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For girls and women who need, or miss, those skirts from when we were kids that would flare out when you spin around, I have a solution for you! And even better, you don’t have to cut any curves. It’s the fine art of turning rectangles in to a circle. Honest, it works!

Step 1: Read the Instructions and Gather Your Materials. Prepare Fabric.

Tools:
Scissors
Rulers(as needed)
Tape Measure
Stitch Ripper (just in case)
Sewing Machine (this can be made by hand if you have more willpower than I have)
Iron
Ironing board or another safe place for ironing

Materials:
Fabric
Thread
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.


Widths
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.


You have to download a copy, or save a copy to your own google docs. Select File =&gt; Download As =&gt; ... and choose what format you'd like. <br> <br>Thanks SSartoris for this awesome instructable and easy calculations! Can't wait to attempt this!
This was directed at dreadyjazz but instructables seems to be malfunctioning at the moment.
I want to make this skirt a lot. I can't figure out how to change the spread sheet for my measurements. Can you help me please?<br>
Great pattern I used it to make a skirt for my daughters friend (they are both 3) and think I might need to make one for each of us as well.
These are awesome! I made one a long time back; it may be time to pull it out of the closet. When I do I'll post pictures. ;)
^_^ I look forward to seeing it!

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