Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sew Easy - Part 9 - Rosita Layered Skirt

Layered skirt sewing tutorial

You can read the story behind this series and the first part here. Click here to read the secondthirdfourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth edition of this series.

Here's a skirt that I made this week. I think its a great fit for Sew Easy series because it takes just 4 straight seams to finish the basic structure of the skirt, and the resulting garment looks really good. These are also a good staple for back to school wardrobe.

2 Adult size Tshirts of co-ordinating colors
Elastic - 1 inch elastic
Narrow satin Ribbon - 20 inches
Felt piece of matching color - 2X2 inches

Measure the length you want the skirt to be, add half inch. Lets call it L1
Measure the desired length of the smaller layer, a 3-5 inch smaller layer should work L2.
Measure a comfortable elastic length by tying it around the child's waist.If you can't measure the child,
a good rule of thumb is 3 inches less than waist measurement.


sew a skirt with two tshirts

Lay the Tshirt1 flat and cut length L1 from the bottom.
Lay Tshirt2 flat and cut length L2 from the bottom.

You will get two tubes, one of length L2 and another length L2.

Note: In most cases it would be ok to cut through the entire width of TShirt, A good rule of thumb is that
the Tshirt should be at least 7 inch wider and at most twice the waist of child. If it is too narrow, the skirt
would be tight at the butt and even though Tshirt material is stretchy and it will stretch, it wouldn't look good.
If it is too wide, it will gather too much at the waist and look odd. If your Tshirt width doesn't look right, consider cutting off a portion of it and sewing it on one side with right sides together, or piecing it with another Tshirt.


sewing layers together

Now place L2 tube inside L1 tube, with L2 right side together with L1 wrong side.

rosita layered skirt pattern

Sew along the raw edge.

insert elastic in a skirt

Turn L2 out. Top-stitch as close to the edge as possible.

Now sew another seam 1.5 inches below the top-stitching, leave a 1.5 inch opening.

Now insert an elastic through this opening. Join both ends of elastic. Sew the opening shut.

sewing a rossette on a skirt

Make a fabric flower with Tshirt1 fabric. I made a rolled fabric rosette with a felt circle underneath. Hand-sew it to the skirt, near the elastic casing. If you need instructions on making flowers, this post has a bunch of pointers to make different kinds of flowers.
Cut  the ribbon into 2 strips of 10 inches. Fold the strips into two and hand-sew near the flower.

rosita skirt with headband tutorial

While you're making the flowers, make a couple more with both Tshirt1 and Tshirt2. You can make a nifty coordinated hairband with them.
Rosita Layered skirt tutorial

Your skirt is ready.


  1. Great tutorial. I will make it for my daughter, thanks for sharing

  2. LOVE that you reused some t-shirts! That's always a good thing! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!


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