It's finally here! My two-tiered floral skirt with elastic waistband....the skirt for which I could not find a good tutorial. There were many skirts with a similar idea or purpose, but nothing that is like what you find in stores these days....floral, black elastic, separate tiers that create a layered-ruffle look. I absolutely love it, and there is a little surprise in the back.
You know, I don't really want to show my bum off on the Internet, but I had to add a photo of the "panel" that I was going to add to the side, and it was going to be this giant ruffle....well, that was a really tricky thing to try and wrap my head around. The idea was in there but it couldn't come to fruition. So I added the panel, ruffling up at the top, but when I tried it on, I decided to wear it in the back. A crazy idea that kinda seemed like the cross between a tail and a really short train on a formal gown. I thought it was a pretty crazy thing to do, but my boyfriend really liked it, and I do too! I added it because I cut the material just an inch or so too small (must have measured wrong, it is a very silky and fluid material) and I didn't want to scrap the project. What do you think of the panel/train?
Anyhow...on to the tutorial!
Start with a material you love! I chose this from Joanne Fabrics. It was hard to find something with a medium-sized floral pattern in the colors I wanted, so I chose this polyester material (I know, I know, but this one feels silky and shiny and looked closest to what I wanted visually).
Cut two pieces the length of your widest part (hips/tummy?) and about 5 inches wide, leaving an extra inch for seam allowance. For instance, if your hips are your widest part, and are 37 inches around, your small pieces should be 38 x 5inches. My pieces were cut on the fold, so they are pictured folded in half (I think this is how I made my size mistake, having cut all my other skirts differently).
Next, cut two larger pieces roughly 14-15 inches longer than your small pieces, and 8 inches wide. For the example, these pieces would be 52 x 8 inches. If you want to do a true ruffle, the pieces will need to be three times as long....obviously, I didn't choose to do this.