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Josefina Montoya style clothes, 18" sewing patterns

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

Josefina Montoya's American Girl collection is retired, but that doesn't mean the fun stops.

We're going to create some items for her including her skirt, belt, shirt, shoes, and purse.

I am on a Mexican heritage kick because of this doll. I feel so inspired to create items for play for this Christmas season.

I've found an amazing tutorial to make her adobe oven here. Faking It Mostly really outdid herself with the free oven and food tutorial!

I feel like Josefina needs a sombrero, a poncho, and a Christmas dress. And of course some shoes.

While we're at it, let's make a piñata for her spring celebrations too.

(This post is a work in progress, subscribe to our site to get updates as all these items are added).


18" Doll Skirt

I wanted to walk through an inexpensive and rather easy pattern for an 18" doll.

This skirt mimics Josefina Montoya. I love this extra hard because one white shirt matches many skirts. What's better than that?

This pattern works great for a fat quarter or any cotton material. Think outside the box by using fabric scraps or old clothes.

1. Cut fabric skirt 30" by 8.5". Cut waistband 12.5" by 1.25".

2. Gather the top of the skirt. HOW: run a straight stitch as long as the machine allows and pull strings by hand until the skirt top is as long as the waistband.

3. Iron waistband short side in half with wrong sides together.

4. Pin the top of the skirt to the waistband with the right sides together.

5. Sew skirt to the waistband with 3/8" seam.

6. Remove the gather stitch.

7. Finish the raw edge of the waistband. I used a zig-zag stitch. You can serge, zig-zag, sew or cut with zig-zag scissors.

8. Iron waistband with seam upward.

9. Pin the waistband down so it's folded in half. Sew making sure to catch the seam nice and flat.

10. Edge stitch each side of the skirt.

11. Straight sew a seam 4.5" long from the bottom up.

12. Turn opening in 1/4" and sew.

13. Finish the bottom of the dress with a zig-zag stitch. Turn up 5/8" and straight sew.

14. Add velcro making sure to pin the soft side so it is toward doll's body.

15. Sew Velcro into place.

I am so excited to gift a few different skirt colors with one shirt for the girls to play.


Coin Purse

This cute coin purse is made from faux suede. The free pattern is here.

It is easy to sew. Cut out, sew with a 1/4" seam, and flip it inside out.

Add a button to look just like Josefina's coin purse.

Josefina style purse pattern
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Josefina Christmas Dress

I noticed on this pattern there are some missing triangles on this pattern. It did not affect me lining up the pattern pieces, but here I added the missing triangles for future use.

I also disagreed with how to make the neckline. The next time I make this I will do the neckline differently. I will fold the neckline fabric in half, gather and then sew it into place. The way they offer instructions leaves some of the back of the fabric showing (yuck!).

We now offer replica fabric to match your own Josefina skirt.

Spoonflower prints designs that we create. Choose a design, a fabric, and have shipped to you.

Magnolia & Willows hoping for a very Merry Christmas for all (filled with heirloom doll clothes).

If you like to sew 18" doll clothes we have a few blog posts with patterns

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