Boo has a skirt similar to this made of chiffon and I wanted to recreate the cascading ruffle effect using lightweight t-shirt material for some fun fall skirts! So sassy!
I gave her some party streamers to play with in the yard last night so I could snap a few photos.
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I’m super happy with how the skirt turned out…..I’ll be making many more! It would be adorable with chiffon ruffles or t-shirt scraps for an upcycled look!
I used lightweight jersey for the ruffles but chiffon or spandex could easily be substituted.
Here’s is the tutorial. The measurements used are for a 4T/5T size so you’ll just have to adjust it slightly for other sizes.
Step 1: Cut 2 9.5″ x 20″ pieces of cotton lycra or stretch knit. This will be the front and back of the skirt.
Step 2: Cut the sides of the 2 pieces at an angle as shown in the photo
Step 3: Fold both pieces in half and use a marker to draw a curve at the bottom of the skirt as shown in the photo.
Step 4: Cut out the curve at the bottom of the skirt.
Step 5: Take one of the pieces for the back and cut it into 2 using the fold.
Step 6: Place the two newly cut pieces face down onto the front piece and sew up the sides shown.
Photo 7: This is how your skirt will look at this point.
Step 8: Print out the template at the bottom of the post and use it to make a full template shown in the photo (i.e. not on the fold). Cut out your ruffle pieces (cut one to test first….see next step).
Step 9: Before you cut all of the ruffles stretch one out and make sure it is long enough for your skirt. If not, lengthen or shorten the pattern as needed.
Step 10: Cut all of the ruffles. I cut about 4 at a time……I needed 15 ruffles total for my skirt. You may need more or less depending on how ruffly you want it.
Step 11: Mark the center of your skirt.
Step 12: Tick off 1.5″ or 2″ increments all the way around the top of the skirt starting at the center point.
A note on design: the ruffles are cut in a half circle and the shortest part of the circle (the inside) are sewn onto the skirt leaving the longer edge (the outside) to drape. There is no magic folding involved.
Step 13: Use your ruler and a disappearing ink pen to mark some guide lines down the skirt for the ruffles. Lay out your ruffles just to make sure the alternating colors work out before you start sewing.
Step 14: Lay out your first ruffle (pin if you like but I just sew without pins) and sew along the edge to attach it.
Step 15: Lay out another ruffle and sew the edge to attach.
Step 16: Continue adding and sewing ruffles until the entire skirt is covered. You can sew along the top edge of the skirt once you are done to keep the tops of the ruffles in place.
Step 17: Fold the skirt in half right sides together. Carefully sew the back shut so you don’t sew over any ruffles.
Step 18: Cut out one piece of stretch knit 4″ x 24″ for the waistband and fold in half long ways (right sides together) and sew the edge shut as shown.
Step 19: Mark the waistband in quarters.
Step 20: Fit the waistband over the right side up skirt (waistband should be inside out) and pin in quarters all the way around the top of the skirt.
Step 21: Carefully sew the waistband to the skirt.
Step 22: Cut a piece of 21″ piece elastic and sew the loop shut.
Step 23: With the skirt inside out, carefully sew the elastic to the top of the waistband all the way around. You will have to stretch the elastic to fit the waistband.
Step 24: Once the waistband is attached, turn the skirt right side out and flip the waistband under. Top stitch the waistband on top of the elastic all the way around, stretching to keep it smooth.
A finished skirt!
This tutorial is for personal use only. No commercial use. Have fun!