Betty Skirt Pattern : Pleated Skirt for 18″ Doll
The Shaffer Sisters are hard at work again; adding extended sizes to the Betty Skirt pattern! (There may also be some fun add-ons…but we’ll have to wait and see:) I can’t say too much; but I can confirm this:
It will include a bonus 18″ doll pattern!
The new size chart will go up to size 16. It still includes small or large pleat options; a gathered skirt, and a gathered skirt with a front button placket. I made a button placket version in denim earlier this year, and loved the finished skirt!
So this time I sewed the pleated Betty Skirt. (Large pleat option.) I’m not a big fan of precision pressing; so maybe the stars were just aligned. My pleats magically lined themselves properly with no adjusting. Tell me I’m not the only one who battles it out with pleats?!
The end result is so sweet! I’m less intimidated by doll clothes, and maybe that was a factor. But this little pleated skirt came together so easily. There’s an easy to use pleat guide. I just transferred the markings to my fabric, folded, and pressed.
I also really love the waistband technique for this skirt. The yoke folds down on itself. You make your elastic loop and just pop it in there. I used 5/8″ elastic.
This fabric is a little thicker than regular quilting cotton or poplin. I added fake bartacks to keep my pleats in place. (Fake because I haven’t figured out how to use the automatic bartack feature on my machine. This is just back stitching!)
I’m looking forward to making the button placket skirt in something light and drapey. I’d like to make matching girl/doll skirts! I’ll let you know all the new details about the Betty Skirt as soon as it’s official. See ya soon!