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I am a Christian wife, mother and grandmother. I love to sew and create new and innovative items to share with my customers. The most popular area of my store is my Walnut Grove section which features clothing reminiscent of "Little House on the Prairie". Please take a moment to visit my store and see my latest creations. www.pattisoriginals.etsy.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Spring Skirt

I saw a skirt last week that I really liked. It was a multi-tiered skirt but the tiers were not gathered. Similar to this:

This is probably a border print and not tiers but it gives you the idea. The main part of the skirt was a pretty floral (this photo shows the main part in black with white flowers). It had 2 small layers near the bottom, like the stripes and dots above. All of the fabrics coordinated and it was in soft colors for spring.

The skirt I saw was a six gored skirt and I am not sure if it had an elastic waist or a zipper. I came across these instructions for making a six gored skirt so I decided to try it.

First, I created the pattern in my size and cut it out using tissue paper.

Then I prepared my fabric. I chose these coordinating prints and will use the floral for the main part of the skirt and the other two for the tiers.

I sewed the strips together first and then cut out the skirt. I decided to create a lining for my skirt so I would not have to insert a waistband or facing and I would not have to wear a slip. So I assembled the 6 gores, folded the skirt in half and laid it against the fold of the lining fabric (using the skirt as the pattern for the lining).

When a skirt does not have a waistband or casing it is important to use twill tape around the waist to keep the waist from stretching or tearing. Twill tape is a woven ribbon used for reinforcement.

My skirt has a flat front, side zipper, and I added a casing to the back and inserted elastic. This allows the waist to have a little 'give'.

My skirt is finished except for the decorative trim. I am not sure exactly what I will use but I am going shopping tomorrow to see what is available.

Once I finally decide and get it finished I will be back with more photos.

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