Step it Up! Series: Make a Sleeveless Doll Top with the School Bell Blouse Pattern Hack

Your Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns can just be the starting point for so many more outfits to make for your dolls.  One advantage of using PDF digital patterns, instead of commercial, tissue patterns, are they are much simpler to print a new copy, and make a few tweaks, to make something a little different than the original pattern design. You can find a long list of easy pattern hacks of Oh Sew Kat! patterns on the Tutorials Page.

Try this fun pattern hack to make a sleeveless blouse for your 18 inch Doll.

This post will show you how to take my popular fall long sleeve blouse pattern, the School Bell Blouse, and make an easy, breezy sleeveless top for warmer weather too!  Now you can use this pattern all year long!

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

See more ways to change up the look of the School Bell Blouse pattern here and here. The School Bell Blouse is available in 3 sizes. This hack will work the same for all three.

Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! School Bell Blouse for DIY doll clothes. #ohsewkat #18inchdolls #sewingpattern #dollclothes

Purchase the pattern here or on other sites where Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.

To make the School Bell into a sleeveless blouse, you really just need to make one change to the pattern.  You can use either View A, the pleated neck top, or View B, the peplum top for this pattern hack.

View A:  Make Sleeveless School Bell Blouse with a Pleated Neck.

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

View A:  Pleated Neck Sleeveless Top:

  1.  Cut out the front and back for the top of your main fabric. Do not cut out the sleeves or the facing.  Cut out an additional front and back using the pattern pieces from view B. This will act as the lining (inside) for your top.
  2. Serge or zig zag stitch the bottom edges of the lining front and back.
  3. Create the neckline pleat as directed in the pattern.  Press.
  4. Sew the fronts to backs at shoulders as stated in the directions and press seams open.  Do the same for the lining pieces. (Main fabric to main fabric and lining fabric to lining fabric.)
  5. With right sides together, pin the lining to the main fabric at the neckline and arm holes.  Stitch, clip curves, press, and turn to right side.  Press well.  (Note:  this turning to the right side can be tricky with smaller doll sizes.  See this tutorial and this one to see the ways and tools I use if you start to have trouble. Just take your time.)
  6. With right sides together, open up side seams and pin them together.  Stitch as one seam (you are stitching the main fabric front to the main fabric back, and the lining fabric front to the lining fabric back in this step.)
  7. Pull it down, right sides, out and press arm hole if needed.
  8. Hem and finish the back opening according to the pattern directions.

View B:  Make a Sleeveless School Bell Blouse with Peplum Skirt

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

View B:  Peplum Top:

  1.  Cut out the peplum, two front pieces and two back pieces.  Do not cut out the sleeves or the facing.  Your additional front and back pieces will act as the lining of your top.
  2. Serge or zig zag stitch the bottom edges of the lining front and back.
  3. Sew the fronts to backs at shoulders as stated in the directions and press seams open.  Do the same for the lining pieces. (Main fabric to main fabric and lining fabric to lining fabric.)
  4. With right sides together, pin the lining to the main fabric at the neckline and arm holes.  Stitch, clip curves, press, and turn to right side.  Press well.  (Note:  this turning to the right side can be tricky with smaller doll sizes.  See this tutorial and this one to see the ways and tools I use if you start to have trouble. Just take your time.)
  5. With right sides together, open up side seams and pin them together.  Stitch as one seam (you are stitching the main fabric front to the main fabric back, and the lining fabric front to the lining fabric back in this step.)
  6. Pull it down, right sides out, and press arm hole if needed.
  7. Attach the peplum, sew the hem, and finish the back opening according to the pattern directions.
Sew a doll dress for your American Girl doll with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

You can also make a sleeveless version of the School Bell Blouse Dress, by combining this pattern hack with this one.

Find more ideas for the School Bell Blouse pattern here and here.  What will your doll wear today?  Find the patterns at the links below.

School Bell Blouse Pattern for 18 inch Dolls (like American Girl®

School Bell Blouse Pattern for 14.5 inch Dolls (like Wellie Wishers™ and Glitter Girls)

School Bell Blouse Pattern for 16 inch Animators’ Dolls

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Step it Up Series: Make a Ruffled Dress with this Playtime Peasant Top Pattern Hack

Make a dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with this easy PDF sewing pattern for dolls by oh sew kat! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #beginnerproject #diydollclothes #ohsewkat

Add a ruffled skirt to the Playtime Peasant Top sewing pattern to make a twirly dress.

The Playtime Peasant Top is so quick to sew and here at OSK, our dolls wear them all the time!! Use the Playtime Peasant Top PDF sewing pattern to make a cute and easy ruffled dress for your doll.  This easy pattern hack was shared with me by one of my pattern testers.  It’s such a simple idea and has a lot of wow factor as well.  The Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt pattern is quick and easy and available HERE in five popular doll sizes.

To make this ruffled dress, use the Oh Sew Kat! Playtime Peasant Top pattern.  Try another twist by adding a ruffle to the neckline as seen in THIS TUTORIAL.

Make doll clothes for 18 inch dolls and Wellie Wishers with this quick and easy sewing pattern from OhSewKat. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #americangirl #ohsewkat #twirlskirt

Make a ruffled skirt peasant dress for your doll.

  1. You don’t have to make any changes to the pattern pieces!  Choose your fabrics, and cut out the front and back, short sleeves, and using the measurements for the Twirl Skirt, cut out the middle and lower tiered ruffles.
  2. Follow the pattern instructions to assemble the top.  Do not sew the hem.
  3. Follow the pattern instructions to hem and gather the lower tier and sew it to the middle tier.   With right sides together, sew your two tiers to the bottom edge of your top.
  4. The dress looks great with or without a belt or tie.
Make a dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with this easy PDF sewing pattern for dolls by oh sew kat! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #beginnerproject #diydollclothes #ohsewkat

Find the pattern in 5 popular doll sizes:

Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt for 18 inch Dolls like American Girl®

Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt for 15 inch Baby Dolls like Bitty Baby®

Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt for 14 inch Dolls like Wellie Wishers™

Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt for 16 inch Dolls like Disney® Animators

Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt for 16 inch slim Dolls like A Girl for All Time®

See more ideas for this pattern HERE and HERE.

Make a dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with this easy PDF sewing pattern for dolls by oh sew kat! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #beginnerproject #diydollclothes #ohsewkat
Make a dress for your Bitty Baby American Girl doll with this easy PDF sewing pattern for dolls by oh sew kat! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #beginnerproject #diydollclothes #ohsewkat

It’s super cute for Bitty Baby® too!!

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Five Popular Pattern Hacks for Oh Sew Kat! Patterns

Don’t you love making special doll clothes for the girls in your life with the easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!  The easy to follow photo instructions are designed to help even the novice sewist have a successful time.  In many of my more recent patterns, I’ve started to include some ideas and simple instructions for variations on the patterns.  You can “Step them Up” or “Step them Down” to your heart’s content.  Read below to see five of my favorite (and most popular to date!) pattern hacks.  Click on the photo to go right to the tutorial of Kat’s favorite pattern hacks.

Find all these patterns, plus many more in 5 popular doll sizes in my Etsy Shop or other places Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.

Take a new twist on Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns with these favorite pattern hacks.

 

Try these easy pattern hacks for your 18 inch dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern for subscribers. #diycrafts #dollclothes #ohsewkat #sewingpattern


  1. Tee shirt Dress tutorial:  Make a cute, tee shirt dress from the Simple, Sweet Tee Shirt pattern.  Works for any size doll.  Find the pattern in 4 popular doll sizes here. Make a tee shirt dress from a tee shirt pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Make American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #dress #18inchdolls #sewing


  2. Pumpkin jumper:  The classic Boardwalk Boutique pattern doesn’t have to be put away when the weather gets cooler.  Use it as a base to make cute holiday themed outfits as well as summer play clothes.  A little orange fabric and an iron on pumpkin face took this simple halter top to a cute jumper for fall. Layer it over a Playtime Peasant Top or a Jumping Jack Turtleneck! 18 inch doll sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat! Boardwalk Boutique is easy and quick to sew! Free skirt pattern for 18 inch sized dolls.

  3.   50s overskirt dress:  This one isn’t even a pattern hack.  Make a 50s or 60s classic look dress with an overskirt for Melody or Maryellen.  The Sunshine Dress is worn underneath an overskirt made from the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern. Make a 50's outfit for Maryellen American Girl Doll Clothes with easy sewing PDF patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Blog with craft tutorials and free skirt pattern. #ohsewkat #dollclothes #50s #dress #maryellen #sewing

  4.   Make a Halter Maxi Dress:  This easy hack to the Boardwalk Boutique lets your fabric shine with one or two big ruffles.  Make a halter maxi dress for your doll 70s fashion sewing pattern

  5.   Add lace to a ruffle skirt:  Take your skirts to a new level with an added lace layer.  See this easy tutorial for any ruffled skirt- shown with the Four Season Skirt and Playtime Peasant Twirl Skirt patterns. Add lace to a ruffled doll skirt with this free skirt pattern and tutorial for 18 inch and 14 inch dolls like American Girl. Get a Free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt PDF print at home digital pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #laceskirt #ruffle

 

Easy to sew Pattern Hacks for 18 inch and other sized doll clothes.

Find all these patterns, plus many more in 5 popular doll sizes in my Etsy Shop or other places Oh Sew Kat! patterns are sold.  See more pattern hacks and tutorials HERE.

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Step it Up Series: Make a Long Sleeved Dress for Dolls with this Easy Bloomer Buddies Pattern Hack

Make a holiday doll dress for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy PDF sewing patterns from OhSewKat! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #diyholiday #holidaycraft #christmas

The Bloomer Buddies is already a very, versatile pattern.  With three lengths for both the top/dress and bloomers, you can mix and match to create an entire wardrobe for your doll.  Take that pattern one step farther with this easy pattern hack to make the long sleeved dress version. (This also will work for the top!)

The Bloomer Buddies pattern is currently available in 3 sizes, for 18 inch dolls, for 16 inch Disney Animators’ dolls, and for 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers/Glitter Girls sized dolls.  Find the pattern HERE.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat! Easy doll dress, top, and bloomers in one easy pattern. #ohsewkat #sewingpattern #dollclothes #easypattern

Easily make a long sleeve dress or top with a short sleeve pattern.

Cut out all of your pattern pieces, including the sleeve.  Fold your paper along the sleeve’s fold line, or tape it to the top of a new sheet of paper that is folded in half lengthwise and cut it out.  You now have a full sleeve piece.  Measure your dolls arm, from the center point between the shoulder and elbow, down to the wrist where you want the sleeve to end on your doll. 

On your new sheet of paper, measure down from the bottom corners of the sleeve this same amount and extend those side lines.  Connect the ends of these new lines across the middle in a straight line.  Cut out your new sleeve pattern piece and follow the pattern instructions to make the top or dress.  For my polka dot dress shown here, I extended the sleeve by 3 inches for the 18 inch doll.  If you are not using any trim at the cuffs, or want to use elastic, use 3 1/2 inches.

Easy sewing patterns to DIY doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like American Girl, Our Generation. #ohsewkat #bloomerbuddies #sewingpattern #18inchdolls

Make a long sleeved dress with the short sleeve Bloomer Buddies pattern.

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What other short sleeve patterns do you have that you can also make with long sleeves or vice versa?  Find more tutorials and pattern hacks on the Tutorials page.  Visit the Bloomer Buddies Inspiration Gallery HERE.

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Five Holiday Pattern Hacks for Oh Sew Kat! PDF Patterns

It’s so fun to sew doll clothes for the holidays with easy and quick PDF patterns by Oh Sew Kat!  Below I’ve gathered up a few pattern hacks for you to share the holiday love this season!  Click on the photos to go right to the tutorials.  These pattern hacks can be made for any size doll.  You can find all of these patterns, plus many more in my online shops, like MY ETSY SHOP.

Make a cute holiday outfit for your 18 inch dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern for subscribers. #diyholiday #holidaycrafts #dollclothes #ohsewkat #sewingpattern


  1. Snowman Outfit:  How cute is this outfit?  Use the Jumping Jack pattern, all in white, to make a cute snowman themed outfit that also gives you basic pieces to mix and match with other outfits.  This pattern is also available for Wellie Wishers™.Doll clothes sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls ohsewkat


  2. Holiday Santa, Elf and Gingerbread:  The classic Boardwalk Boutique pattern is a popular pattern for summer halter tops and ruffled capris.  But wait!  You can use it all year long.  Use it as a base to make cute holiday themed outfits!  I just used some creative colors to whip up these quick and easy holiday cuties.  Layer them over a Playtime Peasant Top or a Jumping Jack Turtleneck! Make a Christmas Elf, Gingerbread Man, or Santa outfit for your doll with the Boardwalk Boutique PDF Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. #christmaself #ohsekwat #santaoutfit #holidaycrafts #dollclothes

  3.   Molly’s Holiday Dress:  This one isn’t even a pattern hack.  Make a beautiful dress that looks like the classic made by AG for Molly McIntire with the Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice pattern in a deep green with a little lace.  This would also be adorable in red! Make your own doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like Molly. The Sugar n Spice pattern is available from Oh Sew Kat! for American Girl dolls and other popular doll sizes. #sewingpattern #dollclothes #molly #holidaydress

  4.   Make a holiday nightgown:  This white nightgown is perfect for the holidays and was inspired by Clara in the Nutcracker.  A few changes to the Sugar n Spice pattern is all it takes! Try this nightgown pattern hack of Sugar n Spice Dress sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing tutorial at www.ohsewkat.com to make a Clara inspired Nightgown for dolls. #ohsewkat #clara #nutcracker #dollclothes #sewingpattern

     

  5. Santa Jumping Jack:  The Jumping Jack pattern can also be used to make a cute Santa outfit.  White cuffs on the turtleneck and a black belt!Easy Santa doll outfit sewing pattern by oh Sew Kat! #holidaycrafts #sewingpattern #pdfpattern #americangirl #dollclothes #ohsewkat #santadress

Shop my full catalog of over 50 PDF doll clothes sewing patterns HERE.  Find more holiday doll dress ideas here and here.

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