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|No Pattern Used: 2013-9 (Girls' tiered skirts) - Type:Kids(boys & girls)|
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|Posted on:||6/29/13 7:07 PM |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Girls' tiered skirts|
Pattern Sizing: These are approximately size 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow? Extremely easy. I cut two rectangles 20 inches wide and 7 inches long from one crosswise cut of fabric that is folded in half lengthwise. For tier 2, I cut two pieces of fabric the width of the fabric and 8 inches long. For tier 3, I cut 3 pieces of fabric the width of the fabric and 9 inches long. This results is a skirt about 20-21 inches long.
I sew one side seam for the top tier and then one side seam for tier 2. I then use my ruffler to make gathers along the top edge of tier 2 -- I use a No. 6 setting (one tuck every 6 stitches) with the stitch length set at 3.0. This results in a ruffle that is about 2 times the width of the original fabric. You can adjust. The gathered edge should be long enough to attach to the bottom of tier one. Cut away any excess ruffle. Tier 3 will also be twice the width of tier 2, so you may need to join together either 3 pieces of fabric or 4, depending on the desired fullness and your settings.
I have also used a gathering foot and also the 6 stitches per inch setting on my machine. I prefer the ruffler because it is fastest, but the other methods will work. I usually pin the layer to the bottom of the above layer and if I need more width, will just add it to the edge rather than remove the entire ruffle. It is easy to add it and finish the seam as you go.
After all tiers are attached, I serge the top edge of the skirt and the bottom edge, unless I am turning under for a narrow hem, and serge all places where the tiers are joined together. I then sew up the remaining side seam serge it, turn under the top to form a casing, inserting the elastic as I go, and then make the hem either by turning up the serged edge or making a narrow hem. Quick and easy -- takes less than an hour from start to finish.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Quick and easy
Fabric Used: Quilting cotton. Pink floral print is 100% poly. Will not buy again since it shreds but it was $2 a yard at WM. Had to use cotton batiste to make an underskirt for the pink fabric because it was "see-through" when I finished. This skirt is fuller because I had my stitch length set at 2.5 and used a lot more fabric. The other two are at 3.0 and a lot less work.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The tiers can be coordinating fabrics, lace can be inserted, lots of options for embellishing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I have made quite a few of these. Great for corduroy and heavier fabrics if gathers are not as tight.
Conclusion: Great twirly skirt for small girls. Just decrease the width of first tier and length of all three tiers.
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