Sunday, March 16, 2014

18 inch doll romantic maxi skirt tutorial


18 inch american girl doll maxi skirt sewing tutorial

So for Christmas this last year my (Jessica's) daughter got an American Girl doll, and I made about a thousand pieces of clothing for her. Well, maybe not a thousand, but 48 at last count! This is one of the pieces I made, and I originally guest posted this over at Sews'N'Bows. Today I'm excited to share my tutorial with you here on our own blog!

I love this doll skirt because it's spring, and nothing says 'spring' like a pink pastel skirt! Want to make your own in about fifteen minutes? Here we go:

18 inch american girl doll maxi skirt sewing tutorial



first you'll need a skirt:

18 inch american girl doll maxi skirt sewing tutorial

I thrifted this one, it's a 12 month Wal Mart brand girl's skirt. The key to this refashion is making sure that the elastic band is NOT sewn into the casing! You can make sure of this by trying to move the elastic around inside the casing. If it moves, you're good! Usually this is the case with most cheaper skirts (hence the Wal Mart Faded Glory brand).

18 inch american girl doll maxi skirt sewing tutorial

1. Use your seam ripper on the seam between the elastic casing and the skirt itself.
2. Pull the elastic out of your hole you made with the seam ripper, until it is small enough to fit the waist of you doll.
3. Pin the elastic together, then sew it together over the spot you pinned using a zig zag stitch.
4. sew the seam that you ripped open back together again!

18 inch american girl doll maxi skirt sewing tutorial

So that actually is it, that's all you need to do. I know, it seems too easy right? But that's the beauty of refashioning clothing! You get to take all the pretty details someone else has carefully sewn and incorporate them into your own projects!

18 inch american girl doll maxi skirt sewing tutorial

Just for fun I thought I'd share a picture of Marie-Grace wearing her full outfit (made by me!) and Felicity wearing one of hers:

18 inch american girl doll maxi skirt sewing tutorial

Thanks for checking out this quick tutorial! If you want to see more from us at Domestic Bliss Squared you can check us out via social media below. And make sure to also go check out Amy at Sews'n'Bows and tell her how awesome she is!


~Hilary & Jessica


8 comments:

  1. WOW!! I can't believe how simple it was ;o) I've pinned this. I need to make another doll outfit soon for a giveaway, I may need to try a skirt like this ;o) Emily@nap-timecreations.com

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    1. Let us know if you use it, we'd love the see the results Emily!

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  2. I did not expect this to be so easy :) Looks lovely too!

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    1. I know, right? I was shocked at how easy this ended up being! I was so excited and now I'm on the lookout for other skirts with a loose elastic!

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  3. Hello there, I just found this at the link party over at Nifty Thrifty Things. What a great tutorial (and lovely fabric!)...Really makes me want to pull my sewing machine out of the closet!

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