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Fiesta Circle Skirt Pattern
to Fit American Girl Type 18 Inch Dolls

 

 

Photo above: American Girl 18 inch doll, Gwen, and Floppy.


Clothes Patterns for 18 Inch Dolls and Bitty Baby

susan@susankramer.com

Here are instructions for making a circle fiesta skirt and a blouse to fit 18inch (45cm) American Girl, other American historical dolls, Corolle dolls, Gotz Precious Day Girl Dolls, and dolls with similar body types.

Circle Fiesta Skirt Construction

 

You’ll need one third (one third meter) of material for the skirt.

 



To cut out circle skirt like on the skirt 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 circumference of this waist 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.

 

Turn in waist seam ¼ inch and sew on stretch seam binding and then tack to inside.

 

Sew on 1 inch wide pre-ruffled lace ¼ inch from top of waist as in photo above. Sew on 2 layers of wider pre-ruffled lace near lower edge of skirt in a pattern similar to photo if you wish and attach a bow at top as I did.

 

To hem skirt, roll a narrow hem which means turning in one eighth seam twice as you move along the hem. Use a sticky dot for overlapping waist closure instead of hook and eye, or button (safer for kids).

 

Sewing Directions to Make Cap Sleeve Blouse

The sleeves are part of the bodice. If making short sleeves use the pattern as drawn. If you wish to make the shorter cap sleeve dress as shown in the photos cut the sleeve length by one half inch before hemming. Important: If you wish a blouse to tuck in rather than be attached to the skirt add 1 inch to the lower edge of bodice pattern before cutting out.

 

Bodice Assembly and Material Needs

 

To assemble the bodice, sew the back to front shoulder seams. Sew the bias strip to the neckline right side together and turn to the inside and tack at shoulders. Hem the sleeves by turning the lower edges up twice. Sew the back bodice to front bodice at underarm and side seam. I press the lower edge of the bodice ¼ inch to the inside and lay it over the top edge of the skirt and then blind stitch in place. Important: If you wish a blouse to tuck in rather than be attached to the skirt add 1 inch to the lower edge of bodice pattern before cutting out.

You’ll need one third (one third meter) of material for the skirt.

For the front and back bodice, you'll need one quarter yard contrasting material.

Also, for neckline facing, you'll need a 10 inch (25cm) long by one inch (2.5cm) wide bias strip.
 
Pattern pieces for cap sleeve bodice:
The grid is 1 inch (2.5cm) squares. Pattern pieces include one quarter inch seam allowance. You may use the pattern for yourself or gifts but not commercially.

 

To make your 1-inch square (2.5cm) grid graph paper

First, take an 8.5x11 inch piece of plain paper and draw 1 inch squares - I do this by drawing horizontal lines 1 inch apart down the page, and then vertical lines 1 inch apart across the page.

Next, looking at the .jpg image you want to enlarge, copy what is in each of my squares into your larger squares.

 





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 with a narrow Velcro strip.

 

Now, your doll is set to go out in her new costume.

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Article and photo credits Susan Kramer

 

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