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EASY THREE-TIERED TWISTED SKIRT-See more at my blog: designsbyheidi.wordpress.com
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Materials: 2 1/2 yards of 45" wide fabric, linen, cotton, rayon.TIP: Rayon is soft and slippery. For your first skirt or if you are a beginner, use a quilting weight cotton. Spray starch each piece of rayon, especially in the seaming area. That will help add some crispness. Just keep it lighter weight. 3/4"-1" wide elastic, enough to fit your waist. Thread.
The total length of this skirt is 34"-37". If you want it shorter by just an inch or so, cut off from the bottom tier. If even shorter is desired, then you must take off equally from each tier.
You will use the full 45" width. Fold the fabric selvage to selvage and then again, bringing the fold to the selvage (4 layers). Using your Olfa cutter, cut three, 13" lengths, and three, 15" lengths.
1. Sew one 13" length right sides together, up the short end, using a 1/4"-1/2" seam allowance.
2. Press open seam. To make the casing for the elastic, press the top edge to the wrong side 1/4". Turn to the wrong side again, the width of your elastic plus 1/4". Press. Sew that edge in place, 1/8" from the edge, leaving an opening for elastic. Insert a piece of elastic (cut to fit your waist). Overlap the edges of elastic and stitch in place. Sew the opening of the casing closed.
3. Second tier. Sew the remaining two 13" lengths together to form a circle using a 1/4"seam allowance. Run a gathering stitch all the way around 1/4" from the edge. Pull up the threads to fit the bottom of the first tier. Divide the top tier edge into four sections with pins. Divide the evenly gathered second tier into four sections. Pin them together and adjust the gathers to fit the top tier. Stitch using a 3/8" seam allowance.
4. Third tier. We're almost done. Sew the three 15" pieces together, shortest ends, to form a very large circle. Run a gathering stitch 1/4" inch from the edge, stopping at each stitched section and giving yourself some long thread tails. You will have three sections of gathering threads. Pull the gathers of each section up and divide and pin just as you did on the second tier. Stitch using a 3/8" seam allowance.
5. For the hem, turn to the wrong side the bottom edge 1/4" and press. Turn the fold to the wrong side again, 1" and press. Edge stitch the hem. It's DONE!!
6. For the twisted look, take your finished skirt (don't bother pressing) and get it soaking wet. Starting at the top, wring out the water, twisting as you go. Leave it twisted all the way to the bottom. Insert this long twisted piece (resembles a piece of rope) into the leg of an old nylon or legging. Throw it into the drier for about an hour. Carefully peel off the nylon. Very gently let the skirt untwist itself and then put it on a skirt hanger to completely air dry. This method must be repeated every time you wash the skirt if you want the twisted look.
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Hello, my name is Heidi Emmett. As a young girl it was simple Barbie clothes and fashion shows with blankets for gowns As a teenager I began a 25 year career in all things fabric. I have come full circle and feel blessed to be able to create patterns for clothing that are easy to sew and fun to wear. Quilt them, piece them, bead them, felt them; so many ideas and so little time! I long ago ran ...
Hello, my name is Heidi Emmett. As a young girl it was simple Barbie clothes and fashion shows with blankets for gowns As a teenager I began a 25 year career in all things fabric. I have come full circle and feel blessed to be able to create patterns for clothing that are easy to sew and fun to wear. Quilt them, piece them, bead them, felt them; so many ideas and so little time! I long ago ran out of wall space for art, so now it is Art to Wear!