Step it Up Series: How to Sew a 70s Sunshine Dress for Julie – A BeForever Pattern Hack!

The Sunshine Dress, with its three variations and classic A-line look can easily be adapted to look like it came from the 70s era with just a few minor tweaks to the pattern.

Make a 70s doll dress for your BeForever Julie Doll with this easy sewing pattern.

Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing

I used this photo from Pinterest for inspiration.  Here’s another one.  Based on the first photo, I am using View C, the princess seamed option, but I really think that any of these views can be easily adapted to create this daisy trimmed look. The second photo definitely looks like View B.

Start with the Sunshine Dress pattern.  This pattern has had a recent update.  Check your file and make sure that it says Copyright 2018 at the bottom of the front cover.  If it doesn’t, you can find the updated version where you purchased the pattern, or contact me.

Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls
  1.  Raise the neckline by quite a bit- I used almost a half inch for the 18 inch size doll. Don’t forget the lining piece needs to match too!
  2. Skip the top stitching after assembling the dress front.  It would be covered by the trim. If you want your trim to disappear into the seam at the shoulders (and not go down the back), you need to add it over your seams before you stitch the front to the backs as I did hereIf you want the trim to go over the shoulder and down the back, it will be attached after the dress front and back are joined but before you do the hem.  I just attached mine to the front (to conserve my trim mostly).  Add the daisy trim with transparent tape to ensure you have the look you want; you can follow the seam lines if you have them, but if you don’t, put the trim where you think it should go. Stitch in place.  I used a machine and just carefully stitched down the center of my flowers.  You can also add your trim by hand.  If the trim was wider, or for a real girl and would be washed, I would put a row of stitching down each side to hold it securely.
  3. Raise the hem by an inch or even more. Dresses for girls were short then too! (I usually do this after the dress is sewn together unless I’ve done it before and have a good measurement.  Once the dress is done, it’s easy to (use a ruler) and trim off the right amount for right look for the era.) .
  4. Optional:  Add lace (again by hand?) around the neckline.
Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing
Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing

Make a 70s inspired dress for your 18 inch doll.

One final note.  I do not profess that this pattern is historically accurate.  I found an image on Pinterest and used my own pattern, which looks very similar.  However, in the world of child’s play, “close enough” is usually enough to save you a few dollars at the American Girl Store if you have a young friend pleading for Julie Albright or items from her time period and collection.  When my daughter was very young, and a new doll was released, I usually kept her focused on who she already had with just a few new doll dresses to fit the new era or theme.  The one that comes to my mind is when Elizabeth Cole, Felicity Merriman’s best friend was released in a beautiful pink, ball gown.  I was able to make and buy a few colonial dresses for my daughter’s Mia doll, and off we went to Williamsburg happy as can be.  Elizabeth never did join our doll family by the way.  😉

Use the Sunshine Dress PDF sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat! for BeForever Julie Dolls.

Make a 70s style daisy trimmed groovy dress for your Julie doll with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Try this easy pattern hack today! #sewingpattern #dollclothes #ohsewkat #juliedoll #18inchdoll #easysewing

PLEASE NOTE:  The Sunshine Dress has been updated since it was first published. The current version has Copyright 2018 on the bottom of the cover page.  If you are unable to get the updated copy from where your purchased it, please contact me at ohsewkat@gmail.com with the details of where and when you purchased the pattern and I will get you the updated copy!

See other ways to make clothes for Julie here and here, and more ways to sew the Sunshine Dress here.

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How to Sew a 60s Sunshine Dress for Melody – A BeForever Pattern Hack!

The Sunshine Dress, with its three variations and classic A-line look, can easily be adapted to look like it came from the 60s era with just a few minor tweaks to the pattern.

Make a 60s style dress for your Melody doll with this Sunshine Dress pattern hack.

Make a 60s inspired doll dress for Melody 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! Sewing patterns. #patternhack #dollclothes #sewing #ohsewkat #freepattern

I used this photo for inspiration to make my Melody her vintage 60s dress.  Click here to see Melody modeling View A (without any changes, just a retro feeling fabric.)   Based on the photo, I am using View C, the princess seamed option with just a few minor changes.

Make a 60s inspired doll dress for Melody 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! Sewing patterns. #patternhack #dollclothes #sewing #ohsewkat #freepattern

This dress is made from the Oh Sew Kat! Sunshine Dress pattern. Click the photo to visit my Etsy Shop to purchase it. This pattern has had a recent update.  Check your file and make sure that it says Copyright 2018 at the bottom of the front cover.  If it doesn’t, you can find the updated version where you purchased the pattern.

Sunshine Dress sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls
  1.  Raise the neckline by a quarter inch or so. Don’t forget the lining piece too!
  2. Raise the hem by an inch or even more. Dresses for girls were short then too! (I usually do this after the dress is sewn together unless I’ve done it before and have a good measurement.  Once the dress is done, it’s easy to (use a ruler) and trim off the right amount for the right look for the era.)
  3. To make the pocket flaps:  Cut a piece of paper 1 1/2 by 1 3/4th inches (This is the 18 inch doll size.)  Fold it in quarters and round the corners.  Open it back up and cut it in half the short way, so you have two pocket pattern pieces.
Make a 60s inspired doll dress for Melody 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! Sewing patterns. #patternhack #dollclothes #sewing #ohsewkat #freepattern

4. Trace two flaps onto the wrong side of your fabric, leaving at least 1/4th inch all the way around. (I probably cut mine a little close in this photo.)  Pin two layers together right sides together, and stitch exactly along the drawn line, leaving a small opening to flip it right side out.  Carefully cut out the pocket with a 1/8th inch edge border all the way around it.  Press your seam line, clip the curves, and flip it right side out.  Press well.  Do your best to make both pockets look the same.  Slip stitch the opening closed if needed.  Top stitch around the bottom, curved edge if desired.

Make a 60s inspired doll dress for Melody 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! Sewing patterns. #patternhack #dollclothes #sewing #ohsewkat #freepattern

5. Put your dress on your doll and pin or tape the pockets in place. (I use transparent tape to hold them on, so they don’t shift as I sew.  The tape tears easily away from the stitching when I’m done.) . Very carefully, top stitch along the top of the flap to attach it to the dress, being careful not to catch the back of the dress under your seam.  If you prefer, you can stitch the flap on by hand.

Make a 60s inspired doll dress for Melody 18 inch doll with this easy pattern hack from Oh Sew Kat! Sewing patterns. #patternhack #dollclothes #sewing #ohsewkat #freepattern

Sixties Fashions for 18 inch dolls with sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat!

One final note.  I do not profess that this dress is 100% historically accurate.  I saw an image on Pinterest and used my own pattern to duplicate it.  However, in the world of child’s play, “close enough” is usually enough to save Mama a few dollars at the American Girl Store if you have a young friend pleading for Melody Ellison or items from her time period and collection.  When my daughter was very young, and a new doll was released, I usually kept her focused on who she already had with just a few new dresses to fit the new era or theme.  The one that comes to my mind is when Elizabeth Cole, Felicity Merriman’s best friend, was released in a beautiful pink, ball gown.  I was able to make and buy a few colonial dresses for my daughter’s Mia doll, and off we went to Williamsburg happy as can be.  Elizabeth never did join our doll family by the way.  😉

See more ways to sew Oh Sew Kat! for the BeForever Character dolls here and visit the Sunshine Dress Inspiration Gallery here.

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Simple Sunshine Dresses for Melody Ellison

The Sunshine Dress pattern is simple and stylish- there are so many different ways to sew it up for your dolls.  Currently available in 3 doll sizes, it’s a must have for your dolly wardrobe.  This pattern has had a recent update.  Check your file and make sure that it says Copyright 2018 at the bottom of the front cover.  If it doesn’t, you can find the updated version where you purchased the pattern, or send me an email with where and when you purchased it and I will send you the update.

Read on to see some simple sundresses made from the Sunshine Dress pattern for Melody.

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Here, I used view A (solid front) and THIS TUTORIAL to make a sleeveless version that is perfect for Melody Ellison, the BeForever character from 1964.  This dress started as a pair of shorts of my daughter’s! The bold print was perfect for the simple front of the Sunshine Dress. A little accent bow completes the look.

Melody American Girl Doll in Green Sunshine Dress

Here are a few Sunshine Dresses with some fun fabrics! This simple dress will be perfect for all of your dolls.

Melody BeForever Doll in Sunshine DressSewing Patterns for 18 inch dolls by Oh Sew Kat-113

Elastic headbands for dolls also make great belts!!!

Melody American Girl doll in flowered Sunshine Dress

Find more ideas for the Sunshine Dress pattern here and here.

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