Oh Sew Kat! Schol Dance Dress 18″ Doll Pattern Review

We are so excited about the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! Please check out all the wonderful blogs on this tour below:

  1. January 15th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. January 16th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. January 17th: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  4. January 18th: Sew Haute Blog
  5. January 19th: Seams Like Style
  6. January 22nd: Elli & Nels
  7. January 23rd: Quilts by Joanne
  8. January 24th: Granma Texas Sews
  9. January 25th: Stitched by Jennie
  10. January 26th: Sewing with D
  11. January 29th: Our Play Place
  12. January 30th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
  13. January 31st: Hazelnut Handmade
  14. February 1st: Dear Daydream

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by Libby Vasquez

I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post is sponsored by Oh Sew Kat! Patterns

If you have a little one at home, you know that toys and their accessories can take up a pretty penny. For a little girl that mainly means doll clothes, I know from experience. That is where Oh Sew Kat Doll comes in. She has easy, beautiful and budget-friendly doll patterns to help you make creations that will spruce up your girl’s collection. Her love for making beautiful outfits for her daughter’s doll was based on one, watching her own mother sew as a child and two, bonding with  her child based on her interest in American Girl Dolls, as many girls are around age 4.  Her desire in creating these patterns is not just in having you create treasures for that special girl in your life but perhaps also one day having said girl make her own special designs and bonding in their creation. The designer strives to make the patterns easy for any first time enthusiast and includes lots of details in writing, photos and has several pattern variations within one. I was so excited to work with her fun patterns and couldn’t wait to see my little girl’s surprise over new clothes for her doll.

We received the School Dance Dress Pattern for 18’ dolls. I attempted to do the easy one first, with one single color. I thought it would be easy and it was on the sewing part. I chose a simple patterned Peppa Pig cotton scrap I had of 13 inches for my first attempt. On my second I used a snowflake scrap from Joanns as well and blue thinner material I got for $1.00 in downtown LA. I wasn’t sure what to do with such a small piece that was also see through, so it was perfect for this project. I love how cute and small the patterns are. It took me maybe 10-15 minutes to cut all three pattern variations. I then sewed up to the Velcro portion in just over an hour. I was going a bit slow as I was watching Netflix at the same time and the material is small and I didn’t want to mess up anything. Until I got to the Velcro portion I had fun.

 

I just had a horrible time with the Velcro, but mine had adhesive and by the time I wished to change it I had spent too much time already on it and gunked up my needle and machine. Way more time was spent here than I had on sewing and cutting together. I then sewed that part by hand as I didn’t want to mess up my machine and will never that type of Velcro again. I then came back and finished but realized I put the Velcro on the right backside incorrectly, making me have an excess of 3/8 of an inch of on the back. Again, this was all my poor reading. All that was left was to hem that back portion and bottom of dress. Hemming is usually something I dislike but when it takes but a few minutes it is not annoying at all. The second time around I was able to do it all in an hour and I ditched the velcro and went with snaps as I saw a fellow blogger do. I have waaaaay too many snaps to skip out on using them, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it prior.

The sewing portion was easy. I cannot emphasize that enough. I think my Velcro error was just a novice error, I am still learning but as a beginner I loved this pattern. I think the 2nd and 3rd variations of this pattern are more fun because they are not as plain as the first but not as easy as the first. A bow or ribbon on the waist would definitely lift up the first variation like on the sample image. There is a lot of fun that can be had with this one single pattern and so many dress designs for your child’s or special girl’s doll. I love that scraps are more than ideal for this. Even if you have little pieces of something left in between an adult pattern’s cut outs, or pieces or ribbon, lace, etc. It can go a long way on a doll like this and will bring cheer to your child’s play time.

You can purchase any of her doll patterns on her homepage from $3.99 or at Pixie Faire and You Can Make This. If you join the mailing list you receive the perk of a free Four Season Skirt pdf pattern! Follow Kat on FacebookInstagramEtsy Shop andTwitter for her latest pdf releases, deals and more!

We are so excited about the Oh Sew Kat Doll Clothes Blog tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo! Please check out all the wonderful blogs on this tour below:

  1. January 15th: Seams Sew Lo (Intro)
  2. January 16th: Seams Sew Lo
  3. January 17th: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
  4. January 18th: Sew Haute Blog
  5. January 19th: Seams Like Style
  6. January 22nd: Elli & Nels
  7. January 23rd: Quilts by Joanne
  8. January 24th: Granma Texas Sews
  9. January 25th: Stitched by Jennie
  10. January 26th: Sewing with D
  11. January 29th: Our Play Place
  12. January 30th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
  13. January 31st: Hazelnut Handmade
  14. February 1st: Daydream Sewing and Design

21 Replies to “Oh Sew Kat! Schol Dance Dress 18″ Doll Pattern Review”

  1. Help, please! I can find nothing here regarding reviewing the Oh Sew Kat Doll Pattern Review. Looked everywhere I can think of, and nothing is coming through to me on this. Am I missing a message somewhere?

  2. Thank you. I am now able to see today’s blog. I know exactly what you went through with Velcro. I DO NOT like that stuff at all. I do find it easier to sew, if I use a little school glue to hold Velcro in place while I sew it on.

    1. I noticed because of your comment something was missing lol or rather the whole thing. Yes, gladly I had my old sewing machine on hand to do a 2nd dress right away.

    2. What a great tip Jo! I never thought of school glue. I plenty of that in my house. 🙂

  3. Your finished piece is very cute – good call on the snaps, adds some interest!

    1. thank you! I have too many but haven’t had a chance to use them recently, so this was perfect!

  4. What a lovely post! I really love how in depth you went into the designers’ history – and awesome to see you do the snaps, too! I found them to be so easy and such a no-brainer for using up all that stuff we accumulate.

    1. Awww, thank you. I try to look into the pattern maker as it does influence the quality of their work, I feel. Snaps are awesome!

  5. Diana castillo says: Reply

    I wish I had this pattern when I was into sewing growing up. I loved the fabrics you chose and as you mentioned , they create a different/unique look. Great idea on using the snaps. I hope you can get your machine going again. I think dolls clothes is a great way to practice and gain experience for sewing garments for adults. Great job!!

    1. yeah! imagine we would’ve had a lot of fun. Dad would’ve been happy we were sewing then

  6. Cute dresses!

    1. Thank you!

  7. Great review. I so hear you about the stick on velcro. fortunately I had the other kind to use. Your fabric choices are good.

    1. I just moved my sewing room around for some carpet removal and my stuff is unsorted. This just makes me want to organize ASAP. That sticky velcro was no joke.

  8. Very pretty ! I love that pattern, it works up great for 18″ dolls, too !

    1. Yes! It is super cute. I am thinking of making matching ones for my daughter now

  9. What a great idea with the snaps!! I found my doll dress, so quick and easy. I usually dislike threading elastic through the casing, however it went so fast! I was thrilled.

  10. I love all the variations available in this pattern, your dresses look great!

  11. I’m not gonna lie… I’m glad I have boys who happen to not have any interest in dolls these days! I’m awful at anything like this!

    1. Marilyn you are too funny! I feel bad for my son actually since he sees me making stuff for my daughter.

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