30 minute Ruffle layer Knit skirt

 I needed another skirt, and I have a lot of t-shirt fabric right now. So, I constructed a three layer skirt by making four circles. (The white tread is actually a piece of yarn from a sweater I am deconstructing…) The first “circle” or tube I created was the “waistband tube.”  Tube number 1:

Waistband measurement___ -4″ = Length  x 5″ width

Tube number 2 is the Longest layer, I drafted out a simple A line shaped skirt just based off of my true waist and hip measurements,  and length of skirt desired. I added 1 inch to the sides for both the seam allowances and fullness.

Tube number 3 I used the drafted number 2 layer to make the top layer by adding “tracing” that for width and adding an inch and a half at sides for fullness. For the length I divided my desired length (which was 19″) in thirds plus 1/2″ on top and bottom for seam allowances and hem.

Tube number 4 is the middle layer. I cut the same length as the number 3 tube and used the drafted pattern from number two to get the width by measuring down to the section on the the draft and tracing. I added an inch and a half for fullness.

Ok, I took this off to get a better shot and yes… it’s wrinkly…

I sewed number 1 tube into a tube by serging the seam (which will become my back seam) I folded that in half with the seams inside and hidden. set aside for a second.

I serged all the layer tubes at the side seams to make the tubes. Then I pinned and sewed tube number 4 to main skirt (number 2 tube and longest layer/tube) with a stretch stitch (basically that is a tiny slanted zig-zag)

I didn’t worry about finishing the seams because Knit won’t fray apart and the seam will be hidden… I did sew two rows to make the layer lie flat.

I then Pinned the top tube to the skirt making sure the bottom covered the seam from the layer below. You can baste these in place so that you won’t have any pins in the way in the next step.

With right side together pin the Waistband tube to fit the skirt sections. There will be a gap in the skirt sections as they are wider. Sort of stretch the waist band…Not too much, just enough to fit so there aren’t any “pleats” in the skirt. I serged this all the way around. I tried it  on… I liked it…. but I thought a bit more finishing was needed so I three needled serged (or rolled hemmed) all the layer hems to “clean it up”

The title and posting took way longer than the skirt! Knit is so forgiving…. I made this last week, and I have washed it and now wearing it again…

Have fun!

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2 responses

  1. I have a question. Are there seams on both sides of the skirt or just one? I’m trying to figure out what would be easiest for me. I repurposing tee shirts.

    1. I made large ‘tubes’ so I didn’t have to deal with seams. I now make long strips double the the length and seam it into a circle or tube. Then I fold it in half matching the raw edges and having the folded edge as the ‘hem’ of the ruffle layer. All seams are hidden and the extra weight in the skirt helps it to hang nicer when wearing it!
      Good Luck!
      I made a tri-color ruffle skirt with Men’s t-shirts… aqua, turquoise, and green and it’s my favorite yet. The double or folded ruffle took more fabric (and that’s why I made it three colors) really washes and hangs better for my tastes.
      Thanks for stopping by
      Terri
      Have a great day

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