Step it Up Series: Make a Sixth Grade Skirt with Ruffle or Lace Hem! Easy Skirt Pattern Hack!

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!

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.

Try Oh Sew Kat! simple sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and WellieWishers. Easy skirt pattern can be made in less than two hours. Try a freebie at ohsewkat.com. #easysewingpattern #dollclothes #americangirldoll #ohsewkat
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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Sewing Doll Clothes: Sew Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Sew something pink this month for breast cancer awareness!  Everyone knows someone who has fought this battle.

Doll Clothes for 18 inch dolls sewing patterns

The Boardwalk Boutique Sewing Pattern and many other sewing patterns for doll that are 14-18 inches in my shop on Etsy.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Sewing Doll Clothes: Sew Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness with the Sugar n Spice Dress Pattern

Sew something pink this month!

Make pink doll clothes in support of Breast Cancer Awareness with easy sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat! Sew clothes for 18 inch dolls, and Wellie Wishers, as well as Bitty Baby.  #welliewishers #dollclothes

The Sugar n Spice Dress for Wellie Wishers sewing pattern is available on Etsy.

You can also find this pattern sized for 18 inch dolls and 16 inch Animators in my ETSY SHOP. See more ideas for this fun pattern in the INSPIRATION GALLERY.

Sewing patterns to make doll clothes by Oh Sew Kat!

Sewing for Nanea: Make a Hawaiian Muumuu with the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern Hack

The doll world is falling in love with the newest BeForever character from American Girl, Nanea Mitchell.  She lives in Hawaii in the 1940s. You can purchase her fancy Holoku Muumuu dress from American Girl, but she also needs some dresses for every day! This tutorial shows you how to take the Bloomer Buddies pattern and make her a dress for every day!

Sewing patterns for Hawaiian dresses for dolls
Sewing patterns for Nanea Hawaiian Dresses by ohsewkat
Make a muumuu dress with this easy pattern hack of the Bloomer Buddies PDF sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls like American Girl. Make a diy doll clothes wardrobe.

Make a Hawaiian MuuMuu dress for your dolls.

Part Three:  Bloomer Buddies!

Here’s a super, simple way to make a pretty, Hawaiian dress for your doll from the Bloomer Buddies Sewing Pattern by Oh Sew Kat!

Sew a dress for Nanea Tutorial for dolls

You will need the Bloomer Buddies pattern, which you can purchase and download in my Etsy Shop by clicking the image below.   Cut out the pattern pieces for the dress option with sleeves.

Sewing patterns for 18 inch dolls by OH Sew kat dress and top and bloomers

Sewing Pattern Tutorial: Hawaiian MuuMuu Dresses for Dolls

Step 1. Pin your pattern pieces to your fabric.  Add one inch to the dress length of both the front and back pieces before you cut them out. Assemble the short sleeve dress according to the pattern instructions, but do not sew the hem. Don’t put any pleats in the sleeves so they have an open look.

Step 2. Cut a strip of fabric, 2 1/2 inches x the width of fabric. (This means your strip will be 40-45 inches long.). Finish one edge with a zigzag stitch or serger, and press up 1/4 inch.  Stitch the hem in place.

Step 3.  Gather the ruffle’s top, raw edge, and with right sides together, pin, then stitch it to the hem of your dress.  Top stitch from the front if you like. Complete the dress as directed by the pattern.

Nanea floral dress by oh Sew Kat

Nanea and Maryellen are ready for some hula lessons! (See how to make Maryellen’s purple muumuu here.)

Bloomer Buddies muumuu by oh sew kat

Make a Hawaiian Dress for your 18 inch dolls with this easy sewing pattern tutorial.

Easy to sew Hawaiian dress for dolls
Hawaiian dresses for dolls sewing patterns

Make more floral Hawaiian dress with tutorials here, and here.

Find the Bloomer Buddies Pattern for 18 inch Dolls, 14.5 inch WellieWishers, and Animators in my Etsy Shop.  See more ideas in the Inspiration Gallery and here in this blog post.  Did you enjoy this post? Share it on facebook, twitter and pinterest from the links below!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hawaiian Dress Sewing pattern for dolls by ohsewkat

Step it Up Series: Make a Sixth Grade Skirt for Dolls with Pockets! Don’t miss this Pattern Hack!

Pockets for the Sixth Grade Skirt PDF sewing pattern!

Add pockets to the very easy Sixth Grade Skirt PDF Sewing pattern from OhSewKat on Etsy. Perfect for beginners to sew clothes for 18 inch dolls.

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!

Add pockets to your Sixth Grade A line Skirt sewing pattern.

Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns

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. This also means the pattern will fit a greater number of dolls on the market today.)

Learn to sew doll clothes with easy sewing patterns by oh sew kat! American Girl doll clothes patterns plus free skirt pattern at www.ohsewkat.com. #dollclothes #diy#sewingproject #beginner #ohsewkat

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.)

Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns

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 SIDE FRONT piece 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?

See more sewing ideas for the Sixth Grade Skirt pattern HERE.

Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns

This post is first in a series of six posts, find the second post HERE and see another way to change up your Sixth Grade Skirt.

Six Ways to Sew the Sixth Grade PDF sewing pattern from Oh Sew Kat!

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™

Sixth Grade Skirt for 16 inch A Girl for All Time® Dolls

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

Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns
Easy Skirt sewing pattern for diy 18 inch doll clothes. Perfect for beginners. Easy doll clothes sewing patterns from Oh Sew Kat!
Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns
Add pockets to a skirt sewing tutorial, pattern hack by Oh Sew Kat! Find more PDF digital patterns for 18 inch dolls like American Girl and 14.5 inch dolls like Wellie WIshers. #ohsewkat #welliewishers #agdolls #18inchdolls #ourgeneration #sewingpatterns

Share your skirt with pockets online with hashtag OhSewKat.  Click HERE for the second way to step up your Sixth Grade Skirt.

Sewing patterns for dolls
Easy skirt sewing pattern for 18 inch dolls- Sixth Grade Skirt. Tutorial to add pockets to Oh Sew Kat! Skirt pattern.