Easy to sew Sun Day Skort Pattern- perfect for 18 inch American Girl Dolls like Kira Bailey™
The new Sun Day Skort pattern is a quick to sew project. You can easily make it in under one hour! With just a few pieces and simple instructions, your doll will be ready for the Outback, or whereever her adventures take her in a one piece shorts and skirt- or SKORT. Find the pattern only in my ETSY SHOP HERE.
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To make the black suspender skirt, an iconic look for Miss Eloise, I used the overskirt pattern, found in the Everything Nice accessories pattern. You might want to make it more full than the pattern calls for, but this basic, open back gathered skirt has a nice waistband. My fabric was 29 inches long, so that is what I used. I also took off 1 inch from the hem. Instead of a regular gathered skirt (which will still look very cute!) I pleated my fabric every 3/8th inch or so (I did not measure) and it fit perfectly to my waistband. If you choose to do this, I recommend cutting your skirt piece longer than you need and trimming to fit just in case.
18 inch doll sewing pattern for an Eloise inspired Suspender Skirt
Once you attach the skirt to the waistband, try it on your doll and mark or pin the strap placement. Pin the straps in place inside the skirt (front and back, being careful not to let them twist). On the front, sew a few stitches to secure the straps right in the center of the waistband. On the back, consider hiding your stitches in the hook and loop tape area or the topstitching. Sew the buttons to the front of the waistband where the straps meet the skirt, covering the stitches that attached the straps. For this outfit, I used 9.5 inches of black Fold over elastic for my straps. If using fabric, cut two pieces, 11 x 1.25 inches, folding in each long edge to the center and stitching in place.
I chose a Playtime Peasant Top for my Eloise costume because all the photos of her seem to have a baggy, almost untucked look to the front of her shirt. Even though it doesn’t have a collar, it still created the look I was after. You could easily add a collar to the bodice of the Sugar n Spice dress and make it into a blouse. You could also use the school blouse pattern from the Pleasant Company Molly’s Pretty Clothes patterns. You can find those at a site called AG Playthings. White knee socks and black mary jane style shoes can be found at American Girl®. See this POST for more doll shoe sources.
Add a bright read headband with this easy TUTORIAL and she’s ready for tea at the Plaza! Find Eloise stories on Ad: Amazon. See more pattern hacks and ideas for the Sugar n Spice dress HERE and HERE.
The Easy Up! Jumper is quick to sew and makes a no closure jumper that pulls up over your doll’s feet. The technique is easy to follow, but sometimes you may prefer a dress that has a back closure for simple dressing. It’s simple to make the Easy Up! Jumper with a back closure instead. Start with the Easy Up! pattern for 18 inch or 14.5 inch Dolls. Find it in my Etsy Shop HERE.
Use this hack to make a summer beach jumper like Joss’s coral dress.
Easy Up! Jumper Pattern Hack for Dolls- Give it a back closure.
Cut out 1 front and 1 front lining according to the pattern directions.
Cut out your two back pieces, adding 1/2 inch to the edge marked FOLD on the pattern piece. Do not put it on a fold. (You can also print a second copy of your pattern, and add the 1/2 inch to your piece and cut it out that way.). Do the same for the back lining.
You now have 1 front, 1 front lining, 2 backs, and 2 back linings.
Because the jumper does not have to go on over the feet, you can opt to leave out the elastic straps if you like. I just folded mine and sewed them closed, using a 4 inch strap for 18 inch dolls and a 2.5 inch strap for the 14.5 inch dolls. (If making the elastic straps, follow the pattern).
Follow the pattern instructions to add lining, pleat triangles, and straps.
Kat’s Tip: Use a small safety pin to pin the back edges together while you attach the back straps. This will make it easier to ensure you get the jumper straps sewn in the right places, as it will now more closely look like the pattern instructions.
Press up your hem but do not sew it.
Serge or zig zag stitch your back edges, being sure to catch the lining. Fold in 1/2 inch and press (or turn under 1/4th, then 1/4th again). Add hook and loop tape.
Stitch your hem.
Make your Easy Up! Jumper with a back closure for easy dressing.
Isn’t this little birdie fabric so sweet for spring? I just love the fresh lilac and lavender colors. See more Easy Up! Jumper ideas here and here.
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!
Which comes first for you? The fabric or the pattern? Do you carefully select the garment you want to sew and then head to the fabric store or search your stash? Or do you finger a favorite fabric and then head to the pattern drawer, your computer files, or the internt to decide what that fabric will become?
Today I’m sharing two outfits that were inspired by this pretty fabric collection.
I do a lot of both. This golden fabric collection is called BEE JOYFUL by Deb Strain for Moda. I bought it in a local quilt shop, but you can still find it on Amazon here: Ad: Bee Joyful Fabric . I matched it with some Riley Blake black gingham accents. Once I made the Boardwalk Boutique outfit, I went back and made a Spring Shine Top to go with the pants to get two fun outfits!
Mix and match fun fabrics to create your own unique 18″ Doll Clothes.
Find the Boardwalk Boutique Pattern in 5 popular doll sizes HERE and the Spring Shine Dress Pattern in 4 sizes HERE. Who says you have to make just one? See more ideas for Blaire and her friends by clicking on the photo links below to visit each post.
Summer is winding down, but there is still plenty of time for picnics, walks on the beach, and scooter rides as we get ready for back to school shopping! Today’s feature is the versatile Sandbox Shorts PDF Sewing Pattern for Dolls. Find it in 5 sizes HERE.
The Sandbox Shorts Sewing Pattern is a great choice for your doll clothes sewing.
With real working patch pockets, the Sandbox Shorts are quick and easy to sew, and are offered in three different versions. Use THIS TUTORIAL and move the pockets to the inside, for still another variation.
Make quick and easy shorts with pockets for your 14.5″ Dolls
Make spring dresses for your dolls with Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns
Winter is winding down, and the flowers are starting to bud and peek out. Days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer… our thoughts turn to cherry blossoms, Easter eggs, baby birds and more. Here’s a few of my favorite Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns for quick and easy spring dresses. Find the patterns in my ETSY SHOP and download, print and sew today!
Use the Spring Shine Dress Pattern for the Perfect Spring Doll Dresses
The Spring Shine Dress looks great as a top or a dress. With pretty flutter sleeves and a fake placket in front, you can really have fun with the details. Try eyelet lace or add trims for a unique Easter dress or dress for spring. See many more Spring Shine dresses in the Inspiration Gallery.
Find the Spring Shine sewing pattern in four sizes HERE.
Photo Credit to Edith S.
Photo Credit to Michele A.
The Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern has so many Options for Spring Outfits
The PDF pattern, Bloomer Buddies, offers lots and lots of mix and match options. You can make dresses, tunics, and tops, and add bloomers that are short, knee length, or long to go with them. Add short, puffy sleeves or leave them off. This classic look is quick and easy to sew in 4 popular doll sizes. See more ideas for Bloomer Buddies HERE. This pattern also makes cute pajamas!!
Boardwalk Boutique- the quick and easy sewing pattern for Spring Doll Clothes
The Boardwalk Boutique is a top selling Oh Sew Kat! pattern available in five doll sizes. It’s so quick and easy with an elastic waistband, elastic halter and ribbon or fabric ties. Make it with or without the ruffles for the perfect spring outfit. Find the directions to make the top into a gorgeous halter dress or maxi here.
Use the Backyard Bibs Pattern for an Easy and Cute Spring Outfit for Dolls
The Backyard Bibs is my favorite pattern, no matter what the season. You’ll find it on my favorites for winter too! No matter the season, this easy overalls pattern can’t be beat. You can make it shorts, pants, slim or full skirted…add long sleeve or short sleeve shirts too. The simple one piece bodice has sewn straps and stitches up very quickly in five doll sizes. See more bibs in the Inspiration Gallery. The Playtime Peasant Top completes the outfit.
Now that the December holidays are over, all those new 18 inch dolls will need something to wear in the next few months!! Kelly loves her new ROSES dress made with the princess seam version of the School Dance Dress.
New dolls need new clothes- Make a School Dance Dress for your American Girl® Doll
Make a gorgeous doll dress for your 18 inch doll with this pretty ROSES fabric and easy sewing patterns for dolls from Oh Sew Kat!
I love this fabric and I love how it works for a doll dress even though it’s such a big, bold print. Normally, we try to pick fabrics that have a design about the size of a US coin, the quarter, but when you have a pattern like the School Dance Dress – it can let you go big and bold even for dolls! (I would never use this print for the smaller, 14.5 dolls- I’m pretty sure it would overwhelm their small size, but it does work for larger, wider dolls.)
Make your new dolls cute dresses with the School Dance Dress PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
Find the SCHOOL DANCE DRESS pattern in 3 doll sizes HERE. See more ideas for Valentine’s Day doll clothes HERE and HERE. School Dance Dresses can be made with three variations to the front to give you even more versatility and value from your pattern. See more School Dance Dresses HERE, HERE and HERE.
Are you making anything for your dolls (or gifts for girls that love dolls?) this month? Hop over to the Oh Sew Kat facebook page and tell us all about it! Be sure to visit the Oh Sew Kat! Inspiration Gallery for more new doll clothes inspiration.
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.