Find sewing patterns for the 16 inch A Girl for All Time® Dolls at Oh Sew Kat!
A Girl For All Time Dolls are some of the newest dolls on the market. They have captured the hearts of girls and collectors alike with their fully jointed bodies (called BJD or Ball Jointed Dolls), their slim, plastic bodies, and their soft, sweet faces. Learn more about them HERE.
These 16 inch dolls are the newest size in the Oh Sew Kat! pattern line up. Every few months, I resize another pattern for these girls and you can find all of them in my ETSY SHOP.
Enjoy these tester photos from the simple Sixth Grade Skirt pattern. It’s a great mix and match skirt that is quick, easy to sew, and takes very little fabric. You can make a skirt with about a ten inch square!
The Sixth Grade Skirt Sewing Pattern is Available for A Girl for All Time® Dolls.
Shirley made these sweet toile skirts. Find her shop HERE. If these skirts are not available, she offers many other items as well. Bex and Clem think the casual look is perfect for summer days.
The days are longer, the days are warmer, and everything is suddenly green! As we turn the calendar from spring to the lazy days of summer, choose an easy to make, short sleeved a-line dress with lots of options for your 18 inch doll, her 16 inch Animators’ friends, and 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers – the Sunshine Dress.
Save 25% on the Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern from 1-5 June 2019.
This month will feature Kat’s Pattern Pick of the Month. Grab this pattern in my ETSY SHOP only 25% off for a very, limited time. No coupon is needed, please wait until the pattern listing price is changed to $3.75 before purchasing. (I am in the East Coast, USA time zone). Then stay tuned here to the blog, my facebook page, and instagram account for a month long celebration of ideas, inspiration, pattern hacks, sew alongs, who wore it best, and more!
The Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for dolls is an easy to sew, short sleeved dress with lots of options.
When an Oh Sew Kat! pattern uses a gathered skirt, it’s very difficult to please everyone by either including large, blank pages of pieces of paper to print and tape together to make a rectangle pattern piece, or to just put measurements and let everyone cut their fabric with a rotary cutter. As a pattern designer, I find it to be about a 50/50 split on what people prefer. Personally, I either rip my fabric, or I use my rotary cutter and quilting rulers (like these: AD: https://amzn.to/2XaHDeC) but if you don’t have one, or prefer to cut around a paper pattern, here is an easy tutorial to make a paper pattern for the gathered skirts if one is not included in the pattern.
Make a paper pattern for a doll skirt with just copy paper, a ruler, and a pencil.
First of all, no graph paper is needed. You can, of course, use graph paper to make an easy paper pattern. Most graph paper is 1/4 inch squares, so simply count and mark off your inches and tape them together. This technique does not use graph paper, but rather standard, 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper and a ruler.
It’s actually really easy to make your own pattern with regular printer paper. Start with the basics of the math. A piece of standard, US printer paper is 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches. If you fold it in half the long way, it’s now 4 1/4 inches wide on each half by 11 inches long. Use this basic concept to make your paper pattern.
Let’s start with an easy example, like a skirt that measures 4 x 20 inches.
Fold your paper in half the long way (hot dog). Cut down the center fold, and then measure over and cut off 1/4th more from the long side of each piece. Each piece now measures 4 x 11 inches. (Use a scrapbooking type paper trimmer if it’s easier for you!)
Tape the short sides together, so they overlap by one inch exactly. The piece will now measure 4 x 20 inches. Ta da! Wasn’t that easy?
To make a skirt that measures 5 inches by 20 inches, you will need two pieces of paper instead of one. Fold down the middle, and then measure over another 3/4th inch from the fold in either direction. Cut on that line (5 inches from one edge. You will not use the other part of that paper). Do the same for the second piece. Overlap the short edges by one inch, for a total of 20 inches by 5 inches.
Let’s try one that is a little harder this time. Let’s make a pattern for a doll skirt that measures 6 x 36 inches.
Fold your paper in half the short way (hamburger). This fold will be at 5 1/2 inches. Measure one half inch from the fold in either direction and cut along this line. You will not need the smaller piece you cut off. Your piece now measures 6 by 8 1/2 inches. Do this 5 times, so you have a total of five pieces.
Overlap each one by one inch and tape them together. The piece will now measure 36 1/2 inches. Measure 1/2 inch of one end and cut it off.
Use basic math to make a paper pattern piece to cut out your doll skirt.
If you like to have a pattern piece when you make a gathered doll skirt, these tips/ideas will work for any size that you need. Simply work with what you know. You know what your copy paper measures, so trim it down and overlap it to make it the desired size. Save it for next time with your other pattern pieces.
When you fold a standard piece of American copy paper in half the long way (hot dog), each side measures 4 1/4 x 11 inches.
When you fold a standard piece of American copy paper in half the short way (hamburger), each side measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.
Now anytime you purchase a PDF pattern that does not include the pattern piece for the gathered skirt, you have an easy way to construct one yourself without having to run out to buy graph paper.
Make overalls for your 15 inch baby dolls with this new pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
The cuteness continues!! The Backyard Bibs digital sewing pattern is now available sized for 15 inch baby dolls like Bitty Baby® and Bitty Twins®. With four options included in one pattern, there will be one or two for the bitties in your life! Click HERE to find the pattern on Etsy. (Free Peasant Top pattern included through 3/18/19)
Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern for 15 inch dolls now available on Etsy.
Make baby overalls with shorts or in capri length with contrasting cuffs.
How about matching boy/girl twin outfits?
The gathered skirt option makes an adorable baby dress. Pair it with a sweet, Playtime Peasant Top to complete the look.
With the end of summer, we find ourselves back to routines and Back to School! Put a new twist on the classic A-Line Skirt for dolls, the Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat! Add some cute pockets with this easy tutorial!
Add pockets to your Sixth Grade A line Skirt sewing pattern.
First, you will need the pattern. I offer the Sixth Grade Skirt in five sizes: 18 inch, 16 inch Disney Animators, 15 inch Bitty Baby, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers, and 14 inch HeartsForHearts Girls. (Because this skirt is fitted and does not use elastic, I encourage you to check the fit on your own doll before you sew on the hook and loop tape. This also means the pattern will fit a greater number of dolls on the market today.)
Step 1. Begin your pattern as you always do. Print the pieces, cut them out, and choose your fabrics. Cut out all of the pieces for your skirt. To add pockets, (in the same or contrasting fabric- your choice!), cut two additional SIDE FRONT pieces.
Step 2. Hold your pocket piece up to your doll and figure out how far down the pocket should go. (About to her hand). Draw a straight line on each pocket, fold along that line, and press wrong sides together. (For the 18 inch dolls, I measured 1 7/8th inch down from the top. For Wellie Wishers, I measured down 1 1/2 inch.)
Step 3. Top stitch the top of your pocket. Double stitch it if you like. Trim the excess fabric inside.
Step 4. Place the pockets, with rights sides facing up for both pieces, directly over each SIDE FRONT piece and pin. Be sure to they match exactly. Continue to put your skirt together according to the pattern directions.
That was easy! Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete! How about some cute buttons?
See more sewing ideas for the Sixth Grade Skirt pattern HERE.
This post is first in a series of six posts, find the second post HERE and see another way to change up your Sixth Grade Skirt.
I just sent two new patterns for publication. They will also be available in my etsy shop by the end of the weekend… here’s a sneak peek. It’s a little different, but a little more of the same….just a lot smaller!