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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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.

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How to make a bandana or summer head scarf for 18 inch dolls (a Quick Craft Tutorial)

Make a 50s style head scarf for your American Girl 18 inch doll with this easy tutorial from Oh Sew Kat. Sew a matching dress with easy, PDF sewing patterns.

This quick project will give you the perfect head scarf for your doll’s favorite summer outfits.  It’s also perfect for making 50s style outfits for BeForever character, Maryellen Larkin like THIS. Girls in the 70s, like Julie Albright also wore scarves like this.

Make a 50s style head scarf for your American Girl 18 inch doll with this easy tutorial from Oh Sew Kat. Sew a matching dress with easy, PDF sewing patterns.

How to make a head scarf or bandana for your 18 inch Doll.

Make a 50s style gingham smock dress for BeForever character Maryellen or other 18 inch dolls with this easy Pattern Hack. Add pockets to the Bloomer Buddies easy sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! with this simple tutorial. #sewingpattern #18inchdoll #50sfashions #dollclothes #patternhack #ohsewkat
  1.  Cut one 8 1/2 inch square of fabric.
  2. With right sides together, fold in half along the diagonal.  Start 1/2 inch from one corner near the fold, and stitch along the edge, around the top corner, and back towards the fold.  Stop 1/2 inch before you reach the fold.
  3.  Turn right side out and press well, being certain to push the top corner out.  Tuck the raw edges to the inside of the corners as you press.  Top stitch if desired.
  4. Cut 3/8th inch wide elastic to 2 inches.  Tuck each end into a corner of the scarf and stitch in place.
50s scarf doll tutorial by Oh Sew Kat! Easy sewing patterns for beginners to print and sew at home. #ohsekwat #bloomerbuddies #maryellen #headscarf #tutorial

Make a bandana or headscarf for your 18 inch doll with this free pattern.

Doll scarf tutorial by ohsewkat. Easy sewing pattern for a doll headscarf 70s style. #70s #headscarf #bandana #americangirl #ohsewkat #sewingtutorial #easypattern

See more tutorials for your dolls here, and click here to see how to make Maryellen’s cute, 50s blue gingham version of the Bloomer Buddies dress.

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Make a 50s style head scarf for your American Girl 18 inch doll with this easy tutorial from Oh Sew Kat. Sew a matching dress with easy, PDF sewing patterns.

Summer Fun with the Sandbox Shorts Pattern

Sandbox Shorts Sewing Pattern for doll clothes

Cute summer shorts for Dolls!

How about some cute shorts for summer!! The Sandbox Shorts pattern from Oh Sew Kat! has lots of options to keep your dolls cute and casual through the summer months.  Download the file and print the pattern pieces on your home printer.  You’ll be ready to sew today!!  This quick pattern stitches up in 90 min to two hours.  Have fun!!

Use THIS TUTORIAL to move the pockets to the inside!

Make Sandbox Shorts for 18 inch dolls with this easy PDF sewing pattern

shorts for dolls sewing pattern

Also available here for Wellie Wishers dolls!

easy to sew shorts pattern for dolls

Princess dolls need cool clothing too!  Click HERE for the Animator sized pattern.

Sew easy shorts for your Animators Dolls with the Sandbox Shorts Pattern

Sandbox Shorts for Disney Animators dolls

The Sandbox Shorts Sewing pattern is also available for baby dolls.

Don’t forget the Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins! Find their sized pattern HERE.

Sewing Pattern for Bitty Baby dolls

Who will you sew a cute pair of shorts for?  Find these patterns and many more at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ohsewkat.  See more Sandbox Shorts in the Inspiration Gallery.

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