Monday, January 30, 2012

18" Doll Skirt - Tutorial

So if you have a little girl in your home, chances are you have an 18" doll like the American Girl Dolls.  We do.  And of course our dolls need clothes...lots of them.  So here is a little skirt to make for them to get them started on expanding their wardrobe at a fraction of the AG prices.  If you have a daughter who also like to sew, this might be a good project for them as well with parental supervision of course. =)

Doll Skirt

Supplies Needed:
1/4 yard of fabric (leftover fabric pieces also work great) for main part of skirt
1/4 yard of fabric for skirt band
1/2" wide elastic
rick rack (optional)

**You can click on any of the pictures to make them larger for a better view.

Cutting your fabric:

For the main part of the skirt, cut a piece of fabric that is 8" long and 18" wide.
For the skirt band, cut a piece of fabric that is 3" long and 18" wide.

Taking it the band fabric, fold it in half the long way so that the right side of the fabric is on the outside and the wrong sides are on the inside.  Iron it well.

Next place the band on top of your skirt piece and line up the bottom edge of your skirt with the two long edges of the band.  Pin.

Next sew the band to your skirt fabric using 1/2" seam allowance. You will be sewing the two band edges (not the folded edge) to the bottom edge of your skirt.

Next, change your machine to the zig zag stitch.  Zig Zag along the edges to keep them from fraying.   You can trim them a little first to remove any loose threads and make them more even if they are not.  I should have trimmed the threads off but obviously forgot to.

Fold down your band and iron your skirt flat.

This part is optional:  Cut a piece of rick rack that is as long as your skirt width.

In order to sew the rick rack to the skirt, place it right on top of the band seam.  Using a straight stitch, you will sew right down the middle of the rick rack.  

Now you are ready to sew the back seam of the skirt.  Fold your skirt in half with the right sides (pretty sides) of the fabric together.  Try to match up the rick rack so it lays on top of each other. 

Pin these edges together.

Sew the edges together with a 1/2" seam allowance and then zig zag the edges to keep them from fraying.

Next iron this seam flat (this will make the skirt look better later on).

Using your seam gauge, fold down the top of your skirt 1/2" and iron all the way around the waist of the skirt.

Fold over the top edge again but this time fold it over 1" and iron.  This is the casing for your elastic.

Near the back seam of the skirt, mark a 1" opening along the folded casing using your fabric pencil/marker.  This will be the opening where the elastic will be inserted.

Now you will sew around the waist of your skirt at the lower folded edge.  This will leave room in the casing for your elastic.  Remember to not sew in between your marks!

Cut a piece of elastic that is 1" shorter than your doll's waist.  In my case, I cut my piece of elastic to be 10" long.   Pin a safety pin to one end of the elastic and put the pin into the opening in the casing and begin running the elastic through the top of your skirt.  Remember to not let the other end of your elastic sneak in!  You will end up with your two ends of the elastic sticking out of the opening.

Lay these two elastic ends on top of each other and sew across them using a 1/2" seam allowance.

Now tuck the elastic into the casing and sew the casing opening closed.

You are done!  Now you have a stylish little skirt for your child's favorite doll!  We like to make matching skirts so we will go over in another tutorial how to make a easy little girl's skirt!  That will be coming soon....

1 comment:

Jody W said...

I'm new to sewing and have been meaning to try American Girl doll clothes as my girls love to change their dolls' clothes when they play! I can't wait to try this skirt; post more tutorials!