American Girl Dolls are extremely popular among a lot of lucky young girls (and some boys probably too!) My niece LOVES her doll. She enjoys dressing it up in different outfits and I keep wanting to make her clothes for it! This skirt was super simple to make so I thought I’d share a tutorial so you can try it too.
I used 2 layers of fabric to make this skirt because I dislike making 1/4″ hems on small items. If this skirt was larger, to save fabric, I’d use one piece of fabric and make a 1/4″ hem. Since this skirt is so small however, I found it easier to sew 2 layers of fabric together for a nice finished edge and the skirt ends up being lined in the end. You could use 2 different fabrics and make a reversible skirt this way if you’d like!
Hold the yarn at the folded corner of the square and make it long enough for the marker to reach an opposite corner. Draw a a curved line from corner to corner. (I couldn’t take an accurate picture because I only have 2 hands, but you get the idea hopefully!)
At this point, you could sew on the elastic and be done BUT what’s a girly skirt without some Tulle?!!!! It’s super easy to add some on. Using your pattern, cut out 2 layers of tulle but make the circle slightly larger (longer) to allow the tulle to peak out from under the skirt.
Okay – now we can add elastic! I used 5/8″ fold-over elastic but if I could do it again, I’d use 1″ fold-over elastic. A little extra elastic width would’ve been nice!
Pin the elastic onto the skirt by matching up the 4 points. Since it’s fold over elastic, pin the wrong side of one half of the elastic to the wrong side of the skirt. (I know it’s hard to see the the picture because it’s all the same colour BUT if you look closely, I have half of the wrong side of the elastic (dull side in this case) pinned onto the wrong side (tulle side) of the skirt. Stitch around the edge of the elastic to attach it to the skirt. Normally you would stretch the elastic as your sew but since it’s such a small waist, the arm of the sewing machine kind of stretches it out for you!
Turn the skirt right side out and slide it back onto the machine. See how the other half of the elastic is ready to be folded over and sewn into place? Fold it over, stretching it as you go and sew it into place with a 1/4 inch seam.
Thanks for stopping by. If you have any feedback or good tips, please feel free to share!