Who doesn’t love March? With the small glimpses outside that spring is just around the corner, and the daylight lasting a little longer each day, it’s fun to sew with shamrocks and rainbows. Here are a few dresses to inspire you this Shamrock Season.
I used my Cricut Maker to cut out these Party Time Dresses. Every doll in the house got one this year! I think the rainbow waistband gives a perfect pop of color!
When you purchase a PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!, you get more than just the look you see on the pattern cover. With a few tweaks and changes, (called pattern hacks), and some different fabric combinations, you can Step Up! your basic pattern into almost any look you can think of! Today, enjoy these “twists” on the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern. These outfits can be made for any size doll! Find even more pattern hacks and tutorials on the Tutorials Page.
Use the Sugar n Spice sewing pattern to make six different dresses.
Create a classic holiday dress, similar to the one American Girl® made for the BeForever character, Molly McIntyre. I used a gorgeous green Kona cotton Sugar n Spice Dress, but the original dress was made of velvet and would be beautiful from that too! Add a little lace around the sleeves and neckline for a dainty touch. See more photos HERE.
Every dress pattern can be made as a top, and every top pattern can be made as a dress! Use the Sugar n Spice bodice to make a cute peplum top! Find the tutorial HERE.
3. Every dress pattern can also be used to make a longer dress! Or a nightgown! For the holidays, make the Sugar n Spice Dress in white, and add some peppermint piping and pretty ruffles to make a nightgown that will have sugarplums dancing in her head all season long. Find the tutorial HERE. I also used THIS TUTORIAL to add the placket in the center front for the buttons.
4. And while you are thinking about making long dresses, why not try a fun Hawaiian print and make a MuuMuu style dress! These Sugar n Spice Dresses would be perfect for walking along the beach eating shaved ice! Use the overdress/pinafore pattern and THIS TUTORIAL.
5. Dress up the front bodice of the Sugar n Spice Dress with some tiny ruffles, trim, ric rac, piping, or lace. Use THIS TUTORIAL to add the placket, and tuck the trim in before you topstitch it in place. See more photos of these cute, bunny dress HERE.
6. The Sugar n Spice Dress was designed to layer a dress over a dress. But don’t stop there! Try the overdress/pinafore over a Peasant Top or a Party Time Peasant Dress as I did here for St. Patrick’s Day. I reversed the overdress, lowered the neckline, and sewed the skirt on with a large opening for the underdress to show through. See more photos and details HERE.
Just in time for fall and back to school sewing, the Easy Up! Jumper for 18 inch dolls is now available. This is a simple jumper with elastic straps and a contrast pleat at the sides for fun. Make it fully reversible for two dresses in one! Special intro price ends Friday night! Download and sew up a quick jumper for your doll today.
This pattern has lots of fun options~~
This is an easy to sew PDF pattern for 18 inch doll clothes.
Simple jumper with elastic straps that pulls up over doll’s feet
Cute side pleats, can be reversible, no closures to sew
Easy to sew, detailed instructions and photographs of every step
Instructions for simple and stepped up versions, BONUS front placket pattern piece
Computer Drawn Pattern Pieces; PDF Digital download- print and sew today!
Uses less than 1/4 yard of cotton fabric- mix and match your prints
Oh Sew Kat! patterns are designed with the beginning sewist in mind. What is one tip you would give to a young or new sewist who is just starting out in making doll clothes?
New to Sewing? Check out this list of great tips to get started.
Readers from all over posted their tips if you are new to sewing- whether it’s doll clothes or other sewing projects, these few things will help get you off to a great start!
Jenny: Go slow and read the pattern directions. Read them twice before even beginning your project. Nothing has to be perfect. If you don’t like your creation, put it away for a day or two and then come back and look at it. You might be surprised that you now like it!!
Anneke: I never expect a planned pattern to come out as it should. My advise would be go with the flow. Let the fabric tell you what it wants. Sounds hazy and dreamy (which I am NOT) but that’s the way it works for me. I have no technical advice all. But before I start I do sit down read the instructions. Toss them aside and have FUN
Cindy: Press, press, press
Deirdre: Don’t be afraid to rip out a seam and sew it again, the truth is even experienced sewers have to do this at times.
Bee: Read through all of the pattern first before you get started.
Julie: Iron as you sew.
Barb: Take your time. Read the instructions completely before you start and follow each one in order.
Jeanna: Always double check your seam allowances as you go. Nothing worse than making an adorable outfit only to have it be too small 😫
Karen: My advice is (and I really should take my own😂) that perfection, although nice…it isn’t necessary. Enjoy the process of making something cute. It took me ripping apart a genuine cabbage patch outfit to make a pattern to realize this! It was terribly sewn from the factory.
Nina: Learn your sewing machine inside and out. Practice the threading pattern so it’s easy enough to do in your sleep!
Gail: Turn on the iron before you turn on the machine. Sew a seam press the seam. Sew a seam press the seam. Every time!
Julie: Have fun with it!! Really, doll clothes take such a little bit of fabric, if you make a mistake, you haven’t wasted a lot of fabric. Just toss it and try again! That takes the pressure off to be “perfect” and makes it so enjoyable 🙂
Paula: Use good quality fabric. It may be tempting to use lower quality fabric to try it out, but it is much harder to sew on.
You probably see a few themes emerging here … read all the directions before you start and to press every seam. But the themes of “you don’t have to be perfect” and “have fun” are obvious too! If you are just starting out learning to sew, doll clothes give you such a low cost way to jump in the pool and start to swim. Enjoy the process and know your skills will build with every stitch!
Here are a few more Party Time Peasant dresses stitched up by the Oh Sew Kat! testers to inspire you. This popular pattern has been resized for these sweet, British dolls. Find the pattern in my Etsy Shop. (It is also available in other popular doll sizes.)
This simple dress is all one piece- with a fitted waistband and pretty puffed sleeves that can be made with or without the elastic cuff. Carol Greklek made this pretty three tiered version for her doll, Maya.
Make a dress for your A Girl for All Time® Doll with this easy, sewing pattern.
The Oh Sew Kat! testers had a ball with the Party Time Peasant Dress. This pattern is my first pattern resized for these sweet, British dolls. Find the pattern in my Etsy Shop.
This simple dress is all one piece- with a fitted waistband and pretty puffed sleeves that can be made with or without the elastic cuff. This blue and white dress was made by Sandy Simpson. Such a fresh and pretty look for spring and summer!
Juliette Auckland made these next two beauties. Mixing and matching different fabrics makes the dress look a little different each time! Try a contrasting ruffle!
These adorable outfits were made as a special order for a good friend to give as a gift. She gave me a price range, and let me decide what I would make. I love to sew that way! I don’t know the child, so I thought a few pieces that mixed and matched together in different ways might be a good place to start. These cute fabrics are from the AD: Fat Quarter Shop. Search for zoology minis.
Make doll clothes for Wellie Wishers and Glitter Girls 14.5 inch Dolls with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
My favorite pattern for all dolls, but especially for the Wellie Wishers, is the Party Time Peasant Dress. This dress lets me use three different, cute fabrics at once and is now available in 5 doll sizes!
Between these four pieces, the lucky, little girl can make 6 different outfits! Because I used fat quarters, I still have enough of each color that I could make another set. Inexpensive fat quarter bundles from Walmart and other craft stores like Hobby Lobby are great for these kinds of projects! You can make all of these pieces for under $10! Read more how I do this in THIS POST.
Use Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns to make mix and match doll clothes!
Willa’s outfit looks like a dress, but it’s actually a skirt and top. The Popsicle Top reverses to the pink striped fabric. I used the print fabric as the Four Season Skirt waistband.
Sewing Patterns for 14.5 inch Welliewishers Dolls from Oh Sew Kat!
Camille’s puppy dress was made with the Party Time Peasant Dress pattern. Find the Party Time Peasant Dress pattern HERE. I love this pattern for mixing and matching my fabrics. Even though the dress doesn’t get worn with other pieces, it’s super cute as a stand alone item as well.
I hope the little girl enjoys her new doll clothes! I had fun making them for her! Find the Playtime Peasant Top pattern HERE and Find the link for the free Four Season Skirt pattern by clicking HERE. See more ideas to sew in the OH Sew Kat! Inspiration Gallery. Click each photo below to see more mix and match doll clothes I have made.
Ready for some Springtime Fun? Today you choose the look! Who wore it best? Kelly or Harper? This easy, breezy outfit is perfect for the early days of spring! The pretty dress pairs up with some longer bloomers to add a little warmth and cartwheel protection. This tunic length top and knee length bloomers were made using the BLOOMER BUDDIES sewing pattern which is also available for 16″ Animators and 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers dolls. Find the pattern here.
Kelly: (Truly Me #63)
Harper: (Truly Me #25)
Harper rocked the sunglasses. Kelly wanted to try it as a dress, but it was too short. (This is the tunic length- the dress length option is perfect). We had to quickly add a blue hem band to make it work.
So what do you think? Who rocked the Bloomer Buddies better? Harper in her shades, or Kelly in her cute dress?
Visit my ETSY SHOP and find this and other patterns to download and sew today!