First (as in most sewing) I ironed my stitched linen and my gray-blue silk dupioni lining fabric.
I put right sides together and sewed all the way around leaving an opening for turning. I sewed 4 threads out on the sides and 8 threads out on the bottom.
I trimmed the seam and serged the edge.
I ironed it again. I sewed a line about 3/8 inch down from the top as a casing to thread ribbon through for gathering. I slip stitched the opening closed.
I took a piece of blue ribbon, threaded in a large tapestry needle and threaded it through the casing. Voila! the skirt is done.
It was hard to pull the skirt up tight enough to fit the doll's slender waist. It is pulled as tight as I could get it.
Now to the doll.
I decided on the thin blue stripe as the doll body.
The silk was thin so I backed it with some muslin. I made it just a bit longer than the skirt as I wanted it to show at the bottom. I also put a casing in the top of it.
I cut a 4 inch circle out of mat board using scissors recommended by Jackie Du Plessis in one of her classes.
I also cut out a 4 inch circle out of ultrasuede.
I sewed the ultrasuede to the center of a piece of the skirt lining fabric, I could have sewn it to any fabric as it doesn't show. I sewed gathering stitches around the edge and pulled them up tight and tied them off. Base is done.
The real trick is to have the body cylinder match the base perimeter.
I got lucky and it did. I hand sewed the body cylinder to the base.
I tried to estimate how long to make the dowel that is inserted into the doll. I asked DH to cut the dowel. It took three trimmings to get it to the right length. I hot glued the dowel inside of the doll body.
Now here's the clever bottom that I put in the doll body. I cut another two circular pieces of mat board a little less than 4 inches. I cut a hole in the middle of them that the dowel would fit in. Then I got an old ribbon spool and took off the cording that was on it. I hot glued the ribbon spool between the two pieces of mat board.
I put this in the bottom of the doll body. Then I added the secret ingredient: navy beans.
I wanted to have some weight in the bottom of the doll to ensure that she wouldn't fall over. I worked the beans into the space of the ribbon spool. I used fiberfill to stuff the doll body. I tied the blue ribbon very tightly over the flared bottom of the half doll.
I tied the skirt on.