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Little Sewing School: Lesson six

Aimee Randle

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After a brief holiday hiatus, Little Sewing School is back! This fun new project is perfect for those of you who received new dolly's, stuffed animals and other little friends for the holiday season. It's also great for those already loved buddies and for creating matching handmade outfits for little ones and their sidekick. Lottie is pictured here with her galpal (American Girl Doll) Claire and her little sister Róisín has fabric already picked out for her favorite pink teddy Cindy Lou Who. This I such an easy sew and it helps to teach taking measurements, adjusting garments to the length you want and gives the confidence to sew an actual garment that you can wear! 

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For this project you are going to need:
2 panels of fabric the width of your child's waits plus 1" 
2 panels of fabric the width of your dolls waist plus 1/2" 
3/4" to 1" elastic the width of your child's waist 
1/4" elastic the width of your dolls waist
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The skills learned in making the dolly and me gathered skirts will be:
- taking measurements
- threading elastic
- hemming a skirt
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The first thing you are going to want to do is take measurements. Have your child measure their dolly or stuffed animals waist where you want the skirt to sit. Measure your child's waistline where they want their skirt to sit. Now measure the their knees from the waistline or the desired length of the skirt. 

 For the rest of this tutorial I am going to show the doll skirt but the instructions are for both. The measurements in parenthesis are for the doll skirt. 

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1. Cut 2 panels each the width of the waistline measurement plus 1" (1/2") by the height, which will be the desired length of the skirt plus 1.75" (1.25").

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2. Sew side seams with a 1/2" (1/4") seam allowance. Press seams flat.

3. Turn top of skirt over 1/2" (1/4") towards the wrong side of the fabric and press. turn over another 1.25" (1/2") and press. This will be the casing for your elastic band.

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4. Edge stitch around the  fold of the casing leaving a 4" (2") gap open to thread elastic through. 

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5. For the hem fold up the bottom edge of the skirt 1/2" (1/4") to the wrong side and press fold another 1/2" (1/4") and press. edge stitch along fold.  little sewing school, puzzle patterns, gathered skirt

 6. Cut a piece of elastic the length of the waist measurement. Attach a safety pin to one side of the elastic and thread through the opening you left, being careful not to twist the elastic.

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7. overlap the elastic 3/4" (1/2") and zig zag stitch closed, backstitching a few times to secure. 

8. Stitch the opening closed, encasing the elastic fully and spread the gathering evenly through the top of the skirt. 

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Now slip it on and give it a whirl! 

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This is Lesson 6 of our 12 part series aimed at teaching your little one how to use the sewing machine and then creating a different and fun project each time. If you are jumping in now I recommend popping back to the first lesson that covers introducing your child to the machine and starting from there. This course is designed with you guiding your child through each lesson and is not meant or recommended for your child to go at it alone. Children should be supervised at all times while using the sewing machine and iron.

We hope you're having fun in little sewing school! Join in next month for the next lesson. We'd love to see your own sewing school in action using our lessons so please tag us in #pplittlesewingschool to share the fun! If you have any questions or comments leave them in our new interactive comment bar below or join us for inspiration and fun in our Puzzle Pattern Facebook Group!

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