Oh Sew Kat Doll Blog Tour

Oh Sew Kat blog tour. The School Dance Dress, a PDF sewing pattern for 18" dolls. Stitched by Jennie.

I have blogged before about how I love making clothes for my daughters 18″ dolls. There are a few reasons for this:

  1. Kids grow up so fast! If my 11 and 13 year old (and sometimes even my 15 year old) will still play with their dolls, then I will do everything I can to encourage that.
  2. Doll clothes are usually a pretty quick and easy project, and sometimes I just need quick and easy.
  3. I can use up my fabric scraps since doll pattern pieces are usually pretty small.

Oh Sew Kat blog tour. The School Dance Dress, a PDF sewing pattern for 18" dolls. Stitched by Jennie.

For the Oh Sew Kat blog tour, I chose to make the School Dance Dress. The pattern comes with a lot of options. As I was trying to choose which options to sew, I decided to sew one of each view.

Oh Sew Kat blog tour. The School Dance Dress, a PDF sewing pattern for 18" dolls. Stitched by Jennie.

View A has a solid front, and I knew it would look great with some hand embroidery. I chose a mint cotton fabric and hand embroidered this adorable unicorn design from Cutesy Crafts on the front. I added some pom pom trim to the hem and chose the elastic sleeves.

Oh Sew Kat blog tour. The School Dance Dress, a PDF sewing pattern for 18" dolls. Stitched by Jennie.

Isn’t the unicorn design so cute! It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but I added some sparkly thread in the horn. Hand embroidery is something I really enjoy, and hope to add it to my projects more often.

Oh Sew Kat blog tour. The School Dance Dress, a PDF sewing pattern for 18" dolls. Stitched by Jennie.

My 11 year old chose and cut the fabrics for View B. This view has a center panel with straight seam. The fabric in the center is left over from some Star Wars pajama pants that I made. She did a great job of fussy cutting the fabric to get the Millennium Falcon in the center of the dress. I chose to leave the sleeves open on this dress.

Oh Sew Kat blog tour. The School Dance Dress, a PDF sewing pattern for 18" dolls. Stitched by Jennie.

View C is similar to B, except that it has curved princess seams instead of straight seams. For this dress I added some ribbon into the princess seams and tied them into a bow. This dress also has the elastic sleeves.

Oh Sew Kat blog tour. The School Dance Dress, a PDF sewing pattern for 18" dolls. Stitched by Jennie.

I love how each of the dresses turned out! The pattern came together perfectly and the instructions were very detailed. The back of the dresses have velcro, making them very easy to get on and off of your dolls. There are so many possibilities with this pattern and you can mix and match each of the options to make some really beautiful doll dresses. Which view/options will you sew up first?

The Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog tour is hosted by Seams Sew Lo! Please check out all the wonderful blogs on this tour below:

January 15th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)

January 16th: Seams Sew Lo

January 17th: Kathy’s Kwilts and More

January 18th: Sew Haute Blog

January 19th: Seams Like Style

January 22nd: Elli & Nels

January 23rd: Quilts by Joanne

January 24th: Granma Texas Sews

January 25th: Stitched by Jennie

January 26th: Sewing with D

January 29th: Our Play Place

January 30th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing

January 31st: Hazelnut Handmade

February 1st: Dear Daydream

 

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Oh Sew Kat blog tour. The School Dance Dress, a PDF sewing pattern for 18" dolls. Stitched by Jennie.

Pattern: The School Dance Dress from Oh Sew Kat.

Recommendations: This pattern is perfect for adding fun trims or embroidery.

Fabric: Woven scraps left over from other projects.

25 Comments

  1. Three beautiful dresses! I keep looking at this pattern and, after seeing all of your versions, I’ve decided this will be my next pattern purchase. Your unicorn embroidery work is outstanding and added so much to a simple little frock….

  2. I love the patterns that have the variety of options. I get bored making the same thing over so the slight changes make a huge difference in my motivation as well as the looks. Nice job!

  3. Very classic dresses, they are lovely! It’s great that your daughters are interested in the process and still interested in the dolls-anything to keep my babies babies a little longer!

  4. Wow, all three look great and even the shoes match! I’m impressed that you have time for hand embroidery with all the sewing you do!

  5. I know what you mean about encouraging the doll phase! It’s only here for a little while and it’s such a precious time. I feel the same about the baby doll phase. I’m sure your girls love these dresses!

  6. Wonderful dresses! Your daughter did do a great job fussy cutting; I love all three! I love making doll clothes too. Anything to keep them playing and using their imaginations!

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