn frontwards and backwards. I added a bit to the sides to make Courtney a less fitted top. See more about this 80s version HERE.
The Picnic Play Reversible Doll Top is Quick and Simple to Sew!
Make a boutique style Valentine Skirt for your Doll with the Twinkle Twirl PDF Sewing Pattern
There’s plenty of time to make the dolls in your life a cute, sweet skirt to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Oh Sew Kat! pdf patterns are quick to download and you print the pages on your home computer so you can get started on your project right away!
This simple pattern helps you make a pull on skirt that is easy for little hands to dress their own dolls. Add ruffles, trims, or lace for lots of twirly goodness. Kendall probably needs a sweater with her skirt and Popsicle Top where we live.
This easy to sew twirl skirt will be the perfect gift for your doll loving girl this Valentine’s Day
Mix and match your pinks, reds, and whites with the Twinkle Twirl Boutique Style Twirl Skirt sewing pattern. Instructions and pattern pieces are included for 5 different doll sizes and there are lots of options to mix and match. Add a ruffle to the waistband, or the hem…use four panels for the skirt or 9! It’s your skirt that you can make your way! Try store bought trims and bias tapes to add to your one of a kind skirt.
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.
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.
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!
As an 80s gal myself, I am pretty excited about Courtney and all her fun things. Even though I was in college, I still loved the Care Bears (I also had a six year old sister at the time, LOL) and my mom and I tracked down some Cabbage Patch Kids. I didn’t hear about American Girl® until I had children of my own- I guess that is what happened in the times before the internet!
Before I even saw her collection, I started to look at 80s fashions and colors and came up with a few pieces to mix and match for her as soon as I brought her home.
Courtney needs new 80s themed clothing!
I used 3 patterns and made 5 pieces for my Courtney’s new Mix and Match wardrobe. Because both tops are reversible, I get two shirts in one. I tried to pick fabrics that also coordinate with the tights, purple tank top, and jean skirt that she came dressed in (called her “Meet” outfit) so I would have even more wardrobe options.
I’ve been scouring the internet and Pinterest looking for ideas to sew for 1980s BeForever™ character Courtney Moore™ from American Girl®. She’s the newest character to join the historical line up of dolls likeJulie, Melody, Maryellen, Nanea, Molly, and more!
Make 80s Doll Clothes for Courtney Moore, American Girl Doll 1986
This PIN (Don’t forget to follow me and save my pins on Pinterest!) reminded me of the boxy summer outfits that were so popular in the 80s so I immediately set about creating the same or similar look for Courtney using Oh Sew Kat! patterns that I already had on hand. I first used the Picnic Play reversible top (adding square chest pockets on some of them); read all about it in THIS POST.
Next I needed to make wide shorts with big pockets. I used the Sandbox Shorts pattern, view C, which has a wider leg. Because the pattern has a flat front and elastic back, I couldn’t just add pockets to the sides without changing the whole pattern. My answer was to add the pockets, just before or just after sewing the leg hems. I used a 2.75 inch square, taking in .25 under each edge. Bam! Perfect 80s shorts! You can find both patterns in the Oh Sew Kat! pattern shop! (Note, you can also use the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 pattern if you have that one as well!)
Make 80s style shorts for your Courtney Moore™ American Girl® Doll
Courtney Moore,™ the newest BeForever character from American Girl® is a true 80s girl. With hair scrunchies, boxy clothes and bubble skirts- you can create similar looks with PDF sewing patterns you may already have!
You will want to choose a fabric that has some “drape”. That means it softly hangs. Stiff cottons and wovens might not be the best choice. The Four Season Skirt pattern doesn’t have pattern pieces since it’s just too basic rectangles. Cut your waistband as the pattern directs. For the skirt part, you will still have the same length (the long way that goes around the doll), but you will want to double the width of your rectangle (the short way- from the waist to the hem.)
Press your fabric well before you start. Fold your skirt piece in half the long way, with wrong sides together. Baste the raw edges together to hold them in place, and gather as the pattern directs. Do not press the folded edge (which is the hem).
Make just a slight change to the Oh Sew Kat! Picnic Play top to make the perfect, boxy crop top for 80s BeForever® character Courtney Moore™. See more ideas for an 80s style doll wardrobe in my Inspiration Gallery.
Make a boxy, 80s style top for your 18 inch Doll like Courtney Moore™.
As written, the Picnic Play Top is already pretty similar to the 80s tops like these and these from Pinterest. However, the 18 inch size does hug the doll’s waist a bit, so I wanted my top to look a little more boxy which was a popular part of 80s fashion. I also deepened the neckline curve in order to give the “off the shoulder” option. Here are the few changes I made.
Print out the top pattern. You will notice the hem corners are marked with large black dots. Using a ruler, make a line of dots that is 1/2 inch along this sleeve/side cutting line (the one with the two black dots). Extend the current hems out to your dots, then connect your series of dots and make a new cutting line. Ensure the corners are 90 degree angles. This basically widens the piece by 1/2 inch.
Deepen the neck curve by cutting along the dotted seam line, then ease it up to the edge.
Cut out your new pattern piece and follow the instructions in the pattern. Lots of 80s tops had square pockets. Add one to either or both sides of your top before you assemble it. I used a 1 3/4th inch square for my pockets on both sides of my black tops.
Fashions for 1980s Dolls: Boxy, Crop Top Sewing Pattern
Layer the Picnic Play top over the lavender tank top that comes as part of Courtney’s meet outfit. I also chose fabrics that matched her pink tights and hair scrunchie.
Make an 80s style top for your Courtney Moore™ doll from American Girl®