It was like yesterday that my little girl was born… In a blink of my eyes, our once tiny little girl has begun her teenage journey. Now, she is growing taller in full speed, her clothes become too short and too small, it’s time to mutate her wardrobe to add in more appropriate size of apparels. Besides buying from shops (which is the quickest way), she requested that I sew more skirts for her so that she can wear them to weekend classes. Nothing formal but something comfy and casual which is able to go with a T-shirt or blouse easily. Thus, I sewed this 3 tiered ruffle skirt for her. She likes how the ruffles move when she walks and moves.
Ruffle Skirt – Free Sewing Pattern
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This 3 tiered ruffle skirt is an easy sewing pattern that can be adapted to any sizes with some simple mathematics calculations by using the waist measurement and your intended skirt length. Hence, you can develop your own ruffle skirt sewing pattern for baby, toddler, kid, teenager, petite adult, adult and even to oversized adult. You can also determine how heavy you want the ruffles to be in this pattern. I am using cotton fabric for this skirt but if you prefer the ruffle skirt to be wrinkle-free, then you may choose synthetic fabrics which won’t crease easily.
Ruffle Skirt Sewing Pattern
Size: All sizes
Make: 1 (above knee length)
1. Fabric (cotton – bolt width 42″), 3 designs.
- Baby and toddler – 1/4 yard each design
- Kid, Teenagers, and Petite Adult – 1/2 yard each design
- Adult & Oversized Adult – 3/4 yard each design
2. Elastic bands
3. Ribbon or lace
1. Sewing Machine
2. Pins and needles
3. Matching sewing threads
5. Seamstress pencil and ruler
6. 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.
Instructions with pictures to assist in sewing Ruffle Skirt
Use the following equation to calculate your own ruffle skirt measurement. Measurement includes 3/8″ seam allowance.
WL = Waist Line, SL = Skirt Length
L = (SL-2)/4 and W = WL + 12″
T1 –> Length = L+ 1.5″, Width = W
T2 = T3 –> Length = L, Width = W
T1 Ruffles = T2 Ruffles = T3 Ruffles –> Length = L + 2″, Width = 2W
Remark: I am making ruffles that is 2x the width, if you like your ruffles to be light then you may decrease the ruffles width to a minimum of 1.5W. Vice versa, you can increase the width to 2.5W if you like a heavier ruffles.
After you have determined your measurement (please write it down on a paper for easy reference), cut the fabrics according to your measurements. Usually the bolt width of the fabric is not enough for the ruffles (2W), join the fabrics to make up the width you will need.
Join the side edges of the fabrics to make each part into a ring.
Treat the raw edges of the side seam either by using zig-zag stitch or using overlock stitch if you have a serger machine.
Sew 2 lines on the ruffles fabrics, at about 1/4″ and 1/2″ from the raw edge. Leaving long thread tails at both ends.
Separate the top needle thread from the bobbin thread. Tie off one set by a quick overhand knot. Repeat the same on the opposite end.
Hold the tails (the pair that are not tied up) and pull the fabric in towards the center to make the gathers. Work from one end and then from the other end until the ruffles piece is at the same width as the pair piece that pinned to it.
Spread the gathers out evenly.
Sew both fabrics together with normal stitch length at 3/8″ seam allowance.
Now, you are ready to assemble the tiers together to make up a skirt.
Fold the top piece of the mid-tier down to expose the seam (2).
Insert the bottom tier into the mid-tier, align the top edge (1) to the exposed seam of the mid-tier (2).
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 openings (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.
Sew the bottom edges of the ruffles with a roll hem. You may use the roll hem foot if you have, if you don’t, you may double fold the raw edges at about 3/16″ then press with an iron to set it, then sew 1/8″ from the edge.
I sewed this 3 tiered ruffle skirt for my daughter who is now a young teenager, the skirt measures at 22″ waist and 15″ in length. My daughter likes the ruffles skirt and it is perfect for her weekend activity class.
Daughter happy, mommy happy, life becomes easy if everyone is happy 🙂