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Sunday, June 26, 2016

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

It’s Sunday, and time for week 3 of this year’s edition of…
5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts
…The Five a Week Pledge.
If you haven’t been around here, it’s where you pledge to do five things each week of your choice (see here for more info).  I pledged to make five small crafts each week.  Feel free to grab a button and join me.  If you already have, post a comment or a link to share what you accomplished.
This week’s craft:

Doll Skirts!

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

I made five doll sized mini-skirts for my ball jointed dolls using fabric scraps and lace. 

Two off-white ones (with fabric from this dress), a red violet floral one (with fabric from these dresses), a pink one (like this doll dress), and a different one with some red star printed fabric (used for this dress). 

The first four skirts were supposed to be longer ruffled skirts. I started out making them with this tutorial

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

The tutorial was meant for 18inch dolls (i.e.. American Girl size), but you make the pattern yourself based on your own measurements.  It just called for waist and length, but there is something I overlooked.  American Girl dolls have very straight childlike cloth bodies, my dolls are resin and a little more curvy.

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

So instead of going by the waist measurement I should have used the hip measurement.  I ended up with skirts that were too small to go over their hips.   So I changed things around, turned the top part into a high waistband, added snaps, and now they are cute doll mini-skirts. 

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

The red one is the only one I didn’t have trouble with because it was different.  The scrap of red fabric was just large enough to make a simple skirt with an elastic waistband.  Sometimes simple is better.

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

The other skirts did come out adorably, this off-white one is my favorite so I made two.  One for each doll.

5 a Week: Cute Doll Mini-Skirts

It was fun making them for my doll, Usagi, and even more fun taking pictures of her in them.  You can see more of them here on my doll blog.

Now what’s to come up next week?  More doll clothes?  Maybe a tutorial too?  We shall see.  Look forward to it.


  1. Great job! I'm thrilled to know the skirt tutorial inspired you. Thanks for sharing my tutorial. I'd like to add your link to that page to share your discovery about making the skirts for a fashion doll?

    1. Thanks for making the tutorial, and feel free to add a link if you think it would be helpful. :)


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