Bohemian Beauty

Milinda Jay Stephenson
Bohemian Beauty

Catch the spring breeze in a tiered peasant skirt made from eyelet, cotton and gauze. A serger makes gathering the tiers simple–but you can also achieve the same look using a conventional sewing machine.


  • 1 yard of white cotton batiste
  • 3 yards of white cotton gauze
  • 5 1/2 yards of white cotton eyelet (Use less fabric if tiers are pieced together.)
  • 1 yard of 1"-wide elastic (more or less depending on waist measurement)
  • White all-purpose thread

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE. Add as many tiers as desired to complete your custom skirt. Choose the tier widths depending on the desired number of tiers and the chosen skirt length. Do you want your skirt short and flirty? Construct a two-tiered skirt with 10"-wide tiers. Or do you want your skirt long and romantic? Construct a six-tiered skirt with varying tier widths (as shown). The featured skirt has six tiers ranging from 5" to 8" wide.

From the April 2006 issue of Sew News magazine.

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Re: elastic swelling
Sassyjo57 - you could make the skirt a couple inches larger and put in a drawstring waistband instead of the elastic waistband.
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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