Betty Skirt Pattern : Pleated Skirt for 18″ Doll

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:

The Betty Skirt from Shaffer Sisters will soon include 18" doll sizes!

It will include a bonus 18″ doll pattern!

Betty Skirt Pattern Variations

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!

The Betty Skirt with Pixie Faire Baseball Tee for American Girl Doll

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 Betty Skirt pattern with extended sizes: will include 18" doll bonus pattern!

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.

Pleated Betty Skirt & Baseball Tee with sneakers, American Girl Doll Sewing

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.

Pleated Chambray Skirt with Striped Tee for American Girl Doll

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!)

The Betty Skirt pattern from Shaffer Sisters

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!


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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Mel

    Your dolls must have their own bedroom I swear they have more clothes than I do and every outfit more adorable than the last!
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  2. Amy of while wearing heels

    I kind of hate that your dolls are always better dressed than I am :)..

    And, for that matter, I’m totally jealous that these dolls have a personal seamstress and I don’t :)
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  3. Gina

    You have the best dressed dolls in town!! I wish pleats would magically make themselves!!! I have done a few pleats but am not a fan of making them. The little tee is cute too. That is a huge size span on the skirt! Hope you are having a fun weekend!!!
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