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Barbie faux button placket skirt tutorial

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Here’s an easy tutorial for a Barbie faux button placket skirt. All you need for this quick and simple project is a small rectangle of fabric and sewing thread.

I love button-front midi skirts, and I decided to make some for my daughter’s Barbie doll.

Faux button placket Barbie skirt tutorial

These skirts have an elastic waistband, a faux-button placket, and faux buttons that are actually embroidered french knots.

Lovely skirts for a doll wardrobe, don’t you think?

button down midi skirt

It’s funny to think that I used to be scared of sewing tiny doll clothes, and now it’s one of my favorite things to do!

Pin this tutorial for how to make a cute tutu skirt using this link or the collage image below.

Barbie skirts tutorial

Related: How to make a Barbie tulle dress (+free PDF pattern)

Sewing supplies – Button-front midi skirt for Barbie dolls

Let’s sew this pretty Barbie skirt!

Barbie Faux Button Placket Skirt Instructions

Step 1

Cut the fabric piece – 8 inches wide and 5 1/2” tall.

Step 2

Fold the fabric piece in half, widthwise, with one side 3/8″ bigger than the other. Sew 3/8” from the folded edge.

cotton fabric, sewing gauge

Step 3

Open the piece, then press and flatten the front fold towards the bigger panel. It will look like a pleat, but it will soon become the faux button placket for our Barbie skirt.

Topstitch along the faux button placket 1/8 inch from the folded edge, to secure it to the skirt.

faux button placket

Step 4

Now serge or zig-zag the top and bottom edges of the fabric piece.

serge the top and bottom edges of the fabric piece

Step 5

Cut a piece of 1/4 inch elastic 3 3/8 inches long, then lay the elastic down on the wrong side of the skirt, immediately below the overlock stitch, and 3/8” away from the edge. Don’t start sewing close to the edge to keep the sewing machine from eating the fabric.

Using a zigzag stitch, sew and backstitch two or three times over the elastic, then stop – make sure the needle is in the down position. Now you’re going to stretch the elastic to reach the other end, and stitch over it to hold it in place.

sewing elastic, barbie skirt

This is how the skirt looks right now.

elastic waistband doll skirt

Step 6

Next, fold the top edge of the skirt over the elastic, and sew along the edge to form the waistband. Use a straight stitch.

sewing machine, doll skirt

Step 7

Hem the bottom of the skirt by turning the raw edge under 3/8”. For the next step, prepare the needle -thread it with three strands of thread, six in total.

elastic skirt, sewing needle and thread

Step 8

Now we’re going to make faux buttons with french knot embroidery.

You can use embroidery thread, or you can just thread your needle with three strands of thread like I did.

That means that three threads will go through the eye of the needle; when you pull them out, there are six strands in total.

To make a beautiful french knot, you have to make sure the needle is close to the fabric when you wrap the thread around it. Wrap the thread twice around the needle to obtain a perfect french knot.

french knots on Barbie skirt tutorial

I used a seam gauge to space my faux buttons at 1/2” apart.

This is how the skirt looks on the inside right now.

Barbie skirt on the inside

Step 9

Then, with the right sides together, align the seams and stitch the skirt using a 1/2″ seam allowance at the center back.

Serge or zig-zag the center back seam, then press with an iron.

sewing center back seam

This cute faux button placket Barbie skirt is finished!

Barbie skirts sewing tutorial

Did you find this Barbie skirt tutorial helpful? I’d like to hear what you think of it!

And I would LOVE to see pictures! If you give this cute Barbie skirt a try, please tag me on Instagram or Facebook.

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9 thoughts on “Barbie faux button placket skirt tutorial”

  1. Great idea! It gave me the idea to use some small beads, from a left over project. Your tutorial is fantastic. Thank you for sharing, all the best!

  2. Love this!
    Question – Step 6: Doesn’t the straight stitching to cover the elastic waist band make the elastic not stretch anymore? Do you stretch the elastic tight and then straight stitch?
    Love making Barbie clothes for my granddaughters! This is so cute

    • Hi Donna,
      Great question! At Step 6, I don’t sew over the elastic – I stitch along the serged edge. It’s a bit tricky, but you can make it easier by placing the elastic further away from the raw edge at Step 5. Thank you for reading my post and pointing this out!
      All my best wishes,

  3. This is so cute! I don’t have anyone to make this for anymore, but if I did, I would definitely sew this. Your instructions are very clear and accurate. Nice job!


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