Free Dolman Tee Pattern For Dolls

Free Dolman Tee Sewing Pattern For 18" Dolls like American Girl

Have you seen the free dolman tee pattern from Doll It Up? I sewed one up recently and thought you’d like it too.

Free Dolman Tee Pattern For 18" Dolls like American Girl

Free Dolman Tee Pattern for 18″ Dolls

I used scraps from Sofia’s Banyan Tee to make this top. The PDF pattern is available Doll It Up.

Tshirt, hoodie, jean shorts and sneakers on 18" American Girl

You really couldn’t ask for a faster doll pattern. This top sewed up in about 12 minutes.

Free Sewing Pattern For 18" Dolls

The neckband is folded under and stitched. The hem and sleeves are banded.

Free Dolman Tee sewing pattern from Doll It Up

Its perfect for scraps of fabric or old t-shirts. There are no closures since the neck opening is wide and the dolman sleeves slip easily over your dolls head. It fits lots of stuffed animals and dolls, although Baby Alive’s head is too big.

Striped Dolman Tee (free sewing pattern!)

Make sure your fabric has plefty of stretch. Anna provides tips for choosing fabric and excellent recommendations if you’re new to knits.

Zip hoodie, striped tee, shorts and sneakers for American Girl doll

I miss sewing for American Girl dolls! I keep thinking I’ll sew some things to sell, and never seem to get around to it. My niece asked me for some Barbie clothes so I made an ugly mermaid costume. I complained the whole time, although I would never tell my baby that. Barbie is just too tiny and my heart isn’t in it. I plan to buy Sofia an AG doll when she’s 5 or 6. Her Baby Alive has barely survived and her Barbies end up looking like the cast of the Walking Dead. I can’t see spending a lot yet but I’m counting the days until I can!

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DIY Batman Costume For Tween Girls

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

My easy DIY Batman costume was quick to sew, tween friendly, and it’s comfy enough to double as loungewear.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

This project would’ve been a great addition to the Halloween Hacks Series at Swoodson Says, but as usual I’m late to the game. This is my unofficial, unplanned hack! Check out the series for a ton of ideas to Halloweenify regular clothing patterns.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

My baby is almost too cool to dress up now, but next week is “theme week” at school. They get a hat day, pajama day, etc. Friday they get to wear superhero costumes; and this was our answer. I used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern for the top, and added the Bat Logo myself. SugarTot Designs has free superhero templates you can download. I used knit fabric that shifted around, so my logo doesn’t do Telisa’s cute template justice. It passed Bella’s inspection though, so I’m not upset it isn’t perfect.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls (link to free logo template)

Brat wouldn’t let me add one of the cute little tutus to her costume. I truly couldn’t stand the utter lack of embellishment; so I used my Hot Fix Tool* to add some bling around the logo. It made me feel better, but definitely not the satisfaction I would’ve gotten from a huge, fluffy blue tutu.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

The pants pattern is the Basic Leggings* from Serger Pepper. They have a wide cuff on bottom that tucks into boots perfectly. We have several pairs of Basic Leggings in heavy rotation at my house. The pattern is really easy to modify, and it’s build to last through growth spurts. One can’t really have too many black leggings!

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

This is probably the most cost efficient costume I’ve ever made. I used a high quality knit fabric because this stuff can be worn everyday. I know the leggings will be worn all the time. The top will at least be slept in; and possibly even worn outside. Worst case scenario, it gets donated to Bella’s little cousin who is definitely inheriting the cape. I could even pick off the appliqué if I had to. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this tween-friendly DIY Batman costume.

Want more costume inspiration? Visit Creative Costumes for lots of Halloween ideas!

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

Update: I got my tutu! Bella told her aunt she felt like her costume was “missing something” and asked her to make one! I’ll try my best to get an iPhone pic and share on my social media- I thought my tutu days were over but it looks like I get to have one more:)

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10 PC School Uniform Set for 18″ Dolls

10 PC School Uniform Set for 18" Dolls | SewsNBows

This 10 piece school uniform set will keep your doll dressed for school all hear, no matter the weather! I made a collection that will work for Spring, summer, Fall, and winter.

10 PC School Uniform Set for 18" Dolls | SewsNBows

(Tiny random thought: why are Spring and Fall supposed to be capitalized, while summer and winter aren’t? Is it because spring and fall are verbs? This bugs the heck out of me. Anybody else?)


This is my contribution in the huge Year of American Girl: Wardrobe Giveaway. There are so many awesome outfits and accessories, made with loving care by some of the top doll clothing makers and bloggers around. See all the items up for grabs here. Now let’s take a closer look at the school uniforms.

School Uniform Set for 18″ Dolls

Polo Shirt

Polo Shirt for 18" doll | SewsNBows

Button-Up Shirt

Button Up Shirt for 18" Doll | SewsNBows

Pullover Sweater

Pullover Sweater for 18" Doll | SewsNBows

Chino Shorts 

chino Shorts for 18" Doll | SewsNBows

Pleated Skirt

Pleated Skirt for 18" Doll | SewsNBows

Skinny Jeans

Skinny Jeans for 18" Doll | SewsNBows


Backpack for 18" Doll | SewsNBows

3 Coordinating Ties

3 Ties for 18" Doll | SewsNBows

See photos of these outfits on American Girl dolls in my post from last week: School Uniforms for 18″ Dolls. If you’d like to win this 10 piece school uniform set plus all the other doll clothes, accessories, and even furniture; head over to the giveaway. See ya there!



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Year of American Girl Wardrobe Giveaway!

We have something special for you! 27 wonderful ladies have teamed up to bring you the Year of American Girl Wardrobe Giveaway!

A Year of American Girl Wardrobe Giveaway

This collection includes clothing and accessories for all holidays and occasions in a year. Your 18″ doll will be ready for any occasion! This outstanding giveaway is brought to you by the following co-hosts, sponsors, and contributors~

1. Diana of Diana Rambles – Diana, aka FreeStyleMama, the coordinator of this giveaway, is a self-described creative crafty mama of three who blogs about food, crafts, family and fun. She also is a blog designer and seamstress.
2. Laura of Laura Kelly’s INKlings
– Laura Kelly is a licensed artist and creative project designer for She blogs her journey with hopes of inspiring and stimulating creativity in others.
3. Katrina Thennis of The Chicken Wire – A wife and a mother of three, blogging about homeschooling with a fun mix of faith, family and farmstead added in.
4. Char of Doll Diaries
– Char is the founder and blogger at Doll Diaries where girls of all
ages are inspired to create, play and share doll related activities. There is a weekly feature of wonderful ideas of doll lovers around the web.
5. Amy of SewsNBows – Amy is a fabric hoarder and sewing pattern collector who enjoys sewing children’s clothing and accessories. Her beautiful creations are showcased on her blog.
6. Gina of Gina’s Craft Corner – Gina is a wife, homeschooling mother of two young girls and a bagaholic. Visit her blog to see her latest handbag creations, sewing tips and tutorials, along with other easy DIY crafts.
7. Jenny of Learning and Growing the Piwi Way
– Jenny is a proud wife and mama who enjoys blogging about teaching her
kids, the books she reads and food. With another job relocation always
just over the horizon, most of the projects she writes about are an
attempt to distract her from packing.
8. Debbie of Heartbeats~ Soul Stains
– Debbie is a wife, mother of seven, and nurse living in Hawaii where she shares what life is like in a large household; recipes, giveaways and just about anything that gets thrown her way. She and her children have survived many obstacles and tragedies, but have persevered through it all, with faith and love.
9. Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy – Stephanie is a 30-something stay-at-home mom of three, ages 4 to 14, who blogs at The TipToe Fairy about sewing and crafty tutorials, delicious recipes, book reviews, and more. She is an avid sewist, crafter, book lover, and cupcake baker.
10. Dee of Meatloaf and Melodrama – Dee is a blogger, freelance writer and mom to five active kiddos. She writes about easy crafts, DIY projects and simple family meals.
11. Jessica of Jessie’s Girl Clothing – Jessica started sewing for her daughters and loved it so much that she didn’t stop; and kept finding more things to sew. She loves a challenge so making custom (whatever she makes) really excites her.
12. Anna of Doll It Up – Anna shares projects and inspiration to sew, craft and create for dolls. From easy to advanced projects — come and create, repurpose and PLAY!

Winter Outfit – Starabella Doll Design
Coat & Boots Set – Tickie’s Treasures
Valentine’s Dress – Aunt Sissy Originals
St. Patrick’s Day Outfit – Laura Kelly’s INKlings
Easter Dress – Kimmie Sew Crazy
Spring Outfit – Jazzy Doll Duds
Fancy Dress – Doll Fashions by Luanne
Summer Outfit – Mini Me Doll Divas
Bathing Suit Set – Jessie’s Girl Clothing
4th of July Dress – Doll It Up
Mermaid Outfit – The Tip Toe Fairy
School Uniform Collection – SewsNBows
Fall Outfit – Camelot’s Treasures
Halloween Elsa Costume – Cat’s Meow
Christmas Formal Outfit – Darlin Girl Creations
5 pair of Shoes – Confetti Doll Designs
Two Bags – Gina’s Craft Corner
Months of the Year Headbands – Punch Place Plus
Wooden Bed – Meatloaf and Melodrama
Bedding Set – FreeStyleMama
Girl & Doll Scrapbook Set – Learning and Growing the Piwi Way

A Year of American Girl Doll Wardrobe Giveaway
Enter the giveaway using the PromoSimple entry form below.
18+ yrs, US & Canada Only. Official Rules at bottom of the entry form.
Bonus entries unlocked after required entry.
The more entries, the better chance you have of winning.

This giveaway was coordinated by Diana Rambles

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A Year of American Girl Wardrobe Contributions

The next American Girl Doll Wardrobe giveaway starts today! The contributors have outdone themselves with a ‘Year of American Girl’ theme. There are outfits and accessories for all weather, each season, and any event. Let’s take a look!

Luanne of Doll Fashions by Luanne created this fully lined, satin party dress featuring a double ruffle skirt .

Lora of Aunt Sissy Originals created this cute heart t-shirt and twirl skirt for Valentines Day.

Jean of Jazzy Doll Duds made casual lime green capris and plaid button up top for Spring.

Jessica of Jesse’s Girl Clothing designed a turquoise butterfly tankini with matching flip flops and visor.

Jenny of Learning and Growing the Piwi Way put together a fun scrapbook kit for girl and doll, with pens, stickers, and embellishments!

Gina of Gina’s Craft Corner created two doll sized vinyl bags. Diana Rambles made a felt wallet full of doll money. Doll money!!!

Jamie of Punch Place Plus has crafted a set of 12 glitter headbands, one for each month!

Dacia of Mini Me Dolly Divas created this fun ‘Life is better in flip flops’ summer outfit, including tank top, leggings, skirt, & fringed top.

Kim of Kimmie Sew Crazy made this beautiful, hand embroidered Easter dress with peekaboo underskirt.

Annabella of Starbella Doll Design designed a winter outfit with a plaid hooded jacket, crocheted hat & scarf, black stretch leggings, and gray sweatshirt.

Cherie of Darlin Girl Creatives created a 5 piece formal Christmas outfit with petticoat, full length skirt, bodice/top, shoulder wrap, and velvet head band.

Darci of Cat’s Meow created an Elsa costume from aqua satin, sequins and white snowflake organza. A crown is included.

Anna of Doll It Up made a 4th of July knit sundress with stars, stripes, and tulle.

Amy of SewsNBows created a 10 piece back to school uniform collection.

Laura of Laura Kelly’s INKlings has designed this fun St. Patrick’s Day outfit with shirt, jeans, & handheld shamrock.

Janette of Tickie’s Treasures made a soft coat trimmed with with faux fur, and matching hat & boots. Also a fabulous knit dress & leggings!

Guinivere of Camelot’s Treasures designed gray corduroy pants and cowl neck pullover sweater, headband, and backpack.

Amy of Confetti Doll Designs made 5 pairs of shoes: a pair of knit boots, ballet flats, platform sandals, slip on sandals, and chevron sneakers.

Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy has created a turquoise mermaid outfit with purple bandeau top.

Dee of Meatloaf & Melodrama and Diana of FreeStyleMama Creations have teamed up to bring you this bed set. Dee made this awesome wooden bed and Diana created the bedding.

Which is your favorite? Tell us in the Year of American Girl: Wardrobe Giveaway!

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