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How to Make Doll Circle Skirts

Model is 18 inch American Girl Gwen; free dress pattern here

Doll dress designed and made by Susan Kramer
































5. Attach Lace to Finished Side of Skirt Hems
5. Contrasting Top Stitch
5a. Decorative Edging Stitch
5a. Decorative Stitching on Ribbon Trim
5b. Horizontal Trims
5b. How to Attach Lace and Ribbon to Sleeves
5c. How to Attach Lace to Underside of Skirt Hems
5c. How to Gather Skirts
5d. How to Hand Sew Doll Bodies and Clothes
5d. How to Make a Lined Bodice

5e. How to Make a Ribbon Waistband
5e. How to Make Contrasting Panels in Skirts
5f. How to Make Rolled Hems
5f. How to Sew Skirt to Bodice
5g. How to Sew On Sticky Tape Closures
5g. Press then Sew Doll Clothes
5h. Ribbon and Lace Collars
5h. Stand Up Collars
5i. Vertical Trims
5j. Circle Skirts



5j. Circle Skirts

Circle Skirt Construction

To cut out circle skirt like on the dress above, fold a 20 inch length of fabric cross wise - the cross wise fold is shown at top edge in the photo below.

circle skirt detail

From the center point along the folded edge, carefully drawn a line 10 inches out in a semicircle then cut out semicircle. (If you opened out the cut skirt you'd have a big circle 20 inches in diameter.)

But you need to cut out a small semicircle to make the waist. The circumferance of this cut out should be 14 inches. Try first cutting out a circle 1.5 inches from the center of the fold, if this is not quite long enough to match the lower edge of the bodice make the cut-out a bit bigger.

circle skirt with waist cut out

When you open out the fabric it will look like a donut shape.

To form the back seam of the skirt cut down 2 inches on one of the folded edges from the waist edge and blind stitch raw edges.

After finishing sewing the bodice attach to the cut out circle skirt edge. like in the finished dress photos at the top of the page.

I sewed on a waistband of one-eighth inch wide satin ribbon over the lower edge of the bodice.

To hem skirt, roll a narrow hem which means turning in one eighth seam twice as you move along the hem.

Close back of bodice and skirt with velcro dots.

Have fun with your projects!

Article and photo credits Susan Kramer



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page created December 6, 2010; updated January 23, 2014
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