The cute little denim skirt I made for MissyT’s birthday was a great hit! I may add another tier as she grows. That’s a nice option with these types of skirts.
Another nice option is how gathered you want each tier—more gathers, more volume! For this version of the skirt I didn’t want to much volume, I was using denim and wanted the skirt to have enough movement without adding bulk.
Waist+5 inches for tier 1
Tier 1+10 inches for tier 2
Tier 2+10 inches for tier 3
If I was sewing this skirt out of a lighter weight material I’d probably add 15 to 20 inches for each tier.
The width of each tier is as follows:
Tier 1—waist band—4 inches
Tier 2—5 inches’
Last Tier—10 inches (or double whatever the tier before it is)
Get out the rotary cutter and ruler and cut each strip. Then sew the sides of each strip together:
Notice the bottom strip? I hate hemming so I try to develop ways to avoid it whenever possible! That bottom tier is sewn together, folded in half, straight stitched on the bottom and then gathered at the top (I use a basting stitch then just pull threads) and attached to the next tier up.
Then you repeat, gather, attach until you get to the waist band. In my case I have some 1 inch elastic I was going to use, so I made the waist 4 inches, folded it over, pinned the skirt to it and attached:
Leave a hole to bring the elastic through, and then finish the waist.
Now you’ve got yourself a cute little skirt that any little girl will love!