Sew your 18″ American Girl® doll some fun fashions for the 70s with easy Oh Sew Kat! patterns.
Visit the Oh Sew Kat! 70s Inspiration Gallery for ideas and links to sew the Oh Sew Kat! patterns with a fun, 70’s flair. Your Julie Albright™ doll with love mix and match fashions that you made yourself!
For this easy doll clothes tutorial, start with the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! It comes in 3 sizes, so if you are making a blouse for a doll other than 18 inches, simply adjust your measurements to fit your doll’s arm. Find the sewing pattern HERE.
Print out all of your pieces to make the doll top, including the sleeve. Cut out your pieces, and tape your sleeve piece to a new sheet of paper (near the top) so the fold line is even with the left edge of your paper. Measure down the edge by 3 1/2 inches, and make a mark. Use your ruler to draw the new sleeve hem at a 90 degree angle from your fold line. You can then connect the new hem back up to your short sleeve edge. Cut out your new piece and label it for 18 inch dolls.
Follow the pattern as directed. You can put wrist elastic (4 inches) in or leave it out. You can also make longer sleeves on the tunic or dress length too! Depending on the fabric you choose, your dress can look modern or retro.
See more ideas for the Bloomer Buddies pattern HERE, HERE and in the Inspiration Gallery HERE.
Long sleeve, baby doll blouse for your Julie or Courtney 18 inch doll with Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns
The American Girl BeForever® characters are 9-10 years old in their books. I was seven years old in 1974 (so a little younger than Julie) and my youngest sister was six years old in 1986 (so a little younger than Courtney.) My sister and I BOTH had clothing made from this little rosebud fabric. My sister also had a dress in the same fabric that was pink. Such memories! What do you think? 70s? 80s? I think it works for both!
Easy to sew, the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Pattern for Dolls makes both a capri outfit and a sundress for your 18 inch dolls.
Are your dolls ready for the summer weather? The Boardwalk Boutique PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is one pattern that will give you just what you need to keep your 18 inch and other sized doll cute and cool this summer.
The pattern includes an easy ribbon or fabric tie halter top (with elastic back- no closures) and cute, ruffled capri pants. But you can also use this pattern to make a cute sundress too!
The Boardwalk Boutique top has two cutting lines. Use the longer one- and add a ruffle or pretty trim. A little ruffle for a short dress, or a longer, fuller ruffle for a full length dress. You can make it maxi length too! See my tutorial HERE and find the pattern at the blue button below in multi sizes and bundles.
Need an easy sewing project? The Halter Top from Boardwalk Boutique makes the perfect summer sundress.
These Disney Animators’ dolls look ready for summer fun in their halter sundresses. With ribbon or fabric straps and an elastic halter back, the pattern sews up quickly to get your girl off to play. Again, use the longer top cutting line and add lace or a ruffle to make it the perfect length as a Boardwalk Boutique sundress!
Make a Summery Sundress for your 18 inch Doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
Saige is ready for fun! This Boardwalk Boutique pattern has two cutting lines for the top- with and without the ruffle. Use the longer one, and add some fun trim to make a cute sundress or add a pair of leggings!
You can create even more cute sundresses just by adding more, or longer, ruffles. Create this 70’s vibe Maxi Halter Dress with two ruffles sewn to the Boardwalk Boutique top. Find the full tutorial here. How will you make your cute Boardwalk Boutique Sundress?
This month, Kat’s Pattern Pick of the Month is the SUNSHINE DRESS. This pattern is available in three sizes (18 inch, 16 inch animators, and 14.5 Wellie Wishers) and as an a line short sleeve styled dress, it offers lots of options to sew it up in different ways for your dolls.
Easy Pattern Hacks for the Sunshine Dress Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!
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Make historical fashion outfits for your BeForever Character dolls with Oh Sew Kat’s Sunshine Dress pattern.
Nanea’s muumuu dress was part of a four part series of blog posts in adapting Oh Sew Kat! patterns to make Hawaiian inspired fashions. Find the MuuMuu tutorial HERE and see more ideas for Nanea HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Even though the weather is warm here, it’s winter on the other side of the world! The Jumping Jack pattern is the perfect pattern for cute and unique outfits for fall, winter, and cooler weather.
The Jumping Jack sewing pattern offers 3 pieces that can be worn together or used to accent other outfits. The knit turtleneck shirt, flair legged shorts, and a button on apron style jumper lets your doll go from casual fun at the park, to dressed and ready for dinner. Enjoy these tester photos of this fun to sew pattern.
Sewing for BeForever character Julie Albright? Her stories are set in 1974 and she has some groovy fashions! Give your Julie a personalized 70s themed wardrobe with these twists on PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop.
Make a 1970’s themed outfit for your 18 inch American Girl doll.
What other Oh Sew Kat! patterns might work for Julie outfits? Visit the Julie page of the Historical Fashions gallery for more ideas. See more sewing ideas for the BeForever characters like Melody and Maryellen too! Comment below with your ideas!
Visit & follow my 1970s doll fashion PINTEREST Board for more ideas. Pin these images to save them for later!
Here is an easy 1970s style top to make for your American Girl doll, Julie. Julie is the BeForever character from 1974. I was seven years old in 1975, and I had a top that looked just like this one, red fabric and all, but the print was of mushrooms. I used “Little Ruby” fabric for this imitation calico top and the Oh Sew Kat! Bloomer Buddies sewing pattern.
Make a retro 1970’s themed outfit for Julie and other dolls with this easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!
This outfit was inspired by THIS PIN. For this outfit, I didn’t make any adjustments to the Bloomer Buddies pattern. In order to be more authentic, next time I might add a seam allowance and make the front open with buttons. That will stay on my “to do” list for now. 🙂
It’s easy to add pockets to any pattern, especially square pockets. I add the pockets after the front is complete, before I add the sleeves as it’s a little easier to work with a flat item than a rounded one.
Figure out what size you want your finished pocket. On this blouse, my pockets measure one inch square. Add 1/2 inch to the width, and the length for seam allowances. I cut my pieces 1 1/2 inch square. With right sides together, sew three sides of the pocket, and turn right side out. Press well, folding the unfinished edge to the inside.
I put my top on my doll, and use scotch tape (the magic, transparent kind) to hold the pockets in place. It’s easier to sew over tape than pins that are longer than your pocket! Use a top stitch or edge foot if you have one to get nice topstitching around the three lower sides of the pocket. Complete the top as directed by the pattern.
Make a calico top for Julie and her friends- inspired by the seventies.
Complete the 70s inspired look with an easy headscarf. Find the full tutorial HERE.
Free tutorial and pattern for a 70s retro headscarf for dolls.
I’m really enjoying sewing for Julie Albright, the BeForever character from 1974. I think I’m attracted to her collection because I was seven years old in 1974 and I had very similar things- like her purple coat (mine was blue) and the sneaker skates (mine were bright yellow with orange stripes).
When I saw THIS PIN, I just knew that this peasant style outfit would be easy to recreate with Oh Sew Kat! patterns. Be sure to follow my Julie board when you stop by my Pinterest page.
Make a 70s style gingham skirt for your 18 inch Julie doll and her friends.
Click here to see other outfits I’ve sewn for Julie.
Make your own Doll Clothes for BeForever Doll: Julie
The top is simply the Playtime Peasant Top, sewn in white with long sleeves. For the skirt, I used the overskirt that comes in the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice bundle. I cut the gingham fabric skirt longer by 4 1/2 inches, but didn’t make any other changes. Add a little lace at the bottom, and ta da! A perfect, pretty bell skirt! Add a red or gingham ribbon to complete the look. This outfit will be perfect for the Christmas holidays!
As it is such a simple dress, The Sunshine Dress sewing pattern has so many options. There are many different ways to style it up to create just the look you want. Here, I used it for the 1974 BeForever Character, Julie Albright.
Find tutorials for other ways to sew Oh Sew Kat! patterns for your Julie Doll HERE. Click here to see more Sunshine Dresses.
Make a tunic top for your 70s Doll – Julie
This top is very simple. I only made one change to the pattern- I cut off about 1 1/2 inches from the hem. I added a little bit of crochet trim, and Julie has a perfect tunic to wear with her bell bottoms.
I used this photo from Pinterest for inspiration. Here’s another one. Based on the first photo, I am using View C, the princess seamed option, but I really think that any of these views can be easily adapted to create this daisy trimmed look. The second photo definitely looks like View B.
Start with the Sunshine Dress pattern. This pattern has had a recent update. Check your file and make sure that it says Copyright 2018 at the bottom of the front cover. If it doesn’t, you can find the updated version where you purchased the pattern, or contact me.
Raise the neckline by quite a bit- I used almost a half inch for the 18 inch size doll. Don’t forget the lining piece needs to match too!
Skip the top stitching after assembling the dress front. It would be covered by the trim. If you want your trim to disappear into the seam at the shoulders (and not go down the back), you need to add it over your seams before you stitch the front to the backs as I did here. If you want the trim to go over the shoulder and down the back, it will be attached after the dress front and back are joined but before you do the hem. I just attached mine to the front (to conserve my trim mostly). Add the daisy trim with transparent tape to ensure you have the look you want; you can follow the seam lines if you have them, but if you don’t, put the trim where you think it should go. Stitch in place. I used a machine and just carefully stitched down the center of my flowers. You can also add your trim by hand. If the trim was wider, or for a real girl and would be washed, I would put a row of stitching down each side to hold it securely.
Raise the hem by an inch or even more. Dresses for girls were short then too! (I usually do this after the dress is sewn together unless I’ve done it before and have a good measurement. Once the dress is done, it’s easy to (use a ruler) and trim off the right amount for right look for the era.) .
Optional: Add lace (again by hand?) around the neckline.
One final note. I do not profess that this pattern is historically accurate. I found an image on Pinterest and used my own pattern, which looks very similar. However, in the world of child’s play, “close enough” is usually enough to save you a few dollars at the American Girl Store if you have a young friend pleading for Julie Albright or items from her time period and collection. When my daughter was very young, and a new doll was released, I usually kept her focused on who she already had with just a few new doll dresses to fit the new era or theme. The one that comes to my mind is when Elizabeth Cole, Felicity Merriman’s best friend was released in a beautiful pink, ball gown. I was able to make and buy a few colonial dresses for my daughter’s Mia doll, and off we went to Williamsburg happy as can be. Elizabeth never did join our doll family by the way. 😉
Use the Sunshine Dress PDF sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! for BeForever Julie Dolls.
PLEASE NOTE: The Sunshine Dress has been updated since it was first published. The current version has Copyright 2018 on the bottom of the cover page. If you are unable to get the updated copy from where your purchased it, please contact me at email@example.com with the details of where and when you purchased the pattern and I will get you the updated copy!
See other ways to make clothes for Julie here and here, and more ways to sew the Sunshine Dress here.