How to sew ruffled skirt for fashion dolls – monster high, Ellowyne, Barbie…

No printable fashion doll clothes patterns this time, as the pieces are simple rectangles! All you need is a ruler 🙂
Trying to get a video up later, feel free to ask questions… This is the skirt part, previously tutorial to upper part of Rococo dress for monster high doll.

Follow blog for future skirt tutorial and how to make monster high doll shoes

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Basically, altering the size of the rectangles, you can make this to fit any doll. The waist piece is the one that matters – it should be at least an inch/2.5cm bigger than your doll’s waist to allow small seam allowance and overlap.

Other pieces do not matter as much,  as long as they are wider than the widest part of your doll, and the length is to your liking. So you can make the skirt fuller, or smaller. You can make this style shorter or longer, or sew more tiers of ruffles instead of just one.

Pieces for Monster High skirt:

8cm x 3.5cm (cut two)

13cm x 30cm

5cm x 90cm

Fashion Doll ruffled skirt tutorial under the cut – lots of pictures! 

Basically, this is how you determine the size of your pattern if your doll is another size than the one noted earlier. Does this make any sense?

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Here are the pieces cut out,  I am making one in Ellowyne size here, easier to see (and sew) the bigger it is.

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I start with ruffles. BUT if you are unsure of the lenght, you might want to leave this last; how ever it’s just easier to do now if you sew with machine.

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Turn the hem back.

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and fold another time.

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Pin if you need to, and sew the hem

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Now, fold your skirt fabric half to find the middle part, do the same to the ruffles. Mark with pins, or fabric chalk. You can also mark 1/4 points too, to help make ruffles more even. photo IMG_8744.jpg

This is just to help make the ruffles even later…

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Start gathering the ruffles, on the top of your ruffle part.

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Use a loose running stitch.

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When you have it full lenght, start pulling the thread carefully

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…to make the ruffles.

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Now, right side to right side, make sure your half marks, and 1/4 marks meet, and pin down

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Pull the ruffles carefully to make them sit even, and pin down

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Do pin down… It will help sewing. You can also make pleads, if you like them better.

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Make sure you have in fact pinned right side to right side! And sew ruffles to the skirt.

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You may now pull the gathering thread off, or leave it if it doesn’t show on the right side.

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Turn your ruffles to right position, and iron.

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You can sew a stitch over the ruffles, to secure the seam allowances.  You can also sew lace, trims, ribbons over the seam00 like in the Monster High dress in the beginning of this post. It is easier to decorate now while it’s still flat, maybe you want to use fabric paint? Go crazy!

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On top of the skirt part, again find the middle point, and 1/4 points. Also do this on the waist part.

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Gather the skirt to fit the smaller waist part with running stitch like with ruffles, or plead it.

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And sew them together, you might wish to leave a cm of the skirt piece longer than the waist, to help finishing the back neater later.

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Now it’s sewn

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Turn it over, iron

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Now, because I am making this to a bigger doll, a little bulk does not matter; but on monster high, you might just turn the waist piece back on itself without this extra piece.

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This piece is the same size as the waist piece. Put them right side to right side.

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Sew them together like this, on the sides only sew as far as the seam between waist and skirt to help finishing it neater.

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Carefully cut the excess fabric off the corners.

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Also, you may wish to trim the excess fabric off the seam between waist and skirt.

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There can be a lot of bulk there, if you made a full skirt.

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Turn the waist piece over

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All the way over to the back side.

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Make sure the corners are turned well

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The, turn the fabric in.

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Pin it down, and sew. You may sew by hand to make it invisible, or if you sew with machine, make sure the fabric extends over the previous stitch, then sew over the seam from the right side to make this new stitch hide in the previous seam.

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Like this, I sew by machine, but it’s hardly visible in the fold of the previous seam.

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Iron your dress, and fit it to your doll!

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You can sew on your snaps, velcro etc. now if you want to, or leave it last.

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Yay, it fits.

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Determine the widest part of your doll, the opening in the back should extend as far as the widest part.

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Mark it, and sew the back seam close as far as your mark.

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Lastly, you may wish to turn the seam allowances back, and iron or  hand stitch them flat.

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Fashion Doll Skirt Tutorial is finished! If it made any sense, you can now make lots of skirts to your dolls!

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Feel free to comment and ask if this made no sense, and tell me if you have ideas on how this tutorial could be improved or if there’s mistakes in the language.

I’d also love to see your crafts! You can tag @merineiti (or #merineiti) on Instagram, twitter, +merineiti on google plus…

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5 thoughts on “How to sew ruffled skirt for fashion dolls – monster high, Ellowyne, Barbie…

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  3. English is a funny language, a lady who sews is called a seamstress, a sewer is a drainpipe. Even native speakers make this mistake. And the other mistake is” for your dolls”. If you choose not to post it, it is OK with me. The tutorial is easy to understand.

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  5. Hi,

    I just wanted to say thank you for sharing.

    It’s truly wonderful when talented people take the time to share their ideas and knowledge with others.

    There are so many people who secret away their skills, or try, and frequently successed to make money by doing so.

    Thank you again

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