Make 50s style Fashions and Outfits for your 18 inch Doll.
Maryellen Larkin and her family are glad WWII is over and everyone is hopeful about the future in 1954. She loves pretending to be a 50s movie star and playing the jukebox at the diner with family and friends. Use Oh Sew Kat! patterns to stitch up 50s style outfits for your Maryellen doll and her friends.
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Use Oh Sew Kat! patterns to sew 50s outfits for your Maryellen Larkin Doll.
Do you want to make Maryellen a new outfit? Try these twists on patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Find all of these patterns in my Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.
These outfits came about completely by accident. They don’t even need a tutorial or pattern hack. I simply used pieces from two different patterns together to make a new outfit.
I was making a doll skirt from my Everything Nice pattern. (The Everything Nice pattern is the accessory pattern that is sold bundled with the Sugar n Spice dress.) . It is a quick little skirt, attached to the waistband, with an open back. It was designed to give “dress up options” to the princess themed Sugar n Spice Dress. In order to check my hook and loop tape placement, I grabbed the closest doll. It was Melody, and she was wearing a Sunshine Dress I made for THIS post. The dress seemed tight enough for my test, so I did not remove it. As I stood back to check the skirt fit, I realized that by simply using two of my own patterns, I could create a similar look to Melody’s fancy dress or the popular overskirt fashions of the late 50s and early 60s.
Next I went to my fabric stash- and found some navy fabric to match one Sunshine Dress I’d already made…and chose some creamy, dreamy roses fabric for the other one.
This dress is the Sunshine Dress sewn with the princess seams option. The Everything Nice overskirt fits perfectly over it- open it in the front or in the back! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Find the Sunshine Dress HERE.
What other patterns can be used together to provide more value for your time sewing and money spent? Share in the comments below. Make a 50s or 60s inspired dress for your dolls today by checking out these other pattern hacks here and here!
BeForever character, Maryellen Larkin, is a ten year old girl living in Florida in 1953. Fifties fashions were all about fun prints, gingham, and full skirts!
With just a few modifications, you can make a cute 50s style dress and scarf for your Maryellen doll (or her friends) using the Bloomer Buddies pattern from Oh Sew Kat! I used THIS PIN from my Maryellen Pinterest board as my inspiration. Make the scarf from matching fabric from THIS tutorial.
The pattern has a little slimmer silhouette than the pinned image. I made two modifications when I cut out my dress.
Move the dress center front fold about 1/2 inch. This will give an extra inch of fullness to the front of the dress. You do not need to change the lining, as the finished front will still be the same size, just have more fullness.
Add pockets to your dress front before you gather it and sew it to the yoke. Even though you can do it after, it’s just easier to work while it’s still flat. I made my pockets so they would be two inches square when finished. I used one edge on the fold, so my pocket pieces were 4.5 x 2.5 inches. Press in all edges by 1/4th inch first. With right sides together, fold in half and stitch the two short sides, plus the corners and some of the long side, leaving a 1/2 inch opening to turn. Turn and press, tucking in your opening along the crease lines. Top stitch the top edge if desired, then add to the front of the dress where the hands end up, stitching around both short sides and the bottom.
Make the dress according to the pattern instructions.
Maryellen Larkin looks so cute in her fifties style dress you made yourself!
To make a matching head scarf, click HERE for the tutorial.
This quick project will give you the perfect head scarf for your doll’s favorite summer outfits. It’s also perfect for making 50s style outfits for BeForever character, Maryellen Larkin like THIS. Girls in the 70s, like Julie Albright also wore scarves like this.
How to make a head scarf or bandana for your 18 inch Doll.
Cut one 8 1/2 inch square of fabric.
With right sides together, fold in half along the diagonal. Start 1/2 inch from one corner near the fold, and stitch along the edge, around the top corner, and back towards the fold. Stop 1/2 inch before you reach the fold.
Turn right side out and press well, being certain to push the top corner out. Tuck the raw edges to the inside of the corners as you press. Top stitch if desired.
Cut 3/8th inch wide elastic to 2 inches. Tuck each end into a corner of the scarf and stitch in place.
Make a bandana or headscarf for your 18 inch doll with this free pattern.
See more tutorials for your dolls here, and click here to see how to make Maryellen’s cute, 50s blue gingham version of the Bloomer Buddies dress.