Skirts are always a key player in a girl’s wardrobe and this definitely applies to my daughter who loves to wear a skirt whenever it is possible for her to do so. Here is the all-time favorite 3 tiered skirt I sewed for her. Get the all sizes pattern on the second page of this post; be it long, short, mini, or midi, adjust the pattern with your desired length.
I sew this above knee length 3 tiered skirt for my daughter who is in her pre-teenager age. She is 5′ tall and her waist is 25″. The skirt length is 15″ long and total fabric required is 1 1/4 yard, lace is about 4 1/4 yard, the ribbon is about 2 1/8 yard. Again, this 3 tiered skirts pattern is for all sizes, all you need to have are the waist and the skirt length measurements of the person you intended to sew this skirt for.
Quick 3 Tiered Skirt – Free Sewing Pattern
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For this 3 tiered skirt, I used gathering presser foot to gather the fabric which is faster than the manual gathering method. If you haven’t used a gathering foot to gather fabric, there is a video on the second page to show you how to do it. Total time I’ve spent to sew this 3 tiered skirt is about 2 hours. If you do not have a gathering presser foot for your sewing machine you can still do the fabric gathering manually, refer to the ruffles skirt tutorial where I did the gathering manually.
My daughter loves this skirt a lot, especially the details on the lace trim at the bottom hem and the ribbon between the 2nd and 3rd tier. While I love to see her wearing this 3 tiered skirt and adore the way the skirt swirl as she walks.
3 Tiered Skirt Sewing Pattern
Size: All sizes
Note: This pre-teen 3 tiered skirt measures 15″ in total length, model waist is 25″ and height is 5′. Total fabric required is about 1 1/4 yard, lace is about 4 1/4 yard, the ribbon is about 2 1/8 yard.
(Quantities stated are approximated amount with double width gathering and should have little excess or leftover)
1. Fabric (cotton – bolt width 42″), for above knee length:
- Baby – 1/2 yard
- Toddler – 3/4 yard
- Kid – 1 yard
- Teenagers and Petite Adult – 1 1/2 yard
- Adult & Oversized Adult – 2 1/2 yard
2. Elastic bands:
- Baby, Toddler & Kid – 1 yard
- Teenagers, Petite Adult & Adult – 1 1/2yard
- Oversized Adult – 1 3/4 yard
- Baby – 1 1/4 yard
- Toddler – 1 3/8 yard
- Kid – 2 1/8 yard
- Teenagers and Petite Adult – 2 3/8 yard
- Adult & Oversized Adult – 2 1/2 to 3 1/4 yard
4. Lace (2″ width):
- Baby – 2 1/2 yard
- Toddler – 3 3/4 yard
- Kid – 4 1/4 yard
- Teenagers and Petite Adult – 4 3/4 yard
- Adult & Oversized Adult – 5 to 6 1/2 yard
5. Button small (as a decorative bow on the waistband)
1. Sewing Machine
2. Gathering Foot (Optional), you may do the gathering manually if you do not have this foot.
3. Pins and needles
4. Matching sewing threads
6. Seamstress pencil and ruler
7. Seamstress scissors or roller cutter
Note: you may use synthetic fabrics which won’t crease easily if you prefer the ruffle skirt to be wrinkle-free.
Remark: You may use the same method to sew a 3 tiered long skirt or maxi skirt, adjust the fabric required to suit the length of the skirt.
The following video shows how to use a gathering foot to gather fabric quickly. Alternatively, you could do the gathering in a manual way if you do not have this foot, refer to this tutorial for the manual way yo gather fabric.
Instructions with pictures to assist in sewing Quick 3 Tiered Skirt
Measure the waist and length of the person you intended to sew this skirt for.
Gather all the materials and tools as listed above.
Cut the fabrics according to the measurement as shown in the picture. I doubled up the width of each tier to give moderate gathering on the skirt. Since I am using a gathering foot to sew this skirt, I didn’t use up all of the fabric widths for each tier.
You may use narrower width if you want less gathering effect on the skirt. The width can range from 1.5 times to 2.5 times the width of the preceding tier, calculate your total fabric material required for the skirts before purchasing the fabric.
Click the picture to get a larger view.
The Tier 1 length (the bottom fabric pile shown in the picture) is longer because it includes the waistband.
Stitch to join up the fabric strips to make up the needed width for each tier.
On the right are the elastic band and ribbon for the skirt which I haven’t cut to the correct length yet.
You will need a 2″ width lace and a small button as a decorative bow on the waistband too which are in the picture.
I used Bernina Gathering Foot #16 for the quick gathering job. If you are not using Bernina sewing machine, please check with the manufacturer if they have a gathering foot for their sewing machine.
Otherwise, you can do the fabric gathering manually, refer to the ruffles skirt tutorial where I did the gathering manually.
Refer to the video given above on how to gather fabrics by using the gathering foot.
Adjust the stitch length and tension of the sewing machine. Test the gathering on scrap fabric pieces until you get the desired gathering you want.
If this is your first time using gathering foot, practice a little bit more to get familiar with the technique before you start the actual project.
Feed tier 1 fabric into the slot of the gathering foot while placing tier 2 fabric at the bottom with right side facing each other. Align tier 1 and tier 2 on the long side and sew with a seam allowance of 3/8″. The gathering happened to the bottom piece of fabric.
You may have an excess fabric of tier 2 at the end of sewing, just trim it off, this is common when using a gathering foot.
Here is how the gathering looks like after sewing tier 1 and 2 together. To ensure that you get a uniform gathers along the way, be sure not to restrict the feeding of the bottom fabric during sewing.
Repeat the same sewing technique to join tier 3 to the skirt.
Sew to add the 2″ lace at the bottom of the skirt. Fold and press the overlocked seam allowance upward, top stitch.
Sew to join the vertical seamline of the skirt, neaten the raw edges with either overlock stitch or zigzag stitch.
To make a 1″ elastic waistband, fold 1.5″ at the waist, then fold 3/8″ of seam allowance into the waistband. Press with an iron to set the line. Sew 1/2″ and 1″ from the top edge respectively if you are using a narrow elastic band. Or, sew 1″ from the top edge if you are using a wider elastic band. Remember to leave an opening (about 1″ to 1.5″) for you to insert the elastic band.
Stitch to close the opening after you are done with the elastic band.
Add a small ribbon bow at the center of the waistband and sew a small button at the middle of the bow. I like to use this to tell my girl where the front center of the skirt is supposed to be.
After almost 2 hours of cutting and sewing, here is the 3 tiered skirt I sewed for my daughter. You will need a slightly longer time if you are doing the gathering manually.