In our sewing chat group, sometimes we chat about seeing clothes and thinking “I could make that!” I carry around a notebook and make a quick sketch – my book is nearly full. Others sneak around the mall taking pictures of strangers in clothes they'd like to make for themselves! (Mary, you know who I'm talking about!) One skirt in particular was in my book and also featured on the chat group recently – a maxi skirt with stripes that go across the skirt in diagonals.
This is just like the Moved to Tiers Tunic pattern I made a little while back, and I love this so much, a skirt in the same fashion is ideal. Obviously I'm not suggesting you wear them both together or you'll look a little odd and give people a migraine.
Features of the Moved to Tiers Striped Maxi Skirt Pattern
- Large range of sizes – 34 to 56 inch hips
- 3 tiers
- Option to have the bottom tier with horizontal or vertical stripes
- Layered PDF file – only print your size (Read here about how to do that)
- For knit fabrics only
- Comfy elastic waist
- Plenty of volume for swishing about. Keep it long for an elegant look.
- Standard length to suit height 5'6″ (42 inch finished length approx)
- Looks good in wide or narrow stripes
- Of course, you don't have to use a stripe – you can use any fabric!
You will need:
- Stretch knit fabric – striped or not, about 2.25yds for the smallest size/3.5 yds for the largest size
- Enough elastic for your waist
- Matching thread
- The pattern download
How to sew the Moved to Tiers Maxi Skirt
Print out your pattern. Note – this is a layered PDF pattern which means you can just print the lines for your size and not all the lines, if you choose. Read more about how to do this here.
If you need to lengthen or shorten the skirt, do this evenly across each of the tiers. Fold up the extra, or cut the pattern to add more, at about the center of each pattern piece to make sure your horizontal seams still match in length.
Lie out your pattern on the fabric, with the fabric face up and in a single layer. Cut each piece twice. The top two layers have the bottom of the pattern piece running along a stripe in the fabric. For the bottom layer you can choose to have your stripes running horizontally across or vertically up and down – you choose.
Now simply sew the layers together, top, middle and bottom for the skirt front and the skirt back. Both are the same.
You can use the stripes in your fabric as a guide to make sure you sew an even seam allowance so the stripes look good on the outside.
Then place the front and back right sides together and sew the side seams so you have a tube of fabric. Try on and make any fitting adjustments to suit you.
Place the elastic around your waist where it feels comfortable and mark how much you need. Don't cut it off yet, it will be easier if we do this later.
Turn to the inside at the top of the skirt a wide enough piece to make a casing for your elastic. I'm using 1 inch wide elastic, so I turned 1.25 inches to give me room to sew.
Stitch the casing with a stretch stitch, such as a triple zig-zag, leaving a gap open at one of the side seams for inserting the elastic.
Feed the elastic through the casing, then trim it to size, join it, and close the gap in the casing. Stitch in the ditch in your side seams to secure the elastic in place and stop it twisting.
Try on the skirt and check your length. Trim off any if necessary. Turn up 1/2 inch and finish with your favorite finish for knit hems. I like to use a twin needle (read how to use a twin needle here.)
Now enjoy your skirt and have a great summer 🙂