To start off with, you will need to decide how long the finished skirt is going to be. I made this one for my 7 year old and was after a length of 40cm. To this measurement, I added 5cm for the top hem/casing, 5cm for the bottom hem and 3cm for the tier seams, equalling a cut out length of 53cm. Jot your number down in your notepad.
Next, the waist measurement of the skirt's recipient will need to be taken. To create a nice full gather, a width 1 1/2 -2 times the waist measurement will need to be used. Jot your increased waist measurements down on the paper and draw a rectangle (not necessarily to scale) detailing your calculations:
|Bottom tier will need to be1 1/2 -2 times wider than top tier (not illustrated in diagram).|
Both the paper pieces were cut half of the width measurement and then pinned on the fold of the fabric (centre front), and cut out.
Gather lower (2nd) tier by stitching with a long stitch 1.3cm along upper edge. Pull up threads to gather lower tier to fit upper (1st) tier.
With right sides together, pin gathered edge to top tier.
Stitch (1.5cm seams). Remove pins and finish seam with a zig-zag or overlock stitch.
Press seam towards top of skirt.
With right sides together, stitch center back seam finishing with a zig-zag or overlock stitch. Press seam to one side.
Using the upper hem allowance, create a simple casing to hold the waist elastic. Fold 5cm of the upper edge over and press, then open out and fold under 5mm along the raw edge. Press. Fold the casing back in place and stitch close to the folded edge, leaving a gap to insert the elastic (3/4"-1" wide):
Cut the elastic to fit the waist with a small overlap (10-12cm shorter than waist measurement). Insert into casing through opening and stitch ends together. Stitch casing closed close to folded edge.
Hem the lower edge and you are all finished!
This skirt was made out of an old sheet. I'm looking forward to making some more with different fabrics for the tiers. If more tiers are required, just follow the same procedure, making subsequent tiers 1 1/2 -2 times the width of the previous tier.
And here is the skirt being worn for the first time.