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Sophia Tiered Skirt - Sizes 2-16

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Author Funktional Threads
Price $3.95
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Every girl I know loves to twirl. The Sophia Tiered Skirt is designed with extra ‘twirl power’. It uses 3 prints – one for each tier and one for the yoke and ruffle. Although I start off with giving a specific number of prints to use for each skirt, you’re certainly not limited to those. Each skirt can give you the chance to use as many or as few prints as you want. I love to use my remnants and scraps from previous sewing projects to create truly one of a kind skirts with no 2 pieces of the same print.

The e-book includes:
* 10 pages of instructions to make skirts in sizes 2 to 16

by K. Clements
on August 10th, 2015

My sister-in-law requested "twirly skirts" for my niece, and I'm the mom of boys, so I needed help on that assignment! Enter the Sophia tiered figured if this didn't fit the bill, nothing would. Make no mistake, this is basically a tiered circle skirt. In fact, I have a picture of it lying like a circle, but too full to lie flat. So this easily fulfills the "twirly" requirement.

I didn't have any measurements to go on, so I chose the size 4 for my year old niece. (I'm told it's a little big - but I'm happy with that!) Basically, each tier is twice the width of the one before it. That's a LOT of gathering. I'm really happy with the results, but it's definitely labor-intensive to do that much gathering. I used the method of zigzagging over thick crochet thread to make the gathers, instead of double stitching with a long stitch length and pulling the threads (have had those threads break too many times). However, I've ordered a ruffler foot and will try that next time. Also, two options are given for the ruffle - single layer and hem it, or double-layer to skip the hem. Do yourself a favor and buy the little extra yardage so you can do a double-layer ruffle. If I'd had to hem yards of ruffle, I would have lost my mind. Instead, I was "only" gathering yards of ruffle. (Did I mention the ruffler foot on the way?)

I used seersucker prints for my version. I think that was a good choice - the fabric is lightweight, so the entire skirt isn't too heavy. I'd be worried about it staying up with 3/4 inch elastic if it was much heavier.

Good pattern - great results. Apparently my niece liked it very much. So I'm sure I'll make more. But buy a ruffler foot! ;)


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* Woven 'quilters' cotton or similar weight: yardage varies depending on the skirt size and style as well as the number of prints used

* Thread
* 3/4" elastic cut to length for waist

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