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They’ll be easy to customize for each recipient, too – one of my favorite types of gifts!

A desire to make a cute little dress for my daughter a few summers ago has turned into what some (like my family) might call a full-blown obsession with learning to sew. My daughter’s friends have been admiring her skirts, so we’ll be making a few more dolly-and-me sets for holiday gifts this year. Since the doll isn’t going to be as active as an actual kiddo, you don’t need to make the waistband that snug and it’ll still stay up.P was able to slide it onto her doll easily. Sewing doll clothes can be a little finicky since they’re so small, but on the plus side, they are the absolute best scrap-buster ever.

I did a pretty wide hem here (ahem, not intentionally) so it ended up a little on the short side, but a rolled hem would be perfect for this skirt. You’ll simply leave off the waistband and attach the skirt directly to the dress bodice. Now, let’s talk about that dolly pattern too, shall we?

If you want to use your paneled skirt as part of a dress, that’s easy to do as well.

If you make it tall, the wearer can fold it over like a yoga-style waistband.

I generally cut a size 5 waistband for my daughter at about 6″ tall by 19″ wide.




I just work section by section to press the hem, and it’s pretty manageable that way. Make sure to unfold that hem when you attach the last panel seam, and then fold the hem back up to topstitch. In this photo, the raw edges are aligned at the top and clipped together. The folded edge of the waistband is shown as the bottom of the waistband here. It’s a little small now, so it’ll be sacrificed and upcycled into a new dress soon. Once you’ve cut out your panels, you’ll also need to decide what height and width you’d like to make your waistband.

You can add whatever seam allowance works best for you.

You don’t need to add any extra seam or hem allowance at the waistband or bottom hem of the panel, since it’s already included from the original pattern/pattern piece. The non-elastic yoga-style waistband is nice and stretchy so the size doesn’t have to be an exact match to the wearer’s waist size, and if it’s a little too short she can just wear leggings or shorts underneath. You’ll want to decide how long you want your finished skirt, subtract the height of the finished waistband, and make sure you add a hem allowance. Here’s a good tutorial for calculating the radius and all of that fun mathematical stuff. It’s super twirly, nice and full, and when sewn from knit it’s soft and cozy to boot. But oh, man, it pains me to cut out those big circles from my fabric.