Stitch Ripper (just in case)
Sewing Machine (this can be made by hand if you have more willpower than I have)
Ironing board or another safe place for ironing
Elastic 3/4” - 1 1/4"
Measure the waist and hips of the person to wear the skirt. Decide on the length of the skirt from the waist down.
I made this skirt with 4 tiers, but you can use more or less depending on your desired look. This was also an exercise in using up some of my stash of fabric and other bits. This version was done with light weight denim and some left over decorator fabric. I used 1.25” wide elastic, I think it’s a bit wide for my taste and in the future would use .75” or 1”, but it is completely usable.
Below is a link to a Google Docs Spreadsheet I tossed together. You can save a copy to your own documents and edit it at will. Give it your numbers in the top portion and the bottom table will churn out the numbers for your fabric dimensions. With decimals I recommend rounding up always; more skirt is better than less. For the lower tiers piecing may be required.Clicky Here For Spreadsheet
For the link-phobic or folks that just like doing math, you can do it long hand too.
The Long Lengths
Elastic: the measure of the waist+1
Tier 1: (hips+5)+2*preferred seam allowance
Tier 2: (1.5*(hips+5))+2*preferred seam allowance
Tier 3: (1.5*1.5*(hips+5))+2*preferred seam allowance
Tier 4: (1.5*1.5*1.5*(hips+5))+2*preferred seam allowance
I add 5 inches to the hips for plenty of wiggle in and out room, as well as starting off the flare at a nice size. DON’T BE WORRIED IF YOUR LOWER TIERS ARE REALLY LONG. The final tier will be very long for an adults skirt, but it will be wrangled to your control before it’s finished. My 4th tier was somewhere around 13 or 14 feet long when this started to give you an idea of what to expect.
Tier 1: Length of skirt/# of Tiers +(2*seam allowance)+2
Tier 2, 3, 4 and beyond: Length of skirt/# of Tiers+(2*seam allowance)
I add two inches to the width of the top tier so there’s room for the elastic.