Let’s Sew A Simple Lolita Skirt! Sew Fun!

Jun 12, 2013 by

You guys voted on the topic last week and the winner by a long shot was a simple ruffled Lolita skirt for our first big project! Fantastic choice guys, you’ll learn some really great skills in this project which you’ll be able to transfer to other projects.

So before we get into it, let’s have a look at the finished project being modeled by the lovely Miss Quinn ;D



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  • http://kowaretadoll.blogspot.co.uk/ Kat

    I definitely want to try this! Your fabric is so cute ^_^ Thank you for sharing!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks so much Kat! Good luck!

  • http://junkalchemy.blogspot.com/ Jenee Nicole

    I just finished a skirt but now you make me want to do another one. Cute fabric and w and cute puppy.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Haha thank you! Skirts are addictive!

  • Mel

    Just a tip, do two rows of gathering thread either side of where you will be sewing it on. It gathers up much neater and if one of the threads break mid-way through, you still have another one.

    A great beginner tutorial though.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks for the tip! We’ll be covering gathers in more detail in the dress tutorial, I personally prefer just the one thread to save time :D

  • http://herlumpiness.blogspot.com Miss Lumpy

    This is so convenient! I just bought the materials to sew a skirt exactly like this and have been looking for a good tutorial for a day or two. The one I want to make would have to be wide enough for a petticoat, so I could wear it with lolita, though; do you think the measurements you provide would give a skirt with a wide enough hem? Maybe I should do a bit of a longer width for the main skirt…

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      To be safe go a bit longer than the width, when I actually wore Lolita I always did 3 times my waist minimum for the skirt, the wider you make it the more floofy so up to what you prefer in terms of style!

  • http://angelinyou.tumblr.com Xandra

    Hello! Your tutorial are so cool :) I would like to ask, what kind of sewing machine are you using? Is it a full size or half size? =) I’m currently looking for one and Singer is the brand I’m looking :) Just don’t know what exact model is okay for a casual use :)


    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Thanks! It’s a full size machine, I’m not sure the model number sorry, they are all generally the same though.

  • http://www.nessbow.com Nessbow

    Aww, poor Lottie! She was only trying to help. I too have a couple of ‘helpers’ who
    like to unravel my crocheting in the middle of the night.

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Hahaha they’re just making their own yarn crafts… it’s a gift XD

  • Corinna

    Hello! I just had a quick question, and was wondering if you think it best to sew lengthwise, crosswise, or bias to the grain of the fabric for a lolita skirt?

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Hi Corinna, for a really simple skirt like this which is made from rectangles any of the three would be fine. If you are trying to conserve fabric (like I was) I would probably suggest lengthwise or crosswise, in something this simple you won’t find a huge amount of difference in those two. For a skirt which has a really nice drape to it then cut on the bias though keep in mind you will probably need more pieces to try and line up any patterns etc. Hope that helps!

  • Frida

    Hello! I really liked the tutorial!
    I tried to make the ruffling with my Singer sewing machine but the thread kept breaking as I sewed. Would you say it’s because the thread is not strong enough or because I’m doing something wrong? I use the highest tension as you said and the size of the stitch is 4 or 5 (big). Thank you!! :3

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Hi Frida, it could be that the thread you’re using isn’t strong enough. For ruffles I really suggest buying very high quality thread so avoid snapping. If it’s snapping in the machine as you sew, try turning the tension down a little bit and try again, so long as the top thread is pulled a little tighter than the bottom you can adjust the frill by gently pulling after you finish sewing. Also just in case there’s some other kind of error, make sure the machine is threaded correctly and it’s not snagging on anything inside as well. My best guess without being with you there seeing what’s going on is that the thread isn’t strong enough. If the thread is snapping when you try to adjust the ruffle and you don’t have anything stronger then I would suggest doing 2 rows of stitching so there’s less stress on just the one thread. Hope that helps!

  • Laci

    I just wanted to know if the pictures taken of the skirt on the form have a petticoat or not. I just was wondering if it would look odd without one

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Hi Laci, these pictures do not have a petticoat. Whether it looks odd or not will depend on the fabric you use and how stiff it is :)