Monday, April 9, 2012

Sewing pattern and tutorial - tiered layered skirt

Free Sewing TutorialL Tiered Layered Skirt This tutorial was a guest post at Truly Lovely. Posting it here in case you missed it first time around.

This skirt reminds me of upcoming summer in so many ways. I love the beautiful orange and grey combo and the bow at the waistband seems like a flag on a sailboat. I'm calling this Sail Away Skirt.

This skirt is made with 3 coordinating knits and is embellished with a grosgrain bow.

Sail Away skirt in size 2T 


3 coordinating knits

Knit 1 - 24 inches wide X 7.5 inches long
Knit 2 - 36 inches wide X 5.5 inches long

Knit 3 - 36 inches wide X 4.5 inches long

Grosgrain Ribbon (5/8 inch wide) - 10 inches

Elastic (1/2 inch wide) - 19 inches



Cut three wide strips from 3 coordinating knits. Strip 1 is 24 inches X 7 inches. Strip 2 is 36 inches X 6 inches and strip 3 is 36 inches X 4.5 inches.


Sew the shorter ends together on all the strips ( right sides together)

Fold the Strip 1  quarter inch inside an sew a seam.
Sew a seam on one side of Strip 2 and Strip 3 each with the longest stitch length, pull the bobbin thread to gather each of them until they both become equal to Strip 1.

Baste the Strip 3 ( the one you plan on becoming the inner layer of second tier) to the raw side of Strip 1 ( Wrong sides together). Yes these will be joined wrong sides together.


This is how it will look from the right side once you're done.


Baste Strip 3 to the Strip 1 (Right sides together this time) Try to align the side seams on Strip 1 an Strip 3 while you're at it, though its not that important.


This is how it will look once both layers are attache to Tier 1. Top-stitch along the seam. I used zigzag to do it, but I would just do a straight if I were to do it again.

Fold the top of the skirt 1 inch again. Sew a seam while leaving a gap of 1 inch to insert elastic. Insert the elastic and sew the opening shut.


Make a bow using three ribbon pieces as shown by pics above.


Hand sew it to the waistband of the skirt. Finish the raw edge of top layer with a rolled hem. Finish the inner layer with by folding the raw edge twice.

Now go make some sand castles...or chase some butterflies! Sail away!

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  1. Cute little skirt and a great tutorial! Love the name of the skirt...

  2. Thanks for linking up the Sail Away skirt!!! It really is a great tutorial!!! I'd love it if you'd link this up again, at both the Skirts Linky and the Stretch Fabric linky...

  3. Cute skirt and a great tutorial!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. Love it! You did such a good job on that tutorial. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Sunday Round Up.
    Rose @

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  6. Hi, I'm Jaime. I run a blog called The Dress-up Drawer and I was just passing through. Love your blog and this skirt is amazing!
    I have a great giveaway going on right now for a personalized platter from The Southern Belle Boutique and just thought it might interest you. Thanks for letting me say hi!

  7. Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you'll come again this week! This month's Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!

  8. Hey Anshu, so you do the rolled hem over the seam on the side of the skirt? Does it work OK? I want to play with my rolled hem setting :) Tata, Jenya

  9. hi Jenya,

    Yes I just do it over the side seam. I use my sewing machine to do it so it is not quite as neat as rest of the hem but still ok. I think you would do better with your overlocker.
    Have fun playing with your new toy.


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