Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Pleated Twirl Skirt for Dolly

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.

Cutting out:

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!


  1. Dolly will be sweet in her new skirt. Love it...Judith, Texas

  2. Thank you Linda! She looks precious in her new skirt!!!

  3. this is lovely. I musta find the gil one too. my granddaughters would love them to match their dolls. judie uk

  4. How kind of you to give these directions! Thank you!

  5. Hi where can we purchase this doll for sewing purpose