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Seeking skirt pattern

tzipi | Posted in Patterns on


i’m looking to sew a multi tiered short skirt where each tier falls over the next underlying tier. I’ve seen the skirt at Saks and seen it copied at H&M but it was too short for me. I want it to come to mid knee. Does anyone know of a pattern around for this? Best if the top yoke is fitted and then the layers start around the hips. made out of chiffon or free flowing silk.

Thank you for any help you can offer. of course, I can try and just make the pattern myself but if one exists already, it may be easier for me. Thank you


  1. gogojojo | | #1
    1. tzipi | | #2

      No sorry. But thank you. What I'm looking for has each level falling free over the next level. I don't have a picture of it.

  2. stillsuesew | | #3

    Could you make up your own? It sounds like a lining piece hanging from a yoke. T he ruffles would be sewn to the lining in rows with the top one included in the yoke seam. If you have a yoke pattern from another skirt, you could start with that.

  3. Palady | | #4

    With a modicum of sewing skill. you can "design" your tiered skirt using the info on the craft stylish URL.  Use a tulle or similar fine fabric sewn to the yoke along with the first teir.  The tulle or fine fabric would need to be long enough to allow your attaching the other 2 or 3 tiers. 

    If you decide to "wing" it, please psot and let us know how your effort resulted.


  4. ohiostar | | #5

    Sandra Betzina has a tutorial for this kind of skirt on her website. Which now I can't find it, but you could get an idea of how to do this with Threads #137 the article "3 Quick to Make Projects". Good luck!

  5. cycler1729 | | #6

    Hi -
    Check out http://wkdesigner.wordpress.com/
    It's an online free pattern site - instructions are given for each design (most are really unusual and gorgeous!)
    In the archives of 9/08 and 5/09 there are 2 skirts that might be similar to what you want.

    1. Teaf5 | | #7

      Wow, thanks for that link--interesting stuff!

      1. cycler1729 | | #9

        You're welcome!  I was looking for a shrug pattern and I came across that site (and a gorgeous shrug pattern.)

        I love that they don't call for "real" patterns.  In about 1969 I had a book that gave directions for a jacket that was just to measure a certain number of inches down and then a certain number of inches out and it was one of the best jackets that I ever sewed.


    2. zuwena | | #10

      What a fabulous site you've found and shared. I see so many things that I've had a mind to do but never started. Still don't know if I will but it's nice to see confirmation of my thinking processes although with much more sophistication than I ever had in mind. I shall enjoy perusing the entire blog. Thanks again. Z

      1. cycler1729 | | #12

        I'm so glad that you like it!  I've got a list now of several items from there that I'd love to sew.

  6. Teaf5 | | #8

    I think the skirt you want is based on a crinoline pattern; check the costume and vintage patterns for old-fashioned underskirts, which would have all the pieces and the instructions already for you to use. But if that isn't the silhouette you like, start with any single-layer or yoked skirt pattern. Use it whole for the longest, foundation layer which can be made, as already suggested, with lining fabric (cheaper) or fashion fabric (more expensive). The tiers are then added in the order from the hem upward with the desired amount of overlap.This is difficult to describe in words, but an easy way to draft the pattern for each tier is to mark the original pattern in concentric lines from the hem up, resulting in semi-circular pieces. Also, make one extra large piece by measuring down from the original hem and extending the line of the side seams. In this way, each one of the tiers will be gathered in the same proportions.Gather the top (and hem the bottom) of this lowest--and widest--piece and attach it to the base skirt one level higher. Gather the top of the next lowest piece and attach it above that, continuing until the top tier (and the base skirt) are both attached to the yoke or waistband.On a project like this, I think I'd make a doll-sized version first! Have fun and post your results.

  7. sewslow67 | | #11

    You might want to check out this link, as I think you might find it interesting and helpful.  http://www.powersewing.com/2009/07/skirts-have-never-been-better/ 

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