How to Sew a Tierd Skirt for Your Doll, a Step-by-Step Tutorial.

If you’ve been following my blog for some time already, you know that I love to design and make little clothes for wee dolls.

Making a skirt is the perfect beginner’s project. I made a skirt very similar to this style for my daughter when she was three. The design of this skirt is very simple but oh so lovely!  You can choose from a variety of fabrics, just make sure to pick a fabric that moves and drapes well.

With the weather changing and the days becoming cooler, I chose the whale corduroy and lovely Liberty of London cotton for the trim. For the winter time it can be made with light-weight wool, while for the hot summer days, it would look charming if made with cotton lawn, linen or even lace fabric.

So, let’s get started!

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This pattern is made to fit dolls in 16-20" size.

Materials needed :

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Align the rectangles’ short sides on the lengthwise grain. Cut the pattern pieces according to the size.

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

1. Fold a strip of the trim fabric in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and iron. Pin the trim to the right side of the bottom tier, stitch, and finish the edge.

2. Unfold and iron out the seam, turning seam allowance toward the dress.

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

3.  Gather the other side of the bottom tier to create ruffle. The gathered ruffle should be the same length as the middle tier.

(If you've never done it before, no worries - it's very simple. Just change the stitch length on your machine to the longest possible (usually 5 mm) and sew two straight parallel lines (with about 1/8 inch in between and 1/8 inch from the raw edge). Don’t back-stitch and leave a thread tail 6-7 inch long at the ends. Carefully pull the two bobbin threads and form even gathers.)

4. With right sides together and using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew the middle tier to the gathered edge of the bottom tier. Finish the edge, unfold and iron out the seam.

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset  

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

 

5. Now you have two tiers sewn together.

6. The top smallest tier will become the waistband. Gather the top edge of the middle tier to create ruffle. The gathered ruffle should be the same length as the top/waistband tier.

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset  

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

 

7. Using 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch the right side of the top/waistband tier to the left side of the gathered edge of the middle tier. 

8. You don't need to finish the seam as it will be inside the waistband. Unfold and iron out the seam.

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

9. Fold the top raw edge toward the wrong side 1/4 inch and press.

10. Fold the top tier/waistband again in half.

11. Stitch as close as possible along the inner edge of the band. Press.

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

12. Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the waistband, making sure the elastic is not twisted inside and leaving the ends of the elastic out.

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

Step-by-step tutorial on how to sew a tiered skirt for an 18" doll, by Petit Gosset

 

13. Fold the skirt in half, right sides together, matching the raw edges. Pin, trim if needed and, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew with a straight stitch. Finish and iron out the seam, which will be centered on the backside of the skirt.

And Voilà, the skirt is ready!

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I hope you enjoy making this cute skirt!

But don't you think that Fall is the time to get obsessive about knitting? If you'd like to join the knitting club you should check out this lovely sweater pattern in my Etsy store!

Spell of Autumn

"There is a spell in autumn early,
One all too brief, of an enchantment rare:
The nights are radiant and pearly,
The days, pellucid, crystal-clear.
......
The birds have flown, we hear no more their clamor,
But winter's angry winds not soon will start to blow -
Upon the empty fields there pours the azure glow
Of skies that have not lost the warmth of summer."  ~ F. Tyutchev

It's hard to believe it's already October! To freshen up your doll's wardrobe and keep her up to date, here are some lovely fall outfits--some dreamy, others--more casual.

1. Autumn harvest.

This outfit is made to fit an 18" doll. Some of the "harvested" materials are vintage linen, textured crisp silk organza, silk for the lining, real Baltic amber and wood beads. The dress has a snap closure in the back. Recommended for adult collectors.

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2. Garden Fairy or Dahlia.

This outfit is made for an 18" doll. Materials "grown" include: France Duval Stella cotton lawn, crisp silk organza, alpaca/silk yarn with tiny glass beads, cotton organdy for the lining. The dress features a snap closing in the back. Recommended for children 8+ or an adult with a soul of a dreamy child.

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3. Forest Song.

This clothing set will fit a 16" doll.  Materials "hummed" include: double gauze cotton, vintage ribbon for the dress, Japanese cotton/linen blend for the pants. The dress features a snap closing in the back, the pants have an elasticized waist. Recommended for a child 7+.

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4. Autumn Breeze.

Materials "blown" include: cotton double gauze for the shirt, cashmere for the pants, and a Liberty of London fleece for the jacket. This set is made to fit a 16" doll and is recommended to a child 7+.

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5. Tired gardener.

The material that will bring sweet dreams to the gardener is cotton jersey. The gardener should not be taller than 16". Recommended to a child 7+.

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All these clothing will be available through Dollectable store at 7pm EST on October 1st.

Thanks for being a valued member of our Dreamy club!

Farewell Summer- Hello New Style!

It's hard to believe that summer is winding down already. But what a wonderful one it has been! Usually, when planning any vacation, I try to make it not just relaxing but as educational for my children as possible. By the end of the school year we always have some historical periods studied, some artists and their works discussed. How exciting for children to visit the places they have been reading about all year!

For me, traveling is the most visceral way of recharging my inner battery, of feeding my soul. New places, people, conversations, nature -  all these help me reboot my creative energy. And now, brimming with this new energy and inspired by my travels, I present to you the first outfit of my new Fall Collection, an outfit that I hope will touch you with its elegance and delicate beauty.

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The new collection is a dialogue between feminine beauty and comfort, if we dare to apply these qualities to a doll. It's a dialogue between man and nature.

The wide skirt is created from several layers of silk organza and gorgeous Italian cotton jacquard for the lining, that subtly shows through the silk. The waist of the skirt is decorated with a bow. Its color is all about the sky and the sea, vast and deep, and purely beautiful....                            Cotton Mokuba lace and sparkling beads give a special touch to the silk blouse.

This clothes will fit beautifully an 18" doll and is recommended for collectors only.

How to look like a Parisian, tips from Antoine.

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde

Recently, visiting our friends in Boston, we were sitting in the park, talking, laughing and sipping hot cider. It was a lovely September afternoon, when a funny little guy suddenly perched himself near us on the bench. He looked a bit older than my sons, maybe about 13 or 14. But what struck me was his nonchalant manner and the way he completely matter-of-factly joined in on our conversation. Antoine was his name. He turned out to be a fantastic narrator and just plain cool (if I can permit myself to borrow my sons’ cutting-edge vocabulary)! He told us about his life in Paris (because obviously that’s where he was from), and about how he traveled everywhere only by bike, since he didn’t quite trust the metro system and took the plane only in extreme situations, such as crossing the ocean (and even then, he hoped that a bridge connecting Europe to the US would soon enough make this unfortunate circumstance unnecessary). He also told us about his passion for dressmaking. How he only wore clothes designed and made by himself, clothes that perfectly suited his busy urban lifestyle. And as a true Parisian, he definitely knew what he was doing when it came to style.

Here are a few tips given by Antoine.
1. Be simple!

2. Layer up.

If you want to adopt a chic Parisian way of dressing, don't forget to layer. The key is to make sure that each layer peaks out just a little bit.
A collar shirt in light pink pairs incredibly well with an olive wool jacket!

3. The right shoes.

Every Parisian is willing to have a pair of brown leather shoes to compliment his look.

4. Oh stripes!
There is probably nothing more French than a traditional Breton stripe. A pair of striped socks are amazingly versatile and look fantastic in every season.

5.  A scarf.

Never leave your home without a scarf, even in the summer. Just toss it in over your jacket or shirt.

And of course, don't forget about hair. Leave it floppy and seemingly nonchalant for a perfect look.

If you'd like to bring a bit of French style into your wardrobe and get your own adorable and trendy fashion adviser, get in touch with Antoine!

May-Elise

At last spring has sprung! 

It's a season that bursts with new beginnings, new life, and, of course, new little dolls...

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Hello!! by petit gosset

May-Elise is a natural fiber art doll, a little over 18" tall. She was made with Swiss cotton interlock and stuffed very firmly with wool. Her hair was made of beautiful, silky-soft Suri alpaca locks, that were combed, washed, dyed with black tea, sewn into wefts, and then crocheted into a wool cap. Her hair is very fragile and should be styled with fingers only (no brush). Her face was sculpted with needle felting technique, brown eyes - embroidered, light freckles - hand-painted, and cheeks - blushed with beeswax.

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wearing cashmere jacket, by petit gosset

May-Elise wears lovely cotton batiste underwear, crafted with French lace; Liberty of London dress with underskirt; fully-lined cashmere jacket with a leather belt; hand-knitted silk/mohair bonnet and scarf; hand-knitted mohair socks, and velvet boots.

May-Elise is recommended for children 8+ or an adult collector.

If you would like to offer your home to this beautiful girl, she will be available in Dollectable store on May 1st, at 7pm EST.