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!
Click on each link below to go right to the instructions for the Pattern Hacks.
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.
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!
I placed a few orders for some of American Girl’s new holiday dresses. I hate to spend so much money on them each year, but I often regret it because sometimes they are only available for a short time. This year, I purchased the CELEBRATION DRESS and thought it would be so pretty on Nanea.
I was right. She looks dreamy in it! I think the very top of the dress, although pretty, is very, very sheer. I can’t imagine it will withstand a lot of real doll play by real girls.
Honestly, I really bought it for these amazing shoes. I love doll shoes and I have been know to buy more than one outfit simply for the shoes. These gold sparklers are so pretty with tiny bows in the back. LOVE!
The crown is pretty, and the bracelet is a nice touch (although I tend to think they should both be pearls or both be sparkles, but maybe that is just me. ) I love the waistline sparkle!
Overall, I’d give this dress a solid B. Maybe I’d bump it up to a B+ because of those gorgeous shoes. The main reason is because of the delicate top. Even for older girls, if it gets ripped, I think the dress might be ruined. But otherwise, the mixture of textures with the lace and the tulle give a pretty holiday look for your special doll. You can find this outfit and lots more at American Girl stores.
Since I usually make all of my own doll clothes- I would use either the Bloomer Buddies or the Sugar N Spice Dress PDF sewing patterns to make a dress like this. The Bloomer Buddies would need a waist, and the Sugar n Spice would need the pieces bodice top (using sheer and fabric sewn together, then cut out), but both would be very pretty if you wanted to make your own dress as well.
Do you have a favorite holiday dress from American Girl?
Here’s a little inspiration for your sewing this weekend. I bought some new fabrics from my favorite online shop, The Fat Quarter Shop, and wanted to stitch up something new. I have a new selection of fabrics from the amazing Bonnie Christine. This is her HELLO OLLIE collection.
Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch doll dress – Try the Sugar n Spice PDF Pattern
I chose the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern . I made the pleated hemmed sleeve and a six inch skirt, adding lace to the bottom. I added the bonus apron as well. This dress is my most popular pattern because it is easy to stitch up in a single evening. The sleeves have pretty puffs and pleats and you can make the dress look different with just a few changes. I didn’t change anything on this one except add some lace to the bottom. I used less than three fat quarters to make this dress. (I had to stitch two pieces together to make the green bird piece long enough for the skirt).
Make a Sugar n Spice Dress for your 18 inch doll with Oh Sew Kat’s easy sewing pattern.
You can create a beautiful Hawaiian dress for your Nanea (Na-nay-uh) BeForever® American Girl ® doll or one of her friends from almost any dress pattern you own. Use this quick tutorial to take the Oh Sew Kat! Sunshine Dress to a gorgeous Hawaiian Muumuu. This is the 4th dress tutorial in a series of four. I’ve made a muumuu dress from four different Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls. Find the other tutorials with lots of photos here, here, and here, using the Bloomer Buddies pattern, the Sugar n Spice pattern, and the Playtime Peasant Top Pattern.
Make a Hawaiian muu muu dress for your 18 inch doll.
And now for Part Four of four easy MuuMuu dress pattern hacks for you to make – the 4th 18 inch doll muu muu dress is the Sunshine Dress.
If you look closely, you will find the fabric is what really makes your doll’s dress look Hawaiian. Your Nanea or her friends will be thrilled with this modern take on a simple Hawaiian Muumuu dress. I chose a bright, orange floral print. Be sure the flowers are not too large for your doll, but with dresses like this, honestly, almost anything can work.
Use this easy tutorial to make a Hawaiian inspired dress for your doll with the Sunshine Dress sewing pattern.
Step 1. Choose your sunshine dress pattern view (Princess seam, solid front, or straight seamed front) and cut out all of the front, back and lining pieces as directed by the pattern. No sleeves are needed.
Step 2. Cut a strip of fabric to add to the hem of the dress as the ruffle. I used 2 1/4 x 33 for a shorter, more modern look. Traditional muumuus probably have a longer ruffle (3 x 33 inches). Finish the bottom hem of the ruffle, by pressing up 1/4 inch and stitching in place.
Step 3. Complete the Sunshine Dress according to the pattern instructions making it sleeveless, as seen in this tutorial here. Add the ruffle to the bottom edge and top stitch. Do not finish the back edges yet.
Step 4. Choose your trim to add to the neckline and hem. I used a cute, gathered ribbon trim I had on hand. Add your trim around the neckline and hemline, leaving a bit hanging over the back edge. You can stitch in in place by machine or by hand. Finish the back edge as directed by the pattern , catching trim ends. If you don’t have trim you like, you can also make your own with fabric or ribbon. Create a fabric tube, or choose a wide ribbon and gather it down the center to create a ruffle.
Nanea and Harper are ready to dance the hula at a luau!
**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! Sunshine Dress pattern to create a new look. Please see the actual pattern for pattern pieces and more specific, step by step instructions. See many more ways to make the Sunshine Dress in the Inspiration Gallery.
See more 3 more tutorials to make Hawaiian inspired fashions from Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns HERE, HERE, and HERE.
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!
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!