Step it Up Series: Sixth Grade Skirt with Ruffle or Lace Hem!

Add a ruffle or lace hem to your Sixth Grade Skirt!

 

American girl dolls DIY skirt tutorial

The Sixth Grade Skirt is the perfect skirt to make for your doll all year long.  It takes such a tiny bit of fabric and goes together in a jiffy!  Here’s a way to give your Sixth Grade Skirt a new look! Add a cute hem to your skirt with this easy tutorial.

American girl dolls sewing patterns

First, you will need the pattern.  I offer the Sixth Grade Skirt in five sizes:  18 inch, 16 inch Disney Animators, 15 inch Bitty Baby, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers, and 14 inch HeartsForHearts Girls.  (Because this skirt is fitted and does not use elastic, I encourage you to check the fit on your own doll before you sew on the hook and loop tape, especially if your doll does not have a cloth body.  If you purchased this pattern before June 2018, be sure to get the updated version! (Check your etsy purchase history, contact me, or Pixie Faire.)

Sixth Grade A line skirt sewing pattern for dolls

Step 1. To keep the skirt’s cute silhouette, you need to remove a little bit from the hem of the pattern pieces.  You can do this after you sew the pieces together, but it’s easier to just cut the seam allowance off the bottom of each pattern piece.  Cut out your skirt and put it together according to the directions.  Before you add the waistband, complete Step 2 below.

Step 2.  To add a fabric ruffle for an 18 inch doll skirt, cut a strip of fabric 2 inches by 27-36 inches.  (27 inches will give a less full ruffle than 36 inches will.)  You will need a thinner, and shorter piece for smaller dolls. Measure the hem of your skirt, and cut the ruffle to 1.5 or 2 times that length.  Pre-gathered eyelet lace also makes a pretty hem!

Skirt with lace hem skirt with ruffle hem Step 3.  With wrong sides together, press your ruffle the long way.  The fold will be the hem.  Gather the top, raw edges or use (my new favorite!) a ruffle foot.  With right sides together, pin the ruffle (or your lace or trim) to the hem of your skirt, and stitch with a 1/4th inch seam allowance.  Use an overlock stitch, zigzag stitch, or serger to give the seam allowance a clean finish.  Press it towards the skirt, and top stitch close to the edge.

Step 4.

That was easy!  Complete the skirt according to the directions.  Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete!

Skirt with lace hem skirt with ruffle hem

This post is the second post in a series of six posts:

Six Ways to Sew the Sixth Grade Skirt!

  1.  Add pockets to your Sixth Grade Skirt
  2. Add a ruffle or lace hem to your Sixth Grade Skirt
  3.  Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  4. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  5. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!
  6. Check back to see another way to Step it Up!

Each post in this series will feature a new way to “Step it Up” and make your Sixth Grade Skirt just a little more unique.  Find the quick and easy pattern in my Etsy Shop:

Sixth Grade Skirt for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 15 inch dolls like Bitty Baby®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™

You can also make Sixth Grade Skirt for Disney Animator Dolls and Hearts for Hearts.

American Girl Doll Sixth Grade Skirt Popsicle Top

Grace Thomas doll in Sixth Grade Skirt

Six ways to sew the Sixth Grade Skirt

Share your skirt with ruffles or lace online with hashtag OhSewKat.  Click HERE to see another way to step up your Sixth Grade Skirt.

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4th of July Doll Clothes

It’s time to celebrate the red, white and blue here in the USA!  Here are a few 4th of July inspired outfits made with Oh Sew Kat! patterns.  Click on the photos to go right to the pattern.

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Melody looks adorable in Bloomer Buddies!Oh Sew Kat Sewing Patterns for Dolls-51

Kendall shows her pride in Party Time Peasant Dress (photo credit: Amy Violet’s).Party Time Peasant Dress by ohsewkat (2)a

Sam is also in a Party Time Peasant Dress.Party Time Peasant Dress sewing pattern by ohsewkat 4

The Bitty Twins are ready for a picnic in their HalterAlls.halteralls-bitty-baby-pattern-by-ohsewkat-6

Summer classic:  Popsicle Top and Sixth Grade Skirt.Oh Sew Kat wellie wishers american girl pattern-4-3

Emily and Mary keep cool in Popsicle Tops and Sandbox Shorts.Sewing patterns for american girl dolls by Oh Sew Kat

Nina Self made this cute version of Boardwalk Boutique.Boardwalk Boutique pattern by Oh Sew Kat sewn by Nina Self 2

Ashley Crawe has Bitty Baby all decked out for the holiday in a Popsicle Top and Sixth Grade Skirt.popsicle-top-and-sixth-grade-skirt-by-oh-sew-kat-bitty-10

Willa and Kendall look cute in their Popsicle Tops and Four Season Skirts.Oh Sew Kat wellie wishers american girl pattern-4-4

 

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Pattern Update: The Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat!

The Sixth Grade Skirt has just been updated. It was the first pattern I ever published, so I have wanted to update the photos and images for awhile and finally got around to putting it at the top of the to do list.  I love this simple, little skirt! It has so much potential!

Doll Skirt sewing pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

The updated pattern is now available in all of my shops.  If you purchased your copy at Pixie Faire, you will receive an email. If you purchased it anywhere else, simply contact me, tell me when and where, and I will send you the updated copy.  There are not a whole lot of changes- I redrew the pattern pieces in new software, updated the photos, and added new images. The overlap in the back of the skirt was adjusted as well.

Sixth Grade Skirt doll skirt sewing patternNicki Fleming American Girl Doll Sixth Grade Skirt Popsicle Top

The Sixth Grade Skirt is a perfect match with the Popsicle Top pattern.  Directions are included to add lace or pleats to the center front panel.

American Girl Doll Skirt sewing patternSixth Grade Skirt sewing pattern for dolls

If you haven’t sewn a Sixth Grade Skirt in awhile, I encourage you to dust it off and give it a whirl. With a velcro close in back, it is easily adapted to fit nearly any brand of doll.

Find a tutorial to add the pockets to your skirt HERE.

Find the pattern in multiple sizes in my Etsy shop and on Pixie Faire.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

 

DIy doll clothes bundle discount by oh sew kat

Sewing Pattern Bundles from Oh Sew Kat!

DIy doll clothes bundle discount by oh sew katDid you know that I offer selected Oh Sew Kat! patterns in a bundle discount?  If you are new to Oh Sew Kat! patterns (welcome!), my pattern bundles are a great way to start your collection.  These bundles are available exclusively in my Etsy Shop and are currently available for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl® dolls, Animators’ Dolls by Disney, and 14.5 inch dolls such as Wellie Wishers and Glitter Girls.

Click here to see all of the bundles available.  I currently offer bundles around four basic themes:  Basics, Summer, Holiday, and Back to School in a few doll sizes.  Leave a comment below and tell me what other types of bundles you would like to see!  It’s probably time for me to put together some more options!


 

Sew Basic:  This 3 pattern bundle for the WellieWishers dolls offers the first three patterns I created for this size.  It includes two tops and two bottoms.  The reversible Popsicle Top, the easy to make Sixth Grade Skirt, and the most popular Boardwalk Boutique Halter and Capri (can also be made into a sundress!) patterns will give you lots of pieces to mix and match if you are just starting out sewing for this sized doll.

Oh Sew Kat sewing patterns for wellie wishers

 

 


 

Sounds of Summer Bundle:  This bundle offers the short and sassy fashions to keep your doll cool and stylish all summer long with four patterns to mix and match.  Pair the reversible Popsicle Top with the Sandbox Shorts or the ruffled capri pants from the Boardwalk Boutique pattern.  The Sunshine Dress has three variations and also looks cute without sleeves as seen in this tutorial.   The Halter Top in the Boardwalk Boutique makes a cute sundress too!

summer clothes sewing pattern bundle for doll clothes

 


 

Back to School Bundle: This bundle offers the long pants and the long sleeves basics your doll will need to head to school in the crisp, fall air with 4 popular patterns.  The Playground Pants, and Sixth Grade Skirt provide the basics to pair with pretty School Bell Blouses (two styles).  The School Dance dress has three variations for even more options to sew!

Doll Clothes Sewing Pattern bundle by OH Sew Kat

 


 

Holiday Bundle:  This bundle offers 4 patterns.  I put these four patterns together to make an “essential” wardrobe for someone who wants to give a doll a basic wardrobe.  It includes pajamas, a dress, a skirt, a blouse, a halter top, and capri pants, all of which can be mixed and matched in to make so many different outfits.  See THIS POST for a trio of outfits I made that inspired this bundle.

Sewing patterns for American Girl dolls bundle


 

I’d love to hear what bundles you’d like to see in my Etsy Shop.  Maybe multiple sizes of the same pattern? Maybe bundles of tops and bottoms, or a set of three dress patterns?  Pattern bundles are offered in select sizes as described, and there are no substitutions of the selections.

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Sixth Grade Skirt

The Sixth Grade Skirt was the pattern that started it all!  I had just finished a pattern making class, and a few friends and I were all working together to publish our first patterns.  We worked together and tested each others’ work, challenging ourselves to publish our first patterns! We all did it!  And the Sixth Grade Skirt was mine.

Sixth Grade Skirt Sewing Pattern for dolls by ohsewkat

Because it was my first pattern, the learning curve was pretty steep. Who knew there was so much work in a pattern? I chose a simple design that my (at the time) 12 year old daughter could easily sew.  Thank you to all of you that have purchased this (and any that have come since!) pattern!

 

OSK Sixth Grade Skirt Cover AG

The Sixth Grade Skirt is a simple skirt to sew.  From cutting to finishing, you can easily complete it in under an hour.  With the overlap in back, it’s easy to fit for different sized dolls.  You can make it for summer, or winter, or anything in between!

Add pockets to your skirt with this easy tutorial!

Sixth Grade Skirt Sewing Pattern for Dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Choose shiny fabrics and pretty trim to put in between the seams.  Here is the Sixth Grade Skirt for Hearts for Hearts Dolls.

Doll clothes sewing patterns by Oh Sew Kat for American Girl wellie wishers animators

This rainbow skirt was fun to make and is perfect for a hot summer day.  I turned my fabric when I cut the center panel for interest.OhSewKat popsicle top pdf doll pattern-034

Maryellen is ready for the holidays in her red, corduroy Sixth Grade Skirt.  A perfect fall skirt to take your doll right into the holidays and on to Valentine’s Day!OhSewKat PDF Patterns Fall 2015 020

This pink skirt was made with simple, pink cotton.  It easily works in summer and winter. Because dolls don’t get cold 😉

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School Bell Blouse and Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat!

Rapunzel’s summery outfit was stitched by Jaci of JGooseandCO.  Mixing and matching prints make a perfect play outfit for Disney animator dolls.Tangled by Jaci

Find the patterns here to stitch up your version today!  You can find all the sizes in my ETSY SHOP.  These patterns are also available on Craftsy, Pixie Faire, and You Can Make This.

Sixth Grade Skirt for 18 inch dolls

Sixth Grade Skirt for Animators

Sixth Grade Skirt for Bitty Baby

Sixth Grade Skirt for Wellie Wishers

Sixth Grade Skirt for Hearts for Hearts

Shirley of Doll Clothes by Shirley used the Sixth Grade Skirt with pretty embroidery and fold over elastic as the trim for her Wellie Wisher outfit.Simple tee shirt sweet tee pattern by oh sew kat

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Step it Up Series: Sugar N Spice Peplum Top for Dolls

Take your patterns to the next level when you step up the Sugar n Spice Dress to this cute, peplum top!

Sugar n Spice Step it Up Make a Peplum Top by oh sewkat

This cute little top is easy to sew from the Sugar n Spice Dress pattern.  Buy it in my Etsy shop. The pattern bundle also includes the dress up accessories! This pattern is also available sized for WellieWishers and Animators Dolls.

 

Make your dress into a Peplum Top with this easy variation to the pattern. This tutorial assumes you have a basic knowledge of sewing.  Please refer to the pattern instructions for more detail, as well as the pattern pieces.

  1.  Cut out your pattern pieces and fabric for the bodice, lining, and sleeves.  Add 1/2 to 3/4 inch to the bodice if you want the peplum to sit below the waist.
  2. Instead of a wide skirt piece, cut a shorter skirt piece as the peplum.  For the 18 inch doll size, I used 2 1/4 inches by 28 inches.  The longer your peplum, the fuller it will be.  For the 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers dolls, I cut peplums at 2 1/2 by 15 inches (ladybug) and 1 3/4 inches by 17 inches (holly).
  3. Follow the pattern directions to make the top, using the peplum piece instead of the skirt piece.

Peplum Top for Dolls Sugar n Spice Sewing PatternOh Sew Kat! Sewing Pattern Make A Peplum Top from Sugar n Spice Dress Pattern (4)Oh Sew Kat! Sewing Pattern Make A Peplum Top from Sugar n Spice Dress Pattern (5)

Enjoy these amazing photos by Pam Ray of Amy Violet’s, who made the cutest peplum tops for her Wellies and sells the outfits in her shop. Each set is paired with a Sixth Grade Skirt, with the added pockets as shown in THIS TUTORIAL.  She also used THIS TUTORIAL to add the front placket with a little lace!  Nice touch!  I just love to see how others stitch up the patterns I created.

Doll top tutorial by OhSewKat

 

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Have fun sewing up a cute top with Oh Sew Kat’s most popular (and versatile) dress pattern, Sugar n Spice and Everything Nice!  See the Inspiration Gallery for even more ideas to use your pattern!  Thanks for stopping by!  Use the links below to share this tutorial with your friends!

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Peplum Top for dolls Tutorial by Oh Sew Kat!

 

Step it Up Series: Sixth Grade Skirt with Pockets!

Pockets for the Sixth Grade Skirt!

 

Skirt Sewing Tutorial by Ohsewkat

With the end of summer, we find ourselves back to routines and Back to School!  Put a new twist on the classic A-Line Skirt for dolls, the Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat!  Add some cute pockets with this easy tutorial!

Sixth Grade Skirt Sewing Pattern for Dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

First, you will need the pattern.  I offer the Sixth Grade Skirt in five sizes:  18 inch, 16 inch Disney Animators, 15 inch Bitty Baby, 14.5 inch Wellie Wishers, and 14 inch HeartsForHearts Girls.  (Because this skirt is fitted and does not use elastic, I encourage you to check the fit on your own doll before you sew on the hook and loop tape.)

OSK Sixth Grade Skirt Cover AG

Step 1. Begin your pattern as you always do.  Print the pieces, cut them out, and choose your fabrics.  Cut out all of the pieces for your skirt. To add pockets, (in the same or contrasting fabric- your choice!), cut two additional SIDE FRONT pieces.

Step 2.  Hold your pocket piece up to your doll and figure out how far down the pocket should go. (About to her hand).  Draw a straight line on each pocket, fold along that line, and press wrong sides together. (For the 18 inch dolls, I measured 1 7/8th inch down from the top. For Wellie Wishers I measured down 1 1/2 inch.)

Sixth Grade Skirt by Oh Sew Kat! Step 3.  Top stitch the top of your pocket.  Double stitch it if you like.  Trim the excess fabric inside.

Step 4.  Place the pockets, with rights sides facing up for both pieces, directly over each other and pin.  Be sure to they match exactly.  Continue to put your skirt together according to the pattern directions.

That was easy!  Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete!  How about some cute buttons?

Sixth Grade Skirt sewing pattern for dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

This post is first in a series of six posts:

Six Ways to Sew the Sixth Grade!

Each post in the series will feature a new way to “Step it Up” and make your Sixth Grade Skirt just a little more unique.  Find the quick and easy pattern in my Etsy Shop:

Sixth Grade Skirt for 18 inch dolls like American Girl®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 15 inch dolls like Bitty Baby®

Sixth Grade Skirt for 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie Wishers™

You can also make Sixth Grade Skirt for Disney Animator Dolls and Hearts for Hearts.

Skirt sewing pattern for dolls

Sixth grade skirt with pockets for dolls

Sew a Skirt Six Different Ways by OH Sew Kat!

Share your skirt with pockets online with hashtag OhSewKat.  Check back soon for the second way to step up your Sixth Grade Skirt.

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Tester Tuesday: Simple, Sweet Tee for Wellie Wishers Dolls

It looks like Shirley Fomby had a ball with this new and easy tee shirt pattern from Oh Sew Kat! She has a wonderful Etsy shop full of adorable outfits so your Wellie Wishers dolls will be the best dressed on the block!  Stop by and see what she has to offer.

Simple Sweet Tee shirt pattern for wellie wishers dolls (1)

Shirley paired this cute tee with the Sixth Grade Skirt pattern for a simple, school outfit.  The fold over elastic makes a cute trim for both tee and skirt and is easy to sew!

Find the Simple, Sweet Tee Pattern here and the Sixth Grade Skirt Pattern here.

tee shirt sewing pattern for wellie wishers dolls

Tee Shirt for wellie wishers doll clothes to sew

Ashlynne looks so pretty in pink!! Her Simple, Sweet Tee is paired with a perfect pair of Playground Pants!! Shirley really had fun giving them a girly touch! Find the Playground Pants pattern here.

tee shirt and pants for wellie wishers dolls

You are going to love this simple tee shirt for your dolls! It’s easy to sew, quick to make, and looks perfect with all the skirts, shorts and pants in your doll’s wardrobe.

Find the pattern for WellieWishers in my Etsy shop and see more Sweet Tees in the Inspiration Gallery!

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Style It Up! Color Combo to Try: Blue and Pink

It’s time to Style it Up! Open up your doll’s closet and dress her in a fresh, new color combination! Getting ready to sew? Try putting these fun colors together, either as complete items, or bright accents.

Style it Up color combo for dolls

Dress your dolls in dreamy pinks and blues to move from a balmy spring to a sizzling summer!

Oh Sew Kat color combos fashion for dolls

Bright blue and hot pink make me think of the the tropics.  A bright combination in any pattern, your dolls will shine in these colors. I used one batik print as my focal point for these outfits.  (Grace is wearing a School Bell Blouse with the easy Sixth Grade Skirt.  Lanie has a Popsicle Top paired with Sandbox Shorts).  I love the added sparkles a few crystals can give!

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How about just a splash of color?

Oh Sew Kat! School Dance Dress PDF doll dress pattern

You can even take each shade a little lighter!

color combo blue and pink

Here the Boardwalk Boutique for Animators gives the princess dolls a soft and feminine look for spring and summer.

Boardwalk Boutique sewing pattern Animator Dolls by Oh Sew Kat!

Find all the patterns for these outfits and  much more in my Etsy Shop and at http://www.youcanmakethis.com and on Pixie Faire.

Style it Up color by oh sew kat

What will your doll wear when you Style it Up?

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Tester Tuesday! Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins patterns

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It’s about time for the bitties to get some love here at Oh Sew Kat! I’ve released my first few bitty sized doll clothes patterns, with more in the works! In fact, Boardwalk Boutique is now available!   I chose  two simple patterns to start because they offer an easy project for young girls to learn to sew. The pieces are a bit bigger than the AG size, and these patterns are quick and easy but can be embellished in lots of ways. The top is reversible!!  I do suggest you try the top and skirt on your bitty doll before adding the hook and loop tape. Depending on how “loved” the doll is, your bitty could be a little thinner than mine.  This pattern is also perfect for your Bitty Twin dolls too!

Find the Bitty Baby Popsicle Top Pattern Here.

Find the Bitty Baby Sixth Grade Skirt Pattern Here.

Find other patterns for Bitty Baby/Bitty Twins Here.

Today’s Tester Tuesday features the talented Ashley Craw of SewandSoar.  She has a great sense of color and style and offers trendy fashions in her Etsy shop. Be sure to check her out there and on Instagram!

Bitty Baby Bitty Twins sewing pattern Popsicle Top by Oh Sew Kat!popsicle-top-and-sixth-grade-skirt-by-oh-sew-kat-bitty-7popsicle-top-and-sixth-grade-skirt-by-oh-sew-kat-bitty-8

See what is currently available in Ashley’s Etsy Shop here

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Get your bitty baby doll ready for the summer heat!  Find the patterns here and here.  See more ideas for Popsicle Tops here and Sixth Grade Skirts here.  You can also find Oh Sew Kat! patterns for Bitty Baby on Pixie Faire and You Can Make This.

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