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Instructions for Peasant Skirt

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Fabrics shown from top to bottom: (all from the Michael Miller Fusion Profusion Collection) Turquoise Fusion Swirl, Brown Spin Floral, Pink Fusion Swirl and Turquoise Floral Fusion.
Materials Needed:
  • 1 1/2" sports elastic (waist size less 2")
  • 2 to 3 yards total of various fabrics
Step 1:

Measure your waist and hips and take the largest of the two measurements. Use the calculator below to determine what size to cut each of the two pieces for each of the four tiers. (You are cutting eight pieces total.)

Measure the largest length around your waist, hips or any part in between.

Enter measurement:


Calculations: (includes 1/2" seam allowances, 1 1/2" hem and 1 1/2" waistband.)
WidthHeight (27" finished length)Height (33" finished length)
Tier 1 (Cut 2) 8 9
Tier 2 (Cut 2) 7 9
Tier 3 (Cut 2) 8 10
Tier 4 (Cut 2) 10 11
Step 2:

Cut the four tiers based on your computations. If you are skinny enough, you can cut some pieces perpendicular to the selvage-- if not, cut them lengthwise on the fabric (parallel to the selvage). Notch or mark the top and bottom of each piece at the center to help you when you gather each tier. (Remember, regardless of how the fabric was cut, the tiers should be horizontal when marking the top and bottom.)

Step 2
Step 3:

Sew each of the side seams together using a 1/2" seam allowance. Now you are working with four tiers that are each a different size circle. Press your seams open.

Step 3
Step 4:

Now you are going to gather the 2nd tier so that it can be attached to the first tier. To gather, baste (the longest stitch on your machine) around the top of the 2nd tier close to, but just within the 1/2" seam allowance. The top is determined solely by your fabric pattern. Baste from one side seam to the other. Do not backstitch with your machine and keep the threads long at the starting and ending point. Baste again on the other side (from one side seam to the other). You should now have a row of stitching around the top of the 2nd tier that begins and ends at each side seam (now the front and back of your skirt).

Step 4
Step 5:

Carefully and patiently hold onto one of the thread ends and pull, working the fabric into gathers along the thread. Work from both ends of the thread. If you break the thread, don't panic-- you may be able to save the gathering you have already done and just stitch another basting stitch beyond the point where your thread broke. (That's also why we are working each tier in two pieces-- it's easier to adjust the gathers and less likely to break the threads.) Gather both the front and back lightly.

STep 5
Step 6:

Using the notch you made when you cut the tiers, pin the center of the 2nd tier front to the center of the 1st tier front with right sides together. (The front is most likely no different than the back- again it depends on your fabric design.) Match the side seams together and you can gently adjust your gathers until the two tiers will sew together nicely. Repeat this step from the center to the other side seam.

Step 6
Step 7:

Repeat Step 6 for the skirt back.

Step 8:

Adjust your machine back to a regular stitch length (which I ALWAYS forget) and stitch the two tiers together, using a 1/2" seam allowance. Turn skirt right side out and lightly press the seam open. If any basting is showing, simply rip it out. Also, if desired, you may topstitch the seam allowance to the upper tier.

Step 8
Step 9:

Now you can repeat Steps 4 through 8 for each of the subsequent two tiers.

Step 10:

To put in the elastic waist, fold down the top of the first tier 1 1/2" inches (towards the inside of the skirt) and press. Cut a piece of elastic your waist size less about 2 inches (you want the elastic to be snug enough to hold up the skirt without being painful). Mark the elastic in fourths with pins. (Fold in half and pin, fold in half again and pin both sides.)

Step 10
Step 11:

Pin the end of the elastic to the inside center back of your skirt (again, marked by the notch you cut). Stretch the elastic until the first pin meets the first side seam. Stitch 1/8" from the top of the elastic, pulling the fabric taut as you sew. Continue this way to the center front, the next side seam, and finally the center back. Repeat the stitching 1/8" below the last row of stitching until you have stitched a total of four rows.

Step 11
Step 12:

To hem the skirt, press under 3/4" inch at the bottom and then 3/4" again. Stitch 1/2" from bottom.

Step 12
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