Monday, 5 October 2009

A ruffly tiered skirt

We own quite a few skirts in this house, even excluding the handmade ones, and my favourite of the store bought ones are those with an exposed seam. I'm not sure what the technical term is, but the ones that are gathered with the top of the bottom tier sitting on the outside.

So I thought I'd have a go at that, and I'm really impressed with the results. The top of the tier acts as a little ruffle and looks so frilly and girly. I love it. Lizzie does too, despite her reluctance to be photographed!

The fabric is from Spotlight, and I love the mix of colours - it will pretty much go with most of Lizzie's Tshirts.

A bit more info. I hemmed the top of the tier using my buttonhole stitch, and hemmed the bottom just with a straight stitch. I guess it takes a bit of time, but is very simple. One of Louisa's store bought skirts uses a bias binding in a contrasting fabric for the top of the tier. I'd like to try that soon too. Just to add to the girls' skirt collection!!


Andrea said...

I love the skirt Suz, I have tried this once before with my old machine but didn't have a great range of stitches. What stitch do you use for the top of the ruffle (exposed bit)?

Lizzie sure has grown up hasn't she!

Suz said...

Andrea, I don't have many fancy stitches, so I turned it up twice to make a little hem and used my butonhole stitch. A bit fiddly but effective.

Kylie said...

It looks great - and agree with the colour of the fabric - it will work great with lots of tops.

Little Munchkins said...

Love the skirt! I have seen that before - the exposed bit - in some ready to wear skirt before too.