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!