Step it Up Series: Easy Pattern Hack: April Moon PJ’s makes a Cute, Knit Dress

Use the April Moon PJ Set PDF sewing pattern to make more than just PJ’s. Here, I hacked the pattern to make 2 cute dresses for spring. The April Moon pattern was designed for knit fabrics and offers a wide, cropped short sleeved top with loose capri pants.

Make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll with the easy to sew, April Moon sewing pattern.

Make a knit dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy sewing patterns for doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat.

The April Moon Sewing Pattern for 18 or 16 inch Dolls.

Make comfy pjs and a nightshirt with this easy sewing pattern for 18 inch American Girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

I used the April Moon pattern (photo above) to make these dresses. Unlike most knit top patterns, this top is fully lined. It’s a little easier for beginners to sew a smooth neckline by doing it this way, but if you want, you can simply fold over the neckline with a nice 1/4th inch seam and omit the lining if you prefer.

To make this knit dress with a full circle skirt, I didn’t make any changes to the top, to use as my dress bodice. I did a few searches on you tube and google, to find some simple directions for a circle skirt. With a little math and some graph paper, I came up with a pattern for a full circle skirt. Be sure to measure your finished bodice to make sure the skirt will fit correctly. I was pretty pleased with how it came out.

Who wore this 18 inch doll dress best? Emily or Maryellen?

Make a knit dress with circle skirt for your 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack of the April Moon pajamas sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! #americangirl #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #dollclothes #patternhack
Make a cute, sleeveless top for your 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack of the School Bell Blouse sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! #americangirl #welliewishers #ohsewkat #dollclothes #patternhack

Try either a circle skirt or a gathered skirt to make your knit doll dress.

For this second dress, I cut about 3/8th inch off the bottom of the bodice to give it more of an “empire waist” feel. A simple rectangle skirt, cut and gathered, gives the dress more of a “baby doll” look. I like both versions for different reasons, but as you can see, there’s a lot of possibilities with this pattern. The cute sleeves, when tied up, give more of a designer feel to it, without any of the work!

Find the April Moon Sewing Pattern HERE to make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll.

Make a cute, sleeveless top for your 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack of the School Bell Blouse sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! #americangirl #18inchdolls #ohsewkat #dollclothes #patternhack

Make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll with this April Moon pajama pattern sewing hack.

Check out the Inspiration Gallery to see more ideas with the April Moon and other Oh Sew Kat! patterns. The April Moon pattern is currently available for 18 inch dolls and 16 inch Animators’ in my Etsy Shop.

Make a knit dress for your 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack of the April Moon sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! #americangirl #americangirldolls #ohsewkat #dollclothes #patternhack
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Tester Tuesday: Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern for A Girl for All Time® Dolls.

Be inspired by these Backyard Bibs that were sewn by the Oh Sew Kat! testers. I love how each one looks completely unique!

Inspiring tester photos of the Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern.

Make doll clothes for A Girl for All Time dolls with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Backyard bibs has four variations and is quick to sew!

Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern for 16 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Clementine in roses by Michele A. (Shown with the Playtime Peasant Top.)

Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Pastel Plaids by Shirley F.

Make a darling overalls outfit for your 16 inch A Girl for All Time doll with easy PDF doll clothes sewing patterns by OH SEW KAT.

Spring circles by Juliette A. (shown with the Playtime Peasant Top.)

The Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern lets you make overalls and skirtalls in five doll sizes.

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Find more ideas to sew the Backyard Bibs pattern in the Inspiration Gallery.

Backyard Bibs in Beautiful Blue Bees for Blaire

The Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls is so fun to sew! I like to make them two or three at a time.

Backyard Bibs with Playtime Peasant Top PDF Sewing pattern for dolls.

Make easy overalls with Oh Sew Kat's Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like Blaire Wilson from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpatterns

I added lace to the hem and made the waistband from a contrasting fabric. Blaire is also wearing a Playtime Peasant Top which completes the outfit. Both the gingham and white look so great I just can’t pick! Maybe white for spring, and gingham for fall!

Sew easy overalls and skirtalls with the Backyard Bibs sewing pattern.

Make easy overalls with Oh Sew Kat's Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like Blaire Wilson from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpatterns

Are your dolls ready for spring? They will be in their cute Backyard Bibs.

Make easy overalls with Oh Sew Kat's Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like Blaire Wilson from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpatterns
Make easy overalls with Oh Sew Kat's Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like Blaire Wilson from American Girl. #dollclothes #sewingpatterns

Find the Backyard Bibs sewing pattern for 18 inch Dolls HERE.

Find the Playtime Peasant Top Sewing pattern for 18 inch Dolls HERE.

Find the two patterns bundled together HERE.

See more ideas for the Backyard Bibs pattern HERE and HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Make Ruffled Skirt Bibs for your Dolls by Combining 2 Sewing Patterns

Add a ruffled skirt to the easy Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern to make overalls for your 18 inch dolls by OH Sew Kat.

Have you seen the pattern value bundles section of my Etsy shop? I now offer bundles of patterns for more than one size in one listing, with more being added all the time. I also offer quite a few bundles of 2 to 4 patterns that go together…like for summer or school, as well as certain pairs of patterns that were designed as outfits. See the selection of bundles HERE.

Add a ruffled skirt to the easy Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern to make overalls for your 18 inch dolls by OH Sew Kat.

Oh Sew Kat! Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern Bundles

Some of these pairs include my first two patterns published, The Sixth Grade Skirt and Popsicle Top available in different doll sizes. You can also find the Easy Up! Jumper paired with the Jumping Jack 3 in 1 set for the turtleneck. My newest bundle pair is the Backyard Bibs and Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt. This bundle gives you the top (which can be made into a dress), the 3 tiered prairie skirt, and four versions of the Backyard Bibs overalls.

Combine the Playtime Twirl Skirt with the Backyard Bibs for a new look!

Add a ruffled skirt to the easy Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern to make overalls for your 18 inch dolls by OH Sew Kat.

Make your doll a set of Ruffled Backyard Bibs with this easy pattern hack.

Create this adorable ruffled bibs dress by combining the two patterns (shown above) in the Bibs and Blouse bundle. Follow the instructions as written to make the bibs, then instead of adding one of the skirt or pants variations, add the two bottom ruffles from the Playtime Twirl Skirt. Go even further by adding all three ruffles if you like! (Just realize that the top ruffle of the skirt goes into an elastic waistband, which the Bibs pattern does not have. You will need to make the top layer longer in order to be full enough for the larger bibs waistband.)

Add a ruffled skirt to the easy Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern to make overalls for your 18 inch dolls by OH Sew Kat.

Riley is ready for the spring and sunshine!! Ad: This outfit was made with a fabric bundle sold by Cricut. Check out their bundles for a great fabric bundle selection.

Find more ideas for making unique doll clothes in the Oh Sew Kat! Inspiration Gallery.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

A Girl for All Time Sewing Pattern- The Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat!

The Sixth Grade Skirt pattern is now available for 16 inch ball jointed dolls like A Girl for All Time®. Some of my AGAT patterns may also fit Sasha dolls, depending on the fit.

Find the Sixth Grade Skirt for A Girl for All Time® Dolls in my Etsy Shop.

A Girl for All Time Sewing Pattern- The Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat! Quick and easy to sew, perfect for beginners. #ohsewkat #agirlforalltime

This A line style skirt is very quick to sew, but offers lots of options by adding pockets (see this TUTORIAL) or lace (see this TUTORIAL). Visit the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas.

Find this pattern HERE and the Popsicle Top to go with it HERE.

The Sixth Grade Skirt is a very easy sewing pattern for A Girl for All Time Dolls.

A Girl for All Time Sewing Pattern- The Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat! Quick and easy to sew, perfect for beginners. #ohsewkat #agirlforalltime

Find the pattern in 5 other popular doll sizes, and also in some value bundles HERE.

Make an adorable Sixth Grade Skirt for your A Girl for All Time® Doll.

A Girl for All Time Sewing Pattern- The Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat! Quick and easy to sew, perfect for beginners. #ohsewkat #agirlforalltime
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Tester Tuesday: Backyard Bibs for Animators Dolls- Aqua Lovelies

The Backyard Bibs PDF Sewing Pattern is a quick and easy sewing project that has lots of options. Before I publish a pattern, I send it to my wonderful testing group to make sure everything is right. Well, Michele A certainly goes above and beyond when she sits down to test. Just sit back adn enjoy the aqua lovlies in their new Backyard Bibs outfits.

See more of Michele’s amazing tests here. All of these outfits also use the Playtime Peasant Top pattern under the bibs. Have fun mixing and matching your accents, fabrics, and pockets! Well done, Michele!!

Make adorable Backyard Bibs outfits for your 16 inch Animators dolls with this easy sewing pattern from OhSewKat. Also available sized for 18 and 14 inch dolls on Etsy. #animators #dollclothes

Find the Backyard Bibs and Playtime Peasant Top Value Bundle HERE.

Make adorable Backyard Bibs outfits for your 16 inch Animators dolls with this easy sewing pattern from OhSewKat. Also available sized for 18 and 14 inch dolls on Etsy. #animators #dollclothes
Make adorable Backyard Bibs outfits for your 16 inch Animators dolls with this easy sewing pattern from OhSewKat. Also available sized for 18 and 14 inch dolls on Etsy. #animators #dollclothes
Make adorable Backyard Bibs outfits for your 16 inch Animators dolls with this easy sewing pattern from OhSewKat. Also available sized for 18 and 14 inch dolls on Etsy. #animators #dollclothes

This pattern works perfectly for boy dolls too! Cristoff is wearing a POPSICLE TOP under his Backyard Bibs.

Make adorable Backyard Bibs outfits for your 16 inch Animators dolls with this easy sewing pattern from OhSewKat. Also available sized for 18 and 14 inch dolls on Etsy. #animators #dollclothes

Find the Backyard Bibs pattern for Animators Dolls HERE.

Find the Backyard Bibs pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl® HERE.

Find the Backyard Bibs pattern for 14 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™ HERE.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!
Make easy overalls for boy and girl animators dolls with this digital PDF pattern from OH Sew Kat! Easy to sew beginner level doll clothes patterns for animators like Anna, Elsa and Rapunzel. #animators #dollclothes

The Easy Way to Make a Paper Pattern for Doll Skirts

Make a paper pattern for a gathered doll skirt if the PDF Sewing pattern doesn't include one with this easy tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Find easy to sew doll clothes sewing patterns on Etsy. #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #diy

When an Oh Sew Kat! pattern uses a gathered skirt, it’s very difficult to please everyone by either including large, blank pages of pieces of paper to print and tape together to make a rectangle pattern piece, or to just put measurements and let everyone cut their fabric with a rotary cutter. As a pattern designer, I find it to be about a 50/50 split on what people prefer. Personally, I either rip my fabric, or I use my rotary cutter and quilting rulers (like these: AD: https://amzn.to/2XaHDeC) but if you don’t have one, or prefer to cut around a paper pattern, here is an easy tutorial to make a paper pattern for the gathered skirts if one is not included in the pattern.

Make a paper pattern for a doll skirt with just copy paper, a ruler, and a pencil.

First of all, no graph paper is needed. You can, of course, use graph paper to make an easy paper pattern. Most graph paper is 1/4 inch squares, so simply count and mark off your inches and tape them together. This technique does not use graph paper, but rather standard, 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper and a ruler.

Make a paper pattern piece for a gathered doll skirt with this easy tip. Find digital,PDF print at home sewing patterns for dolls like 18 inch American Girl dolls from Oh Sew Kat!

It’s actually really easy to make your own pattern with regular printer paper. Start with the basics of the math. A piece of standard, US printer paper is 8 1/2 inches x 11 inches. If you fold it in half the long way, it’s now 4 1/4 inches wide on each half by 11 inches long. Use this basic concept to make your paper pattern.

Let’s start with an easy example, like a skirt that measures 4 x 20 inches.

  1. Fold your paper in half the long way (hot dog). Cut down the center fold, and then measure over and cut off 1/4th more from the long side of each piece. Each piece now measures 4 x 11 inches. (Use a scrapbooking type paper trimmer if it’s easier for you!)
  2. Tape the short sides together, so they overlap by one inch exactly. The piece will now measure 4 x 20 inches. Ta da! Wasn’t that easy?

To make a skirt that measures 5 inches by 20 inches, you will need two pieces of paper instead of one. Fold down the middle, and then measure over another 3/4th inch from the fold in either direction. Cut on that line (5 inches from one edge. You will not use the other part of that paper). Do the same for the second piece. Overlap the short edges by one inch, for a total of 20 inches by 5 inches.

Let’s try one that is a little harder this time. Let’s make a pattern for a doll skirt that measures 6 x 36 inches.

  1. Fold your paper in half the short way (hamburger). This fold will be at 5 1/2 inches. Measure one half inch from the fold in either direction and cut along this line. You will not need the smaller piece you cut off. Your piece now measures 6 by 8 1/2 inches. Do this 5 times, so you have a total of five pieces.
  2. Overlap each one by one inch and tape them together. The piece will now measure 36 1/2 inches. Measure 1/2 inch of one end and cut it off.

Use basic math to make a paper pattern piece to cut out your doll skirt.

This technique can work for ruffles as well, like in the Playtime Peasant Twirl Skirt Pattern.

If you like to have a pattern piece when you make a gathered doll skirt, these tips/ideas will work for any size that you need. Simply work with what you know. You know what your copy paper measures, so trim it down and overlap it to make it the desired size. Save it for next time with your other pattern pieces.

When you fold a standard piece of American copy paper in half the long way (hot dog), each side measures 4 1/4 x 11 inches.

When you fold a standard piece of American copy paper in half the short way (hamburger), each side measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.

Now anytime you purchase a PDF pattern that does not include the pattern piece for the gathered skirt, you have an easy way to construct one yourself without having to run out to buy graph paper.

Download a free skirt pattern for your 18 inch doll, 14.5 inch doll, and disney princess doll at ohsewkat.com. More patterns and sizes available. #freesewingpattern #dollpattern #18inchdoll
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Find an entire collection of easy to sew, print at home PDF sewing patterns for classic doll clothes from Oh Sew Kat!

New PDF Sewing Pattern for A Girl for All Time Dolls: Backyard Bibs

Our new AGAT dolls are happy to join the club with their own version of the Backyard Bibs. Find this newest size here.

The Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern is now available your 16 inch A Girl for All Time Doll® in my Etsy Shop.

Make doll clothes for A Girl for All Time dolls with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Backyard bibs has four variations and is quick to sew!

This quick and easy sewing pattern has four variations. Make it as a skirt, a full skirt, shorts, or cute, cuffed capri pants. Add pockets and buttons and embroidery to suit your own style.

Backyard Bibs A Line Skirt Sewing Pattern for A Girl for All Time®

Make doll clothes for A Girl for All Time dolls with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Backyard bibs has four variations and is quick to sew!

Backyard Bibs Gathered Skirt Sewing Pattern for A Girl for All Time®

Click HERE to purchase the Backyard Bibs pattern for 16″ AGAT Dolls.

Make doll clothes for A Girl for All Time dolls with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Backyard bibs has four variations and is quick to sew!

Backyard Bibs Shortalls for A Girl for All Time®

Make doll clothes for A Girl for All Time dolls with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Backyard bibs has four variations and is quick to sew!

Backyard Bibs Cuffed Capri Pants for A Girl for All Time®

Make doll clothes for A Girl for All Time dolls with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Backyard bibs has four variations and is quick to sew!

Be inspired by the Backyard Bibs Inspiration Gallery and these photos by the Oh Sew Kat! testers in this post and this one too!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Tester Tuesday: Backyard Bibs Sewing Pattern for 18 inch Dolls

The new Backyard Bibs pattern has been quite a hit on the Oh Sew Kat! facebook page. My testing group had a really great time with this one; each one seemed to try out and outdo the last. 🙂 . Enjoy these adorable bibs created by Michele.

Click here to purchase the Backyard Bibs for 18 inch dolls and create your own bibs! Now available sized for Wellie Wishers 14 inch dolls too!

Backyards Bibs are fun to sew- especially when you choose a fun focal fabric.

This overalls pattern has basic lines and construction, but that really lets the fabric do all the talking! With four variations included, you can make each pair of bibs unique!

Make adorable bibbed overalls for you 18 inch dolls like American Girl with the Backyard Bibs easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Fun to sew, digital download, print at home pattern is great for beginners. #ohsewkat #overalls #dollclothes #sewingpattern
Make adorable bibbed overalls for you 18 inch dolls like American Girl with the Backyard Bibs easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Fun to sew, digital download, print at home pattern is great for beginners. #ohsewkat #overalls #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Make these easy overalls for your 18″ doll.

Isn’t it hard to pick a favorite? Michele has so much creativity and talent! She used the Playtime Peasant Top with her bibs. Find that pattern in a value priced bundle with the bibs HERE. It is also available separately.

Make adorable bibbed overalls for you 18 inch dolls like American Girl with the Backyard Bibs easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Fun to sew, digital download, print at home pattern is great for beginners. #ohsewkat #overalls #dollclothes #sewingpattern
Make adorable bibbed overalls for you 18 inch dolls like American Girl with the Backyard Bibs easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Fun to sew, digital download, print at home pattern is great for beginners. #ohsewkat #overalls #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Add pockets for extra special detail.

Make adorable bibbed overalls for you 18 inch dolls like American Girl with the Backyard Bibs easy sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! Fun to sew, digital download, print at home pattern is great for beginners. #ohsewkat #overalls #dollclothes #sewingpattern

Your 18″ dolls are ready for spring and summer in their cute Backyard Bibs overalls that you designed and made yourself!

The Backyard Bibs is a simple to sew pattern that is easy on and off for the little hands that like to play with dolls. No buckles and no snaps- add fun accents like embroidery, pockets, and bows to make your bibs as unique as your doll. Visit the Backyard Bibs Inspiration Gallery to see more ideas for this fun pattern, as well as THIS POST. This pattern is also available for other dolls like Wellie Wishers and Bitty Baby.

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Make overalls for your dolls with the quick and easy Backyard Bibs 18 inch doll PDF sewing pattern by oH Sew Kat! #blairewilson #overallspattern #diy #ohsewkat

St. Patrick’s Day Doll Dresses: Sugar n Spice Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

I do have an Irish heritage, and I’ve always loved it! March is one of my favorite times of the year, especially the shamrocks, and the music! Each year, I try to sew something shamrock themed for the dolls. This post shows the dresses I’ve made with the popular SUGAR N SPICE sewing pattern. It’s available in my shop in 3 sizes.

The beauty of the Sugar n Spice pattern is versatility and value. With an underdress and overdress option, plus some extras like an apron, cape, corset, and tutu, the time you spend making solid underdresses is time well spent. Notice each of these next photos. They all have the same, light green dress as a base! I’m just changing up what is layered over it in each photo. See the Easter version HERE.

Willa is wearing her green dress with an overskirt using the EVERYTHING NICE accessories pattern.

This little overskirt look is super quick and easy! Wear it frontwards or backwards like in this post.

Make your own doll clothes for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy to use easy print at home PDF patterns to sew doll clothes for your 18 inch, 14 inch and Bitty Baby dolls with patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #18inchdoll #ohsewkat

Here she is in the same green dress, but the overskirt is replaced with a green tulle, tutu. (Instructions are found in the Everything Nice section of the pattern bundle.)

Sew an irish themed dress for your 14 inch doll like Wellie Wishers with the Sugar n Spice PDF sewing pattern by ohsewkat.

And for the 18 inch Dolls:

Make your own doll clothes for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy to use easy print at home PDF patterns to sew doll clothes for your 18 inch, 14 inch and Bitty Baby dolls with patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #18inchdoll #ohsewkat

Yep! Same green dress- I added a seasonal overdress or pinafore, which is also included in the Sugar n Spice pattern.

Make your own doll clothes for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy to use easy print at home PDF patterns to sew doll clothes for your 18 inch, 14 inch and Bitty Baby dolls with patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #18inchdoll #ohsewkat

Just the right touch: a ribbon belt and a cute button. Now the green dress really shines!

Make your own doll clothes for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy to use easy print at home PDF patterns to sew doll clothes for your 18 inch, 14 inch and Bitty Baby dolls with patterns by Oh Sew Kat! #sewingpatterns #dollclothes #18inchdoll #ohsewkat

And here is one more from the same Sugar n Spice pattern. For this outfit, I took the pinafore/overdress from Sugar n Spice, and reversed it. I left the edges of the skirt unconnected, and layered it over a Party Time Peasant Dress. Read the post about it HERE.

Make your own 18 inch doll clothes for American Girl and Our Generation dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat! #18inchdoll #sewingpattern #dollclothes #stpatricksday

Find the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern HERE for 18 inch dolls. Wellie Wishers and Animators’ sizes are also available. Put the LUCK OF THE IRISH into your doll’s wardrobe this month!

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