Sewing for BeForever character Nanea Mitchell? Try these twists on patterns to make a variety of Hawaiian themed dress from Oh Sew Kat! patterns. Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.
Sew Hawaiian themed doll clothes for Nanea with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Use Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns to make adorable Halloween Costumes for Dolls.
Halloween Costumes and Ideas for dolls- Add to your fall fun!
What is more fun than dressing dolls up in adorable Halloween costumes that you make yourself? Here are a few ideas of costumes that your American Girl dolls would love to wear. All of these patterns are also available in other doll sizes in my Etsy Shop.
Make a Snowman Outfit for your 18 inch doll.
Do you want to be a snowman? Use the Jumping Jack pattern to make a super cute, snowman outfit that the pieces can be used for other outfits too, since it’s a shirt, shorts, and an open sided apron style jumper. I found the hat at Michael’s craft store in the fall. (Maybe it’s a pilgrim hat?)
Make a cowgirl outfit for your country western doll.
How about a cute cowgirl? This outfit was made using the Playtime Peasant Top and the free skirt pattern: Four Season Skirt. The hat came from American Girl as part of Nicki Fleming’s Girl of the Year collection in 2004.
Sew a sweet Cinderella dress!! She’s so cute even before she gets to the ball. These were both sewn with the Sugar n Spice dress pattern, the top photo is by Sophie P. and I sewed the one below it.
Pretty as a princess- Make an easy Cinderella apron outfit for your 18 inch doll
Find the head scarf tutorial for 18 inch dolls HERE.
This darling angel costume was also sewn using the Sugar n Spice pattern. The wings were found at the craft store. I made a white dress, a white overskirt, and put a decorated corset over the top for this angelic costume.
Sweet as an angel. What will your doll dress up as for Halloween?
What is more fun than dressing dolls up in adorable Halloween costumes that you make yourself? Here are a few ideas of costumes that your Wellie Wishers would love to wear. All of these patterns are also available in other doll sizes in my Etsy Shop.
Make a fun Halloween costume for your 14 inch doll with easy sewing patterns
I used THIS TUTORIAL to make the plackets on the bodices before I attached it to the lining. For both dresses, I moved the fold line over 3/4th inch and added trim before I topstitched it down. Try ric rac, lace trim, or piping. Do not add anything to the bodice lining piece. I suggest that if your bodice with the placket seewn doesn’t match the lining exactly, simply trim it to fit. (The lining is the true bodice size.)
Find the Sugar n Spice pattern here. The pink ruffled trim is Strawberry Slush ruffle elastic trim from Stampin’ Up! It’s not attached to Emily’s waist, I just added it on top like a belt and couldn’t really decide which way I liked it better, flipped up or down. It was the perfect color!!
I had a few different fat quarters that a friend picked up as a surprise for me at Walmart and it was fun to mix and match the prints. At less than $4 for a yard of fabric, you can’t beat the price tag! (See my Valentine dresses also from Walmart fat quarter packs HERE.)My girls are ready for Easter. Are yours?
Wow, is it me or does it feel like Easter is early this year? I was happily sewing shamrocks and then I looked at the calendar! Yep, Easter is in just two weeks!! If we blink, we just might miss it. I wanted to share a little Easter inspiration if you are looking for something to fill a special someone’s Easter basket this year.
These dresses were made using the Sugar n Spice pattern. It’s available in three sizes (so far!) on Pixie Faire, Etsy, and You Can Make This.
Each season you can use the same dress- just add a different overskirt!! Isn’t this Henry Glass fabric just perfect for dolls? Here I used the green and yellow dresses. But click HERE to see the Valentine version over a white dress.
Easter Dresses for Dolls with the Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern.
Choose a few solid colors and stitch up the Sugar N Spice dress. Use your specialty fabric for a cute overskirt- a skirt and waistband…so quick and easy! Don’t forget the rest of the accessories included in the Everything Nice pattern or the Bundle (18 inch size).
Here’s the green dress again! With this pattern, I use the same dress over and over. 😉
Mmm! Can you smell it in the air? Yep! That is pumpkin spice you smell. It’s time! Fall is here! Everyone is gearing up for trick or treat on Halloween, even the dolls! Make a few decorations for your dollhouse for the season so they can celebrate Halloween in style.
Kelly loves her pretty Halloween decorations, made from a few item from the local craft store. Here are some easy projects to try for your doll! Is it past Halloween when you are reading this? No worries, you can make them for other seasons too! This post has affiliate links.
To see the tutorial and find the pattern pieces for the cute, little Spooky Bat, see page 22 of the October issue of iCreate Monthly. If you have not seen this magazine (online or in a glorious print issue each month!) I highly encourage you to check it out. If you are looking for a gift of patterns, crafts, and more for dolls, take a look at iCreate Monthly.
Boo Blocks: These are so easy to make for any season! I purchased a bag of one inch blocks at the craft store, just like these. I used a one inch square punch (but you can use a paper cutter or ruler too) and cut squares from different scrapbook papers. I mixed and matched prints and solids and drew pumpkin faces on the orange ones. With sticker letters, I spelled out BOO! Stack them up to make a cute tabletop decoration!
Washi Tape Flag Banner: Who doesn’t love washi tape? In so many colors, and so many patterns, it’s hard not to collect a whole drawer full of the cute little rolls! Pull out your favorites, and some thick twine or yard, and create a super quick, super easy decoration for your doll’s Halloween party.
Add a few pumpkins or hats from the craft store, and you’ve set up a quick and easy, festive Halloween Party for your dolls!
Kelly and Melody’s dresses were made using the Ghouls and Goodies fabric from Riley Black and the SCHOOL DANCE DRESS pattern from Oh Sew Kat! These girls are ready for some pumpkin spice lattes!
I used the School Dance Dress pattern and had fun mixing and matching the cute, spooky fabrics! The eyes are just too much! Owls and black cats, oh my! The pattern is available in three sizes: 18 inch dolls, Wellie Wishers, and for 16 inch Disney Animators.
Willa loves her new dress! I used a little scrapbook embellishment for the ribbon’s belt buckle.
The doll world is falling in love with the newest BeForever character from American Girl, Nanea Mitchell. She lives in Hawaii in the 1940s. You can purchase her fancy Holoku Muumuu dress from American Girl, but she also needs some dresses for every day! This tutorial shows you how to take the Bloomer Buddies pattern and make her a dress for every day!
You will need the Bloomer Buddies pattern, which you can purchase and download in my Etsy Shop by clicking the image below. Cut out the pattern pieces for the dress option with sleeves.
Sewing Pattern Tutorial: Hawaiian MuuMuu Dresses for Dolls
Step 1. Pin your pattern pieces to your fabric. Add one inch to the dress length of both the front and back pieces before you cut them out. Assemble the short sleeve dress according to the pattern instructions, but do not sew the hem. Don’t put any pleats in the sleeves so they have an open look.
Step 2. Cut a strip of fabric, 2 1/2 inches x the width of fabric. (This means your strip will be 40-45 inches long.). Finish one edge with a zigzag stitch or serger, and press up 1/4 inch. Stitch the hem in place.
Step 3. Gather the ruffle’s top, raw edge, and with right sides together, pin, then stitch it to the hem of your dress. Top stitch from the front if you like. Complete the dress as directed by the pattern.
Nanea and Maryellen are ready for some hula lessons! (See how to make Maryellen’s purple muumuu here.)
Make more floral Hawaiian dress with tutorials here, and here.
Find the Bloomer Buddies Pattern for 18 inch Dolls, 14.5 inch WellieWishers, and Animators in my Etsy Shop. See more ideas in the Inspiration Gallery and here in this blog post. Did you enjoy this post? Share it on facebook, twitter and pinterest from the links below! Thanks for stopping by!
Nanea lives in Hawaii in 1941, at the time of the Pearl Harbor Attack. Read more about her in her books by American Girl® here (affiliate link from Amazon). You can make beautiful Hawaiian dresses for Nanea or any of her doll friends with sewing patterns you may already own from Oh Sew Kat! In this tutorial, use the Playtime Peasant Top to make a pretty, ruffled Muumuu.
Use this easy pattern hack to make a Hawaiian inspired doll dress.
First, you need the pattern. This pattern is available in my Etsy Shop (also available for Animators and WellieWishers too!). Click the image to purchase the digital sewing pattern and download and print it out on your home computer.
**This tutorial, or pattern hack, assumes you have a basic knowledge of sewing and is designed to show you how to make a few changes to the Oh Sew Kat! Playtime Peasant Top pattern to create a new outfit. Please see the actual pattern for pattern pieces and more specific, step by step instructions. See many more ways to make the Playtime Peasant Top in the Inspiration Gallery.
Step 1. Cut out two bodice pieces, two short sleeves, one ruffle strip 3 x 20 inches for the neck, and one 3 x 32 inch strip for the hem ruffle. This purple dress was made with a neckline ruffle that measured 2 x 20 inches, so it’s a little shorter, but remember, you get to design it! Choose the finished length you want your neck ruffle, and multiply it x 2. Add 1/2 inch for seam allowances, and cut it to 20 inches in length.
Step 2. Zigzag finish or serge one long edge of the ruffles. Press up 1/4th inch and stitch in place. (You could also use a rolled hem on a serger!)
Step 3. Stitch your bodice and sleeves pieces together as directed in the pattern. Lay it out on your table with the right side facing up towards you and wrong side against the table. Place the raw edge of the ruffle on the raw edge of the neckline, also with right side facing up. Pin and stitch in place with a little less than a 1/4 inch seam. Finish the edge with a serger if desired. Press this edge down 3/8 inch to the wrong side to make a casing for the neck elastic. It is a little thick, so use some steam. Feed the elastic through both layers and secure the ends as stated in the directions in the pattern. Again, it’s a little thick, so just take it slowly. I always use a bodkin like this one.
Step 4. Sew one side seam as directed in the pattern. Open up your dress and with right sides together, pin the hemline ruffle to the raw, hem edge. Stitch in place, and top stitch from the front, catching the seam allowance. Complete the final steps for the other side seam per the pattern. Once your dress is done, fluff up the ruffle around the neckline! Maryellen is ready for some fun at the luau!
The tropical climate of Hawaii is perfect for floral sundresses of all styles! A quick google search for “Hawaiian Dress” or “Hawaiian Muumuu” will show you thousands of pretty island dresses. There are many styles, so it seems that however you make yours, it will be perfect for Nanea, American Girl®’s newest BeForever character from Hawaii!
Make Pretty Muumuu dresses in 18 inch doll size
This post is one in a series of four STEP IT UP SERIES posts of easy Hawaiian Dresses to make from Oh Sew Kat! Patterns. Hopefully you already own one or two and can get started right away!
Be sure to check out three other ways to make a Hawaiian dress here, here, and here! You can also quickly find them all on my Tutorials page.
The easiest way to make a Hawaiian dress is to simply sew your favorite sleeveless, sundress pattern is a bright, floral print. Keep the size of your doll in mind as you select your fabric; you don’t want the flowers to be bigger than she is!
The Sugan n Spice pattern is perfect! Click the image below to purchase and download it today.
Step 1. Choose the Seeveless pinafore, print and cut out your pieces as directed in the pattern with a skirt length of 6.5 inches. Cut a strip of fabric for the ruffle: 2.75 x 45 inches (or WOF, the width of your fabric).
Step 2. Construct your dress according to the pattern directions but do not sew a hem.
Step 3. Zigzag or serge finish one long edge of your ruffle strip, press it up 1/4th inch and stitch hem in place. Gather the top edge of the ruffle.
Step 4. With right sides together, pin the ruffle to the skirt, and stitch in place. Top stitch from the right side. Complete the dress according to the pattern instructions.
Traditional Hawaiian Muumuu dresses are a little longer than a usual dress, and often have a wide ruffle at the hem. Harper’s pink dress is made with ModKid fabric called Mezzanine.
You don’t have to do a ruffle! Take your “ruffle strip”, fold it in half with wrong sides together, and press it well. Add it to the right side of your dress hem, then turn it under and top stitch. You can play with your patterns with this banded hem version. Grace looks so pretty in blue!
Your Nanea doll will look beautiful in a handmade Hawaiian sundress!
The Sugar n Spice pattern is perfect for Hawaiian dresses and Halloween costumes, as well as the perfect every day dress for school or holidays. Check out the Inspiration Gallery and this blog post to see more Sugar n Spice dresses.
Who else can’t get enough Hawaiian dresses lately? Check out this post and this post to see how to make more Hawaiian Dresses! Did you enjoy this post? Share it on facebook, twitter and pinterest from the links below! Thanks for stopping by!