Step it Up Series: Simple, Hawaiian MuuMuu for Nanea with the Sunshine Dress Pattern – Dress Pattern Hack!

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 an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

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.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

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.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

Use this easy tutorial to make a Hawaiian inspired dress for your doll with the Sunshine Dress sewing pattern.



Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls

First you will need the pattern.  Click the image above to go to  my Etsy Shop. (This pattern is also available for Animators and WellieWishers and the tutorial will work the same for those dolls as well- Hello Lilo and Moana? 🙂 

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.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

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.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

Share your Muumuu with me on facebook and instagram!

Make a Hawaiian MuuMuu for your American Girl sized doll.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

Nanea and Harper are ready to dance the hula at a luau!

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch
**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.
Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch

See more 3 more tutorials to make Hawaiian inspired fashions from Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Learn to sew doll clothes with easy sewing patterns by oh sew kat! American Girl doll clothes patterns plus free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #diy#sewingproject #beginner #ohsewkat

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch
Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Sunshine Dress beginner sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy #18inch
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Nanea’s Wardrobe:  Make a Hawaiian Muumuu Dress with the Playtime Peasant Top pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat!

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Playtime Peasant Top sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy

Everyone is going hog wild for Hawaiian fashions with American Girl’s release of the 1940s doll, Nanea Mitchell.  (Pronounced Na-Nay-Uh).  Enjoy this second way to make a Hawaiian dress for your doll.

Make a Hawaiian MuuMuu Dress for your 18 inch doll.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Playtime Peasant Top sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy




Part Two:  Playtime Peasant Top!

Learn to sew doll clothes with easy sewing patterns by oh sew kat! American Girl doll clothes patterns plus free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #diy#sewingproject #beginner #ohsewkat

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.

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Playtime Peasant Top sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy

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.

Sewing patterns for dolls by oh sew kat 18 inch welliewishers
**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!)

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Playtime Peasant Top sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy

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!



Make a Hawaiian Dress for an 18 inch doll

Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Playtime Peasant Top sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy


Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Playtime Peasant Top sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy

See more ways to make your Playtime Peasant Top here and here.  Do you want to make more Hawaiian Muumuu dresses? See the three other pattern hack/tutorials here,  here, and here.

Use this pattern hack to make shirts for your doll as well as dresses.

Here is another example of the Playtime Peasant Top with an added neck ruffle. So cute!!!

Tutorial for adding a neck ruffle to a peasant top. Find more sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #peasanttop #dolltutorial #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #18inchdolls

Try it with lace instead of a fabric ruffle!

Quick and easy to make 18 inch Doll Clothes with PDF Sewing Patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Find the Backyard Bibs and Playtime Peasant Top sewing patterns in my Etsy Shop. #18inchdolls #etsyshop

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Sewing patterns for dolls
Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Playtime Peasant Top sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy
Make an easy, Hawaiian inspired MuuMuu doll dress for your 18 inch doll like Nanea. Easy Playtime Peasant Top sewing pattern tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Visit www.ohsewkat.com for a free trial skirt pattern. #nanea #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easy