Basic 3 Tiered Skirt: With Hidden or Exposed Seams (measurement chart included)

 

I have an addict in the house.  (Well other than me and my addiction to sugar.  But we’ve talked about that many times.  Haven’t we?)

 

This addict is four years old and 11 months.  She loves noodles.  Hates the dark.  Adores playing “mommy”.  Is pretty ticklish.  And can usually be found playing dress-up or creating dialogue between 2 of her favorite dollies.  But her true addiction……..is to skirts.  She loves them.  And hates to go anywhere without one.  And will slump over in utter disappointment if I tell her all of her skirts are dirty that day. 

 

So I have been meaning to make her more skirts for months now.  And finally did.

 

And rather than just a plain old gathered skirt……this one has 3 tiers.  Why make the 3 tiers?  Well, this allows the skirt to be more full and flair out without adding more bulk and gathers right around the waist.  (This is especially helpful if you’re making a skirt in your size.  Too many gathers around your waist = bad.  Got me?)

 

These can be made in any fabric……however, I made one for my 4 year old and my 8 month old in knit.  Stretchy and cozy.

 

 

And since it’s cooler……just match the skirt up with some leggings.  (Okay, even when it’s warmer she wears leggings with her skirts.  She loves those too.)

 

 

And luckily, a skirt like this feeds her addiction.  And makes her happy.

 

 

And because she likes to help me pick out her little sister’s outfit for the day……..I needed more baby skirts for the little one too.  Done.

 

 

Can you blame her?  Skirts make spinning and dancing that much more fun.  Okay, I get it. 

 

 

 

Would you like to make a 3 tiered skirt for you? 

Or for your daughter/niece/granddaughter/friend?

 

First of all, like I mentioned above, you can makes these skirts in a variety of fabric.  I used jersey knit for mine but plan on making a few 100% cotton ones as well.

 

The first step is to decide how long you want the skirt, from the very top, down to the bottom hem.  Once you know how long you want it, split that number by three.  For each tier, you will add a little extra to the top and bottom length, to accommodate for the waistband, the seam allowances, and the hem.  And to figure out the width of each tier, you need to measure the waist of you model.  The first tier width will be the waist measurement multiplied by 1.5.  The second tier is the waist measurement multiplied by 2.  And the 3rd tier is the waist measurement multiplied by 2.7.  I know, 2.7 is a weird number but it keeps the ratio even between tiers.  Just go with it! 

 

 

Here’s a chart to keep all of that straight:

(And keep in mind, if you want the skirt fuller, add some fabric to each width.  If you need help figuring that out, keep the width of tier one the same but multiply tier 2 by 2.5 and tier 3 by 4.2.  That will make it even fuller.  Do what works best for you though and the amount of fabric you have.)

 

So, for example:  My little girl’s waist is 20 inches.  And I measured from her waist down to where I wanted it to end, and that was 10.5 inches.  So I first divided 10.5 by 3 and got 3.5.  So each finished tier would measure 3.5 inches tall.  Then, I knew that after adding the extra measurements to each tier height (as shown above), they would measure 5 inches tall (1st tier), 4.5 inches tall (2nd tier) and 5 inches tall (3rd tier).  Then, since her waist measurement is 20, I knew the tier widths would be 30 inches (1st tier), 40 inches (2nd tier), and 54 inches (3rd tier).

 

**Please note, the measurements don’t have to be perfect.  You can round up or down so you’re not trying to cut something that is 6.78 inches wide.  That would be annoying.  This skirt is forgiving since it gathers in and doesn’t have to be perfect.

 

So, if you have a tall 4 (almost 5) year old like I do, who has about a 20 (or 21 or even 22) inch waist (and who normally wears size 5…..no longer 5T), you can use my measurements.

 

Tier 1 = 5 x 30 inches

Tier 2 = 4.5 x 40 inches

Tier 3 = 5 x 54 inches

 

Here they are after I serged each long edge.  (Not necessary to serge or zig-zag the edges of knit but I did it anyway to see if it would help it stop rolling.  Nope, didn’t help. Ha!)

**As a side note, I can’t remember where I got this fabric.  I bought it a couple years ago.  Maybe Hancock?  Or Hobby Lobby?  Sorry…….I just can’t remember. 

 

 

Now, fold each tier in half width-wise with right sides together, and sew the ends closed.  (Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.)  This will give you 3 circles of fabric.

 

Then, grab your top tier of fabric and fold over the top edge towards the inside of the fabric, one inch.  (If you are using cotton or other fraying material, you may need to add another 1/4 inch or so to your top tier measurement so that you can fold over the top edge a 1/4 inch, then an inch.  This is necessary to keep the edge from fraying.)  Sew this down really close to the bottom edge of the part you folded over……..but leave about a one inch opening for your elastic.  Set aside.

 

Now, grab your 3rd tier and place a basting stitch all the way around the top edge, a 1/4 inch from the top.  (I always place a basting stitch along the front half and then another stitch along the back half.  It’s easier to gather in 2 sections rather than all the way around with one seam.)  Gather it in until it’s the same width as the bottom of tier 2.  And line up the side seam in the back.  (Need help with gathering?  Click here.)

 

Now place the top edge of the tier 3 and the bottom edge of tier 2 together, with right sides together, and pin in place.  Make sure that the gather is even all the way around. And no, this isn’t a ton of gather……just slight.  Then sew in place, using a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

 

Now, place 2 basting stitches along the top edge of tier 2 and match it up with the width of the tier 1, just like you did with the bottom 2 tiers.

 

Place together with right sides together and pin in place.  And line up the side seams in the back.

 

And sew together, just like you did before.

 

Now, fold under your bottom edge an inch (or however much you gave yourself for a hem allowance) and sew in place.  I used a double needle to get a nice double seam from the front…….and then a sort of zig-zag on the other side.  (Need help with the double needle?  Click here.)

 

Now, thread some 3/4 inch elastic through the waistband (that’s the same length as the waist measurement), overlap the ends by one inch, sew ends together, and then sew the opening of the skirt closed.

 

 

Now, if you’re wanting to leave the seams exposed, like the grey skirt……..instead of placing the tiers together with right sides together, you’ll just overlap the tiers about a 1/2 inch (with the right side of the fabric facing outward) and sew them in place after they’re gathered.  I serged each edge for a finished look but you can leave knits plain and raw.  If you’re using cotton (or some other type that frays), you’ll need to fold over each long edge a 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch, and then sew in place so they won’t fray.  But keep in mind, you’ll have to add some length to your measurements to accommodate that extra fabric.

 

 

And that’s it.

 

All ready to be worn.

 

And since that came together so quickly, make like 5 more for your little skirt addicts.

 

 

Enjoy.

 

 

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Comments

103 Responses to “Basic 3 Tiered Skirt: With Hidden or Exposed Seams (measurement chart included)”
  1. 1
    karomanah says:

    amazing! I have done one month ago but it is not as neat as yours :(
    I will post it on my blog and show it to you.

  2. 2
    Amie says:

    Where did you get that patterned fabric?? It’s gorgeous!

    • 2.1
      Ashley says:

      Dang, I can’t remember. It’s been in my stash for a couple of years. Maybe Hancock? Or Hobby Lobby? Gosh…….I seriously can’t remember. Sorry about that!

  3. 3
    Amy W. says:

    I live with a skirt addict too and since I am a skirt addict myself, we get along swell!

  4. 4
    Natalie says:

    Must be the age … I have a 4-year-old niece who would probably wear a skirt every day if you let her. Along with all her “jewels” (jewelery). Oh, and she would steal her little sister’s leggings when she (the sister) was a baby and try to wear them herself. Love those little girls!

  5. 5
    Shannon says:

    Where did you get your fabric for the flower skirt? LOVE IT and the striped leggings!

    • 5.1
      Ashley says:

      Oh darn, I just mentioned above that I can’t remember where I bought the fabric. It’s been a couple years and I can’t even remember where I snagged it. But the leggings are from Old Navy and I bought those at the end of the summer.

      Ashley

      • 5.1.1
        Lisa says:

        You make the cutest things from knit! Do you usually purchase the knit fabrics at Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, or Hancock? Any particular time of the year do the stores have more printed knits in stock? I can never seem to find cute printed knits in the stores, especially a nice variety. My 10 year old daughter really picked up sewing this summer and made herself a cute tiered skirt, but with regular cotton. I like the knit look though, adorable!!

  6. 6
    Candee says:

    Where did you find that cute knit fabric? The skirts are adorable.

  7. 7
    Rebecca says:

    This looks really simple and easy! I think I can pull it off. :) Love the fabric choice, too!

  8. 8
    Angela says:

    ah this is christmas presents for my sister and a few cousins! along with those cute leggings you blogged about!

  9. 9
    Hilary says:

    Awww…So cute! Simple, easy, fast, adorable. I am sold. Going to the basement to make one now for my one year old before I run out of motivation. I am going to use old t-shirts and have some funky graphics show through. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. 10
    Ripleigh says:

    That grey one looks like it came out of a store! Seriously!?! NICE GOING! I’m totally going to make DD some of these. She has a serious skirt addiction going too.

  11. 11
    alisha says:

    Oh man, where was this tutorial a month ago??? I made a tiered dress for my little girl’s birthday and it turned out OK…this tutorial would have made it fabulous. :) Thanks for the tut…maybe I’ll make a fabulous one for her for Christmas. :)

  12. 12
    Mara from Argentina says:

    Hi! I am now sewing the paper bag skirt and needed some tips and when I enter here voila! I love you so much because next in my little doughter to do list was one of this and I was trying to figure it out how could be done! Excuse my english, I am so happy and excited! I would send you pics when all is done! Love from the south! Mara

  13. 13
    Melissa says:

    I am so excited!! We have two skirt addicts at our house too and I was just plotting using some of my stash to make a skirt like this! Now I don’t have to do the math! :)

  14. 14
    Natalie says:

    This is AWESOME! I’ve been wanting to make some of these for forever! This tutorial ACTUALLY makes sense! Hahah! I’m SO using this one. :) Thanks so much!

  15. 15
    Emily says:

    Perfect! Must make ASAP.

  16. 16

    That is just the cutest skirt, and I like baby’s skirt too! You will like this: So I was wandering around blogland, feeling a bit bored and looking for something, just anything, new and different. So while I was linking up to Thrifting Decorating’s link party, I glanced over at her sidebar “blog roll” and saw that you had a tutorial on making a tiered skirt. :) My daughter (15) has been asking me to make her a tiered skirt. So I jumped right over to your blog and am very excited to have the instructions to make this, because there is *no* way I am going to pay pattern prices! And that, my friend, is what happens when you’re bored and start wondering around Blogland – you find wonderful posts like yours that meet the need of the hour! Thanks for sharing!

  17. 17
    Debbie says:

    I love these skirts! I have never used knit fabric before – is there a different needle I should use, or does one treat it the same as cotton?

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    So, so cute! Thanks for taking the time to share this tutorial! Perfect for my 8 and 3 year old daughters! And love the orange/grey floral knit – I can never find knit that cute!!

  19. 19
    Teresa says:

    Love a good tiered skirt. I have made them using differant coordinating and contrasting prints before as well.

  20. 20
    Tara says:

    These are so cute, my little skirt lover would adore some as well! Now to find some cute fabric…

  21. 21
    Leigh Ann says:

    Bless your sweet heart! I just love elastic waist skirts! I will wear this tutorial out!

  22. 22
    Melissa says:

    Thank you!! I think this is written so well that even I may be able to do this :)

  23. 23
    Sonya Burton says:

    Love this tutorial!!! I’m such a beginner I can’t even figure out how to stay in a straight line with my machine. Lol. But one day I will give this a try. Thanks a bunch!!!!

  24. 24
    Jennifer T. says:

    My daughter is the same way. Ask her to get dressed in the morning or change after school and the girl immediately goes for the skirts and dresses. It doesn’t matter to her that it is 40 degrees outside – she has to be Miss Diva. I am quite the opposite so it has been an interesting journey for me, but I have learned to accept it. These skirts are absolutely darling and I will most definitely be adding this to my list of things to do. Thank you for sharing!

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    Another thing for my to-do list–for me! My belly’s getting big enough that my normal clothes are starting to look pretty silly–and feel pretty uncomfortable. I’m thinking one of these with a nice, thick waistband…Thanks for the great directions!

  26. 26
    Tatjana says:

    I loooove your blog! I have already recreated a number of your sweet little things – and this will go on my list – subito!!!
    Thank you for sharing your ideas!
    Tatjana

  27. 27
    Dawn says:

    adorable! my 5 year old is the same way with skirts/leggings-she’ll love this!

  28. 28
    Tammy says:

    These are my daughters favorite type of skirt! Unfortunaltely she doesn’t like wearing a second layer (shorts or leggings for playground modesty!) any tips on adding shorts underneath to make them “skorts”?

  29. 29
    karomanah says:

    hi Ashley! here is the skirt as I promised
    let me know your comment ,it really matters to me

  30. 30
    Sheena says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! My daughter who is 7 LOVES skirts. She will not wear pants period. She needs some new skirts sooo bad but I haven’t been able to find any that I like. She has many that are made likes these but she has outgrown them. I will defiantly be making her some skirts now. =)

  31. 31
    Jen says:

    Adorable! LOVE the fabric! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  32. 32

    Want to come over and make a bunch of these for my daughter? ;-) Ha ha! They are adorable! My little girl has been very tomboyish but has just recently made the switch to being very princessy, so I guess some twirly skirts are in her future! If her mom can just stop being so lazy!

  33. 33
    Ms Kate says:

    Woo hoo, I made one! http://blog.mummybrain.com/2011/11/upcycle-3-tshirts-into-3-tiered-skirt.html My daughter loves it! Linked to your blog in my post of course!!

    • 33.1
      Ashley says:

      Oh, it turned out so cute! I love the different colors in each tier. And way to use up old knits. Perfect!

      Ashley

      • 33.1.1
        karomanah says:

        Although I am very curious to knew the reason but never mind my dear.I am addicted to your site anyway and I will keep coming .Ashley you inspires me .God bless you

        • 33.1.1.1
          karomanah says:

          Although I am very curious to knew the reason but never mind my dear.I am addicted to your site anyway and I will keep coming .Ashley you inspires me .God bless you
          sorry I posted it to number 33 instead of 29 sorry :S

      • 33.1.2
        Ms Kate says:

        Thank you for your answer! I love your blog and idolise you just a little, so am smiling just simply because you answered me :)

  34. 34
    Liz says:

    Thank you! This is exactly what I have been looking for! I want this for my DGD and have three different Christmas prints showing candy canes and peppermint candies, etc. in red and greens. Can’t wait to make her a Christmas skirt to wear with red or green T-top and leggings. I figured this can be made w/o pattern but I’m not gifted in getting it done by myself. I really appreciate the timeliness of your tute! Thanks again…..

  35. 35
    Becky says:

    Darling! One question – your instructions say multiply the 3rd measurement by 2.6 but the diagram says 2.7 – just checking.

  36. 36
    Denay W says:

    I am going to go home tonight and make up a ton of these for my 4 year old skirt addict! I have been just doing the basic gathered skirt, but this tiered one is so cute! Since this is the first time I’ve commented but I’ve been reading the blog for almost a year now, I just wanted to say that I love your tutorials! Thank you so much for sharing!

  37. 37
    Leanna says:

    I love this tutorial! My daughter is in major need of some new skirts, too. I just have a couple questions, though…

    How did you find a knit long enough to go all the way around the bottom tier without having to piece it together? The knit fabric I have in my stash is only a width of 36″, but I’ll need it to be wider for that bottom tier. Or maybe my real question is, can I cut the width of the tiers in half and make two pieces of each tier?

  38. 38

    Thanks for the tutorial! Can’t wait to whip one of these up!

  39. 39
    Ziva says:

    Thanks so much Ashley, you make the most beautiful things. I am going to try it for my little girl. I have way too much fabric lying around.

  40. 40
    Amber says:

    Thanks so much! My 5yo is also addicted to skirts and I was just thinking I needed to make more. She LOVED the chiffon ruffle skirt I made for her from your site before – you have such cute stuff. By the way – I love the collar on the shirt she is wearing. Is that something you did post purchase or did you get it that way?

  41. 41
    Brandi says:

    Awesome! I just finished one in less than two hours. Now I’m off to cut out a knit to try the exposed seams version. Thanks for the great instructions!

  42. 42

    I have some skirt loving girlies in my house. Now I just need to get over my fear of knits. LOL

  43. 43
    Bree says:

    Ashley, how would you cut the fabric if it wasn’t 54″ wide? I’m hoping to make a few of these out of corduroy that I’m pretty sure will be 44″ inches. Thanks!

    • 43.1
      Ashley says:

      If needs be, you can sew fabric together to get the appropriate width. Once it’s gathered in, you most likely won’t see the vertical seam, so it’s shouldn’t be a problem.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Good luck!
      Ashley

  44. 44
    Kate says:

    Great skirts. Can’t wait to try some for my little skirt addicts!
    Also wanted to say thanks for making your posts so easy to pin – the image you include with the name of the tutorial and your blog details means I don’t have to type anything! Love it!

  45. 45
    Crystal says:

    Plain cotton looks great with the “exposed” look. Only there’s no need to hem it at all between layers. It naturally frays a bit, and adds to the charm of the peasant skirt – which is my favorite. I have several, but not enough, of these skirts with the little frays between layers and I adore them. I just made over a couple of mine that I shortened over the summer, but are now too short for the cold winter, to fit my littles aged 6 and 4. They like a very full skirt so the adult size was fine. I just made a new casing for smaller elastic at the top and was done. It hits mid-calf for them.

    I love your blog!!! :)

  46. 46
    Andrea says:

    Thanks, I was just searching Craft Gossip for a skirt tutorial for making a new skirt for my own skirt obsessed daughter, Thanks for such a great, easy to understand, tutorial!

  47. 47
    Shelley says:

    I just made this skirt for my little girl due in March. It only took a little over an hour so I got to finish it while my boys were napping. Thank you so much for the tutorial. It was so well written!!! Love your blog!

  48. 48

    I think you are my four-year-old’s new favorite person. Over here in Germany I’m having a devil of a time getting my hands on reasonably priced skirts (euros suck) and this tutorial has possibly saved my life and sanity. Three cheers for clean skirts!

  49. 49
    Sunny Sewing says:

    Love, Love, Love! My daughter is hooked now! Thanks so much for all the wonderful work you do! I keep coming back again and again. Posted pics on my blog of this cute skirt I made with your tutorial. (credit all to you of course and linked back). It is the first one of many because my daughter wants more more more!!!!

  50. 50
    Claudia says:

    Hi Ashley

    yours is one of my favourite blogs. Your tutorials are just awesome and you are very creative.
    I used this tutorial in particular for a skirt I did. You can check if here: http://www.mirtilocrafts.com/2012/02/crafty-december.html

    thanks.
    Claudia

  51. 51
    Traci Taz says:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151266970940623&set=a.10151063390385623.767328.619950622&type=1&theater
    I am a total novice. This is literally the 4th thing I have made with a sewing machine (first three were sewing the last bits of my hand sewn patchwork blanket together and 2 little dresses) and I am quite proud of how it turned out! It is a gift for a friends daughter to say thanks for lending me her sewing machine! Next I will be attempting one in 0-3month size for another friend who is due in less than a month! Thanks for the tutorial!! xxx

  52. 52
    Corynn says:

    I whipped up 2 of these last night in 4 hours. I’d bet that now that I know what I am doing, I could get that down to an hour a skirt. Mine were cotton and Disney themed. This post also inspired me to go buy a twin needle today. I am going to whip up a few more tonight! Thanks so much for the tutorial. This a great project!

  53. 53
    Viji says:

    Awesome pics and details…very much helpful to a beginner like me….Lovely skirts…

  54. 54
    Baylee says:

    Hey I Love this site I used it for my headbands and all I wear the skirt when I can that skirt=CUTE!!!!!!

  55. 55
    Kristen says:

    Thank you for this tutorial – I actually sewed! Made this yesterday for my daughter… It ended up a little shorter and flouncier than we wanted, so I sewed it onto the bottom of a very long (and thankfully coordinating) Hello Kitty t-shirt and it is now her favorite new dress. Wasn’t the fastest thing, but it had been EONS since I’d done any sewing, and it was pretty easy! Love that you can make it ANY size because the instructions are based on waist and desired length. Will definitely make another one (or twelve)… Thanks for getting me sewing again! ~Kristen

  56. 56
    Katy says:

    I did a search for instructions on tiered skirts and this is the best one I’ve found!! It’s really well done, thank you! I just got a sewing machine as a gift so I’m learning how to do it all and this tutorial made it so easy to understand. Thanks again! :)

  57. 57
    Christina M says:

    I made one!! Well, two actually, one of each kind. (One for both my girls) I made the first from cotton, not jersey and it’s not my *favorite* but my daughter loves it. The second I did out of gray jersey and I left all the edges raw except the hem, which I serged. Thank you for the great tutorial :)

  58. 58
    Kristy says:

    I have just finished making this skirt and I’m so happy with it. Thank you for such an easy step by step method.

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    Donna says:

    Thank you so much for this tute! I’ve been looking for a pattern for this adorable skirt. Your instructions are very clear, as are the formulas for easy adjustments. Thank you! Off to the sewing room now to make some creations.

  60. 60
    Leslie says:

    What would the dimension be if you wanted to make a longer 5 tiered skirt? Your tutorial looks awesome, but my daughter wants a long rainbow skirt. Thanks.

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    Tara says:

    Would the formula work for adult dimensions??

  62. 62
    Jackie says:

    These arre adorable and fun for little girls to wear. If you have a ruffle foot the job is easy as pie and fast. Here is a link to a great free lesson on the gadget: http://www.youcanmakethis.com/products/free/free-the-ruffler-unruffled.htm

  63. 63
    Abbi says:

    I just made this with a regular cotton fabric for my 17-month-old! It was the first project that actually turned out perfectly for me!! (I am very new at this and my old gunked-up machine will only do a straight stitch. No zig zag, no nothing!) Thanks so much for the clear explanation! Now I’m off to make one for my baby’s baby sister – due in 5 weeks! :) And I might make about 23 more just because they are easy and perfect for summer!

  64. 64
    Charron Ann says:

    Hello! I was wondering if you found an easy way to get the elastic through the top? I tried the thread through on my first skirt and then just pinned it on first and then sewed the waist band the second time… both were pretty time consuming… any tips would be great!!

  65. 65
    Joline says:

    When you wash this. Try tying it to a broomstick with tits three inches apart. When I eas a girl, we did this. Clled. Broomstick skirt. You have inspired me to mke one for my granddaughter. Thanks!

  66. 66
    Lisa says:

    This tutorial is perfect for my daughter’s 4th of July skirt. She’ll be 3 in June and loves to wear skirts (and dresses)! Now if I can just find the perfect red, white and blue fabrics! :)

  67. 67
    Sarah says:

    This skirt looks great on adults as well! I’m 30 and I made one for myself out of three different pink fabrics and I love it!

  68. 68
    Diana says:

    How do I know how much elastic to use? Sorry, I keep reading over the instructions, but I don’t see it. Thanks!

    • 68.1
      Ashley says:

      Sorry about that…..I added that in, so thanks for telling me! But you’ll cut a piece of elastic that’s the same measurement as the waist measurement, thread it through the skirt casing, overlap the elastic ends by an inch, sew them together, and then sew the skirt closed. Hope that helps!

      Ashley

  69. 69
    Debbie says:

    For adding fullness to tiers, you mentioned tier one-x 1-1/2, tier two x 2-1/2, and tier three x 4.2. Was that correct? Tier three for me would be 128″ wide :/. Waist measurement is 32″…….. I’m also interested if you have changes for a 4-tier skirt if you can help. Thanks a bunch! Debbie

  70. 70
    Holly says:

    I have a dumb question….do you cut across from selvege to selvege or length wise (the length of the yardage you bought) when cutting the tiers?

  71. 71
    Belinda says:

    Hi, I made the 3 tiered skirt for my 7yr old and it came out great. Could you use the same formula to make at skirt for an older child, say 15yrs?? I am wondering if you would need to measure the hips if they are larger than the waist and whether the formula would need to change. Any thoughts??

  72. 72

    I really loved it… I have a 5 year old daughter and who is my model for all the dresses designed by me… I’ve tried tiered skirt in cotton fabric and it come out well….!!!! Thank you….

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    Alicia says:

    Question….If I wanted to attach this to t-shirt (like the t-shirt refashion dresses you’ve done) would I just make the first tier width be the same as her waist measurement? That’s what I’m thinking, but I want to make sure my brain is computing this properly before I cut the fabric. :)

  74. 74
    amanda says:

    If making for an adult woman, do you think it would be ok to go with waist size or would you go with hip size? I’ve seen patterns saying one or the other and I’m not sure which one to go for.

  75. 75
    Alycia Causey says:

    First of all, thank you so much for this tutorial!! I can’t wait to try this! I actually began looking for this because I have a three tiered skirt that is a little too short for my liking for my nine year old and simply planned on adding a fourth layer. What would I multiply the waist by to get the correct length for the 4th tier?? Is there some equation I can use for more tiers? For example a long tiered skirt?? Thank you so much for this tutorial!!

  76. 76
    Erin says:

    I love this tutorial. I am just getting back into sewing again (after a hiatus for doing scrapbooking) and have been wanting to make some skirts for my two girls.

    About how much fabric does this 3 tiered skirt take (I have a 6 year old and 9 year old) and the 5 tiered skirt in your other tutorial. If I get a yard and a half, of something I find cute at the store, will that cover it you think?

    Thanks
    Erin

  77. 77
    Kathleen says:

    Hi,
    I’m quite new to sewing and am planning to make this skirt but have the urge to turn and sew the hem and waist band gap before joining the ends of each tier to make the circle shape, as find it much easier to hem a straight strip of fabric then a circle. Would this give a less tidy result?
    Thanks,
    Kathleen

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    Marvelyn says:

    Thanks for this tut! Whipped up a skirt for my soon-to-be two year old’s birthday outfit in one evening. She loves it!

    @Erin. To get one continuous length of fabric, you’ll have to use yardage. Take your daughter’s waist measurement and multiply by 2.7 ( the bottom tier) then divide that by 36. My 9 year old has a 22.5″ waist. Multiplied by 2.7 I get 60.75. Divided by 36 gives 1.6875, so about 1 3/4 yrds.

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