This week I’ve been sewing school uniforms for American Girl dolls. Here are the patterns I’m using, and some back to school looks. I’m also sharing some tips for sewing doll clothes at the end of this post.
If you want to sew matching looks for your kids; my top picks for kids school uniform patterns are at Serger Pepper.
School Uniforms For American Girl Dolls
You can download the free Polo Shirt pattern from Doll Duds to make this look.
These shorts are modified from LJC’s Capris & Shorts pattern. I used a snap front closure and heart shaped faux button. The welt pockets are my favorite!
The Button Up Shirt pattern by Liberty Jane is adorable. It has a back yoke and optional front yoke. It’s very detailed, and even has pleated cuffs. This one is tricky for me- I struggle with the cuffs and collar. I’m just going to keep sewing it until I get it right:)
I layered the button up with the Pullover Sweater pattern by Liberty Jane. I used a sheer navy colored knit. There’s a keyhole opening and snap in back to fit over the dolls head.
Many of the kids patterns at Peekaboo Pattern Shop have 18″ doll sizes included. I used the Skinny Jeans to make these khaki uniform pants. They include functional front and back pockets.
This is the Betty Skirt pattern by Shaffer Sisters. It’s a girl pattern with bonus 18″ size. There are lots of options but the pleated version is great for school uniforms.
You may have noticed the ties my girls are wearing: I made them using the Dress Me Up Neck Attire pattern from Doll Tag Clothing. It also includes a bow tie and scarf.
The Urban Backpack pattern by Sew Urban is a really quick sew. Mine is purple and sparkly and I added a Velcro closure.
Tips For Sewing Doll Clothes
- I like upcycle clothing to make doll things. For back to school looks; old polos are great. You can use the fabric and ribbing from the collar. Likewise, old khaki pants or jeans are a great fabric source once they get too short or holes in the knee.
- Keep in mind that some seams are tiny and difficult to press. Use fabric that isn’t too heavy or thick. Fabric with some stretch to it is really nice because a many doll patterns have very little ease. You can use a rolled washcloth to press tricky areas, like inside a sleeve.
- Likewise, sourcing tiny notions will really give your doll clothes an edge. Scale is everything; from notions to fabric prints.
- Keep your seams small. 1/4″ is plenty; you don’t need any bulk that could make it difficult to dress your doll.
- Smaller stitches look nicer, more “to scale”, and hold up better. They are also more annoying to seam rip, so work slowly.
Do as I say, and not as I do. Sometimes I get lazy and break all the rules. I really need to sew that button up shirt again, and practice sewing snaps. I never like they way they look. I’m thinking about buying a KAM Table-Top Snap Button Press Setter Machine. I love pearl snaps on blouses and men’s shirts; and it would def make my doll clothes look nice. Hand stitches are not my strength. I think we all know that :)
Now you have the chance to win the outfits shown in this post! The next big American Girl Wardrobe giveaway is coming at Diana Rambles; and it is a full year’s wardrobe! It’s will include seasonal looks, formal, sports, back to school, holiday, and more. 1 winner takes all!