In the late 1950's, the bubble skirt became a popular style dresses. A bubble skirt is a full skirt that folds under at the hem and is gathered into a smaller lining. This forms a pretty pouf at the hem rather than the knife edge we are used to. They were also called balloon hems or harem skirts. The outer skirt is cut longer and wider than the lining. The edge of the outer skirt is gathered and sewn to the smaller lining, . The skirt layers are then sewn to the waistband or bodice of the dress.
With the help of patterns from MHD Designs, I have created this look for the new doll from American Girl, Maryellen Larkin.
As of this writing this ensemble is available at CSB Sews Doll Clothes on Etsy