October 23, 2012

Striped Ruffle Skirt

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Here comes the tutorial for the Striped Ruffle Skirt shown here. I used knit fabric so that I wouldn't have to hem the edges, but you can use any fabric that won't fray, or go ahead and hem the edges. The only part of the skirt that requires stretch is the waistband covering.

I chose to alternate the direction of the stripes. The top and bottom tiers have the stripes going horizontally. For the middle tier, I cut the fabric in the opposite direction so that the stripes would go vertically. I did the same for the waistband.

If you sew on each tier to the main skirt piece not exactly straight, it gives more movement to the stripes, which I really like.

Here's how to make your own.
First, start by cutting two pieces for the main skirt piece. I cut them in an A-line. Cut it shorter than you want the finished skirt, as the bottom tier adds length.

Cut out your tiers. The longer you make them, the more they will gather. Mine were about double the length of the skirt all the way around.

Sew the main pieces up the side seams with right sides together.

Ruffle each of your tiers. I cut each tier in one long piece. If you have two pieces for each tier, sew them into one long piece before you gather.

Sew each tier into a tube, and line them up on the skirt, making sure each piece is the same width as the skirt. The bottom tier should line up with the bottom of the skirt.

Remove the top two tiers, and insert the skirt into the bottom tier, right sides together. Sew the two pieces together.

Turn the tier right side out, so the skirt looks like this.

Then stitch the next two tiers, one at a time, to the skirt.

Cut a piece of elastic to the waist size you want, plus a little extra for seam allowance. Cut fabric the same length and double the width. Your fabric should stretch with the elastic.

Cover the elastic with the fabric, then sew through all thicknesses into a tube. 

Sew the waistband to the skirt, using a zig zag stitch {or other stitch that stretches}. You may have to stretch the waistband as you sew.

 And there is your Striped Ruffle Skirt.

1 comment:

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

Love the way you did this skirt, with the alternating stripes. And that you paired them with those polka dot leggings? Perfect!!! I hope you will upload a photo of it into SewSet so I can feature - love it!!!

Thanks so much for sharing!
- Jess

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