With Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns, it’s SEW easy to take a basic peasant top, and step it up with a cute, neckline ruffle. You will love this simple technique to take a plain peasant top from fine to fabulous!
Add a ruffle to the neckline of a peasant top for a whole new look!
You can make a thin ruffle, or let it be a little wider and add your own unique flair to the peasant tops you sew.
It’s easy to add a ruffled neckline to a peasant style doll top
Adding a sweet ruffle to your pattern is simple. Follow the steps in this tutorial, and read more in THIS ONE. You can use this technique on tops, dresses and skirts! (See a tutorial to add lace between the layers of a skirt here, and sign up to get the skirt pattern FREE right here!
Add a ruffled neckline to your Playtime Peasant Top for Dolls
Use lace as a ruffle! Lace is available in so many sizes and colors! It’s usually already gathered, so it will ruffle up even more. This is the Party Time Peasant Dress on Bitty Baby. You can use this technique with every doll size.
Make a simple top spectacular with an easy neckline ruffle.
Read more about Maryellen’s stunning fall top in THIS POST. Find the Playtime Peasant Top (long and short sleeves included!) HERE.
Use this easy hack for tops and dresses too! Nanea’s muumuu is an easy variation of the Playtime Peasant Top. With an easy added neckline ruffle and simply extending the top length down to floor length you can make a beautiful Hawaiian dress in a very short time! Find the full tutorial HERE.
The Backyard Bibs PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is a simple, quick pattern that works all year round. Make your bibs for spring and summer with tees and peasant tops underneath- make them for fall with long sleeves and turtlenecks.
Make a fall overalls style outfit for 18 inch dolls- Backyard Bibs
This swirling leaves fabric is full of vibrant fall color. The Playtime Peasant Top has a little texture to it that might not show up in the photos. See even more ideas for the Peasant Top in the Inspiration Gallery.
Emily’s auburn hair compliments the outfit perfectly. Add a pair of tall boots to complete the look. Find the Backyard Bibs pattern for 18 inch dolls HERE. It’s also available in four other doll sizes.
With four variations, the Backyard Bibs sewing pattern is perfect for fall outfits.
This pumpkin jumper is made with the A Line skirt variation of the Backyard Bibs pattern. Blaire it wearing it with a ribbed knit Jumping Jack turtleneck shirt and black boots. She’s ready for the fall fair! See more fall outfit ideas HERE and HERE.
This sewing pattern for dolls is so simple, you can make it up in just one afternoon. With four variations (two skirts, as shown here, plus shorts and capris), it will look different each time you sew. Try a ruffled skirt on your bibs like in THIS POST.
Make your 18 inch doll a fashion outfit this fall.
The Backyard Bibs pattern is available for 18 inch dolls, 16 inch animators, 16 inch a Girl for All time dolls, 15 inch baby dolls and 14.5 inch dolls in my SHOP. Download and sew today!
When it comes to fashion in miniature- your dolls love to have basic wardrobe pieces that can be used with multiple outfits just like we do! Check out this classic black turtleneck- it’s the perfect accent to so many different outfits! The turtleneck pattern is included with the Jumping Jack reversible jumper (this pattern also includes a cute pair of shorts too~ Find it in 2 doll sizes HERE.)
Make your Doll a classic, black turtleneck with the Jumping Jack sewing pattern.
The Jumping Jack knit turtleneck shirt is looking great under all sorts of items. Here Maryellen and Riley are both wearing it with an Easy Up! Jumper. The jumper pattern is quick and easy, and you can find it bundled with the shirt pattern HERE.
Find the Jumping Jack Turtleneck Shirt Pattern HERE. It’s also available sized for 14.5 inch dolls.
Mix and Match with a black Turtleneck for your favorite doll outfits.
Make your 18 inch doll clothes with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
The Jumping Jack pattern is the perfect shirt on its own, or under a cute, Backyard Bibs. Blaire is ready for the pumpkin patch! Find the 18 inch doll pattern HERE.
And it’s not too early to start to plan ahead! The winter holidays are right around the corner. The snowmen on Samatha’s Backyard Bibs are cute and whimsical. The black shirt shows off the fun, bias trim stripes as well!
What pattern will your doll wear with her Jumping Jack, Basic Black turtleneck shirt?
With Oh Sew Kat! pdf sewing patterns, it’s SEW easy to take a basic skirt or dress pattern, and step it up with a cute ruffle at the hem. This is also a great trick for any time a dress or skirt turns out shorter than you’d like it to be.
Add a lace or ruffled hem to your Doll Dresses and Skirts
Use lace as a ruffle! Gathered lace is absolutely the easiest way to add a pretty hem to your skirt or dress. Attach the lace when you create the hem, so the ends will be finished in with the back edges for a clean look. Look for lace in different colors for even more options!
Another easy way to add a ruffle is to purchase trim that is already gathered. This polka dot trim was quickly added to the Sixth Grade Skirt with almost no work at all! It looks so sweet! Find more information on how to do this in THIS POST.
It’s easy to add a ruffled hem to a peasant style doll top Dress
Nicki’s dress was made using the Playtime Peasant Top. I cut the top as usual, but instead of hemming it, I added a small ruffle. Read more, and see more photos in THIS POST.
Adding a fabric ruffle is also very simple. Figure out how wide you want the ruffle when it’s done (usually 3/4th to 1 1/4th inch depending on doll size.) You can also shorten the skirt by this same length to keep the finished length the same- but sometimes a ruffle is the perfect solution if a doll skirt ends up too short for your liking.
Double this number and add 1/2 inch for your seam allowances. This will be your WIDTH. Cut the length one and a half to two times as long as the skirt. The longer the length, the more ruffled your hem will be. Fold your fabric with wrong sides together the long way and press. This pressed side becomes your bottom hem. Gather the raw edges and attach to the hem of your skirt with right sides together. Easy peasy, right?
Any skirt or dress can have a ruffled hem. Be creative and mix and match your fabrics. Visit the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas! Download and sew these easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! for your dolls today!
Like many of us these days, I love to shop for my fabric online and have it delivered right to my door. Sure, I miss out on the wandering through the aisles of beautiful fabrics, but when I shop online, I usually spend a little less money than when I’m seeing and touching fabrics in person, at least that is what I tell my husband! This post has affiliate links. Please read my policy here.
Shop for doll clothes fabric online with these great fabric retailers.
Be sure to pin this list to save it for later!
Lanie’s green outfit (below) was made using the Easy Up! Sewing pattern. I cut it across the middle, and gave the skirt a center seam. I later adapted this pattern hack into the Backyard Bibs pattern and added three variations. Both patterns are available in multiple doll sizes in my ETSY SHOP.
Fat Quarter Shop– for me, this is just fabric heaven. They offer fast shipping, great service and a huge selection of fabric and fun notions. They stock all of the latest quilting colorways and show you what is coming down the pike. Weekly specials offer a chance to stock up on basics and more. When white kona layer cakes go on sale, I usually buy a few and have them on hand for lining the inside of Backyard Bibs and Sugar N Spice Dresses.
Cricut.com– Although not really a fabric shop, you would be amazed at the small scale bundles and amazing sales offered by Cricut. Shipping is quick and often free. Join their email list to be notified of sales and then stock up on some neat, fabric fat quarter bundles or layer cakes.
Fabric.com– If it’s not here, it probably does not exist. Fabric.com is a one stop shop for all of your fabric needs, from home decor to small scale doll prints.
Shabby Chic.- This adorable site offers its own style of charm in its fabric collection. Although the selection is curated and limited a bit, when you find what you like, it’s all color coordinated and presented in a gorgeous way. You’ll surely find something to love here!
Missouri Quilt Shop– Like the Fat Quarter Shop listed above, this is your quilter’s cotton heaven online! With daily deals and an extensive collection of fabrics and notions, you’ll surely find a few you can’t live without here.
Oh Sew Kat! has a new sewing pattern for your 18 inch dolls! The Spring Shine Dress or Top sewing pattern is now available in my Etsy Shop. Whether as a dress or a top, the Spring Shine’s dress feminine bodice and pretty, flutter sleeves will be the perfect outfit for the fresh, warm weather. The faux placket is easily formed with a fold and the back closes with hook and loop tape. Make it twirl ready with a full skirt, or keep it short and simple. You can add pretty trim or lace to either side of the placket and tiny buttons or sparkles to create your own, unique Spring Shine Dress.
New Pattern Introductory Offer: Get the Spring Shine Dress Pattern for $3.99 through Friday, 19 July.
Click HERE. On Saturday, the price will go up to the regular price of $4.99.
Click here to purchase the Spring Shine Dress or Top 18 inch doll sewing pattern on Etsy.
Use your cricut maker or cricut explore machine to make doll clothes sewing faster, easier and more precise.
This post includes affiliate links. Please read my POLICY here. I’ve been a cricut user since the very first “baby bug” machine came out. Cricut sure has come a long way since then! Don’t know what I’m referring to? Check out this LINK to see what a cricut machine is.
1. Make graphic tee shirts for your dolls with a cricut or cameo machine.
Use your cricut machine to cut out cute designs and make your own graphic tee shirts and outfits for your dolls! Boy and girl dolls alike love tees with clever sayings and personalization. I find that heat transfer vinyl is much quicker and easier than using my embroidery machine! With a subscription to Cricut Access, I have thousands of designs at my fingertips that can be resized to doll scale with a push of a button.
2. Cut out your PDF doll clothes paper patterns with your cricut machine and Design Space software.
If you have a cricut machine, no matter the size or name, you can use it to cut out your paper patterns that you purchase from Oh Sew Kat! and other online designers. You will need a cricut account and to be able to use Design Space. You can also do this on the Brother Scan and Cut and Silhouette Cameo machines. You will need to get the images from the PDF pattern into the cutter’s software. I convert mine to SVG files but there are lots of way to do this, depending on your software. (You can try the cricut SNAP Mat for example, or in the Silhouette software, it might be easier to print your pattern page and scan it back in as a jpg file. Load that into the software and use the TRACE tool for each piece.) Again, a little extra prep work the first time you do this, will save you lots of time later on when you go to use your patterns again. Once you cut them out, be sure to label them with the piece name and size, plus add any markings like notches, dots etc.
3. Cut out your doll clothes from fabric with your cricut maker machine.
Yep! You read that right! Technology has arrived!! The newest cricut machine on the market, the Cricut Maker, is the only one that has a rotary blade, that can easily cut fabric on a specially treated mat. There is a learning curve and a time factor to get a pattern set up, but once it’s complete, you can just pull it up and be cutting your doll clothes out in minutes. The cricut maker does not require the fabric to be stiffened to work. Just lay it on the mat and cut! What a time saver, especially for you craft show sellers! Read more in THIS POST.
4. Decorate your doll clothes with easy to cut pockets, appliques, or accessorize with purses and belts.
Included with the Design Space program are a lot of basic shapes that you can manipulate and cut for free. You can also weld shapes together or slice them apart. Save your files to use them again later. The sparkly pumpkin face on Kelly’s Boardwalk Boutique dress was part of a full pumpkin image. I simply told the cricut to only cut the face. You can weld a square and a triangle together to make a pocket. The new cricut Maker cuts leather very nicely, which opens the door to fun accessories like purses and belts.
5. Make doll shoes with your Cricut machine.
There are lots of ways to use your cricut machine when it’s time to make doll shoes. Use the cricut to cut the foam or chipboard for nice, precise soles. Use the leather and cut out the uppers.
Too busy to sew right now? Pin these images for later! What other ways can you use your Cricut machine to enhance your doll world? Need some specific cricut tutorials? My favorites can be found HERE. Tell Megan you were sent by Oh Sew Kat!
Sophie is one of my very talented, long time testers. Her sense of fashion and amazing photography give me so much joy. I hope you are as inspired by her cool, blue fashions as I am! Find more of her beautiful work on Instagram under Project_AG_Runway, and find the link to each pattern below the photos.
Sew a soft, ruffled skirt and eyelet top with the Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt Pattern.
Thank you again to Sophie for sharing her amazing talents with me. These outfits were all sewn using Oh Sew Kat! PDF patterns. Find all of these patterns and more in my Etsy Shop for 18 inch dolls and other sizes as well.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Follow the pattern instructions to assemble the top. Do not sew the hem.
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.
The dress looks great with or without a belt or tie.