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Sew a Ruffled Layered Skirt
Sorry I have been so lax with the tutes! Plenty more a-coming!

This one was requested by Bubblesung who I blog-stalk ((prolly the most colourful girl on the planet))! I hope you find this useful!

Please note, that I was pregnant when I made this tute! lol, hence the pregnant-looking-ness under the skirt! ahahah ((and the boobs, oh my :<))

This tute is very similar to the Underbust Pinafore tute, and incorporates some of the same steps. You could add straps to this to make it into an underbust dress as well if you would like!

This first part is going to include alot of maths :( But its ok, because this skirt is all just rectangles baby! Grab a notebook + pen to keep track of all your measurements!

Posted by Max California from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia • Published See Max California's 26 projects »
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  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Measure yourself where you want the waistband to be. I'm having this skirt under my bust. This measurement is Measurement A! Write this down! ((My measurement A is 83cm))

  • Step 2

    You'll need to measure from the top of the skirt to how long you want it. This is Measurement B! Write it down! ((My Measurement B is 49cm))

  • Step 3

    Figure out how wide you want your waistband is going to be. This is Measurement C! WRITE THIS DOWN TOO! ((My Measurement C is 7cm))

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

    Now you're going to figure out how big to make your pieces. First lets do the Waistband...

    Waistband
    Add 4cm to Measurement A. This is how long your waistband will be with seam allowances and we’ll call this Measurement D ((For me, 83cm+4cm= 87cm)). Now get Measurement C, double it + add 2cm for seam allowances. We've doubled it so you can fold the waistband in half ((For me - 7cm+7cm+2cm=16cm)). This width will be Measurement E

    So you should have a rectangle. Mine is 87cm ((D)) by 16cm ((E)).

    Ruffle One
    Take away width of your waistband ((Measurement C)) from the length of your skirt ((Measurement B)). Mine is 49cm-7cm= 42cm.

    Divide this number by the amount of layers you're going to have. I'm having three so therefore 42cm/3 = 14cm. This can be Measurement F! Measurement F is going to be how much of each layer will be showing.

    Now Ruffle One is going to need seam allowance at the top to attach it to the waistband, and seam allowance at the bottom to hem it. We're going to add 2cm seam allowance to Measurement F to make our first ruffle. So that makes my first ruffle 16cm ((Measurement F+2cm)). And we’re going to call this measurement G.

    To work out how wide to make the ruffle, I usually just double my waistband measurement. Double the fabric gives it a nice full effect without being TOO full. You can do more or less but this is how much I do. So the width of my ruffles will be Measurement D x2. That's 87 x 2 = 174cm! ((Let's call this H))

    So my Ruffle One is a rectangle measuring 16cm ((G)) by 174cm ((H))

    Ruffle Two
    Ruffle two is much the same as ruffle one, but we need to make it longer. I used scraps with my skirt, so I made my three layers the same and then stitched white fabric to the tops of them to make them the different lengths. Either way, this is how you work out how long you need it.

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

    So you’re going to keep the same width as your Ruffle One ((H)). The Length is going to be Measurement G x2 minus a few cm for overlap. So my measurement I is going to be 16+16 and lets make the overlap about 1cm, so we’ll take that away from our measurement. My measurement I is 31cm.

    So Ruffle Two is a rectangle 31cm ((I)) by 174cm ((H))

    Ruffle Three
    Similar to Ruffles One + Two, you guessed it!

    The width ((H)) is the same!

    The length is going to be similar to how we figured out the length of Ruffle Two. We’re going to add Measurement G to Measurement I minus the 1cm for the overlap. My measurement is 16cm((G)) + 31cm ((I)) but minus 1cm. This comes to 46cm ((J)).

    So Ruffle Three is a rectangle 46cm((J)) by 174cm((H))!

    My Measurements
    A = 83cm ((Finished Waist))
    B = 49cm ((Finished Length))
    C = 7cm ((Finished Waistband Width))
    D = 87cm ((Actual Waistband Length))
    E = 16cm ((Actual Waistband Width))
    F = 14cm ((Visible Ruffle Length))
    G = 16cm ((First Ruffle Length))
    H = 174cm ((Actual Ruffle Width))
    I = 31cm ((Second Ruffle Length))
    J = 46cm ((Third Ruffle Length

    SO YEY! Now we have all our pieces! You can interface your waistband if you like to make it stiffer.

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

    Let’s hem all our pieces!

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

    Layer your ruffles and make sure they overlap like you want them too. It’s ok if the top doesn’t match up. You can trim the top to make it all even.

    ((This photo is upside down :D)) Oh yeh. seriously ignore my lack of matching up skills. I worked with scraps!

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

    Pin them together + sew them across the top, do a small seam allowance, less than 1cm.

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

    This is just to keep the layers together

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    Yey! It sorta looks like a skirt!

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    Now you’re going to attach it to the waistband! We’re going to do these awesome fake lazy-way gathers to attach it. We’ve done it before with THIS DRESS. Do you want me to repeat myself? I can if you want. Or you can check out steps 6 to 9 of that tute!

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 12
    Step 12

    So now we have this massive piece of fabric that looks pretty cool! Time to insert a zipper!

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 13
    Step 13

    Inserting a Zipper
    First let’s Overlock ((Serge)) the raw edges down the length of the skirt. Don’t serge these together! Do them separately. Make sure you start from the top + work your way down because then the layers will lie flat + you won’t get them accidentally caught.

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 14
    Step 14

    Change your stitch length to the longest stitch you have.

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 15
    Step 15

    Choose a zip. I have a box of second-hand zips ((bargain bags from opshops)) that I like to choose from. I’m going to use this bright yellow zip! Hold the zip up against your edge and see if it’s long enough. The key with zips is for the end of it to come down at least past your hips, as this is your widest part. Put a pin at the bottom of the zip on the fabric ((just past the stopper)) as a marker so you know how long your zip is.

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 16
    Step 16

    Leaving a 2cm seam allowance, stitch your edges together. It’s a good idea to pin these together to make sure your ruffles match up at the back.

    Don’t anchor your stitching down at the start, because you’ll be removing these stitches anyway ((you’ll see)). Stitch down to the zipper length marker you’ve left and then change your stitch length back to it’s original setting. Go backwards + forwards to anchor this + sew as normal to the hem.

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 17
    Step 17

    Now open out your seam.

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 18
    Step 18

    Place your zipper face down on the opened seam, make sure the tracks of the match up with the seam. Pin the way that will be easiest to remove while you sew. Your pincs should be going in different directions on either side of the zipper.

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 19
    Step 19

    I find it easier to place the skirt over my knee so I have a sort of rounded flattish surface to work on when pinning my zip in.

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 20
    Step 20

    This is me pinning :D

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 21
    Step 21

    Make sure you check the outside of the skirt before you sew. Check you havn't caught up any of the pleats in your pins otherwise it's going to be REALLY annoying to unpick + fix later.

    look. I made a mistake.

    That pin is under the pleat which, when I sew it, is going to look bad! Better fix it!

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 22
    Step 22

    And this is what it should look like all pinned down

    Note the directions of the pins :D

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 23
    Step 23

    Switch feet on your sewing machine. Most sewng machines come with a zipper foot. Mine is double sided, some machines come with two, one for each side. You're going to want one that runs against the track of the zip and has a few mm between the edge and where the needle will be sewing.

    This is my zipper foot ((on the machine)). Once you figure out how to use your zipper foot, you're going to LOVE IT!

    If you don't have a zipper foot, don't fret! It's simple to use a regular foot, it's just easier with a zipper foot

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 24
    Step 24

    Start stitching! Run the edge of your zipper foot against the track of the zip. Remove the pins as you go!

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 25
    Step 25

    Once you get to the bottom of your zip, go backwards + forwards a few times to anchor it. Then go back up the other way on the other side of the zipper!

  • How to make a tiered skirt. Ruffled Layered Skirt - Step 26
    Step 26

    Almost done!

    Now you unpick the seam that's covering your zip. It shouldn't be too hard since you used a long stitch length to stitch it. be careful you don't tear the fabric with your seam ripper.

  • Step 27

    Clip + remove all the stray threads and you're done! You can embellish however you want! I put a bow on the front but I think i'll make a bigger one :D

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Blackdoll
Blackdoll · Auckland, Auckland, NZ · 7 projects
Amazing tutorial, very detailes, lots of pictures, close up on what's difficult : I would like to see more tutorial like yours !
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samantha h.
samantha h. · 2 projects
this is so cool
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keri l.
keri l. · New York, New York, US · 6 projects
i am loving this for your 'zipper tutorial' alone-- cant wait to make the skirt! thank youHappy
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