The Elastic-Back Circle Skirt Pattern, by Forever 18 Inches, was originally created because I wanted to adapt the NOT! For Knits Circle Skirt pattern for a variety of dolls, and while doing so realized that a historically accurate set-in waistband didn't work for dolls with hard bodies and protruding bellies. After some experimentation, I did come up with a solution that satisfied me: a waistband that had a flat front for an authentic historical look, but an elasticized back for a good fit. I also realized that a simpler construction technique could be used and that the pattern draft also had the advantage of creating a universal fit for soft-bodied doll brands, whose lovable stuffed bodies can have widely varying measurements. Hence, the birth of the Elastic-Back Circle Skirt! The skirt features two lengths: a retro 1950's below-knee length and a modern above-the-knee length. And if you want your skirt just a bit shorter, simply cut off the hem allowance on the knee-length version of the pattern, cut your skirt out, and sew! A bonus petticoat is also included for dolls that enjoy fluff and frills. It's a fun and easy quick-sewing project, so your Gotz and Journey Girls dolls will be twirling around in their full skirts in no time!
This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" Journey Girls dolls and 19" Gotz Hannah and Happy Kidz dolls as well as Zwergnase Jr. dolls. It is also available sized to fit American Girl and Kidz N Cats dolls.
Recommended Fabrics: For the skirt: Closely woven medium-weight fabrics made from natural fibers with some drape; for the petticoat: Soft lightweight fabrics such as batiste or lawn
Options 1 and 2:
1. 1/3 yd. light-to-medium weight woven fabric with some drape
2. 4" of 3/8" wide elastic*
3. Matching thread
For the Petticoat:
1. Three yds. of 6” wide tulle-on-a-spool
2. ¼ yd. of lightweight woven fabric such as batiste or lawn
3. 8-3/4" piece of 5/8" wide elastic (regular or foldover)
Skill Level: Easy
What You Get: One 31 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.Download, Print, Sew!
A great pattern for the Gotz Happy Kidz Dolls! Simple to make ! Easy to follow directions! Turns out very well!