I saw a few tutorials online & combined all of them with a pattern my mom tried to show me how to follow. I came up with this step by step guide on how to make a skirt. I do a lot of it from memory so if you have questions or it seems like I skipped something please ask!
Also, I have made the pattern really small for doll clothes and really REALLY small for Barbie clothes. It’s also a great idea to start out making a few doll size skirts so you don’t waste fabric learning on regular sized skirts.
I have made these skirts in all types of fabric (I love making them with corduroy for fall). I have added: ric rac, ribbon, 2 rows of ribbon, buttons, etc. That is my favorite part about making these.
- About 1/4 yard of fabric
- Elastic. Try & get “non roll” elastic. Select the width you like for the band. I usually use .75″
- Approximately 40″ of ric rac or ribbon for the trim
Measure their waist & add about 1/2″ for the elastic
Take their waist measurement & length you would like it from waist to knee
Cut the fabric waist X length. Add 1″ to the waist measurement & 2″ to the length measurement
Cut TWO of these
Add the ribbon, ric rac, etc. Pin it where you would like it on the skirt & sew it onto the skirt.
Place the fabric right sides together & sew down the 2 sides.
Sew the hem on the bottom: Decide which end is going to be the bottom. This is where I tell you the IRON will be your best friend for this skirt. Iron around the bottom folding up about 1/4″ from the bottom. Then fold up about another 1/2″. Iron well & pin. Sew. This is your hem.
Make the space for the elastic to go in: On the top of the skirt, fold & iron 1/4″. Fold down another 1″ & iron. Sew. Leave about 1″ open when sewing around the top for a spot to feed in the elastic.
Put a safety pin at the end of the elastic & use that to grip the elastic while you feed it through the space at the top (the folded over part you just sewed). Once it is through the whole skirt, take out the safety pin & sew the 2 ends of the elastic together. Then sew over the 1″ you left open at the top.
Now admire the beautiful skirt you just made for your daughter (or her dolls or Barbies). You can also use this pattern to now make an awesome skirt in your size too!
Remember, I tried to make this as easy as possible but I would love to help if you have any questions so ask away.