How to Sew a Simple but Super Cute Layered Ruffle Skirt

by Gulsen
7 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a layered ruffle mini skirt. Follow along for the ruffle skirt pattern and step-by-step sewing instructions.

This layered ruffle skirt is so comfortable and versatile, that you’ll get tons of use from it and love wearing it! And it’s easy to make, too, so let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric to measure
  • Sewing elastic
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Taking your measurements

1. Take your measurements

Take your waist measurement, right between the top of your hip bone and the bottom of your ribs.

Then measure the length of your skirt. Put the top of the measuring tape at your waist and drop it straight down.

Check the length you want for your skirt without bending at your waist.

Cutting the fabric

2. Cut your fabric

In total, you will need 4 pieces of fabric: 3 for the ruffled layers and 1 for the belt.

Follow the video from 1:24 to 2:00 to see how to determine the size of the belt piece and the elastic for the belt that you need to cut.

The largest layer (let’s call it ‘layer A’) will be the width of your waist plus 2 centimeters (0.78 inches) seam allowance, and the length will be the total length of your skirt minus the width of your belt piece.

Your next layer (layer B) will be twice your waist width plus 3.5 centimeters (1.3 inches), and the same length as layer A.

Your final layer (layer C) will be the same width as layer B, but only 5 centimeters (1.5 inches) long.

If you want to line your skirt, then cut the belt lining the same size as your belt fabric piece, and the skirt lining to match the width of skirt layer B, and the height of layer A.

Overlocking the pieces

3. Overlock all pieces

Sew an overlock stitch around all the sides of each piece. I used the rolled hem setting on my machine for the overlock stitching.

Sewing each layer

4. Sew each layer

Fold each of the three layers and your main lining piece is half widthwise, with right sides facing. Pin and sew the open short edges.

Attaching lining

5. Attach lining

With wrong sides facing, pin the belt lining to the belt fabric. Then sew all around.

Gathering the layers

6. Gather your layers

You will need to gather the top and bottom edges of layer A, and the top only of layers B and C and the main lining.

Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length and sew a gathering stitch around the top of each of your skirt layers on the wrong side.

Leave a long thread for gathering at the beginning and end of your stitch, and don’t do a back stitch.

Tip: If you are not used to gathering, sew a second line parallel to the first one, in case your thread breaks while gathering.

Gathering the layers

Now you can pull the gathering threads to gather the edges of your layers.

Sewing the belt

7. Sew the belt

Fold your belt in half widthwise, with right sides facing. Pin and sew the open short edge.

Ironing the belt

Now, fold the belt in half lengthwise, with the right side facing out, and iron it flat.

Sewing folded edge

Sew the folded edge of the belt 1 centimeter (0.39 inches) from the edge.

Assembling layers A and B

8. Assemble layers A and B

Unfold your belt and, with right sides facing, pin the bottom edge of the belt to the top edge of layer A. Sew 1 centimeter (0.39 inches) from the edge.

Assembling layers A and B

With right sides facing out, pin the top of layer B to the bottom of layer A, moving around the gathers so they are evenly distributed.

Sew layer B to layer A, and then remove the gathering stitch.

Attaching the lining

9. Attach the lining

Check that the gathering on the top of the lining makes the lining match the size at the top of your skirt (below the belt).

Place the lining inside the skirt, aligning the top of the lining with the top of layer A.

Pin and sew the lining to the belt side of the top of layer A.

Finishing the belt

10. Finish the belt

Fold and pin the belt to the inside top of the skirt. 

Finishing the belt

Sew the belt along the same seam line you created when you sewed it to the outside of the skirt, leaving an opening for the elastic.

Finishing the belt

Insert your elastic through the opening, sew the ends of the elastic together, and sew the gap closed in the belt.

Attaching the last layer

11.  Attach the last layer

Sew layer C to layer B following step 8.

Completed layered ruffle skirt

Layered ruffle skirt

It’s so flowy and the elastic waist is comfortable! I hope you love wearing this layered ruffle mini skirt as much as I do.

Leave a comment to let me know how yours turned out!

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