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TUTORIAL DIY TWIRLY PATCHWORK MAXI SKIRT

3.14.2014

TGIF! Today wraps up Spring Skirts Week and we’re going to finish with a bang!
Today’s tutorial is for The Festival Skirt – a full, twirly maxi skirt with patchwork details and a ruffle hem!
FREE Pattern and Tutorial from Daydream Believers: The Festival Skirt a patchwork maxi skirt www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com


Are you ready to create a one of a kind, stylish, fabulous, maxi skirt for you girl? Let’s do it!

MATERIALS
1 1/2 yards of fabric
1 piece of 2-inch wide elastic, that measures 2 inches smaller than your girl’s waist

CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS
First cut out your pieces.

SIZE 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Tier 1
(Cut 2)
5” x 15” 5” x  16” 6” x 16” 6.5” x  16” 7” x 17” 7.5” x 17” 8” x 18”
Tier 2
(Cut 8 Squares)
5x5
5.5x5.5”
6x6” 6.5”x6.5” 7”x7” 7.5”x7.5” 8x8”
Tier 3
(Cut 4)
8.5” x 38” 9”x40” 10.5”x40 11.5”x40 12.5”x40 13.5”x42” 13.5”x42”


Before you begin constructing The Festival Skirt  you should have cut:
-Two Tier-1Skirt Panels
-Eight Tier-2 Skirt Pieces
-Four Tier-3 Skirt Pieces
- One piece of elastic

CONSTRUCTION

1. We’re going to start construction by creating three tubes (one for each tier) Grab your Tier-3 pieces, sew them together to create one loooong piece, then pin and sew along the short sides, using a 1/2” seam allowance, to create a tube. Finish the side seams  in your preferred method.

*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. Set Tier-3 aside.

3. Next, you will construct Tier-2, your patchwork tier. Take your squares and arrange them in a pattern that appeals to you. Then, sew the squares together to create one long row. Once all of the squares have been sewn together, sew along the short sides, using a 1/2” seam allowance. Be sure to finish all seams.
How to create a patchwork maxi skirt a free tutorial from Daydream Believers

4. 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, you will create your Tier-1 tube by sewing along the short sides, using a 1/2” seam allowance and finishing the side seams.

6. Now you will attach Tier-2 to Tier-1. 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 finishing the edges of the elastic, serge each edge or zig-zag over the short edge of the elastic (this will prevent the elastic from fraying). Next, fold the elastic in half and sew it together at the short side, using a 1/2” seam allowance.
Tips for sewing an elastic waistband

8. Almost finished! You just need to attach your elastic waistband to your skirt. Do this by pinning the bottom of the elastic to the top of Tier-1. You will want the elastic to sits about 1/4 of an inch over the top of the skirt. I like to start pinning by matching the center back of the elastic with the center back of the skirt, then matching the center front of the elastic with the center front of the skirt, then pinning the elastic down on both sides. Then I continue to stretch the fabric, cutting the gaps in half. Now let’s sew it on! You will need to gently stretch the elastic as you go, so that it’s taut with the fabric. Sew with a zig-zag stitch. Use both hands as you go, pulling it straight in the front and the back and sew from pin to pin, stretching it bits at a time.
That’s it! One fabulous, patchwork maxi skirt in just 8 steps!
FREE Pattern and Tutorial from Daydream Believers: The Festival Skirt a patchwork maxi skirt www.daydreambelieversdesigns.com

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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