Added Jul 1, 2014
I found some japanese cotton in a navy pinstripe- a light, soft cotton that I pictured as a skirt that would be comfy and cute in the hot, humid Boston summer. I found this jcrew inspiration and came up with a tiered version with an elastic waist and easy fit. Note to self: measure tiers better. I had to redo the length of the top tier- where it hits on the bum really changes the look. Also- measure and plan before cutting. I didn’t have much fabric to play with but if I’d planned better I could have doubled the top two tiers instead of just the top one. I may add a lining to prevent the worries of “am I being obscene?” in grocery lines and what not.
To make: I cut three lengths of increasing widths and gathered together. French seams finish the inside nicely. An elastic waist keeps it easy breezy. Added two darts in the back to shape.
Next time: Line the top two tiers. Add darts to front and back- less gathers at waist. Add a wider hem- I didn’t have much fabric so I did a rolled seam hem, but I think a nice wide 2 inch hem might prevent the need to iron the crazy wrinkled up hem every time I wash it. Build it to BE easy breezy, not just look that way.
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