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.

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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

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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.

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!

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

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Step it Up! Series- 60s Dress for Melody Ellison- School Bell Blouse Dress.

Your Melody doll will feel groovy in a swing dress you made yourself with the Oh Sew Kat! School Bell Blouse pattern.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

When you are fabric shopping, keep your eyes open for small scale prints that look retro.  For Melody’s dress, I found this cotton fabric in a quilt store. I had no idea what I would make at the time, but I knew it would be perfect for Melody. Doesn’t she look great in this color?

Here are some pins on my Melody board on Pinterest that I used for inspiration.  Don’t forget to follow me while you are there! This white dress for ladies , this Barbie sized pattern, and this blue and red dresses all have the same wide sleeves, a-line look, and even the front pleat.

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This the pattern I used: The School Bell Blouse.  It has two styles of blouses to make for your doll and comes in three sizes (Animators, 18 inch and Wellie Wishers).  Click HERE and HERE for the tutorials to make this pattern into two cute dresses.

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

These cute little bows were the perfect color to accent the pleats in the front and sleeves of the dress.

Sew a 60s style dress for American Girl Doll, Melody Ellision, with easy print at home PDF sewing patterns by OhSewKat. #melody #60sfashion #diydollclothes #sewingpattern #swingdress

Be sure to share your 60s dresses you make for Melody or any of her friends with hashtag ohsewkat.

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Wow! A Playtime Peasant Top in Full Fall Color!

Are your dolls ready for some fall color?  Pick your favorite Oh Sew Kat! pattern and have a little fun this October!

Tutorial for adding a neck ruffle to a peasant top. Find more sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #peasanttop #dolltutorial #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #18inchdolls

 

This gorgeous blouse was made with the Playtime Peasant Top & Twirl Skirt pattern.  Find the pattern in 5 (yes, five!)popular doll sizes HERE.

I used this TUTORIAL to add the pretty neck ruffle for a fun, new twist!  It’s amazing how a basic peasant blouse is completely transformed by a simple ruffle and some spectacular fabric.  The best part? This top is a super quick sew so you can easily make up one or two in a naptime!

Tutorial for adding a neck ruffle to a peasant top. Find more sewing patterns and tutorials, plus a free pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #peasanttop #dolltutorial #ohsewkat #dollclothes #sewingpatterns #18inchdolls

To see more of the gorgeous dresses below from this same fabric, click HERE.

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What are you sewing this fall?

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Sew a Halloween Costume for Your American Girl Doll

Use Oh Sew Kat! PDF sewing patterns to make adorable Halloween Costumes for Dolls.

Halloween Costumes and Ideas for dolls- Add to your fall fun!

Easy sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls by oh Sew kat. PDF patterns to print at home for beginners. #dolldress #cinderella #sewingpattern #ohsekwat #americangirldoll

What is more fun than dressing dolls up in adorable Halloween costumes that you make yourself?  Here are a few ideas of costumes that your American Girl dolls would love to wear.  All of these patterns are also available in other doll sizes in my Etsy Shop.

Make a Snowman Outfit for your 18 inch doll.

Do you want to be a snowman?  Use the Jumping Jack pattern to make a super cute, snowman outfit that the pieces can be used for other outfits too, since it’s a shirt, shorts, and an open sided apron style jumper.  I found the hat at Michael’s craft store in the fall. (Maybe it’s a pilgrim hat?)

Make a snowman outfit for your American Girl doll with the Jumping Jack easy sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat. #ohsewkat #easypattern #dolltutorial #jumpingjack #snowmancostume #halloween

Make a cowgirl outfit for your country western doll.

How about a cute cowgirl?  This outfit was made using the Playtime Peasant Top and the free skirt pattern:  Four Season Skirt.  The hat came from American Girl as part of Nicki Fleming’s Girl of the Year collection in 2004.

Make a Country western cowgirl outfit for 18 inch dolls with easy PDF sewing patterns from OhSewKat. #ohsewkat #playtimepeasant #sewingpattern #freeskirt #freepattern #easytutorial

Sew a sweet Cinderella dress!! She’s so cute even before she gets to the ball.  These were both sewn with the Sugar n Spice dress pattern, the top photo is by Sophie P. and I sewed the one below it.

Pretty as a princess- Make an easy Cinderella apron outfit for your 18 inch doll

Make a Halloween costume for your 18 inch American Girl doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Free skirt pattern can be found at www.ohsewkat.com. #batcostume #halloween #diy #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat

Find the head scarf tutorial for 18 inch dolls HERE.

Make a Cinderella inspired outfit for your 18 inch doll with easy PDF sewing patterns from OhSewKat. #ohsewkat #dolldress #cinderella #americangirldoll #sewingpattern #easytutorial

This darling angel costume was also sewn using the Sugar n Spice pattern.  The wings were found at the craft store.  I made a white dress, a white overskirt, and put a decorated corset over the top for this angelic costume.

Sweet as an angel. What will your doll dress up as for Halloween?

Make an angel costume or simple dress for your 18 inch doll using easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat. Print at home PDF patterns for beginners. #ohsewkat #angel #saige #18inchdoll #sewingpattern #dollclothes #halloweencostume

See more Halloween inspired sewing ideas here and here, and be sure to check out the Inspiration Gallery as well.



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Sew a Halloween Costume for Your Wellie Wishers Dolls

Make a Halloween Costume for your 14 inch doll like Wellie Wishers with easy sewing patterns from OhSewKat! #ohsewkat #welliewishers #halloween #dollclothes #sewingpattern #diy #easypatterns

What is more fun than dressing dolls up in adorable Halloween costumes that you make yourself?  Here are a few ideas of costumes that your Wellie Wishers would love to wear.  All of these patterns are also available in other doll sizes in my Etsy Shop.

Make a fun Halloween costume for your 14 inch doll with easy sewing patterns

Today’s costume theme is the color BLUE!!

Use the Popsicle Top and Sixth Grade Skirt patterns to make a sweet Elsa inspired costume.  The full tutorial for the skirt is HERE.

Make a Frozen / Elsa inspired doll Halloween costume with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Popsicle Top and Sixth Grade Skirt pattern hack tutorial can be found at www.ohsewkat.com. #elsacostume #halloween #diy #dollclothes #sewingpattern #ohsewkat
Sugar n Spice doll clothes pattern by OH Sew Kat! Welliewishers American Girl and Animators sewing patterns for doll clothes and Halloween costumes. #ohsewkat #princess #welliewishers #sewingpattern

Use the Sugar n Spice sewing pattern to create many different Halloween costumes

Julie H. of Sew Dolled Up 81 made this beautiful ice princess outfit with the Sugar n Spice pattern.   It’s amazing how some fancy fabrics can completely change the look of a simple dress pattern.

And finally, Jaci G.  of JGooseandCo made this beautiful Alice in Wonderland outfit for her Hearts for Hearts doll with the Sugar n Spice pattern with included bonus apron.


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Dress your Wellie Wisher or Hearts for Hearts doll in a Halloween costume you make yourself

See more Halloween costume ideas here and here, and be sure to check out the Inspiration Gallery as well.

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Fall Batik Dresses for Dolls- Sugar n Spice Sewing Pattern

It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner.  The mornings are not quite crisp yet, but we know it’s coming soon.  It’s time to shift from beaches and boardwalks to back to school, football, and fall colors!  What better way to start than some pretty dresses for dolls! Be sure to pin the images so you can find them later! 🙂

Make Beautiful Fall Dresses for Dolls with Easy Sewing Patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

Simple sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl by Oh Sew Kat! Sugar n Spice Dress and pinafore pattern to DIY doll clothes for your 18 inch doll or her friends. #sewingpattern #dolldress #americangirl #ohsewkat

I used the Sugar n Spice pattern for both of these dresses.  For the 18 inch sized dress, I added the placket for the buttons using this method here.  You just have to remember to cut the front bodice differently (lining does not change).

Sewing pattern to make your own doll dress for American Girl Dolls and Wellie Wishers. #ohsewkat #sugarnspicedress #easypatterns #freepattern #dolldress #sewingpattern

I only made two dresses, one in each size. But I just love how this fabric looks so different depending on what doll wore it. Who do you think wore it best?

Fall Fashions for 18 inch Dolls- Beautiful in Batik!

Easy to sew doll dress sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! Sugar n Spice fall batik dress for Saige, American Girl Doll. #sewingpatterns #18inchdoll #ohsewkat #dress #fallfashion
Best Sewing Pattern for 18 inch American Girl Doll Clothes by ohsewkat. Sugar n Spice easy PDF pattern. Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com. #ohsewkat #dolldress #sewingpattern #18inchdoll #americangirldoll

Get your dolls dressed for Fall in pretty batik dresses from the Sugar n Spice Sewing Pattern

Find the sewing pattern HERE for 18 inch dolls and HERE for wellie wishers sized dolls.

Best Sewing Pattern for 18 inch American Girl Doll Clothes by ohsewkat. Sugar n Spice easy PDF pattern. Free skirt pattern at ohsewkat.com. #ohsewkat #dolldress #sewingpattern #18inchdoll #americangirldoll
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The Sugar n Spice Doll Dress Sewing Pattern is perfect for pretty fall dresses!

Who else is ready for fall???

See more Sugar n Spice dresses here and here.

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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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Doll Clothes Sewing Tutorial: Flipping a lined or Reversible Bodice Tutorial

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When sewing dolls clothes, you are usually using small pieces to begin with. Even dolls like to have a nice, clean finish to their clothes.  One way to do this is to fully line the bodice.  You can also make clothes reversible using this method, as I did in my POPSICLE TOP or the Jumping Jack pattern, both available in my etsy shop .  Here is a quick tutorial to show you how to create these nice, smooth shoulders. Once you do it a few times, you will find it gets easier.



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How to turn a lined doll bodice right side out.

Step 1:  Cut out the pattern pieces from two fabrics- either a fabric and a lining, or choose two fabrics and make it reversible.

Step 2:  After your shoulder seams are stitched and pressed, lay your pieces, right sides together, and match them up.  Stitch around the neckline and arm holes, as well as the back edges if directed by your pattern.

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Step 3:  Clip the curves (being careful not to clip your seam line) and reduce any extra bulk along your edges.  Trim off the corners.

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Step 4: Using a small safety pin, fold up one corner of the back and secure it.

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Step 5:  With the safety pin on the inside of your sewn pieces, begin to slide it through the shoulder area, working from back to front.  As you move the pin, go ahead and pull the fabric over it as much as you can (it will only pull a little bit, but that little bit really helps!)  Open the bodice front pieces to expose the head of the safety pin.

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Step 6:  Gently pull the pin, until it is clear of the fabric.  Remove the pin. (Pulling on the pin could tear your fabric.  Instead, simply remove the temptation.)  Now pull the fabric carefully through.  Sometimes, if the doll is small, I use a tweezers to help pull the fabric out, but be very careful as it can leave marks or tears if you pull too hard.  Repeat for the other side.

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Step 7:  Once both sides are flipped, press the edges for a nice, clean look.

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Step 8:  Ta da!!

Another way to easily flip a doll bodice is to use the Fasturn Set, as seen in THIS TUTORIAL here.  A pair of forceps or tweezers can also help. One of my favorite new notions is the TURN n MORE tool by Riley Blake.

When sewing dolls clothes, you are usually using small pieces to begin with. Even dolls like to have a nice, clean finish to their clothes.  One way to do this is to fully line the bodice.  You can also make clothes reversible using this method, as I did in my POPSICLE TOP or the Jumping Jack pattern, which is now available in my etsy shop .  Here is a quick tutorial to show you how to create these nice, smooth shoulders. Once you do it a few times, you will find it gets easier.

Find more Tutorials and Pattern hacks HERE!

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