Here is a fun way to add a little more style to a simple “ruffled” skirt. Take your simple skirt, and give it a country western look! Try it out in denim and lace! Here I used the FOUR SEASON SKIRT pattern, which is free in three sizes when you join the Oh Sew Kat! Chat email list. You can also use this technique on the Playtime Peasant Twirl Skirt.
Step 1. Gather your supplies and prep your lace. You will need a piece of lace that is the same length as your skirt measurement.
If your lace is already gathered, you can add it to your skirt after you gather the skirt piece and before you attach it to the waistband. That will work, but I find it extra bulky to work with. Instead, I cut the edge off of my gathered lace (and throw it away) and then press the lace flat.
Step 2. Follow the instructions of your pattern, and stitch the waist edge and hem edge as directed.
Step 3. Lay out your skirt piece, and lay the lace along the top, raw edge with the RIGHT SIDE up. Pin, then baste the lace to your skirt. They should be the same length.
Step 4. Gather your skirt piece as directed in the pattern, and continue with the rest of the directions.
Ta Da! You’ve taken a simple, ruffled skirt, and given it a new look!
Add your skirt to a peasant style top, like the Playtime Peasant Top and add a sparkly belt and a hat to complete your country and western doll outfit! She is ready to be a country pop singer! (My hat was made by American Girl® for the Girl of the Year, Nicki Fleming in 2007.)
Here are a few more examples. Pam Ray (Amy Violet’s) denim and lace Playtime Peasant Top and Twirl Skirt and a holiday skirt with green laced added by me (Oh Sew Kat!):
See more country and western doll fashions for Tenney and other dolls here. Find more ruffled skirts in the Inspiration Gallery.