Welcome back to Spring Skirts Week! Your easy-to-follow DIY guide to creating a unique Spring wardrobe!
Today’s tutorial is for The Party Skirt! Featuring three tiers of slightly gathered fabric; this skirt is twirly and floaty. Make one using just one fabric (like I did here) or mix and match fabrics for a fun boutique look!
1 yard of fabric for skirt
2/3 yard of 1/2”-wide nonroll elastic
First cut out your pieces. (Join 2 strips together to make the length if necessary)
|Tier 1||5.5” x 36.5”||6” x 37”||6.5” x 37.5”||7” x 38”||7.5” x 38.5”||8” x 39”||8.25” x 40”|
|Tier 2||5.5” x 46.5”||6” x 47”||6.5” x 47.5”||7” x 48”||7.5” x 48.5”||8” x 49”||8.25” x 50”|
|Tier 3||5.5” x 56.5”||6” x 57”||6.5” x 57.5”||7” x 58”||7.5” x 58.5”||8” x 59”||8.25” x 60”|
Before you begin constructing The Party Skirt you should have cut:
-One Tier-1Skirt Panel
-Two Tier-2 Skirt Pieces
-Two Tier-3 Skirt Pieces
- One piece of elastic
This sweet skirts comes together SO quickly! Let’s get right to it!
1. We’re going to start construction by creating three tubes (one for each tier) Grab your Tier-1 piece, pin and sew along the short sides, using a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish the side seams in your preferred method, and set aside. Repeat this step for Tier-2 and Tier-3.
*Quick Note* I finish my seams with a serger, this is not necessary! Other options for finishing your seams are to use an inexpensive pair of pinking shears and simply cut along the raw edge, or to sew over the raw edge with a tight zigzag stitch, so the right hand swing of the needle falls JUST off the edge.
2. Hem the skirt by pressing under the bottom edge 1/4” to the wrong side and then another 1/4”. Stitch close to the inner folded edge with a short, straight stitch. For visual interest, I added two additional rows of stitches.
3. We’re going to assemble the skirt from the bottom up. Beginning with Tier-3, sew gathering stitches to the tier’s top edge, using the method of your choice. (Read more about gathering fabric, here) Match the tier’s gathered edge to the bottom edge of Tier-2 (right sides facing) and gather to fit securing in place with pins.
4. Sew Tier-3 to Tier-2 with a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish and press the seam toward Tier-2. Topstitch right above the seam along the bottom edge of Tier-2 to hold the seam allowance in place.
5. Next, sew gathering stitches to the top edge of Tier-2, match the tiers gathered edge to the bottom edge of Tier-1 (right sides facing) and gather to fit securing in place with pins.
6. Sew Tier-2 to Tier-1 with a 1/2” seam allowance. Finish and press the seam toward Tier-1. Topstitch right above the seam along the bottom edge of Tier-1 to hold the seam allowance in place.
7. To create your waistband, start by folding the top edge of the skirt 1/4” to the wrong side of the fabric and press. Next fold the edge another 1” again to the wrong side of the fabric, and press again. With the skirt wrong side out, stitch close to the bottom edge of the waistband all the way around, leaving a 1” opening at the center of the back (to slip in your elastic). Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching.
8. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and guide it through the waistband casing. Once you get back to the opening, remove the safety pin and sew the elastic ends together to make a loop. Overlap the elastic ends 1/2” and use a zigzag stitch to secure them. Finish by sewing the gap closed.
This tutorial is for personal use only. Please do not sell pieces created with this tutorial for profit.
Please DO use this tutorial and make sweet skirts for your favorite girls!
If you use this tutorial to create skirts for your girl – I would LOVE to feature YOU on the blog!
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