Simple to sew and fat quarter friendly, the Halteralls PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat! is a perfect beginner project. Use ribbon or fabric for the straps and add buttons, belts, or bows to create your own one of a kind summer romper for your 18 inch American Girl® doll.
Use the Halteralls Sewing Pattern to make a summer romper for your 18″ doll.
The hot and hazy days of summer are just around the corner. Need some inspiration for summer doll clothes sewing? The warmer weather means shorts, skirts, and bare shoulders and backs. All of these Oh Sew Kat! patterns are quick and easy with full color photographs of every step.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: HalterAlls for Dolls
HalterAlls for Dolls is a quick and easy sewing pattern. You can easily make one in any size from just one fat quarter of fabric. With 2 basic pattern pieces and some 1/4th inch elastic, your doll will be ready for the summer heat in style. HalterAlls also look great on boy dolls! See more ideas with the HalterAlls pattern in the Inspiration Gallery. and find the pattern in four doll sizes HERE.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Reversible Popsicle Top
The Popsicle Top is the perfect match for all your shorts and short skirts. With hook and loop tape at the back, it’s quick to sew and can be made reversible for double the outfits. Add pretty lace or trim at the bottom. Click here to find the pattern in 5 popular doll sizes and in some value bundles. Shown here with the FREE Four Season Skirt pattern.
Best Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern for Summer: Sandbox Shorts
The Sandbox Shorts pattern has cute patch pockets and an elastic back with flat front. Check out this tutorial to move the pockets to the inside for another way to sew them. The Sandbox Shorts pattern is available in five popular doll sizes. Find them here. Shown here with a polka dot Popsicle Top.
Find more ways to sew the easy Sunshine Dress for dolls.
How about a sleeveless version? Find the tutorial HERE.
Have you tried the Sunshine Dress pattern yet? Share your photos with hashtag #ohsewkat. See more ways to use this versatile pattern here and here. Be sure to stop by the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas!
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.
Choose your lacy trim. I use pre-gathered lace because it’s already got a pretty, hemmed edge. When you buy it, buy as wide as you can. Smaller dolls will use smaller trim. If you use eyelet or lace fabric, simply follow the directions as written. Use these few changes to add the lace trim to the back of your halter top.
Carefully remove the stitching of the top of the lace trim with a seam ripper. If you lace trim is much wider than the pattern piece, you can cut it off. As you can see in the photo below, my trim was just a little shorter than my pattern piece (no need to turn up the 1/4th hem at the bottom) so I knew my top would be just a bit shorter than the pattern.) . Iron your trim and cut it the right size based on the pattern piece. Cut out your front, facing, and ties (or ribbon).
Construct the front of the halter top according to the pattern directions, to include the back elastic casing and elastic. You will have to hem the front piece before you attach it to the back. Determine how big this hem needs to be based on the lace back piece as seen in the photo below. Serge or zigzag the front hem, press up, and stitch in place. With right sides together, sew the back to the front on each side.
It’s kind of hard to photograph these dolls’ backs. 🙂
These outfits will make your WellieWishers™ dolls play and dance with joy! Make a top or dress and add a pair of fun bloomer pants. The top offers a short sleeve or sleeveless option, in three lengths: a short top, tunic length, and dress length. The fun bloomers can be shortie, knee length, or longer, like capris.
Use the them in all sorts of combinations for boutique style play clothes that are perfect for the spunky and playful WellieWishers™! Click here to buy this cute pattern!
Click here to purchase the Bloomer Buddies pattern available only in my Etsy shop. Download, print, and sew a new outfit for your Wellie Wishers doll today!
See more photos of Bloomer Buddies in the Inspiration Gallery and check back every Tuesday to see tester photos from this and other Oh Sew Kat! patterns.
When I was finalizing the PDF file for my free pattern, (The Four Season Skirt– Did you get yours yet? It’s my free gift to you when you sign up to receive the Oh Sew Kat Chat! Click here.), as I was taking photographs of my Animator dolls, I realized I didn’t have very many colors of tops to go with the cute skirts. And even though white goes with everything, only one doll could wear it at a time! In one weekend, I set out to create a rainbow of tops for my dolls (in two sizes) and I had a little fun at the same time.
The first thing I did was to choose two different shades of each color. Normally, I line most of my doll clothes using a white layer cake from Kona Cottons (easy to manage and easy to grab!) Because the Popsicle Top is reversible, I can get two tops at once. By using similar colors, I don’t have to worry about a red peeking out from behind a blue, and when I go to mix and match, I’ve got two greens and two yellows to choose from so now I have a better chance of having something to match.
Yes, it involved a ton of thread changes…but in the end, I have this fabulous rainbow of Popsicle Tops!
As I worked my way through my rainbow, I wanted to STEP IT UP a bit and try to make the tops look a little different (read fancier), while still being simple, monochromatic pieces. After all, I’m using them to show off cute skirts, right? I picked a few decorative stitches off my machine, and added the stitching before the front is sewn to the lining. (I pieced the backs to the front, then did my decorative stitching, then sewed the front and back together together.)
Make your own reversible top for your doll with the Popsicle Top sewing pattern.
Use a piece of tailor’s chalk to draw a smooth line on your top. Decide how far you want it from the hem, and measure from the dotted seam line on the pattern piece (1/4th inch) so your pretty stitching does not end up in the seam allowance. Follow your line with a cute daisy stitch or something similar. Here I added a ring of flowers around the neckline. My machine was acting up with a little “jump” stitch every so often. Ignore that. 😉
Simple Tone on Tone stitching will make your Popsicle Top more special.
And here I added the stitching parallel to the hem line. By using the same color of thread, I get a tone on tone look with a little added detail for interest.
Add decorative trim and piece your top together to make a unique Popsicle Top.
I also made some mistakes- but I saved them! This next blue top was supposed to look just like the one above…but I stitched the front and back pieces together incorrectly and the stitching was on the inside of the front. (Of course!) I trimmed it off, added ricrac, and then stitched new pieces back on and added topstitching, to not only give a cute pieced look, but to fix that silly mistake.
This next yellow top ended up being one of my favorites. It also appeared to be a mistake. As I put my fronts to backs, I realized the darker yellow top was wider than the pale yellow lining. I’m not quite sure how that happened, possibly during my cutting marathon. The pattern piece must not have been exactly on the fold. I figured out how much too big it was…and stitched that with wrong sides together, then pressed it open and flat, to make a faux placket.
Add an easy faux placket to a simple Popsicle Top.
If you want to add this cute look to your top, simply move your pattern piece 3/8-3/4th inch from the fold when you cut your bodice piece, and then stitch your seam at that same 3/8-3/4th inch with wrong sides together. Press this fabric flat and topstitch down each edge to hold it in place. (3/4th inch works great for 18 inch dolls). It’s an easy way to dress up your simple top and STEP IT UP! (It will also make your neckline and hem a little more bulky- stitch slowly to keep your lines straight.) See how cute this looks on a dress HERE, and this jumper HERE.
You can also add lace, piping, or trim before you topstitch the edges down as seen in this nightgown and the Wellie Wishers tops as the end of this post. Add cute buttons, crystals or tiny bows.
Add lace tot hem of your Popsicle Top- pretty and reversible!
Pretty lace is always a classic…so I used that to dress up my simple tops as well. So What color will you make your Popsicle Top?
Make your own doll clothes with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Or will you make it in all of the colors? Hop on over to my Inspiration Gallery to see more of this versatile pattern! And check out this POST which shows how to make the Popsicle Top into a cute crop top!
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.
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.
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.
Step 4: Using a small safety pin, fold up one corner of the back and secure it.
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.
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.
Step 7: Once both sides are flipped, press the edges for a nice, clean look.
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.