One of our most popular patterns is the pleated twirl skirt, we usually come up with a new kit every season. The skirt is easy to make and so cute. I decided that dolly needed one too so I developed the pattern for the 18" doll.
Skirt- Cut (1) main fabric 4” x 31”
Yoke - Cut (1) 4” x 14”
Skirt Ruffle- Cut (2) 2 1/2” x width of fabric
Top Ruffle- Cut (2) 1” x width of fabric
Sewing Notes: 1/4” seam allowances
Yoke ~ Sew short ends together . Fold in half to 2”, press. Topstitch 1/8” from the top folded edge. Topstitch again 5/8” from top edge. Using a seam ripper, open up the seam between the two rows of topstitching. This will be where you insert the elastic. Do not thread elastic through yet.
Skirt ~ Sew short edges together. On the top of the skirt, clip every 1 1/2”. With right sides together, fold the skirt fabric at each clip and stitch 1/2” away from clip and 1 1/2” down. Do this all around the top edge of the skirt. Press these open from the back so that they look like small box pleats. Run a gathering stitch around this same area. Gather softly to match the circumference of the yoke that you just finished. There will not be many gathers Pin and sew together.
Ruffle ~ Sew the two strips together; you now have a circle. Stitch a rolled hem (or satin stitch) along the bottom edge. Gather the top edge to the circumference of the skirt. Pin to skirt. Sew. Serge seam.
Top Ruffle ~ Sew the two strips together at both selvedges (you now have a circle). Stitch a rolled hem (or satin stitch) along both edges. Run a gathering stitch in the center. Gather the ruffle to the circumference of the skirt. Sew ruffle on the top of the skirt where the skirt meets the ruffle.
Thread a 15” piece of 1/4" elastic through the casing, fit it to the doll and sew the ends together.
Now dolly can match her girl!