What cute outfits are you making for your dolls? Today I’m sharing a favorite outfit I made recently with some nautical fabric I’ve been saving for “just the right” project. It looks perfect on Kit with her bright blue eyes!
Use the Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern to make your own amazing outfit for your 18 inch doll.
This outfit is super quick to make. The Backyard Bibs Overalls/Skirtalls has attached straps and an easy hook and look tape closure. With a lined bodice, it’s quick to make without using a lot of fabric, plus with four options included (2 skirt versions and 2 pants versions) it’s a great value too. Put a matching peasant top underneath. The Playtime Peasant Top includes both long and short sleeves to create just the look you want in a very short amount of time. Find the patterns in 5 sizes in my ETSY SHOP. You can find the Backyard Bibs alone or bundled with the Playtime Peasant Top.
Oh Sew Kat! offers a wide variety of easy to sew PDF digital sewing patterns. After you make your purchase, you can print your pattern pieces on your home printer, and get started sewing right away. Find more bibs and peasant tops HERE and HERE. Read more about OSK PDF patterns in the FAQ.
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!
With Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns, it’s SEW easy to take a basic peasant top, and step it up with a cute, neckline ruffle. You will love this simple technique to take a plain peasant top from fine to fabulous!
Add a ruffle to the neckline of a peasant top for a whole new look!
You can make a thin ruffle, or let it be a little wider and add your own unique flair to the peasant tops you sew.
It’s easy to add a ruffled neckline to a peasant style doll top
Adding a sweet ruffle to your pattern is simple. Follow the steps in this tutorial, and read more in THIS ONE. You can use this technique on tops, dresses and skirts! (See a tutorial to add lace between the layers of a skirt here, and sign up to get the skirt pattern FREE right here!
Add a ruffled neckline to your Playtime Peasant Top for Dolls
Use lace as a ruffle! Lace is available in so many sizes and colors! It’s usually already gathered, so it will ruffle up even more. This is the Party Time Peasant Dress on Bitty Baby. You can use this technique with every doll size.
Make a simple top spectacular with an easy neckline ruffle.
Read more about Maryellen’s stunning fall top in THIS POST. Find the Playtime Peasant Top (long and short sleeves included!) HERE.
Use this easy hack for tops and dresses too! Nanea’s muumuu is an easy variation of the Playtime Peasant Top. With an easy added neckline ruffle and simply extending the top length down to floor length you can make a beautiful Hawaiian dress in a very short time! Find the full tutorial HERE.
Make 50s style Fashions and Outfits for your 18 inch Doll.
Maryellen Larkin and her family are glad WWII is over and everyone is hopeful about the future in 1954. She loves pretending to be a 50s movie star and playing the jukebox at the diner with family and friends. Use Oh Sew Kat! patterns to stitch up 50s style outfits for your Maryellen doll and her friends.
Ad: Want to learn more about Maryellen’s adventures? Find Maryellen’s stories by Valerie Tripp HERE and at the American Girl stores.
Use Oh Sew Kat! patterns to sew 50s outfits for your Maryellen Larkin Doll.
Do you want to make Maryellen a new outfit? Try these twists on patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.
It’s that time of year again- are your dollies heading back to school too? Use Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns to stitch them up some cute new fashions for the fall and for them to look their best in this year’s school portraits and class photos!
Make Picture Perfect Doll Clothes with Easy Patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice is prefect for your favorite school photo outfits.
The Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle gives you options and options and options to create your very own, photo perfect look! Shirley made these darling blue and green dresses and then added all the accessories. See the four different outfits she created in “can’t miss” POST. Pin these images to easily find them later!
Fall Fashions for Dolls- Picture Perfect!
The Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt looks great with the jumper, or even on its own too. Emily and Kelly are ready for picture day in their cute, fox print outfits. The Jumping Jack pattern offers three pieces: long sleeve turtleneck, flared shorts, and a reversible, open sided jumper that attaches with a belt or buttons to the shorts. Cute socks and boots complete the look! See more fun ways to make this pattern HERE and HERE.
Kelly is ready for her picture day in a black gingham Spring Shine Dress. This dress pattern can also be made as a cute top. See more ideas for the Spring Shine Dress here, here, and here. It’s also available for Wellie Wisher sized dolls.
Backyard Bibs- an easy pattern for picture perfect outfits for dolls
Blaire’s blue bee skirtalls are perfect for school picture day. This pattern is super quick to sew and has four options- shorts, capris and two skirt versions. Find the Backyard Bibs pattern HERE. You can purchase just the bibs, or find it bundled with the Playtime Peasant Top to complete the outfit.
The School Bell Blouse, available in 3 doll sizes, offers a loose fitting woven top with pretty flared sleeves. Use THIS TUTORIAL to make into a pretty dress too!! See more ideas for the School Bell Blouse HERE. Lanie has her blouse with a Sixth Grade Skirt, while I made Kendall’s blouse into a dress!
With Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns, it’s SEW easy to take a basic skirt or dress pattern, and step it up with a cute ruffle at the hem. This is also a great trick for any time a dress or skirt turns out shorter than you’d like it to be.
Add a lace or ruffled hem to your Doll Dresses and Skirts
Use lace as a ruffle! Gathered lace is absolutely the easiest way to add a pretty hem to your skirt or dress. Attach the lace when you create the hem, so the ends will be finished in with the back edges for a clean look. Look for lace in different colors for even more options!
Another easy way to add a ruffle is to purchase trim that is already gathered. This polka dot trim was quickly added to the Sixth Grade Skirt with almost no work at all! It looks so sweet! Find more information on how to do this in THIS POST.
It’s easy to add a ruffled hem to a peasant style doll top Dress
Nicki’s dress was made using the Playtime Peasant Top. I cut the top as usual, but instead of hemming it, I added a small ruffle. Read more, and see more photos in THIS POST.
Adding a fabric ruffle is also very simple. Figure out how wide you want the ruffle when it’s done (usually 3/4th to 1 1/4th inch depending on doll size.) You can also shorten the skirt by this same length to keep the finished length the same- but sometimes a ruffle is the perfect solution if a doll skirt ends up too short for your liking.
Double this number and add 1/2 inch for your seam allowances. This will be your WIDTH. Cut the length one and a half to two times as long as the skirt. The longer the length, the more ruffled your hem will be. Fold your fabric with wrong sides together the long way and press. This pressed side becomes your bottom hem. Gather the raw edges and attach to the hem of your skirt with right sides together. Easy peasy, right?
Any skirt or dress can have a ruffled hem. Be creative and mix and match your fabrics. Visit the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas! Download and sew these easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! for your dolls today!
Please note: This tutorial includes affiliate links. See my policy HERE. This tutorial will also work with other e-cutter machines like Cameo and Scan n Cut (plus more), but it is written for the Cricut machine.
Make your doll a graphic tee shirt to fit your mood and your style.
I found this baseball graphic in the Cricut Design catalog. When I choose a design for a graphic tee for a doll, I look for bold designs with simple details. Fewer colors is a plus as well. If the letters are thin, they may be too hard to read or get messed up in weeding because it is such a small size.
SUPPLIES NEEDED: HEAT TRANSFER VINYL. You can find it on Amazon as well as from Cricut.
Tutorial: Set up your graphics on Design Space & Prepare Your Materials to Cut
Using Design Space, set up your design. For an 18″ doll, I try to keep my designs within a 3 x 2 inch rectangle as the shirts are not very big. Use a smaller area for smaller dolls to keep the graphics in proportion to their size.
Once your design is set up, you need to either reverse it so it’s now backwards, or use the “Mirror” button before cutting. Heat transfer vinyl comes on a “carrier sheet” and this carrier sheet holds your pieces of your design in place and together as you to put the HTV against the fabric. It will be sticky enough to hold your design in place while you press and will peel off after pressing.
Check your cut settings (heat transfer vinyl or iron on setting on your machine), cut your design, and weed off (pull off) the HTV that surrounds the design, so all that is left on the clear carrier sheet is the design pieces you actually want on your shirt. Be sure to get the little bits inside your round letters if you have any words in your design. If the design is multiple colors, cut each one and weed it individually. When you lay it on the shirt, sticky side down, it should now read correctly.
You will press your design from the bottom layer to the top layer, pressing each one individually. The bottom layer is often the biggest, and it will be closest to the shirt. Figure out your pressing order and line up your layers so you don’t make a mistake. For example, for the Captain America logo, I pressed the layers in this order: large red circle, large white circle, small red circle, navy blue circle, white star. Because these shirts are small, it’s easy to eyeball the placement, and I just used my regular iron. If you have a very intricate design, consider using registration marks to line everything up correctly. There are lots of videos on YouTube® on how to do this.
Fold your tee shirt in half to mark the center and press it with your finger. Do the same for the bottom layer of your design. Place the design, carrier sheet sticky side down, onto the shirt, cover with a teflon sheet, and press quickly. Remove the carrier sheet. The type of shirt and type of HTV will determine the temperature and timing for pressing. If you have a lot of layers, you may not want to press each layer for the full time as the layers will be pressed again with each layer. Give the last layer a good 10 seconds of press.
Working from the bottom layer to the top, continue to add each layer and press it in place. You can add multiple colors at one time, but only if the carrier sheets do not overlap. Use a teflon sheet over your design as you work. If you are using any kind of metallic, hologram, or glitter HTV, that layer must be the very top layer or it will not stay pressed in the long run.
Let your dolls speak for themselves with graphic tees made with HTV on a Cricut or Cameo machine.
This Captain America logo was created with simple shapes in Design Space. I just layered circles together with a star on top.
Use your Cricut Machine to make your own doll sized graphic tee shirts and outfits.
This snowflake was cut from glitter vinyl and is much more sparkly than the photo shows. I found the design in the Cricut catalog. I have a subscription to Cricut’s Access– so I can use any designs marked with the “a” whenever I want, instead of having to purchase designs individually. So far, I’ve always been able to find something that I could use for any project I have worked on. Once it was pressed, I added to it with blue crystals for even more of an effect. (Find them in the craft store scrapbook aisle.) Each one you create will be unique and special!
Heat Transfer Vinyl comes in a large selection of colors and finishes. Try a few in doll scale to add your own personal touch to doll fashions you make or you buy.
You can find premade doll tees on Amazon HERE and THIS SELECTION offers a nice variety of HTV to give you lots of options when you start out. (I prefer SISER Easyweed HTV over some others.
In addition to my cricut machines, I also own two Cameo machines. The results will be the same, no matter which machine you own or use. The Silhouette software works very much the same, and you need to mirror your HTV designs as well. Have fun creating a new doll wardrobe with your choice of fun graphics!
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.
UPDATE 11/21/19- the You Can Make This site may have been hacked. I encourage you to shop on Etsy instead.
Here at Oh Sew Kat! Designs, you will find quick and easy sewing patterns to make an entire doll clothes wardrobe for your 18 inch dolls (like American Girl®) as well as other, smaller sized dolls, like Wellie Wishers and Bitty Baby®. PDF patterns are simple to use (shop and print at home!) and easy to store (computer files- save your pattern pieces for next time or toss them and print them again later). Read below to learn more about the pattern sites where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.
Many of us have favorite sites we like to use and choose and collect reward points to buy (yes!) more patterns. I want you to be able to shop where you like to shop- so I offer my patterns on multiple selling platforms. Each platform is a little different, and all patterns are not available on all the sites. Click HERE to find the FREE Four Season Skirt pattern in 3 sizes.
Please note: Due to the variety of internet browsers, you should always download your PDF file first, and save it on your computer, before opening it and printing your pieces at actual size.
Where to buy Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns for dolls
You Can Make This
Update 11/21/19: You can still find and purchase my patterns on the YCMT site, but I am concerned it may have been hacked. If you purchased patterns there before, download them now for safekeeping as I am unsure if the site will be around much longer. I encourage you to shop elsewhere for Oh Sew Kat! patterns.
You Can Make This, or YCMT, is a sewing lovers’ dream! This was the site where I first found my love of PDF digital sewing patterns. This site offers much, much more than doll clothes, with a large variety of handbags, kids’ clothes, craft projects, toys, and more from over 300 designers. They offer weekly newsletters, a place to feature the items you’ve made, and also take most forms of payment. You will need to establish an account, but your pattern files will always be available for you in your pattern library. You can also earn points for purchases and use them for future purchases as well.
The hot and hazy days of summer are just around the corner. Need some inspiration for summer doll clothes sewing? The warmer weather means shorts, skirts, and bare shoulders and backs. All of these Oh Sew Kat! patterns are quick and easy with full color photographs of every step.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: HalterAlls for Dolls
HalterAlls for Dolls is a quick and easy sewing pattern. You can easily make one in any size from just one fat quarter of fabric. With 2 basic pattern pieces and some 1/4th inch elastic, your doll will be ready for the summer heat in style. HalterAlls also look great on boy dolls! See more ideas with the HalterAlls pattern in the Inspiration Gallery. and find the pattern in four doll sizes HERE.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Reversible Popsicle Top
The Popsicle Top is the perfect match for all your shorts and short skirts. With hook and loop tape at the back, it’s quick to sew and can be made reversible for double the outfits. Add pretty lace or trim at the bottom. Click here to find the pattern in 5 popular doll sizes and in some value bundles. Shown here with the FREE Four Season Skirt pattern.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Sandbox Shorts
The Sandbox Shorts pattern has cute patch pockets and an elastic back with flat front. Check out this tutorial to move the pockets to the inside for another way to sew them. The Sandbox Shorts pattern is available in five popular doll sizes. Find them here. Shown here with a polka dot Popsicle Top.