I've been focused on knitting myself tops this year, rather successfully (although there are a few unfinished tops I should get back to). Last night and this morning I thought it was time to try sewing clothes again. Starting simple with doll clothes using some fabric scraps I inherited. I found quite a few free, simple patterns for 18" dolls online. For my first attempt I have used this adaptable pattern from The Craft Patch blog.
For the back I thought I'd be "smart" and avoid a hook & loop closure by sewing most of it up and leaving a little open at the top for a snap. It is a bit snug to get on. I'm glad I happened to cut the fabric so that it stretches sideways - because I forgot to consider that.
Yes, I also managed to match up the plaid - somewhat by luck since I was working with scraps.
I may also conceded and buy some hook & loop tape. I still have to find my snap closures (or buy some).