Step it Up Series: Tank Top Tee Shirt Pattern Hack

Joss Kendrick™, the 18″ doll of the year for 2020 from American Girl® is a surfer girl and a cheerleader. She has a pair of pajamas that are simply a pair of pants with a tank top. Use this tutorial to take the Simple Sweet Tee shirt pattern by Oh Sew Kat! and with a few adjustments, make your Joss doll some cute tank tops for bed, or cheer practice, or just to play on the beach!

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Make a cute tank top for your 18 inch doll with the Simple Sweet Tee Shirt pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

Method 1: Simple Tank Top

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Sewing Pattern 18 inch doll Tee Shirt by OHSEWKAT
  • Supplies Needed: Simple Sweet Tee pattern, ruler, knit fabric, fold over elastic (8.5 inches). Print out the Simple Tee Shirt pattern pieces- front and back. Do not cut them out. Always check the one inch box to make sure you printed correctly, even if you have used the pattern before.
  • Measure up 1/2 inch from CF and make a dot. Measure up the neckline seam line (dotted line) two inches, and make another dot. Connect these two dots with a tiny amount of curve. From the second dot, make a straight line down to the armsye corner. Cut out your new pattern piece.
  • Flip the front pattern piece over onto the back and trace the new armseye, extending the top edge (CB) up one half inch.
  • Cut out the two pieces from your fabric, with the front on the fold as before.
Make a tank top for Joss American Girl doll with this easy pattern hack by Oh SEw Kat!  Easy to sew patterns on Etsy!

  • Fold each armseye in 1/4th inch and stitch in place. This fabric is a pair of girls’ leggings I bought new at Kohl’s. It’s got a lot of stretch to it so I used wonder tape and my walking foot to make the sewing easier.
  • With RST together, stitch the side seams.
  • Cut 8 inches of 1/2 inch fold over elastic. This will form the neckband, connecting the sides in the process. Find the center of your elastic and pin it to the right side of the center of the shirt. (Follow the instructions in the Simple Tee pattern for the elastic- start with wrong sides together, then flip to right side and topstitch.) . Leave a gap of 3/4 inch between front and backs for the shoulders.
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  • Fold the elastic to the outside and top stitch in place. The ends of the elastic will hang off either end by about 1/2 inch. Steam the elastic if it stretched out when you sewed it.
  • Finish the back seams, trimming off excess elastic.
  • Fold up hem by 1/4th inch and stitch in place.
  • Try the top on your doll and attach the hook and loop tape to both back edges as directed by the pattern.
Make a tank top for Joss American Girl doll with this easy pattern hack by Oh SEw Kat!  Easy to sew patterns on Etsy!

Method 2: Contrasting Trim

Make a tank top for Joss American Girl doll with this easy pattern hack by Oh SEw Kat! Easy to sew patterns on Etsy!

Another variation would be to sew the side seams first, and then either fold the armseyes in as one long seam, or even add fold over elastic to each side of the armseyes for more contrast. Then add the neck elastic to cover the edges. You will need about 6 1/2 inches per side of FOE plus 8 inches for the neck.

Make a tank top for Joss American Girl doll with this easy pattern hack by Oh SEw Kat!  Easy to sew patterns on Etsy!
  • If you plan to use this method, add a little bit of a curve to the under arm portion of your pattern, so you won’t have such a severe “V” to add the elastic to. Cut 1/4 inch off the center front and the center back lines. (If you fail to do this, the top will be too wide. (Ask me how I know… you can cut the center line and add a seam to make it the right size, like I did. I then covered it with ricrac to hide the seam before adding the neckline elastic.)
  • Sew side seams and press open
  • Cut Fold Over Elastic to two 6 1/2 inch pieces. Following the method in the Simple Tee pattern, attach the wrong side of the elastic to the wrong side of your top, fold it over along the fold line, and topstitch from the right side.
  • Add the neckband in the same manner, with 8 inches of Fold Over Elastic. Start pinning at the middle of the top with the middle of the elastic and butt the FOE edges right next to each other, without a gap. Stitch as above and trim off any extra at the edges.
  • Finish the back edges and add hook and loop tape according to the pattern directions. Press up 1/4th inch at the hem and stitch.

Make Joss a cute tank top with thise easy Simple Sweet Tee Pattern Hack

Make a tank top for Joss American Girl doll with this easy pattern hack by Oh SEw Kat! Easy to sew patterns on Etsy!
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Find easy sewing patterns for 18 inch doll clothes in the Oh Sew Kat! shop on Etsy.

Make a tank top for Joss American Girl doll with this easy pattern hack by Oh SEw Kat!  Easy to sew patterns on Etsy!

Step it Up! Series: Make a Floor Length Nightgown with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern for Dolls

If there is one thing that little girls like to do with their dolls, it is to dress them for bed and put them to sleep.  The dolls in your life will have sweet dreams with a flowing nightgown you make yourself with this easy PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!  Use this simple pattern hack to the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern to Step it Up!

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First, you need the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies pattern. It’s available in three sizes where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  Print out the pieces for the dress with short sleeves.

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You will need to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern pieces.  You may be able to lengthen the pieces on the original printout, or you may need to cut it out and then tape it to a fresh sheet of paper first, depending on the size doll you are sewing for.

Using the short sleeve pattern piece, and THIS TUTORIAL, add 3 1/2 inches to the length of the sleeve. Measure down from the side edge, not the center, and draw your new sleeve hem edge straight across, not curved.  For this 18 inch doll nightgown, I lengthened my sleeve by 3 1/2 inches, and used a 3/8th hem/elastic casing.  You will need 4 inches of 1/4th inch elastic for the wrist.

Add 1 inch to the front and back pieces length, below the dress length line to make a floor length nightgown.

Cut a ruffle so the nightgown will reach the floor.  I cut mine at 3 inches by 44 inches.  It can be anywhere from 33-44 inches long, depending how full you want your ruffle.

Follow the pattern directions as written, adding 4 inches of 1/4th inch elastic into the sleeve hem when you hem it, and gathering and attaching the ruffle to the hem before you stitch up the back.  It’s easier to hem the ruffle before you attach it to the nightgown.

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Make a snuggly nightgown for your 18 inch doll with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern.

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Your dolls will be ready to snuggle into bed in a new, cozy nightgown.  See more ways to sew the mix and match Bloomer Buddies pattern here and here.

Click HERE to purchase the Bloomer Buddies Pattern for 18 inch Dolls.

Click HERE to find the pattern in other sizes and value bundles.

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Step it Up! Series: Make a Doll Nightgown with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern for Dolls

Sewing doll clothes this weekend?  Snuggle up!  Use the simple to sew Bloomer Buddies PDF pattern to turn the dress into a snuggly nightgown for your doll. This easy pattern that you download and print on your home computer will work on any size doll.  Use this simple pattern hack to the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern to Step it Up!


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First, you need the Bloomer Buddies pattern. It’s available in three sizes where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  Print out the pieces for the dress with short sleeves.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy doll dress, top, and bloomers in one easy pattern. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern

You will need to make a few minor adjustments to the pattern pieces.  You may be able to lengthen the pieces on the original printout, or you may need to cut it out and then tape it to a fresh sheet of paper first, depending on the size doll you are sewing for.

Using the short sleeve pattern piece, and THIS TUTORIAL, you will need to lengthen the sleeve pattern piece to make it a long sleeve.   Measure down from the side edge, not the center, and draw your new sleeve hem edge straight across, not curved.  For this 18 inch doll nightgown, I lengthened my sleeve by 3 1/2 inches, and used a 3/8th hem/elastic casing.  I used 4 inches of elastic for the wrist.

Sew the dress as directed by the pattern. Choose a snuggly flannel or pretty cotton for your nightgown.  The nightgown Grace is wearing below, is the same dress length as the dress length pattern lines.

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Luciana is ready to hop into bed in her Bloomer Buddies nightgown!

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Another option is to add a pretty ruffle to the bottom of the dress length.  Here I used a piece of a jelly roll, that was 2 1/2 x 40 inches long. A jelly roll is a quilting fabric precut of 20-45 2 1/2 inch strips like this one Ad:  https://amzn.to/2VNxmED.  I keep a few on hand to use as precut dress and skirt ruffles.  I used one end of the same strip to cut the yoke.  Any size ruffle will do; you can choose how long you want your doll’s nightgown to be.

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Your dolls will be ready to snuggle into bed in a new, cozy nightgown.  See more ways to sew the mix and match Bloomer Buddies pattern here and here.  Be sure to pin these images to save them for later!

Make a nightgown for your 18 inch doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Tester Tuesday: Bloomer Buddies for 18 inch dolls

You will love seeing the cute outfits the Oh Sew Kat! Test Team made with this new pattern.  Bloomer Buddies for 18 inch dolls, is now available- find it in, and many other doll patterns, in my Etsy Shop HERE!

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Visit the INSPIRATION GALLERY to see more ideas for your Bloomer Buddies pattern. Download and sew today!

Bloomer Buddies on Etsy

Bloomer Buddies for WellieWishers!


Edith, of Di’s Dolly Designs, stitched up this cute  outfit for Kit.  So springy and perfect for warm, sunny days!

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Carly G. of Koala-T made an awesome pair of PJs with this pattern.  Isn’t Nellie cute in pink?

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See how to convert this pattern to a long sleevedmake nightgown HERE and HERE.

And Nicole, of Beautiful Dreams, turned her outfit into gauchos with a long dress over the top.  Such a cute look for your dolls!

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Bloomer Buddies on Etsy

Bloomer Buddies for WellieWishers!

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Fan Photo: HalterAlls by Sonya Finley

You just have to love this new, technological age in the sewing world.  I posted this pattern for sale in my Etsy shop and I think Sonya posted this photo of her version that same evening! Look how amazing her HalterAlls came out!  I just love the pink accents and the sheer ruffles! So cute!  Sonya also showed what a quick and easy project this can be.  See more of her amazing doll clothes at http://www.etsy.com/shop/sAniCouture.  Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

If you have the HalterAlls pattern already…what are you waiting for? Print it out and stitch up something cute today!!  Thanks so much for sharing, Sonya!!  Get your HalterAlls pattern today by clicking the photo below. (Pattern available for WellieWishers, Animators, and 18 inch dolls).

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Angel Tree Donation Doll Clothes & Special Holiday Pattern Bundle

This holiday season, my daughter’s school has an angel tree.  Each student was asked to pick an ornament and buy a gift for a local child. The local children had certain requests, and the students divided the ornaments up so each one had about the same value.  There were three ornaments asking for a $25 gift card to Kohl’s to combine together for the mother to buy an American Girl Doll.

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It took a few emails, but I was able to determine that the doll requested was the 18 inch doll of the year, Leah, not the smaller WellieWishers. These are the only dolls available at Kohl’s.  I set to work to make up a few “outfits” to go with our gift card.  Here is what I finally settled on.  Find the links to buy these patterns at the end of this post. I also put together a special HOLIDAY BUNDLE of these four patterns at a special price in my Etsy shop.

First up, pajamas.  Every doll needs comfy Pj’s.  It’s winter here, so I didn’t want to do a shortie nightie (April Moon pattern), but the Playtime Peasant pattern offered a perfect top! I did it in a soft flannel.  The pants are from the April Moon pattern.  If I was to do it again, I’d probably make the pants long pants instead of capris.

I recently did a few Sugar n Spice dresses from a pretty holly print.  I decided the dress (and the matching shoes I made) would be included as well as a bright over skirt for even more options.  I added some length to the sleeves of the Sugar n Spice puffed sleeve to make it a long sleeve dress.  The shoe pattern is called “Plain Janes” and is by LuvUBunches.  This was my first pair of shoes I ever made!

Finally, I wanted to make something that tied directly to the Girl of the Year, Leah.  Her entire collection is a tropical theme, and I found this bright parrot fabric in my stash.  Boardwalk Boutique makes a perfect tropical outfit, and is so quick and easy!

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Overall, I’m very excited for this little girl, whomever she is, to wake up on Christmas morning and find a Leah doll under her tree, along with a few special clothes too.  I hope she likes them.  🙂  Does your family do anything special for others this holiday season?

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Wellie wishers doll clothes

Here are the patterns I used: Find them in my ETSY SHOP!  Get all four and SAVE with the Etsy Exclusive Holiday Bundle! (No substitutions or refunds on any pattern bundles.)

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Tester Tuesday with a Twist

Happy Tuesday, everyone!! It’s tester Tuesday, but with a twist.  Today’s test photos were sewn by myself!  I had the privilege of testing the new PJ pattern (Catching ZZ’s) by Merry Manatees.

Oh Sew Kat doll sewing patterns for American Girl and Wellie Wishers

I had never used fold over elastic before. Oh, the choices! I think I took longer deciding what colors or designs to use than I did actually sewing.  We were on a sewing retreat, and it was really fun to all sit around and choose colors and elastics for our PJ Party.  I used a craft store tee shirt for Grace’s sunny set.

I love everything about this pattern- the easy fit, the cute “little girl” PJ look and also the ease of the pattern design.  The headband is the best part.  What a great little accessory and so quick to stitch up one (or more!) Stitch up a quick set for your 18 inch American Girl doll or 6 inch mini doll this summer.  I give it two thumbs up!!

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See how you can use Fold Over Elastic with in the Oh Sew Kat! Simple Sweet Tee pattern!  It’s available in 5 doll sizes! Also you can use FOE for a headband or belt! Check it out here!

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Animator Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern- New Release- April Moon PJ’s for Princess Dolls

The Oh Sew Kat Testers have been hard at work helping me finalize the April Moon PJ Set pattern for the 16 inch Disney® Animator Dolls.  It is now available!! This pattern includes a short or long lined Tee shirt (pj’s or nightshirt) plus wide leg, pull on jammie pants.

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And you can buy it now on Etsy!  What I’ve heard?  My testers say this is the pattern that gives you some wardrobe basics and is a great starting off point for so many outfits that are not even pajamas!

Jenny made her first set of tests as pajamas (well, every royal doll needs a comfy relax outfit right?) But after that, her daughter (my new favorite person!) egged her on to make sure Cristof had something to wear.  Jenny made the legs a little longer, the shirt a little longer, and yes, left off the ribbons of course (what Nordic Ice carrier would approve of ribbons?) and Cristof is ready for spring!! (and Star Wars! He is a boy after all!).  

Seriously, don’t keep reading…Hop over to my Etsy shop and download your pattern and share your own awesomeness with hashtag #ohsewkat.  Or email me and I’ll feature you (and your shop!) right here on my blog! What are you waiting for? Go!  Don’t forget to say “Hi” on Facebook!

Find the April Moon PJ Sewing Pattern for Animators HERE.

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Make pajamas or a nightshirt for your animators doll with this easy PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

Check out the Inspiration Gallery for this pattern and read about the 18 inch doll sized pattern here.  Have fun with this one!!

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Holiday Pants for Dolls in more Sizes

Here’s Rapunzel in her new, holiday flannel Playground Pants.  These pants are ideal for making items to sell at craft shows.  Choose three fabrics, and cut all the pieces out of each fabric.  Then mix and match them up to create three different pairs of pants, basically at once!

Playground Pants Sewing Pattern is perfect for your Disney Animators’ Dolls.

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Snuggly flannel! Perfect for the holidays!! This pattern is available in 3 sizes and 1 (two size) bundle.

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Make your 18 inch doll a pair of snuggly Christmas pajamas with the Playground Pants Sewing Pattern.

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The Playground Pants Sewing Pattern is also available sized for 14 inch Dolls.

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Anna is ready for Halloween and fall in her cute “bat” pants and even the American Girls ® are feeling comfy and cozy!  Aren’t these Wellie Wishers and Hearts for Hearts dolls cute in their pants too?  These pants have so many possibilities!  See even more Playground Pants ideas in the INSPIRATION GALLERY.

Find the patterns:

18 inch Doll Playground Pants Sewing Pattern

Wellie Wishers & Hearts for Hearts 14 inch Doll Playground Pants Sewing Pattern

Animators’ Doll Playground Pants Sewing Pattern

Happy Sewing!

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