Who doesn’t love March? With the small glimpses outside that spring is just around the corner, and the daylight lasting a little longer each day, it’s fun to sew with shamrocks and rainbows. Here are a few dresses to inspire you this Shamrock Season.
I used my Cricut Maker to cut out these Party Time Dresses. Every doll in the house got one this year! I think the rainbow waistband gives a perfect pop of color!
Here are a few more Party Time Peasant dresses stitched up by the Oh Sew Kat! testers to inspire you. This popular pattern has been resized for these sweet, British dolls. Find the pattern in my Etsy Shop. (It is also available in other popular doll sizes.)
This simple dress is all one piece- with a fitted waistband and pretty puffed sleeves that can be made with or without the elastic cuff. Carol Greklek made this pretty three tiered version for her doll, Maya.
Make a dress for your A Girl for All Time® Doll with this easy, sewing pattern.
Spring has arrived, which means that summer is just around the corner! Are you sewing doll clothes for your dolls? Your dolls will be cute and cool in their Boardwalk Boutique Halter Top and Capris! Or maybe try something new and stitch it up as a simple sundress! Enjoy these simple variations of this popular Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing pattern.
This pattern is so quick to sew, you can easily make up one or two in a naptime! The easy elastic back and elastic pull on pants help little hands dress their own dolls. With fabric or ribbon ties, you can make up a set with a fat quarter of fabric. Here are a few ways to stitch up your Boardwalk Boutique. (Don’t forget, this pattern is available in 4 sizes!!!)
Add a pleated detail to the easy Boardwalk Boutique sewing pattern for a cute doll top.
Nanea is ready for the beach. I cut this yellow top off the center fold, to have extra fabric to make a little, center pleat. The extra fullness in the top is cute!
Make a ruffled sundress for your doll.
Have fun with ruffles!! Cut the longer top version and add a very tiny or very wide ruffle.
Saige is ready for fun in her sporty, halter sundress.
Cut the longer top version and leave off the ruffle. Add some pretty trim for a sporty sundress!
Add a twist to the Boardwalk Boutique halter top with a pretty, eyelet lace.
Use pretty eyelet lace to make the back look special! Find the full TUTORIAL HERE.
Make a maxi sundress for your Julie doll and her 18 inch friends.
Double your ruffles and make it a maxi dress!! Find the full TUTORIAL HERE.
Make a doll outfit for the beach with sporty bloomers too!
Or simply try the halter top with something different on the bottom. Here, Maryellen is wearing the standard halter top with the shortie length bloomers from the Bloomer Buddies pattern.
The Oh Sew Kat! testers had a ball with the Party Time Peasant Dress. This pattern is my first pattern resized for these sweet, British dolls. Find the pattern in my Etsy Shop.
This simple dress is all one piece- with a fitted waistband and pretty puffed sleeves that can be made with or without the elastic cuff. This blue and white dress was made by Sandy Simpson. Such a fresh and pretty look for spring and summer!
Juliette Auckland made these next two beauties. Mixing and matching different fabrics makes the dress look a little different each time! Try a contrasting ruffle!
These adorable outfits were made as a special order for a good friend to give as a gift. She gave me a price range, and let me decide what I would make. I love to sew that way! I don’t know the child, so I thought a few pieces that mixed and matched together in different ways might be a good place to start.
Make doll clothes for Wellie Wishers and Glitter Girls 14.5 inch Dolls with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
My favorite pattern for all dolls, but especially the Wellie Wishers, is the Party Time Peasant Dress. This dress lets me use three different, cute fabrics at once and is now available in 5 doll sizes!
The two bottoms I decided on are the Four Season Skirt, and Sandbox Shorts with contrasting pockets. Between these four pieces, the lucky, little girl can make 6 different outfits! Because I used fat quarters, I still have enough of each color that I could make another set. Inexpensive fat quarter bundles from Walmart and other craft stores like Hobby Lobby are great for these kinds of projects!
I hope the little girl enjoys her new doll clothes! I had fun making them for her! Find the link for the free Four Season Skirt pattern by clicking HERE.
I used THIS TUTORIAL to make the plackets on the bodices before I attached it to the lining. For both dresses, I moved the fold line over 3/4th inch and added trim before I topstitched it down. Try ric rac, lace trim, or piping. Do not add anything to the bodice lining piece. I suggest that if your bodice with the placket seewn doesn’t match the lining exactly, simply trim it to fit. (The lining is the true bodice size.)
Find the Sugar n Spice pattern here. The pink ruffled trim is Strawberry Slush ruffle elastic trim from Stampin’ Up! It’s not attached to Emily’s waist, I just added it on top like a belt and couldn’t really decide which way I liked it better, flipped up or down. It was the perfect color!!
I had a few different fat quarters that a friend picked up as a surprise for me at Walmart and it was fun to mix and match the prints. At less than $4 for a yard of fabric, you can’t beat the price tag! (See my Valentine dresses also from Walmart fat quarter packs HERE.)My girls are ready for Easter. Are yours?
Oh Sew Kat! has a new pattern available for the new line of historical and modern dolls, A Girl for all Time.
These 16 inch dolls are much thinner than American Girl dolls, and much more pose- able. They also come with stories, and I believe that the more recent dolls are descendants of the earlier ones. Isn’t that a fun twist? I always thought the AG dolls should be connected in time…Nellie could be Kit’s grandmother or something. Maybe I just needed some closure to their stories, ha ha!
Find the first (of many to come) Oh Sew Kat! pattern for this beautiful girl here in my Etsy Shop and sew up a sweet dress for your doll today!
Do you sew for A Girl for All Time? She’s fairly new in the toy world, but leave a comment below of which of my patterns I should resize for her next! I’ll give you a hint! The Four Season Skirt is in the works!!
Wow! I’d like to thank Meg over at the Canadian Doll Notebook for nominating Oh Sew Kat! for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This is a neat way to check out other bloggers and see some new ones you might not know about! If you have not been to Meg’s blog, be sure to stop by and say “hi”.
How did you get into blogging? I thought it would be a great way to show the world some more ideas to sew doll clothes and to show a little behind the scenes for the patterns I publish.
What is your favorite post you’ve written? I loved making Hawaiian dresses for Nanea from patterns I had already published…so those were the posts I was most excited to write. Find 2 of them here and here.
What is your favorite food? Lasagna and peanut M&Ms (not together of course!)
Who is your favorite doll, and why? Wow. These are hard questions. Just one? My first AG doll was Nellie. I bought her in 2006 at AGPNY when my sister and I took my daughter there for her sixth birthday. (She chose Mia, her first AG doll as well). She has blue eyes, freckles, and an Irish dance outfit just like my daughter, so she has always had a very special place in my heart.
Who was your first doll, and how old were you when you got this doll? The first doll I can remember having was a stuffed Holly Hobbie doll, that my mother made for me for Christmas from a Simplicity pattern. My doll was a brunette and my sister got a blonde. I probably got her in 1st or 2nd grade and she still sits in my living room in her outfit my mom made. (I had a dress to match hers at one point!)
What would you do if you didn’t blog? I’d sew more. And stamp and scrapbook more. I love my cricut and cameo machines and crafting with them. But I love sharing my sewing creations and I’m sort of addicted to my technology so this is a pretty fun hobby too.
What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done with your doll? Well, I can’t say I’ve had many adventures with my dolls, honestly. They are all sort of “stay at home gals”. But when my daughter was four, her doll, Dorothy, went on a cruise with us through the Panama Canal!
What are your favorite and least favorite things about blogging? I love sharing photos that my testers made with my patterns, and I’m not as big a fan of getting the photos from the camera onto a published post.
What makes you different from any other blogger? I show you new and different ways to sew the patterns you may already own; plus I offer an inspiration gallery to see all kinds of photos of each pattern I’ve published which is updated pretty regularly. More new pages and tutorials are coming soon!
What is your favorite book or movie? Oh, where do I start? I’m an avid reader of audiobooks (not sure if that’s the right way to say that?) and am always on the lookout for my next favorite book. Some that I’ve read recently and really enjoyed were Where did you go, Bernadette, Three Wishes, The Husband’s Secret, and The Girl on the Train, and anything by Sophie Kinsella. I also love Young Adult Lit like anything by Rainbow Rowell. My favorite young reader books are anything by Andrew Clements, and also Captain Nobody that my daughter and I know by heart we listened so many times. Oh, and don’t forget the Addy series by American Girl!
Last but not least, give us three random facts about yourself. Three random facts about myself- let’s see. I am a former USMC officer, I currently have a full time job teaching writing to US Marines, and I’m a huge sports fan, especially of the Washington Nationals and my Villanova Wildcats in March Madness.
Thank you again, Meg, for adding to sunshine to my day through your nomination!
I would like to nominate the following blogs for the Sunshine Blogger Award, because their blogs brighten my day!
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