How to Sew a 
Strawberry Shortcake Costume

Strawberry Shortcake costume? Are you going to a 1980s party and you want creative costume ideas. How about that favorite toy that you grew up with.

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When you think of an 80's theme party, you probably think of Madonna 1980's fashion, big shoulder pads, and well, big everything.

80s fashion makes for some really fun costumes, but thinking outside the box is much more fun than the usual or ordinary. 

 Strawberry Shortcake Doll

For those of you who grew up in the 1980’s, you probably remember Hasbro’s toy doll. Althought the doll has changed in appearance the beloved character is  still going strong.

The costume I’m talking about is that sweet little doll with a pinafore dress and oversize hat. Green and white striped stalkings and red hair made from wool strands.

Working in a costume rental shop gave me an opportunity to create costumes by request. The rental shop didn't have this costume and by request, I created it for a customer. 

When we get requests for creative costume ideas, and when we don't have that particular costume, I am inspired to create one and now I am passing the inspiration on to you.

How I made the Strawberry shortcake costume

The costume itself was created using sewing patterns from a few different pattern companies. The mob cap, (what is a mob cap you say), it’s another name for “bonnet” but there is an interesting history to this simple hat. If your curious click the link to go to

Getting back to how this homemade Strawberry Shortcake Costume was put together.

What You Will Need

The items listed below are easily found at your local sewing and fabric stores. 

  • Sewing Machine
  • Patterns: The patterns I used are shown below.
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Fabric:I had a difficult time finding the right fabric in my local fabric stores. is usually my best bet for finding what I need. However I can no longer find these fabrics there. I have searched and this is what I found. 

Please Note: The strawaberry and the green swirl fabrics are different than what I used, as they are no longer available. You can of course use any cotton fabric to your liking, these were my choices. 

  • Pins
  • Zipper
  • Buttons & Snaps

Putting your costume together


  1. Putting the costume together was quite simple. The patterns are easy to follow and you can see how I used contrasting fabrics to add interest.
  2. However, I did make small changes and this is what I did: 
  3. The dress in Simplicity pattern 2827 I used the view with the yellow dress. You can see it is long. So I shortened it to the length I wanted.
  4. For the pinafore/apron, I used the bodice ( the part that goes around your upper body) and used the apron patter skirt. I liked the scalloped edge of the apron it's very cute.
  5. For the petticoat, I used the skirt from the dress pattern. You can see in the photos I simply put the skirt together. I left an opening at the side and made a simple casing for a draw string. For added volume I put a white eyelet ruffle on the bottom.
petticoat pattern
petticoat pattern
pajama bloomers


  • I purchased the socks from
  • They are relatively inexpensive to purchase online. Click the link to the left to to

Bonnet Tutorial

homemade strawberry shortcake costume

To make the bonnet above, click here to leave Strawberry Shortcake Costume and go to the bonnet pattern page.