These instructions are for a 2 tiered peasant skirtit can easily be adapted to make a skirt with more tiers -- 3 would be very cute for a short skirt, 6 or 7 work nicely for a long skirt. The instructions here are for the 2 tiered skirt, but I've added notes on how to create a 3 tiered (or longer) skirt. If you want to make a long skirt, 6 or 7 tiers will work nicely. Instructions for this project, and more tips & tutorials can be found at Screaming Mimi's Sewing Room
Step 1: Cutting the Tiers
Start by measuring your hips at the fullest point. If you're apple shaped, measure your waist as well so that can adjust to get the proper fullness at the waist. Now add 3" to that number.
The top tier of this skirt is 12" wide X 44" long (for a 41" hip measurement). If you want your skirt a little shorter, or you're going to create more than 2 tiers, then make the first tier 10" instead of 12"
For the second tier of the skirt, multiply the length of the first tier by 1.5 -- for this skirt that gave me a length of 66" for the second tier. Because I didn't want my tiers cut cross grain, I cut two pieces and joined them together to create a 66" piece. The length of this second tier will be the same as the top tier -- in this case 12".
Note: if you're making a skirt with more tiers, just keep multiplying the length of the previous tier by 1.5, and stagger the widths of the tiers. So for a long skirt, the second tier would be 6", the third tier would be 8", and the fifth & sixth tiers would be 7". You can eliminate the need to hem the skirt by using an wide eyelet trim for the bottom tier.
Step 2: Sewing the Skirt
I used my serger to finish, and gather the length of my second tier to match the length of my first tier. I then attached the second tier to the first tier. If you're making a skirt with more than 2 tiers, then just continue gathering tiers to match the length of the previous tier, and attach them.