Need a little inspiration for your March sewing? How about some shamrocks and rainbows? These adorable dresses are made with the Oh Sew Kat! Party Time dresses sewing pattern for dolls. It’s now available in 5 sizes!
The Party Time Dress is a quick dress with a full gathered skirt and elastic at the neck and sleeves. Here I left out the sleeve elastic for fuller sleeves. It goes together in just an afternoon! With a fully open back, it’s very easy for little hands to dress their own dolls. Mix and match your fabrics to create a unique dress for your own doll and it’s quick enough to make one for every season!
I found this rectangle of “beary” cute fabric on my sewing table, cut off of another project. It was the perfect size to hem up, gather, and add a ribbon waistband to in order to make a simple, Valentine apron. Riley is wearing it over the white Sugar n Spice dress I made last year. (Take some advice from me. 🙂 Spend a weekend and make a few Sugar N Spice dresses in three or four solid colors. You’ll find you have the perfect dress to add just a little (and quick!) holiday accent to when the time comes just like I did here. You can see the same white dress as an angel for Halloween HERE and under the black checks/bunny dress HERE.)
Easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! for Valentine’s Day Dresses for Dolls
Need a little inspiration for your weekend sewing? How about some pink and red Party Time dresses? There’s just something about the red and pink, the lace and ruffles, you know, love in the air 😉 Show your dolls a little extra love this month!
The Party Time Dress is a quick dress with a full gathered skirt and elastic at the neck and sleeves. Leave the elastic out of the sleeves for a different version. It goes together in just an afternoon! With a fully open back, it’s very easy for little hands to dress their own dolls. Mix and match your fabrics to create a unique dress for your own doll. I added the lace to the neckline using this tutorial.
How about the smaller dolls? The Party Time Dress is perfect for Wellie Wishers dolls too!
The Wellie Wishers™ sized pattern will fit your Hearts for Hearts dolls too!
Find the patterns to make your own in 5 popular doll sizes:
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.
Today, our featured tester is our Northern Neighbor, Koala-T. Carly and Theresa can be found at Canadian craft fairs with clothing for all sizes of dolls! Visit them on facebook (give their page a like while you are there!) and see what all they offer. They offer so many styles for so many sized dolls and do special orders too!! They are amazing!!
Every doll needs a few party dresses in her closet! This brand new pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is quick and easy to sew. Mix and match fun colors to create a unique, one piece dress perfect for any occasion!
Here are a few samples made by the Oh Sew Kat! testers.
The perfect look for Tenney Grant from Sew and Soar. Check out her Etsy shop! The denim gives the dress a country feel.
Beautiful photo and beautiful dress by Beautiful Dreams. Here’s a link to her Facebook page to see more! With this pretty Party Dress, your doll will be ready for any Garden Party!
SewDolledUp81 created the illusion of a skirt and blouse, but it’s an easy on and off one piece dress!
You can download the PDF Pattern and stitch up your own Party Time Peasant Dress in an afternoon.
If these dresses are sold, you can make your own! The patterns offer photo step by step so even the beginnerist (is that a word?) beginner can make a cute doll dress! This pattern is also available for 18 inch dolls with more sizes coming soon!