The Peggy Sue pattern, by Genniewren Designs, includes an accordion-pleated skirt and a bonus dolman-sleeved top, both in two length options. The whole outfit is reminiscent of the 1950s, but accordion-pleating is a modern fashion staple too. So whatever your doll’s chosen fashion era, she will be perfectly attired in this cute skirt and top.
The skirt has an elasticized waistline, so the fit is forgiving for most of the popular soft-bodied 18” dolls. It will easily fit a doll up to 12¾” hips. The accordion-style pleats are pressed and then edgestitched to keep the pleats permanently crisp and fresh.
The skirt is designed for woven fabrics and the great news is that the shorter version of the skirt can be made from a Fat Quarter (18” x 22”) of fabric.
The bonus dolman-sleeved top is bound to become one of your doll’s favorite items of clothing. It’s designed for knit fabrics and it is easy to wear and quick to sew. It has a center back closure, three quarter length sleeves, and a bound neckline. The back is fastened with hook and loop tape or snaps. This top is also Fat Quarter Friendly!
For 1950s style outfits, the ensemble can be finished off with a wide ribbon or elastic belt. Instructions are included in the pattern for creating an elasticized belt from fold-over elastic and paracord clips, but if you have some ribbon and a buckle, then you’re all set to go it alone!
I hope you enjoy sewing this outfit as much as I enjoyed designing it! Happy Sewing!
Recommended Fabrics: Skirt - stable woven cotton or cotton blend fabric, e.g. poplin, percale, or quilter’s cotton fabric. Top - suitable for knit fabrics only. e.g. teeshirt fabric
Skirt – Woven fabrics only
- For View A (the shorter skirt) you will need one fat quarter (18” x 22”) of a stable woven cotton or cotton blend fabric
- For View B (the longer skirt), Half a yard of a stable woven cotton or cotton blend fabric
- For both views you will need 10” of quarter inch wide elastic
Top – Knit fabrics only
- One quarter of a yard of jersey knit fabric (e.g. teeshirt fabric)
- 5” of hook and loop fastener, or four snaps
- One third of a yard of fold-over elastic
- One paracord clip
Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate
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I was able to test this pattern and it has become my favorite, both for the adorable skirt and the easy top. The skirt has edge-stitched pleats that are very easy make, following Genine's excellent no-fail directions. I used a cotton poplin for the skirt, and the now-permanent pleats are absolutely crush proof! The top can be made of a variety of knits, makes up quickly, and fits a variety of dolls well. I have used a ponte knit and a repurposed tee shirt knit, both quite successfully. I would suggest basting on the neck band first, to make sure it is small enough to lay properly before being permanently stitched.