Bohemian Beauty

Milinda Jay Stephenson

Measure for Measure

For the waistband tier length, measure your hips at the widest point and add 3".The featured skirt's waistband tier measures 5" x 40". From the batiste, piece together fabric as needed to cut the waistband tier to the determined dimensions.

For the second tier length, multiply the waistband tier length by 1.5. The featured skirt's second tier measures 6" x 60". From the eyelet, piece together fabric or cut the second tier to the determined dimensions.

For the third tier length, multiply the second tier length by 1.5. The featured skirt's third tier measures 8" x 90". From the gauze, piece together fabric or cut the third tier to the determined dimensions.

For the fourth tier length, multiply the third tier length by 1.5.The featured skirt's fourth tier measures 6" x 135". From the eyelet, piece together fabric or cut the fourth tier to the determined dimensions.

For the fifth and sixth tier lengths, multiply the fourth tier length by 1.5. The featured skirt's fifth and sixth tier lengths both measure 7" x 203". From the eyelet, piece together fabric or cut the fifth and sixth tier lengths to the determined dimensions. Eliminate the need for hemming the skirt lower edge by using an eyelet with a finished edge for the sixth tier (as featured).

Before measuring the elastic, determine where you want the waistband to rest. The waistband rests a couple inches below the waist on the featured skirt. Cut the elastic to the desired measurement.

Gather Together

Set your serger for gathering by adjusting the differential feed to its highest setting and the stitch length to its longest stitch (4 mm on most sergers). Increase the needle tension to 6. The upper and lower loopers should remain on a neutral or balanced setting. (Refer to the machine's manual for assistance if needed.) Set aside the waistband tier and gather each remaining tier's upper edge independently.

Serge the tiers together by setting the serger for a four-thread safety or overlock stitch. Right sides facing, center the waistband tier lower edge over the gathered second tier upper edge; pin and serge, removing the pins as you sew. Repeat to serge each tier to the one above it. Each tier will extend slightly past the tier above it.

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Elastic swelling
I can not wear elastic please tell me how to make these skirts without it.Need regular waist band,because of extreme swelling

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