Free Pattern to Sew a Gathered Skirt for Barbie and Other Fashion Dolls

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    Materials Needed to Sew a Gathered Waistband Skirt for a Fashion Doll or Barbie

    Sew a Fashion Doll or Barbie Skirt
    Debbie Colgrove

    This skirt is a great way to learn the basics while sewing a doll skirt for a Barbie or fashion doll. If you don't know a little girl who is using Barbie clothes, consider donating them to a local charity, so a child who is less fortunate will enjoy the new doll clothes.

    Materials Needed

    • Print out of a gathered waist fashion doll skirt pattern
    • Scraps of fabric—6" by 18"
    • Thread to match the fabric
    • A small snap - size 2/0 or 4/0

    Note: All directions refer to a 1/2" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

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  • 02 of 08

    Lay out and Cutting out

    Layout and Cutting Out the Free Doll Skirt Pattern
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Fold a scrap of fabric so there is a fold that is 6" long on the straight grain of the fabric.
    • Place the front of the skirt on the fold as shown on the pattern piece.
    • Place the skirt back and the waistband horizontal to the fold line.
    • Note: To use a small scrap of fabric, the back pattern piece can change direction if there is no nap to the fabric as long as the grain line is kept an even distance from the fold line.
    • Transfer any markings on to the fabric
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  • 03 of 08

    Prepare the Back Flap

    Prepare the Back Flap Opening
    Debbie Colgrove

    On the center back of the skirt back, there is a part that juts out from the seam line, this is the flap.

    • Sew a zigzag stitch on the edge of each flap.
    • Press one flap to the back of the seam line if the seam line were extended up into the flap area.
    • Leave the other flap out flat as shown in the photo.
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  • 04 of 08

    The Side Seams

    Sew the Side Seams
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Placing right sides together, align the side seams, by aligning sides of the front sections with the sides if the back sections (the edges without the flaps).
    • Align the top, the bottom, and the edges.
    • Sew the side seams using the 1/4" seam allowance.
    • Apply a seam finish to the side seams
    • Press the side seams to the back of the skirt.
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  • 05 of 08

    Attach the Waistband

    Gather the Skirt to the Waistband
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Starting at the seam line of the center back, sewing outside the 1/4" seam line of the top edge, sew two rows of basting stitches.
    • Place the waistband along the edge of the top of the skirt. Align the notch with the center front of the skirt and the markings with the side seams. Pin each location in place.
    • Align the ends of the top of the ​skirt, 1/4" in from the ends of the waistband. Pin in place.
    • pull the ends of the basting to draw the skirt in to fit on the waistband.
    • Evenly distribute the gathers and pin or baste in place.
    • Sew the skirt to the waistband, using a 1/4" seam allowance.
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  • 06 of 08

    Finishing the Waistband

    Sew the Ends of the Waistband and Finish the Waistband
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Press under 1/4" on the opposite edge of the waistband.
    • Fold the waistband in half with the right sides together.
    • Sew a seam on each end of the waistband.
    • Clip the corners on the ends to eliminate bulk.
    • Turn the waistband right sides out.
    • Bring the folded edge to the sewn edge of the waistband
    • Slip stitch it in place.
    • Press the waistband flat.
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  • 07 of 08

    Sew a Snap

    Sew on a Snap to Close the Waistband
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Separate the snap and sew one section of the snap on each end of the waistband, by sewing two to three stitches in each hole on the edge of the snap.
      Note: When using a small snap you can eliminate the bulk of thread by sewing with a quality bobbin thread.
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  • 08 of 08

    Hem the Skirt

    Hem the Skirt
    Debbie Colgrove
    • Press the bottom of the skirt flat.
    • Sew a line of stitching 1/8" from the edge of the bottom of the skirt.
    • Press the bottom of the skirt up along the stitching line, to the inside of the skirt.
    • Press under again, to enclose the raw edge.
    • Topstitch or slip stitch the hem in place.
    • Press the skirt and hand it over to a young lady and her fashion doll for hours of fun playing dress up.