Mix and Match Oh Sew Kat! Sewing Patterns to Make an 18″ Capsule Wardrobe
It’s quick, easy, and a lot of fun to make your 18 inch American Girl doll some cute mix and match separates with Oh Sew Kat! patterns. Each pattern (sold individually or in value bundles in my Etsy Shop) offer full sized, computer drawn pattern pieces that you print on your home computer, along with full color photos and directions for every step.
I love this pink swirly fabric with the bright pops of hot pink. It reminds me of cotton candy!! I like to usually choose a single print, then choose some solids to add pieces to the collection. For this set I chose two tops (Reversible Popsicle Top and School Bell Blouse) and two bottoms (Sandbox Shorts and Sixth Grade Skirt). You can mix and match all the pieces for lots of outfits for multiple seasons.
The Sandbox Shorts have real working pockets. I used the print fabric for the fun, patch pockets, but you can also use THIS TUTORIAL to put the pockets on the inside of the shorts. The shorts look cute with either the print or the solid side of the reversible Popsicle Top.
Easy Mix and Match Outfits for 18 inch Dolls
Lanie is ready for some summer fun in her cute outfit!!
Easy to sew, Mix and Match Doll Clothes for American Girl sized Dolls
Grace is ready for fall! She is wearing the School Bell Blouse with the Sixth Grade Skirt and some cute, tall boots she borrowed from her friend, Saige. This wardrobe easily glides between warm weather and cold weather outfits. Both patterns are available in my Etsy Shop.
DIY Doll Clothes: Create a Mix and Match Wardrobe with Oh Sew Kat! PDF Sewing Patterns
Maryellen is ready to beat the summer heat. The Popsicle Top and Sixth Grade Skirt were made to go together. Both are super quick to sew and can be used with lots of other outfit pieces as well. Find the pattern bundle HERE.
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I really enjoy sewing mix and match wardrobes for dolls. It’s very satisfying to choose a few fabrics, a few patterns, and after spending an afternoon sewing, end up with coordinated separates that can be used together, or with other pieces in your doll wardrobe (Like white shirts, jeans, blue or white jean jackets, tights, leggings etc.)
As I have posted before, I don’t live too far from a Vera Bradley® outlet. They always have great sales, and I’m always on the hunt for things to repurpose into doll clothes. Sometimes it’s hard and sometimes it’s easy! These dresses were made from two Vera Bradley napkins I found one year, with the Sunshine Dress pattern. And I took a non quilted bag apart to make this dress. Much of Vera’s line is quilted, or canvas, so not much can be used for doll clothes. This time, I was picking up my usual “wet swim suit” tote to cut up, and found tea towels. Below the tea towels, whoo hoo!!! APRONS!!! Aprons are a little thinner than towels, and by price, gave me more fabric for my money.
Easy to Sew Mix and Match 18 inch Doll Clothes
I knew I wanted to make some clothes around this purple paisley print apron. I added some solid colors (the print is busy enough!) and spent some time thinking and planning. Vera Bradley fabric is usually a very large print, so although not ideal for doll clothes in some ways, it’s also perfect in others. In the end, I decided on the Easy Up! Jumper to show off the fun print (and the hedgehog I found in the middle!!!), and making it reversible was an easy choice. Put a solid peasant top underneath, that can also be worn with a print Sixth Grade Skirt. Just because they are so quick and easy, I always add a Popsicle Top (one print side, and one solid side) for good measure, even though I already had the darker purple popsicle top on hand.
18 inch Dolls: Mix and Match Wardrobe Sewing Patterns
My go to formula usually ends up being two tops, two bottoms, and one dress for a good array of outfits. With the reversible dress, I opted for just the Sixth Grade Skirt for now, but it would be simple to add a pair of shorts or capris if I feel like it needs a little more when I am done.
Once everything is cut, I give all the pieces a good press before I begin. With solid colors, or easily swapped pattern pieces (like the sides of the Sixth Grade Skirt), I keep the pattern piece pinned until I’m ready to sew, or mark each right side with a small piece of washi tape. I tend to sew all of the pieces at once. (It does help that I wrote the patterns and don’t need to follow them as I go.) My first step is to figure out which of my “hem” seams I can get done first.
I sit down at my serger, and finish off the bottom edges of the Playtime Peasant Top sleeves and the Sixth Grade Skirt waistband. I move to my sewing machine, and stitch the shoulders of the Popsicle Top pieces, stitch the Sixth grade skirt together, add the sleeves to the peasant top, sew the armholes of the Easy Up! jumper. Back at the ironing board, I press all my seams open (Sixth Grade Skirt, Popsicle Top) and clip any curves (Peasant Top and Easy Up!). I also press up the hems of my Peasant Top. Topstitching the Sixth Grade Skirt comes next, and in this case, for the solid side of the Easy Up! jumper, I added a strip of the apron strap down the center front. By this time, I’m off to the races. I seam any seams, moving from piece to piece, and then press them all at once. By using just one color of thread (usually white), I can get the whole wardrobe completed in one sewing session.
Once I’m done sewing, I look for other items I already have on hand that I can use. I do have a dark purple Popsicle Top, which didn’t make it into the photos. :). The purple headband is made by American Girl® and I knit and felted this cute, black bowler hat myself. Add in some shoes complements of Grace and Blaire (American Girls of the Year) to complete the look.
The Easy Up! Jumper is Reversible for Two Dresses in One!
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Make a mix and match wardrobe for your 16 inch Animators dolls with easy to sew PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! You can find a full selection of sewing patterns for animators and other sized dolls in my Etsy Shop.
16 inch Animators Dolls Mix and Match Wardrobe by Oh Sew Kat!
These bright fabrics were in a fat quarter bundle from Joann’s Fabrics. I’ve had them sitting on my table for “someday” for awhile…and I had so much fun sewing up this mix and match wardrobe for the Animator dolls. The reversible Popsicle Top gives them a two-fer as they swap and share their clothes. I know winter is coming on…but these colors make me so happy I just could not resist. I also couldn’t stop when I got started! If you are sewing for little girls this holiday season…pick up a few of my simple patterns and get to work to make a mix and match wardrobe for Animators.
I started Anna off in the School Bell Blouse and a pair of Sandbox Short made from corduroy without any pockets. The School Bell Blouse has cute flared sleeves and can be made with or without a peplum skirt. See more ideas for this cute pattern HERE.
Easy to Sew Mix and Match Doll Clothes from Oh Sew Kat!
Add a reversible Popsicle Top, more Sandbox Shorts, and a blue, Sixth Grade Skirt for even more options. It’s fun to play with print fabrics, but a solid color can help make an outfit look more realistic as well as provide mix and match options in the future. When I first starting sewing doll clothes, I made colored Popsicle Tops in different shades (a light and dark green for example) that I just use over and over and over because they are not outfit specific. You can see them HERE.
A reversible Popsicle Top gives you two shirts for one sew. Choose two prints or mix a solid in as a basic wardrobe staple. Choose fabrics that can use the same thread color to speed up your assembly. Find the Popsicle Top pattern HERE.
Mix and Match Wardrobe- Create your Own with Oh Sew Kat! Patterns
Here are the pieces I made from the printed fabrics. One Sunshine Dress, One Popsicle Top (reversible), one School Bell Blouse and one pair of Sandbox Shorts. I added the red shorts and blue skirt as solid options as well. Find a full selection of Animator sized sewing patterns HERE.