It’s so hard to believe it’s already August!! For most of us, that means back to school time! I’ve always loved the feel of back to school shopping- and who doesn’t love those aisles and aisles of school supplies that pop up in every store this time of year? Be still my heart!
Your dolls will be ready for a great year with a few new outfits too! Check back often to see more ideas for Back to School doll fashions that you can make yourself!
Today’s feature is the School Bell Blouse. This pattern features two versions of a short top with long sleeves. Pretty pleats on the sleeve give you a cute spot for a bow or button accent. With or without the peplum, this trendy blouse is fun to make and cute for your doll to wear!
The Sixth Grade Skirt is the perfect skirt to make for your doll all year long. It takes such a tiny bit of fabric and goes together in a jiffy! Here’s a way to give your Sixth Grade Skirt a new look! Add a cute hem to your skirt with this easy tutorial.
First, you will need the pattern. I offer the Sixth Grade Skirt in five sizes: 18 inch, 16 inch Disney Animators, 15 inch Bitty Baby, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers, and 14 inch HeartsForHearts Girls. (Because this skirt is fitted and does not use elastic, I encourage you to check the fit on your own doll before you sew on the hook and loop tape, especially if your doll does not have a cloth body. If you purchased this pattern before June 2018, be sure to get the updated version! (Check your etsy purchase history, contact me, or Pixie Faire.)
Step 1. To keep the skirt’s cute silhouette, you need to remove a little bit from the hem of the pattern pieces. You can do this after you sew the pieces together, but it’s easier to just cut the seam allowance off the bottom of each pattern piece. Cut out your skirt and put it together according to the directions. Before you add the waistband, complete Step 2 below.
Step 2. To add a fabric ruffle for an 18 inch doll skirt, cut a strip of fabric 2 inches by 27-36 inches. (27 inches will give a less full ruffle than 36 inches will.) You will need a thinner, and shorter piece for smaller dolls. Measure the hem of your skirt, and cut the ruffle to 1.5 or 2 times that length. Pre-gathered eyelet lace also makes a pretty hem!
Step 3. With wrong sides together, press your ruffle the long way. The fold will be the hem. Gather the top, raw edges or use (my new favorite!) a ruffle foot. With right sides together, pin the ruffle (or your lace or trim) to the hem of your skirt, and stitch with a 1/4th inch seam allowance. Use an overlock stitch, zigzag stitch, or serger to give the seam allowance a clean finish. Press it towards the skirt, and top stitch close to the edge.
That was easy! Complete the skirt according to the directions. Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete!
This post is the second post in a series of six posts:
If you have a tee shirt pattern for your doll that you just love, it’s so easy to use that same pattern in a new way and make a super cute, tee shirt dress for her!!
If you want a great selection of hardy knit fabrics, head to your local discount store instead of your fabric store. Shop the women and girls departments for a large selection of leggings! I always buy the largest size they have on hand, since it will provide the most fabric and the most design options. Shop the end of the season for the best prices!
I found these happy emoji and lacy leggings in the girls section of Walmart. The galaxy print was found in the women’s section and is perfect for Luciana, the 2018 Girl of the Year. The emoji and lace are capri style leggings, so they didn’t have a ton of fabric, but certainly enough to make 2-3 dresses (or 2 dresses and a tee). For a grand total of $2.29, that is certainly a bargain!
My dresses were made using the Simple, Sweet Tee pattern by Oh Sew Kat!, but any tee shirt pattern you have will work. If you have a tee already made, put it on your doll and decide where you want the dress to fall on her leg. Make a note of that measurement. I decided on three inches from the longer version of the Sweet Tee pattern.
It’s easiest to use the hemmed edges of the pant leg if they are big enough. If you can’t take advantage of the hemmed edge, add 3/8th inch to your measurement for your lower hem. You can simply lay your pieces down on the pant legs, and measure them to make sure they are the same and cut them out.
Usually, I like to create new pattern pieces when I do things like this. That way, I still have them for later to use again and don’t have to recreate anything when I want to make another one. Cut out the back and front pattern pieces, and tape them to a new piece of paper or graph paper. Using a ruler, simply extend the side edges down the amount you measured in the step above of both the front and back pieces. Create a new hemline and cut it out.
Extra tip: This pattern has a straight side seam (the hemline is a perfect 90 degree angle to the side seam). Sometimes, if you extend this line down too long, it won’t cover the doll’s bum in back because she is thicker there than at her waist, where the tee usually ends. After measuring and drawing my new lines, I moved my side seam out 1/2 to 3/4th inch and simply connected this back up to the armscye, giving the bottom edge just a little more room and flare. With knit fabrics, they will still stretch and work, but having a little extra room ensures a nice fit. If your tee shirt pattern has a tighter fit, or curves inward, I strongly suggest adding this extra width to the hem to ensure your dress fits.
Lay out your pattern pieces on your leggings or fabric. I used the existing pant hems here. Cut out your pieces, paying close attention to which direction the fabric goes and where the fold lines end up. It was kind of a tight squeeze to get the back piece on the child’s leggings, and I put one sleeve on each leg to maximize the fabric I have left over for the next one. Assemble the shirt according to pattern directions. For the lacy dress, I left off the sleeves and used fold over elastic using hemming method #1 from the pattern. For the emoji dress, I used the normal hemming method #3.
And there you have it! A super quick and super easy tee shirt dress from a tee shirt pattern.
Add a little bling and a little sparkle to the doll clothes you make!! Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make a sparkly tee shirt like this one. You can purchase a tee shirt, or make your own with the Simple, Sweet Tee pattern. Use the free skirt pattern (Four Season Skirt) to complete your outfit! **This post has affiliate links.
Using your electronic cutting machine software, or using a standard die cutting machine, cut out your pattern from Heat Transfer Vinyl. HTV is cut from the material in reverse, and then pressed onto the fabric. If your design is not symmetrical, like a word for example, you need to mirror the image before you cut it out, otherwise it will be backwards on your item. For these snowflake tee shirts, my design is sized to about 1 1/2 inches and I used silver Heat Transfer Vinyl by Cricut.
Weed the image. This means to pull off all of the vinyl around your design (the negative space) so that all that is left on your clear backing paper is the image that will end up on your tee shirt. (I typically cut a square around my designs as well, to avoid using more HTV than I need, but to also make this weeding process easier.) A light pad (or window) can help you see the lines! Use a tweezers, a seam ripper, or other sharp tool to remove those teeny tiny pieces in the snowflake centers (or in letters if you are using a word design) too! The only thing left on the clear backing paper is what you want on your actual garment. There may be touches of glitter left on the backing paper and this will not end up on your item.
Position your image onto your shirt and press it with a hot iron or heat press machine for 20-30 seconds. It’s best to use a teflon sheet between your item and the iron, but with HTV, it’s not necessarily required. The new EASY PRESS by Cricut is a great, new tool for pressing, but a regular iron works just as well, especially because doll shirts are tiny and usually don’t end up being washed over and over like a child’s shirt would be. Remove the clear, backing paper (it will sort of curl away from your design as it releases it when heated) and discard it. Let your item cool.
If desired, add to your design with some sparkly crystals to make your design even more unique! Have fun with colored crystals and patterns. You can purchase them on amazon or at local craft stores. Depending which type you purchase, some have the glue (called HOT FIX) already on them. You can use the iron or a hot fix tool to melt the glue and attach them. You can also glue them right on with E6000 glue (also found at amazon and craft stores). If you add crystals, be sure that the age of the user is taken into account before you add them.
Have fun making personalized tee shirts for your dolls!
I made the skirts with the FOUR SEASON Skirt pattern and added a few extra crystals with the E6000 glue to add a little more bling! Find the free skirt pattern HERE.
I used a CRICUT EXPLORE AIR machine to make these snowflakes shirts. Visit the Cricut website to see more about these innovative machines and products to take your crafting to the next level and beyond! Make your own tee shirt for dolls with the Simple, Sweet Tee shirt pattern found HERE.
Does Julie Albright from American Girl® live at your house? The new Jumping Jack pattern is based on a 1974 design and would be perfect for Julie’s wardrobe. With three mix and match pieces (a turtleneck shirt, shorts, and a reversible jumper), she’s ready for school or play. I think it could also make a cute sunsuit! Make your own Julie (or any of her friends) a new outfit today!
Matching pattern for Wellie Wishers will be published next week!
I was saving this groovy fabric for the perfect project! I think Julie looks great, what do you think? Note: I used her belt from her classic meet outfit to complete the look! Download the Jumping Jack sewing pattern and make your Julie a groovy outfit today!
It’s the spooky season! I’m obsessed with this adorable Halloween fabric from Doodlebug. I couldn’t wait to make it into a few cute doll dresses for my Wellie Wishers dolls!
I used the School Dance Dress pattern and had fun mixing and matching the cute, spooky fabrics! The eyes are just too much! Owls and black cats, oh my! The pattern is available in three sizes: 18 inch dolls, Wellie Wishers, and for 16 inch Disney Animators.
Willa loves her new dress! I used a little scrapbook embellishment for the ribbon’s belt buckle.
The tropical climate of Hawaii is perfect for floral sundresses of all styles! A quick google search for “Hawaiian Dress” or “Hawaiian Muumuu” will show you thousands of pretty island dresses. There are many styles, so it seems that however you make yours, it will be perfect for Nanea, American Girl®’s newest BeForever character from Hawaii!
This post is one in a series of four STEP IT UP SERIES posts of easy Hawaiian Dresses to make from Oh Sew Kat! Patterns. Hopefully you already own one or two and can get started right away!
Be sure to check out three other ways to make a Hawaiian dress here, here, and here! You can also quickly find them all on my Tutorials page.
The easiest way to make a Hawaiian dress is to simply sew your favorite sleeveless, sundress pattern is a bright, floral print. Keep the size of your doll in mind as you select your fabric; you don’t want the flowers to be bigger than she is!
The Sugan n Spice pattern is perfect! Click the image below to purchase and download it today.
Step 1. Choose the Seeveless pinafore, print and cut out your pieces as directed in the pattern with a skirt length of 6.5 inches. Cut a strip of fabric for the ruffle: 2.75 x 45 inches (or WOF, the width of your fabric).
Step 2. Construct your dress according to the pattern directions but do not sew a hem.
Step 3. Zigzag or serge finish one long edge of your ruffle strip, press it up 1/4th inch and stitch hem in place. Gather the top edge of the ruffle.
Step 4. With right sides together, pin the ruffle to the skirt, and stitch in place. Top stitch from the right side. Complete the dress according to the pattern instructions.
Traditional Hawaiian Muumuu dresses are a little longer than a usual dress, and often have a wide ruffle at the hem. Harper’s pink dress is made with ModKid fabric called Mezzanine.
You don’t have to do a ruffle! Take your “ruffle strip”, fold it in half with wrong sides together, and press it well. Add it to the right side of your dress hem, then turn it under and top stitch. You can play with your patterns with this banded hem version. Grace looks so pretty in blue!
Your Nanea doll will look beautiful in a handmade Hawaiian sundress!
The Sugar n Spice pattern is perfect for Hawaiian dresses and Halloween costumes, as well as the perfect every day dress for school or holidays. Check out the Inspiration Gallery and this blog post to see more Sugar n Spice dresses.
Who else can’t get enough Hawaiian dresses lately? Check out this post and this post to see how to make more Hawaiian Dresses! Did you enjoy this post? Share it on facebook, twitter and pinterest from the links below! Thanks for stopping by!
With the end of summer, we find ourselves back to routines and Back to School! Put a new twist on the classic A-Line Skirt for dolls, the Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat! Add some cute pockets with this easy tutorial!
First, you will need the pattern. I offer the Sixth Grade Skirt in five sizes: 18 inch, 16 inch Disney Animators, 15 inch Bitty Baby, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers, and 14 inch HeartsForHearts Girls. (Because this skirt is fitted and does not use elastic, I encourage you to check the fit on your own doll before you sew on the hook and loop tape.)
Step 1. Begin your pattern as you always do. Print the pieces, cut them out, and choose your fabrics. Cut out all of the pieces for your skirt. To add pockets, (in the same or contrasting fabric- your choice!), cut two additional SIDE FRONT pieces.
Step 2. Hold your pocket piece up to your doll and figure out how far down the pocket should go. (About to her hand). Draw a straight line on each pocket, fold along that line, and press wrong sides together. (For the 18 inch dolls, I measured 1 7/8th inch down from the top. For Wellie Wishers I measured down 1 1/2 inch.)
Step 3. Top stitch the top of your pocket. Double stitch it if you like. Trim the excess fabric inside.
Step 4. Place the pockets, with rights sides facing up for both pieces, directly over each other and pin. Be sure to they match exactly. Continue to put your skirt together according to the pattern directions.
That was easy! Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete! How about some cute buttons?