I was inspired by the most recent issue of Threads Magazine - there is an article giving general guidelines on making a ruffled, gypsy-like, skirt - very bohemian and "in" this season (if anthropologie is any indication, $218 is just too steep for me) - I just had to get my creative juices going and make my own!
Using the "math" guidelines given in the magazine to determine the width of the tiers, I cut the first panels at 7.5" long, the second panels at 9" long, and the third panels at 10" long (giving six panels total, three to form the front - the other three to form the back). This took into account 1/2" seam allowances and an inch allowance for the waist band and a 1/2" hem.
I then serged (4 thread overlock) the top and bottom edges of the top panels and the bottom edges only of the remaining panels. After marking the center on both edges of each of the panels with chalk, I started gathering. This was done on the serger on the top edges of the middle and bottom panels (I increased the stitch length and differential feed using the 4 thread overlock setting). This is what I ended up with:
Next was matching up the center chalk markings and side edges of the top panel's serged edge to the gathered edge of the middle panel, then the middle panel's serged edge to gathered edge of the bottom panel - adjusting the gathered edges to ease and fit the matching serged edge:
This was done for the back portion as well. Now there were two pieces - the front and the back that just needed to be seamed together!
After seaming the sides and inserting the elastic using the 4 thread overlock, I top stitched the elastic casing down:
And, using the overlock stitches on the bottom edge as a guide (and therefore not needing to do any ironing or pinning!), enclosed the hem:
Ta-da! All finished:
Pattern: My own, inspired by Threads Magazine.
Fabric: Two yards purchased from Joann's, cotton shirting, brick orange/red in color.
Alterations: Many. Using the Thread's article as a guide, I constructed the garment differently and altered the number of tiers.
Cost: The fabric was purchased at Joann's while on sale 40% off and then an additional 10% off with coupon ($10.79). Elastic ($1.49). No thread was purchase, already had some in the stash. Total = $12.28.
Impressions: This is a very comfortable, light-weight skirt - perfect for summer wear. The fabric is cotton and is machine washable and dryable, making garment care a breeze. There are additional modifications that can be made to the skirt pattern to change it up - adding more tiers, making the tiers longer (except for that top one - don't want a tier seam sitting right on the hip bone), exposing the seam edges on the tiers, embellishments galore! I see myself making another one, probably a bit longer. And the way I look at it, I saved myself about $205 making this myself, so that more than justifies making another!
Finished Dimensions: To fit me - final length 23".
Hopefully I've inspired you to get out that sewing machine and make one for yourself as well :)