Tuesday, September 7, 2010

How to Make a Three Tiered Skirt

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This skirt is really simple and a wonderful addition to any little girls wardrobe.
The pattern is included and all it requires is measuring your little girl.
You can use your imagination and create a fun skirt with one fabric choice or three. Let her decide, so she is sure to love the skirt and will actually wear it!
The hardest part of this skirt figuring the measurements for cutting the tiers. I have done the work for you and have include a link to a Google spreadsheet.  

If you can't download the link, just email me and I send you an excel spreadsheet download.
All you have to do is insert the measurement from waist to the bottom of the knee (or however long you want it to be) and the measurement of the hips (this should be the largest part).
Standard sizes of hip measurements are: Size 2: 21''-22'', Size 3: 22''-23'', Size 5: 25'', Size 6: 26'', Size 7: 27'', Size 8: 28'', Size 10:30'', Size 12: 32"

Here is the formula for figuring if you would like to know...
Measure waist to top of knee (we will call this M1)
Measure Around the hips (we will call this M2)

Cut 2 of each piece (one for front and one for back)

1st strip: 
width: M1/3 + 1.5''
length: M2 + 4''

2nd strip
width: M1/3 + 0.5''
length: 1st strip length x 1.5

3rd strip:
width: M1/3 + 0.75''
length:  2nd strip length x 1.5
 
Once you have figured out the measurements of each of the three tiers you will cut 2 of each tier. One will be for the back of the skirt and one will be for the front of the skirt.
**Remember that the Width is from top to bottom of the fabric and Length is from left to right of the fabric.
Here are my cut pieces. I used pinking sheers, but if you want a more finished edge finish with a zigzag stitch or use a serger.
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Now we are going to create a gathering stitch to ruffle the top portion of the tier #2
Adjust your sewing machine to a stitch length of 5.
Top stitch along the edge of tier #2. I am using different color thread so you can see what I am doing.
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Now you are going to ruffle the top of tier #2 to the length of tier #1.
You do this by pulling on the bottom thread and holding the fabric. As you pull the thread the fabric should ruffle.
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Pin bottom of tier #1 to top tier #2 with right sides facing.
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Stitch the tiers together and your should get something like this...
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You are going to repeat for tier #3.
Sewing a gathering/ruffling stitch on the top of tier #3 and gather to match length of bottom of tier #2.
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Pin right sides together and stitch.
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You should get something like this...
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Repeat to create the back of the skirt.
Now you should have a front and back.
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I like to iron and top stitch the seams of the skirt for a more finished look, but this is optional.
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Also, if you would like to have a cleaner looking under side of the skirt... Trim edges and then stitch with your zigzag stitch to finish fabric edges, similar to a serger.
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Now we are going to match sides of the skirt and pin into place.
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Sew down the sides of the skirt.
You should have something like this now.
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We will finish the top of the skirt by turning under the top tier #1 0.25 inch and then 1.25 inch to create the elastic casing for the waist.
Turn top under 0.25 inches.
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Now turn top under 1.25 inches to create elastic casing.
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Stitch along the edges to create casing, but leave a 2 inch opening so you can thread elastic through.
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Measure your child's waist and subtract 2 inches to get the cut elastic length.
Cut elastic and thread through.  
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Zigzag ends of elastic together (make sure elastic is not twisted in the casing and then stitch the opening closed.
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We are going to turn the bottom edge of the skirt under 0.25 inch.
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And now turn the bottom edge under 0.50.
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Stitch around the bottom edge of the skirt to create the hem.
Hooray!!! Your finished project should look something like this...
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Contact me at jamaketcham@gmail.com if you have any questions!

4 comments:

  1. Thanks. This tutorial is easy to understand.

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  2. I love your skirt, so cute!! I have been making this skirt from pattern instructions by sewing each tier together and then attach each. Your way is much better of doing front and back and then sew together. I also love your idea of top stitching each tier and seam finishing on the inside. Great instructions. Thank you for sharing!!!!

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  3. Much better to make front then back, and to top-stitch! I know what I'm going to be doing this week! Thanks so much.

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