10 PC School Uniform Set for 18″ Dolls | Giveaway

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 ilovetocreate.com. 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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Secret Garden Dress Pattern Hack

Just another dress for Sofia…a Secret Garden Dress pattern hack!

Basic toddler dress in orange feather print with gray polka dot collar

I used the bodice from the Secret Garden Dress pattern, and just gathered a rectangle from for the skirt. I got the orange feathers by Juliana Horner at Fabric.com; which has been my favorite place since my buddy got me a gift card a while back.

*This is my 3rd time using the Secret Garden Dress pattern. You can see my first one here; and I haven’t blogged about my second one yet!

Low-back, simple dress in feathers and dots | SewsNBows

But I haven’t been in a “writing about sewing” mood, so this post is a clever guise to just say hello, tell you what I’ve been up to while I show you a scrap busting dress for Sofie.

Simple toddler dress with faux sweetheart collar |sewsNBows

While sorting through my stash the other day, I realized I had lot of yards and small cuts of fabric. My niece is the only one little enough to make very many things for with a yard or less…and she won’t stay this little!

Secret Garden Pattern Hack

Panic set in, as I realized that I have to sew through this stuff or else it’s going to clog up my sewing cabinet for the next decade. Cabinets crammed full of fabric = no fabric shopping for me. And this, the need for my Secret Garden Dress pattern hack was born.

Sweetheart collar girls dress in feathers & dots

Obviously, I’ve been sewing up a storm, hoping to put a dent in the stash. Not buying fabric is a punishment I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. A cabinet full of half yards may sound like heaven to some, but it’s a death sentence for apparel sewing (unless there are wee bittys to sew for.)

Juliana Horner feathers with polka-dot collar and waistband

I made lots of simple skirts, leggings, and a cute floral dress last week. All are basics that will be worn a ton, but will probably not make the blog.

Secret Garden Dress Pattern Hack

Next week I’ll be working on a pageant costume with a “wild wear” theme. I’ve been wanting to sew fishing line hems and learn to work with swim fabric, so it might be fun to do both at once with a short deadline. That’s sarcasm, because it will be kind of nerve-racking. But I’m ready for whatever, bring it on!

Until next time,



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Uptown/Downtown Dress Blog Tour + Giveaway


I love the Uptown/Downtown Dress from SewStraightPatterns. It’s designed for knit fabric, fitted through the waist, with just the right amount of flare in the skirt.

Uptown/Downtown Dress by SewStraight Patterns

I ordered this Mint Peach Ella Stripe from Girl Charlee for the tour. It’s a jersey knit, but there’s very little stretch. The pattern recommends % stretch, so I was nervous. I sewed it anyways, because it’s such a fast dress to make. The plan was that if it was a pain to put on or take off, I’d run and get a different fabric.

Peach & Mint Striped Jersey Dress | SewsNBows

But the fabric worked out, and Sofie has worn it several times, so it’s a win. Fabric crisis averted. *wipes sweat from brow* Next time I make this dress (and there will be many next times) I’ll order something I’m familiar with, or find something in a local shop. Or, you know…read the fabric description.

Peach & Mint Striped Uptown/Downtown  Dress | SewsNBows

The pattern has several finishing techniques, sleeve variations, and a tutorial for a stretch lace overlay. I know it can be made so many ways, but I like the sporty/girly feel of my niece’s dress.

Uptown/Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns

So it was sort of fitting when Sof went after a basketball during the photo-shoot.

Uptown/Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns

I really love the length on her too. It’s doesn’t impede her movement, but doesn’t show any butt when she bends and plays like a wild monkey. Also, in a medium wight jersey; there is just enough movement in the skirt for twirls and prancing, but it doesn’t lift and blow in the wind.

Dress Pattern : Ninja Approved


This dress is also suitable for ninja action…

Chillin' in the Uptown/Downtown Dress


And chillin’ like nobody’s business.

Uptown/Downtown Dress | SewsNBows

You can buy the Uptown/Downtown Dress pattern at SewStraightPatterns. Use code uptowndowntowntour for a 30% discount! Or, enter below for a chance to win a copy.

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