You guys know me. I am a skirt gal. I have so many wonderfully cute skirts in my closet and it is time to add one more! Today on HappiestCamper, I’m going to show you How To Make A Tiered Maxi Skirt With Printable Pattern! I love maxi-length skirts. They are super versatile. You can dress them up with a cute top or dress them down with a tank top or t-shirt. You could even wear this maxi skirt as a cute cover-up at the beach. I like to make my skirts out of soft, light fabric so that they are comfortable and breathable. It is flowy and comfortable with its elastic waistband so you can wear it all day. The tiers on this skirt add a nice flair to it. I used a combination of solid color and print fabrics and I think it turned out great. Pick out some fabric you love and lay it out so you can get a feel for what your skirt will look like. Once you’re happy with it, the included free pattern will make cutting out your fabric and sizing it to the perfect fit fun and simple.
If you have been wanting to sew something different, this tiered maxi skirt should fit the bill. It will be your new go-to skirt plus we provide the pattern for you as well. Gather up your supplies from the list below and let’s get started or check out one of our other 50+ Easy Sewing Projects.
What You’ll Need:
- 2.5 Yards Of 60″ Wide Fabric – cotton, cotton blends, linen blends, rayon, challis
- 1” wide elastic
- Matching Thread
- Free Tiered Maxi Skirt Pattern
- Optional Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Measuring tape
- Thread nippers
- Sewing machine
- Fabric marker
This pattern is drafted for a height of 5’ 4”- 5” 5”. Is this tiered maxi skirt missing the size you are looking for? Then check out our tutorial on How to Scale a pattern up and down.
This tiered maxi skirt pattern has layers so that you can choose to print only the size you need. To achieve this Adobe Reader must be installed on your machine or device. Adobe Reader allows you to click on the layers icon which will show you each size with an eyeball beside it. Click on the eyeball beside the size you do not want to print.
Before printing check that your printer is set to No scaling or Actual size. Set the Page orientation to Auto or Portrait. And then print page 1. Measure the 2” test square to see if it measures exactly 2”. If it does, print the remaining pages.
Cut off the right and top margins of each printed page before assembling the pattern. You can use tape or school glue to adhere your paper pattern together.
After the pages have been printed and trimmed as instructed above, use the quarter circles located at the corner of each page for perfect alignment. When done your pattern should look like this:
Pattern Pieces Checklist
- Waistband – Cut 1 on Fold
- Tier 1 – Cut 1 on Fold
- Tier 2 – Cut 2 on Fold
- Tier 3 – Cut 4 on Fold
Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed.
How To Make A Tiered Maxi Skirt With Printable Pattern
Start this how to make a tiered maxi skirt with printable pattern sewing tutorial by washing, drying, and ironing your fabric. This helps you stitches not pull out later when you wash this the first time. It also helps make your fabric soft. I like to press my fabric to make it easier to cut as well. Once you have done that, print the included free pattern and use it to cut out your fabric.
Cut out the pieces you need according to the cut list above.
Next, we will start making the tiers for our skirt. For tier 1, fold in half right sides together and pin the short ends. Sew them together using a 3/8” seam allowance. For tier 2, pin the two fabrics right sides together and sew at the short ends using the same seam allowance. For tier 3, pin the tiers together at the short ends and sew them together just like the last two. Finish all raw edges with a serger or a zigzag stitch.
Double fold the hem of tier 3 by ½” and sew. This will form the hem of the skirt.
Next on this how to make a tiered maxi skirt with printable pattern sewing tutorial, we will work on gathering our skirt tiers. Sew a long basting stitch around the top of tiers 2 and 3.
Now we can start putting our skirt together! Pull on the basting threads in Tier 2 and gather the fabric until it is the same length as the bottom of tier 1. Pin the top of tier 2 to the bottom of tier 1.
Sew both tiers together.
It should look like this when you are done. We are about halfway through this how to make a tiered maxi skirt with printable pattern sewing tutorial!
Gather the top of tier 3 until it is the same size as the bottom of tier 2.
Pin tier 3 and tier 2 together and sew. Finish the raw edges. All your tiers should be sewn together. Next on this how to make a tiered maxi skirt with printable pattern sewing tutorial, we will add the waistband.
Take the waistband piece you cut from the pattern earlier and fold the waistband’s right sides together. Sew the short ends.
Next, fold the waistband in half wrong sides together and then pin it to the waist of the skirt.
Sew the waistband to the skirt, leaving a 2” opening to insert the elastic.
Next on this how to make a tiered maxi skirt with printable pattern, we will add the elastic for the waistband. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and channel the elastic through the waistband. Overlap the elastic ends by ½” and sew.
Tuck the elastic into the waistband and sew the opening in the waistband closed. Finish the raw edges of the waistband with a serger or a zigzag stitch.
And that’s it! Now you know how to make a tiered maxi skirt with free pattern! This fun and simple maxi skirt is a perfect way to beat the heat while still looking fabulous. This skirt is light and airy and will help keep you cool. If you liked our ruffle skirt, you’ll love this one.
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- Print and use free pattern to cut out fabric pieces.
- For tier 1 fold in half right sides together and pin the short ends. Sew.
- For tier 2 pin the two fabrics right sides together and sew at the short ends.
- For tier 3 pin the tiers together at the short ends and sew them together.
- Finish all raw edges with a serger or zigzag stitch.
- Double fold the hem of tier 3 by ½” and sew. This will form the hem of the skirt.
- Sew a long basting stitch around the top of tier 3.
- Sew a long basting stitch around the top of tier 2.
- Pull on the basting threads in Tier 2 and gather the fabric until it is the same length as the bottom of tier 1. Pin the top of tier 2 to the bottom of tier 1.
- Sew both tiers together.
- Gather the top of tier 3 until it is the same size as the bottom of tier 2.
- Pin tier 3 and tier 2 together and sew.
- Finish the raw edges.
- All your tiers should be sewn together. Let's now add the waistband.
- Fold the waistband right sides together and sew the short ends.
- Next, fold the waistband wrong sides together and then pin it to the waist of the skirt.
- Sew the waistband to the skirt leaving a 2” opening to insert the elastic.
- Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and channel the elastic through the waistband.
- Overlap the elastic ends by ½” and sew.
- Sew the opening in the waistband closed.
- Finish the raw edges of the waistband.
- Enjoy your new skirt!
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