Sarah from the studio has made this Gorgeous Gypsy Liberty Skirt using one of the fabrics from the SS21 (Atlas of Dreams) collection. It looks perfect for the summer ahead. Sarah shares the make below.
What is the fabric and why did you choose this particular design? “Rhapsody B. I loved the colours, it will go with so many different coloured tops. I also didn’t need to worry about pattern matching or having gathers in unusual places!”
Did you use a pattern? Was it an easy make and did you make any alterations?
“I didn’t use a pattern. I began with my waist and height (waist to feet) measurements. I divided the height measurement into three and added 0.5 inches for seam allowance to each measurement, in my case, 12 inches each strip. For the three tiers, I began with the top strip measuring 1.5 x my waist measurement. The second tier measured 1.5 x the first tier and the third tier measured 1.5 x the second tier.
tier 1= 1.5 waist x 12 inches
tier 2= 1.5 tier 1 x 12 inches
tier 3= 1.5 tier 2 x 12 inches
I cut each tier in half to create three strips for the front of the skirt and three for the back.
I began by gathering the bottom tier to match the middle tier and sewed them together. Then gathered the middle tier to match the top tier and sewed them together. I repeated this for the back three tiers and then sewed front to back at the side seams. I chose to use french seams purely for neatness and lack of an overlocker.
I stretched the elastic around my waist to a comfortable fit and cut appropriately. Then I made a waist band by sewing a strip, the same size as the top tier, to the top tier and folded it over to create a tube wide enough for the elastic. I threaded the elastic through, sewed the two ends together and finished the tube by hand. Overall, it was a very easy thing to sew, the fiddliest part was gathering each tier.”
Do you love the skirt? “I love the skirt, I’ve been wanting a full length, tiered skirt for ages, couldn’t find one and so decided to make one!”
Where are you planning to wear it? “I made the skirt as an everyday summer skirt and have already worn it frequently. It’s lovely and cool in the hot weather.”
Thank you Sarah for sharing your beautiful skirt with us – it’s so gorgeous and looks like a really quick summer make.