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So so
For my next “princess” skirt for the nieces I made this ruffled one from a Barbie print curtain that my mother-in-law gave me.


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  1. How to make a tiered skirt. Layered Circle Skirt - Step 1 1

    The curtain looked brand new, it was from the in-laws new house in the bedroom that our boys sleep in when we stay, and has now been replaced. I just knew it would make an awesome fairy princess skirt.

  2. How to make a tiered skirt. Layered Circle Skirt - Step 2 2

    I’m not saying which niece is getting this one but if any of my family are reading this they can probably guess. Shh!

    It is made from three circular layers of different lengths, with gathered tulle strips sewn on the lining layers. “What?” you say, just like this:

    I made a circular skirt pattern for the longest layer and marked the two shorter ones on it, then cut them all out.

  3. How to make a tiered skirt. Layered Circle Skirt - Step 3 3

    This is what the cut pieces looked like:

  4. How to make a tiered skirt. Layered Circle Skirt - Step 4 4

    Then I did the same with the lining layers. Yip, this skirt has six layers, which makes it very interesting to sew on elastic for the waist but more about that later.

  5. How to make a tiered skirt. Layered Circle Skirt - Step 5 5

    I’ve been storing some pink tulle in my stash for years, waiting for a project just like this to use it all up. The tulle was strip cut into pieces then gathered into a ruffle.




  6. How to make a tiered skirt. Layered Circle Skirt - Step 6 6

    I sewed the ruffled tulle strips onto each layer so the edge was aligned with the hem. For the hems I just used a zig-zag stitch, I really couldn’t face properly hemming all that fabric! This picture shows the top layer with the ruffle stitched on.

  7. How to make a tiered skirt. Layered Circle Skirt - Step 7 7

    I had to put this picture in because I just loved how the skirt layers looked on top of one another. For some reason it makes me think of a giant wedding cake!

  8. How to make a tiered skirt. Layered Circle Skirt - Step 8 8

    Then came the elastic. I knew I would have a real problem trying to sew through 12 layers if I just folded the top over, so I joined the outer and the lining first, slipped the elastic on, then stitched a casing seam under the elastic to hold it up. Hope this makes sense, it is quite hard to explain.

  9. How to make a tiered skirt. Layered Circle Skirt - Step 9 9

    All done. This is my favorite picture, the angle shows off the layers nicely.

    Now I just have to make some kind of flower circlet headdress thing.

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