I had not intended to sew a 3-tiered skirt, but some fabric in the stash not only volunteered but insisted to be sewn!
My original intention was to do a two-tiered skirt with denim as the top tier. I had that, a dark wash with some lycra. Then as I went looking for a good complement, I saw not only the yellow calico with a delicate navy floral motif but also some navy shirting fabric that has a tiny white windowpane effect.
This skirt was constructed solely with the serger. First I serged one side seam on all tiers. The hem was a rolled hem with navy thread, the tiers were gathered using the differential feed and then sewn together as a separate step. The waistband was cut the same width as the entire top tier, folded wrong sides together, and serged to the skirt.
Next I threaded the elastic through the waistband, using some pieces of fabric as tabs on each end of the elastic so I had tails to work with and didn't worry about the elastic pulling into the waistband. I secured the elastic to the tabs with a multi-step zigzag so that it would not pop off. Doing this allowed me to pull the elastic just up to the seamline but not into it. I could now serge the side seam without serging over all the layers of fabric plus heavy layers of elastic.
The complementary shirt planned, cut, but not yet sewn, is a little blouse of the yellow calico. More about that later,
if when it is sewn.
Now for the other skirt. This is a little of an inside joke. Long time ago when we first tested the tiered skit pattern, for test fabric we had yards and yards of a nice stable jacquard in shades of a jade green and fuschia pink. I used those, alternating, so we could see the seamlines clearly in pictures. Jokingly I called it my "watermelon" skirt.
Boy was I surprised when I saw garments of the same fabric (I swear it was) in the Coldwater Creek catalog! I have to say I love the fabric.
So I decided I had to made a watermelon skirt for the display. Sewing for children and dolls is great because they don't need yardage, they only need scraps! For this skirt I chose the two-tiered skirt. However, the default horizontal line on these tiers is at the halfway point between waist and knee. I've never seen a slice of watermelon that has as much pink as green.
I shortened the overall length of the skirt and then used the tools to change the proportion of the layers. I found some wide white lace that I'd picked up on a roll (probably on clearance for $1) that had a gathered edge. I wanted flat lace. Scissors to the rescue! I cut a length the width I needed for the little girl's skirt, and then trimmed a narrower piece for the doll.
Instead of a rolled hem, I did a shirttail hem for this skirt. I did use the serger's differential feed to gather the bottom tier. The waistband/elastic was also handled the same as for the other skirt.
So -- do you think the watermelon skirt will be a trend for spring?
Good thing I didn't have a teardrop shaped stitch on my machine or I might have gone over the top by adding some black seeds to the top of the skirt. Still on the lookout for a good fabric to use as a top.