This easy sewing pattern is quick to sew and makes a cute skirt and shorts in one for your 14.5 inch dolls like Welliewishers™ by American Girl® and Glitter Girls™. This pattern will also fit the 15 inch Ruby Red Fashion Friends Ball Jointed Dolls. Find it exclusively in my Etsy Shop!
March 26, 27, 28 ONLY- your Sun Day Skort for 14 inch dolls purchase will also include the POPSICLE TOP Pattern (shown below in yellow). No coupon necessary- it will automatically show up in your etsy account/receipt.
Find easy to sew PDF Sewing Patterns at Oh Sew Kat! to make your own 14 – 15 inch Doll Clothes
Use the Backyard Bibs PDF Pattern to make a Bib Skirt Overalls Outfit for your 18″ Joss Doll
Joss is American Girl®’s Girl of the Year for 2020. I’ve found she looks stunning in everything, but especially in bright, cheery colors.
Make a quick summer jumper with the Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern from OhSewKat!
Joss is wearing her jumper with the Playtime Peasant Top. It’s a quick and easy top that can work under so many different outfits. I make them in many solid colors to have for mix and match options. I used this HACK to make ribbon straps instead of fabric ones.
Make a simple summer top for your 18 inch Doll with the Picnic Play PDF Sewing Pattern
The Picnic Play pattern is the perfect beginner pattern to create an 18 inch doll outfit. The pattern includes the pull on capri pants, a reversible, one piece top, and a cute little backpack. Mix and match for endless options. The pattern includes full sized, computer drawn pattern pieces that you print on your home computer. It’s the perfect project for anyone just learning to sew. You can see many more photos of the Picnic Play outfit HERE.
Above, Emily’s Picnic Play top was made using two layers of fabric- the white cotton and a white lace. See how I did it HERE. Her cute striped skirt was made by adding fun buttons to the Everything Nice overskirt and using it backwards. Read more in THIS POST. The Everything Nice skirt is bundled with the Sugar n Spice pattern.
I love that the Picnic Play top is reversible. It’s so quick to sew and can be worn frontwards and backwards. I added a bit to the sides to make Courtney a less fitted top. See more about this 80s version HERE.
The Picnic Play Reversible Doll Top is Quick and Simple to Sew!
The Oh Sew Kat! Testers had a ball with the quick and easy Sun Day Skort PDF Sewing Pattern. They loved how fast it was to sew and paired it with the Popsicle Top pattern for a quick and simple outfit. Find this new pattern HERE.
Sun Day Skort- the easy shorts and skirts in one pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
Kathy M said these Sun Day skorts went together so easily and she paired each one with a Popsicle Top. Find both patterns in the Oh Sew Kat! Etsy Shop! These girls are ready for some warmer weather!
Use the easy Sun Day Skort sewing pattern to make a quick outfit for your American Girl Doll
Your 18 inch doll will love her Valentine themed fashions sewn by you this February!
Make your 18 Inch Doll a Special Dress for Valentine’s Day with easy sewing patterns.
Riley had fun making heart shaped cookies!!
My dolls are wearing the Party Time Peasant Dress. I used THIS HACK to make it with long sleeves. With just one easy change to the sleeve pattern piece, you can make even more great variations of this quick to sew dress. Find the pattern in my Etsy Shop in five popular doll sizes.
Make 18 inch Doll Clothes for your American Girl doll- Oh Sew Kat! can help!
The Backyard Bibs pattern is quick and simple to sew- plus you can add your own unique flair to each and every one. I reach for this pattern over and over, no matter the season! Find the sewing pattern HERE.
Use fun holiday fabrics to make your own “one of a kind” doll clothes
Your dress can look completely different just by changing the shirt color you pair it with. (Both the red and black shirts were made using the Jumping Jack pattern.) The red gives it a more “Christmas” feel where the black could be worn into January a well. Instead of tights, try fun, striped socks and boots. I found this striped bias tape in a sewing catalog- they offer it in a few colors and patterns. It’s such a fun accent for waistbands, hems and straps in the perfect scale for dolls.
Make one of a kind doll clothes with easy to sew PDF sewing patterns.
Although this Easy Up! Jumper is not the exact same fabric as the one above, it is a coordinating print and gives the same effect. Teeny tiny snow globes! I purchase most of my fabric at AD: Fat Quarter Shop. This jumper would also look stunning over the black turtleneck shirt as well. Find the Easy Up! Jumper pattern here.
Have some fun mixing and matching prints and create your own one of a kind fashions for your dolls with easy to sew, Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns. The Easy Up! Jumper and Backyard Bibs are easy to sew up in just one afternooon! Try one or both today!
I know we all are drawn to fun, novelty and holiday fabric packs, but when making doll clothes, it can be hard to choose a pattern to show them off. Twinkle Twirl Skirt to the rescue! This easy pattern was designed for the mix and match quilters’ fabric look- often referred to “boutique” style. When my daughter was young, she wore skirts like this every day of the week, adding fun striped socks and her UGG® boots or high top converse tennis shoes.
I made this cute skirt with 3 fabrics. The trick or treat fabrics are opposite each other, with the purple characters and green spiders in the middle. So I can turn it a different part of the skirt to the front for a different look!
Do you use a serger when you sew your doll clothes? I’ve always felt that a serger is as essential as my sewing machine but I know everyone has a different view on this.
Try this easy Serger Setting Tip from Oh Sew Kat!
The Twinkle Twirl Skirt PDF sewing pattern offers many variations for adding different ruffles and hems. When making long and thin ruffles, the serger can be your best friend! You can use a rolled hem to finish the edge (in matching or contrasting colors) in just one step, compared to finishing, pressing, and hemming those little strips.
You can see that the thin, black ruffle at the bottom of Joss’ pink Twinkle Twirl skirt (above) is gathered just above the middle of the ruffle and is attached to the skirt on the outside. Both edges of the ruffle, as well as the pink hem, were finished with a rolled hem.
Use this Serger Settings Tip to Easily Change from an overlock to rolled hem stitch
Here’s a quick tip to make it super easy to switch back and forth between your 3/4 thread overlock stitch and a rolled hem. You will need two colors of some sort of sticker, washi tape, or vinyl scraps. Cut each color into 4-5 tiny triangles. And by tiny, I mean tiny. Maybe 1/4th inch long.
Most of us leave our serger set to a standard overlock stitch. I use a three thread since it creates a smaller stitch for doll clothes. Take one set of your colored triangles and use them to “point” to the current settings. My serger has two knobs, plus one letter dial. So I made a blue triangle point to each dial’s current setting.
Next, you will want to set up for a rolled hem.
The first place to look to make a rolled hem on your particular serger is in your owner’s manual or threading guide. This will tell you how to set your machine up and what dials and settings you will likely use. I also suggest heading over to YouTube to search for your specific brand-rolled hem.
Change all the settings to the rolled hem settings and test it on a scrap of fabric like the fabric that you use most often. Adjust the length and / or width until you are happy with the stitch. Now use a different color to mark these settings.
You might want to add an extra little sticker on a piece of tape on the inside of your machine as a key to remember which is which.
Once you finish your rolled hem, simple move all of your dials back to your 1st color (blue in my case), and test it on a scrap. The next time you need a rolled hem, you won’t need to look up the settings again, just turn all of your dials to your second color. You can add more colors if there are other stitches that you frequently use, such as a 4 thread, which on my serger, are green. For the most part, I just move back and forth between the 3 thread (blue) and a rolled hem (pink). I also used my label maker to remind me which dial is the width and which is the length.
Try Kat’s Quick Tip for Your Serger Settings
Easy peasy, right? I’m sure you will now find lots of way to reduce your sewing time plus add a fun accent to your doll clothes by adding a rolled hem.
Doll scale bandana fabric can be hard to find. A few years back, my Walmart had some in just a few colors. I’ve not seen it in a long time, and wish I had purchased more, because it’s such a short cut to making western style doll outfits!! Above, Kelly’s blue outfit is actually two pieces- The free FOUR SEASON SKIRT and the Playtime Peasant Blouse. The cowboy hat and boots are made by American Girl® and are part of Nicki Fleming’s collection.
Use THIS TUTORIAL to make a cute Playtime Peasant Top Dress. In this red bandana fabric, it takes on a western vibe especially when you add the boots! I also added a sparkly elastic belt using this tutorial.
Grace’s pink outfits is one of my favorites. It is also made with the free PDF pattern, the FOUR SEASON SKIRT and the the Playtime Peasant Top. I added the lace to the skirt and you can find the tutorial HERE.