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.
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!
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.
That was easy! Complete the skirt according to the directions. Your Sixth Grade Skirt is complete!
This post is the second post in a series of six posts:
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.)
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 2 7/8th inch down from the top. For Wellie Wishers, I measured down 1 1/2 inch.)
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.
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.
I love looking over the American Girl website when they have a new release. It’s always fun to see what they have come up with now. This past week, AG introduced two new characters: Tenney Grant and her bandmate and friend, Logan Everett.
Yes, American Girl has finally released a boy doll!! I have not seen either doll in person, and I have not decided whether or not either of them will come live at our house just yet, (we seem to have quite enough dolls around here ;), but I did purchase two of Tenney’s darling outfits and will give you my thoughts on them. They are the Spotlight Outfit and the Picnic Outfit. Today, I’ll share my thoughts on the Spotlight Outfit.
When I opened the shipping box, I was surprised to see the new packaging. Yes, I knew it existed, and had seen photos, but it still was a little surprising after years and years of red boxes. I have to say, I’m very impressed!! The full outfit is in view, and in the case of the spotlight skirt, it is not folded!! This makes me very happy. The box is cut to sort of act as built in hangers…so the clothes slide easily off and there are no tags. I had to undo some tape at the back to release the edges, and there were strings holding the top in place, but the shirt slipped right off without any issue. Well done, AG, well done!!
First of all, the reason I bought this outfit is because I LOVE LOVE LOVE this lace shirt. It looks like something every girl seems to be wearing these days. I bought the outfit simply for this shirt. It’s well made, bright white and will make a lovely mix and match item for any doll’s wardrobe! The lace detail at the neck is stunning! The skirt is also very pretty- I love the whole look; the skirt is really sparkly and fun, although I do have it admit, it’s a little hard to get on and off of the doll. It’s a tight fit on Kelly here, and she’s one of my slimmer dolls. The headband is cute, but not very heavy, so I had a hard time getting it to stay where I wanted it. And finally, the boots, well, let’s just say that if you are going to have western boots, they really should sparkle! I felt that that lace top and the fun boots made this outfit a good investment, even for someone like me, who sews more doll clothes than I buy.
I used my FOUR SEASON SKIRT pattern to make a quick floral skirt to pair with the lace top. This pattern is free when you subscribe to my email list, the Oh Sew Kat! chat. It’s quick and easy and looks great in every fabric for every season, including looking really nice with Tenney’s pretty lace top. I also think it will look nice with the a-line Sixth Grade Skirt as well. I’ll have to make one of those up next!
Overall, I think this outfit is a great value for the money. I’ll give it an A- (cheap headband and super tight waistband) and I’ll see what I can match the sparkly pink skirt with next, as well as share Picnic Outfit in the weeks ahead. What will you mix and match Tenney’s pretty, lace top with?
See a few other fashion ideas for Tenney here and here. Or find the directions to add lace to a simple ruffled skirt to give it a country look here.
See more Oh Sew Kat! reviews of products made by American Girl on THIS PAGE.
Are you looking for some holiday gifting ideas? Is there a special girl with a doll in your life? Here’s a way to put together a full mix and match wardrobe for about $10 in fabric. Check out how I turned these three fat quarters (average price = $2-3 each depending where you shop!) into four quick mix and match doll clothes items for just about $10 total in an afternoon! Check out my favorite online fabric shop for some fun ideas and inspiration too! AD: Fat Quarter Shop.
First, I spent an evening cutting out all of my pieces. (I actually put together about five bags of outfits…you’ll see them all here on the blog as I go along! But the pieces for this wardrobe, all went into just one bag.). I usually start with one print, then pull in a few solids, or tone on tone fabrics to work with the print. For this project, I chose a gorgeous pink and turquoise batik fabric as my headline fabric. My normal capsule wardrobe formula is two tops and two bottoms. Sometimes I also add a dress!
I cut one School Bell Blouse, one Sandbox Shorts, one Popsicle Top, and one Sixth Grade Skirt. (Click on the links to purchase the PDF sewing patterns if you don’t already have them.) I chose the solids for the bottoms, and the prints for the top. The reversible Popsicle Top will be print on one side and pink on the other. The top left part of the photo shows a pair of Playground Pants. I cut them out, and added them to my bag, because I could use the turquoise thread and give me a fleeting feeling of multitasking. It was a test to try out the leg pieces as one complete piece (it’s cute!) but it doesn’t really match the other items in the set.
I sewed by color, so I started with the pink (so I could add the pockets before sewing together the blue shorts) and then moved to the blue. I wrote the patterns, so it’s safe to say I am pretty familiar with the sewing order. I highly suggest you read through each one (they don’t take long!) and get familiar with the basic construction before you begin. I always like to press more pieces and sew more pieces at one time, even if that means stitching something and putting it aside while I sew a few more, so I can press all at once.)
When I was done, I had this. A four piece wardrobe to mix and match in lots of different ways!
Here are some more photos. Click on each one to view it in a larger window. Visit my etsy shop at OH SEW KAT ETSY SHOP to purchase the PDF sewing patterns to make your own! Be sure to visit the Inspiration Gallery for more ideas for your patterns.
Mary is ready for warmer weather in the Popsicle Top and Sixth Grade Skirt. Find these patterns value bundled together HERE. The nice thing about my pattern choices is they move from summer to winter and fall so easily.
Add some bling with hot fix crystals (find them in the scrapbooking aisle of your local craft store).
Use Oh Sew Kat! sewing patterns to make doll clothes for 18″ dolls.
Maryellen likes her outfit with her classic saddle shoes.
Oh Sew Kat! is always working on new sewing patterns.
What’s on the Oh Sew Kat! workbench this weekend? Finishing up some Sixth Grade Skirts in soft corduroy for fall and for my new pattern cover photo shoot! The School Bell Blouse is in final testing!! I hope you get to sew this weekend!!
Two new patterns are now available in my etsy shop. I’ve resized my popular POPSICLE TOP pattern and matching Sixth Grade Skirt down for 14 inch dolls. I’m not promising every pattern will be available in this smaller size, but it was more fun than I expected it to be 😉
Two sewing patterns for Hearts for Hearts Girls Dolls by Oh Sew Kat!
Click on the photos to get your own pdf sewing patterns now!
Sew your own skirt and top for Hearts for Hearts 14 inch dolls with easy sewing patterns.
The Popsicle Top and Sixth Grade Skirt patterns are available in five doll sizes in my Etsy Shop. Visit the INSPIRATION GALLERY to see more top and skirt sets, and be sure to check out this POST and this ONE for more outfits for Hearts for Hearts Dolls.
I just sent two new patterns for publication. They will also be available in my etsy shop by the end of the weekend… here’s a sneak peek. It’s a little different, but a little more of the same….just a lot smaller!