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Matching ‘Dolly & Me’ Skirts

I’m the Sunday “church outfit picker” of the family.  Steve lets me tackle that job each week.  Very willingly. ;) 


A few weeks ago, Elli was watching as I plucked outfits from closets, gathered socks and tights, searched high and low for diaper covers, etc.  I realized after a while, that she began frantically digging through her drawers and toy boxes for something.  I didn’t think much of it until she approached me, a little flustered, and told me, “mommy, I can’t find anything for Ella to wear to church.”  (Even though she doesn’t bring Ella to church.  I guess she wanted Ella to be appropriately dressed for her “pretend” church here in our home.) She told me that she really needed a skirt for Ella, just like what she had on.  Well, okay, I get it.  She’s 5.  And she wants to be matching her sweet little doll, Ella.  (Bless her sweet little 5 year old heart! :))  She was disappointed when I told her that I couldn’t whip one up before church……….but I assured her I would make her one really soon. 


Several weeks later is still “really soon”.  Right?!


When I told Elli I was making Ella a new skirt today, I asked her if she wanted a matching one.  She told me YES!…..about 6 or 7 times.  Ha.




She thought it was so cool to be matching her favorite little dolly.  I know you have a little girl (or niece or granddaughter) who would love this too.




And remember the Elastic Band Skirt tutorial?  Yep, that’s exactly what I used.  (more info on that cute elastic over at the tutorial as well.)




So……it took me about a half hour to make both.  Hooray!  (remember, if you don’t have cute wide elastic…..just make a regular elastic casing skirt. No biggee.)




Elli was completely thrilled that Ella now had a “church skirt”.  Ha.  (That doll has dresses……but she wanted a skirt for her.  Okay, okay, I get it.)




And well, I was going to wait and give these skirts to her for Christmas…..but it was just too quick and simple to not just run upstairs and surprise her with them. 




Why is fulfilling a little girl’s simple plea so much fun?  Maybe I’ll have to make a few other wardrobe items for little Ella for Christmas.  Hmmmmm…




****In case you don’t have an 18 inch doll laying around to measure (like an “American Girl” doll…….or an “Our Generation” doll if you buy your knock offs from Target like we do), their waists are about 10 inches around.  And to use the elastic band skirt tutorial, I cut one piece of fabric that was 20 inches by 4.5 inches and then followed the tutorial the same way.  (If you’re hemming instead of serging or zig-zagging the raw edges, be sure to add more fabric to compensate for that.)  Also, I used 1 inch wide elastic for the doll, just like I did for the full sized skirt, making the finished skirt a little over 5 inches long.



If you don’t want to use the elastic band skirt tutorial, you could also make a Dolly & Me skirt from one of the following tutorials as well:


a sweet little 3 TIERED SKIRT


a comfy YOGA SKIRT (made from an old Tshirt)




**Or, well, there are several other ideas over in the “clothing section” of my blog.  Go and do a little digging if you want to! :)



Good luck matching up your little girl (or niece or granddaughter or little neighbor) with her favorite dolly! :)



Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
Matching ‘dolly & me’ skirts
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  1. Jenna says:

    About the leggings, I just bought my daughter some exactly like that, only they were navy and white at Osh-Kosh! She loves them, and I love them. :)

  2. Danessa says:

    I would LOVE if you did more doll clothes tutorials…I am giving my daughter a journey doll for Christmas and she wants “matching clothes”. Thanks!

  3. la fourmi says:

    Sooooooooooooooooooo lovely! Will certainly tray this in French version! lol Love your blog!

    La Fourmi ! xxx

  4. Heidi says:

    My 5 year old is going through the exact same thing… I realised that she still has MY old [tired] doll’s clothes and it is definitely time for some new outfits for Christmas!

  5. Nicole says:

    Great set! The dolly skirt looks like it would be easy for even a toddler to take on and off. Some of the doll clothes are tough for little ones!

  6. Laurie Folino says:

    Yes, I too was hoping for measurements for AG skit please. Thanks. So cute!

    1. Ashley says:

      Sorry about that…….I just added the dimensions I used, right into this post.

      Good luck!

  7. Kellie says:

    I guess it’s just that time of year for little girls to want matching skirts with their dolls. My six year old also wanted a matching skirt for her and her doll, and I just made two sets yesterday and this morning, exactly the same with the wide elastic waistband. She loves them, and I love how quickly they come together!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, that’s awesome. I love how quick they are! Seriously, what an easy thing to make these little girls smile, huh? Glad it worked out well for you!


  8. Ashley O. says:

    Adorable! My little girl would love these matching skirts! :)

  9. Rachael says:

    I want to know where you found the tights. The skirts are so fun, but it’s pairing them with the tights that knocks it out of the park!

    1. Ashley says:

      I was just commenting above that I am pretty sure I found them at the Gap. It was an outlet store so I’m not sure if it was one of their regular items or an item made for the outlets. Anyway, hope that helps!


  10. Sophie says:

    The two of them together are just too lovely!

  11. Tiffany says:

    So cute! I was hopeful that perhaps you could give us the measurements you used. Thanks!

  12. dannyscotland says:

    Very cute, as always!

  13. Jen says:

    This would be great for my niece for Christmas. Does anyone know what the waist size would for the AG doll? I don’t have one here to work with. Thanks! :-)

    1. vicki says:

      we have the Target off shoot, the Our Generation doll. My granddaughter trades outfits with her AG friends. Her doll has an 12 inch waist.

    2. Ashley says:

      Yes, 10 inches for my doll too. Thanks Vicki! I added the dimensions that I used for the skirt, to the tutorial, if that would be more helpful as well.

      Good luck!

    3. Jen says:

      Thank you!!

  14. Kathy says:

    Love it! and we have that same doll. Great idea

    1. Nicole says:

      As a mom of three boys and girl who is just coming into the world of dolls I am on the hunt for a cute doll and cute clothes. I have to ask is this an AG doll or OG doll. We are trying to decide the route to take.

  15. Mindy says:

    Love their matching names AND skirts!

  16. Bethany says:

    I am so going to make this (and love it). :) Where, oh where did you find the black and white striped leggings? I know there’s a great chance you made them but my fingers are crossed anyway.

    1. Ashley says:

      No, I didn’t make them. And I don’t have them right in my hands but I could almost swear that I bought them at the Gap. I was at some outlet stores and I think that’s where I found them. Good luck!!

  17. Karyn says:

    So cute! Your little girl looks so happy! One year for Christmas I made my little girl (who is now 12) a complete wardrobe for her AG doll. Dresses, tops, pants, coats, hats, the works. I also made them both matching jammies. It was so much fun!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh my word, you went all out. How fun!!! I need to get to work! :)

  18. Anonymous says:

    You have such a fun blog, i am always checking it out just to put me in a creative mood. I don’t know how you take care of all your babies and do this blog, but you are an inspiration to many of us. great work.

  19. Kristin says:

    Love this! I actually took a few of my daughter’s outgrown clothes last year and sewed them into her doll clothes. She loved opening them up at Christmas. It was funny to see her face when she realized they were her old clothes!

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