Timeless Schoolgirl Skirt 18" Doll Clothes

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Along with brilliantly colored leaves and cooling weather, nothing signifies the Fall season like the start of a new school year! Forever 18 Inches has created a classic schoolgirl skirt for the occasion, with a design that's timeless enough to be historically accurate from the 1940s to today. Change the top and accessories that pair with the skirt, and change the era! This skirt pattern is a quick-sewing project that uses a very easy, non-standard method to mark and create the pleats that define this skirt. If you hate chalk and marking pens, this pattern is for you! Three options are included within this PDF sewing pattern for different looks: front and back pleats with a faux-buttoned front placket, suspenders for a Swing-era look, and a simplified variation that eliminates the back pleats and placket. All options include a waistband with a flat front and elasticized back for a universal fit.  

As an added bonus, this skirt fits Journey Girls too! 

Recommended Fabrics:  A woven fabric such as a medium-weight quilter's cotton (or similar fabrics) are ideal. Not recommended for fabrics with a loose weave or a tendency to fray easily.  

Supplies Needed:
Fabric Requirements:
- Option 1: ½ yd. of woven fabric such as medium-weight quilter's cotton
- Option 2: ½ yd. of woven fabric such as medium-weight quilter's cotton
- Option 3: ½ yd. of woven fabric such as medium-weight quilter's cotton

Woven fabrics made from natural fibers are recommended. The fabric should have a tight weave and be no thicker than medium-weight quilter's cotton.

All Options:
1. Matching thread
2. One pair of small, very sharp scissor to trim seam allowances.
3. A small sturdy safety pin (approximately 3/8” x 7/8” or smaller)
4. One 5" long piece of 3/8" elastic (1/4" will also work)
5. Optional: contrasting thread for topstitching
6. Optional: Fray Check
7. Optional: a hemostat for turning the Placket

In addition, Option 1 needs:
1. Two ¼” buttons

In addition, Options 2 needs:
1. Four ¼” buttons

Skill Level: Easy and Intermediate

What You Get: One 36 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 and full size pattern pieces. 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.

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Cheryl H.
United States

Timeless Schoolgirl Skirt 18" Doll Clothes

Have not made the skirt yet, but did look over the pattern and it seems to be very good.

Christine L.
United States


Directions were excellent and the skirt fit very well. I would highly recommend this pattern.

Timeless Schoolgirl Skirt 18
Ginger W.
United States

Timeless school girl skirt

I found this pattern very easy and goes together rather quickly. I have made several of these and they are adorable.

Maggie D.
United States

Excellent Pattern!

Love the schoolgirl skirt. Super versatile, and there's an easy version of the pattern that takes less than 30 minutes to make if you're looking for something quick to pair with a top. I downloaded it about a month ago, and it's already become one of my go-to skirt patterns.

Timeless Schoolgirl Skirt 18
Denise P.
United States


The pattern is great and easy to follow. It teams beautifully with the campaign jacket.