To make the Straight-cut Tiered Skirt from Happy Homemade Sew Chic all floaty and cute, you not only cut and sew three tiers of skirts. You also gather the tiers to varying degrees as you assemble the skirt.
Sounds easy, eh? Plenty of gathering goin’ on with Happy Homemade. It’s practically a signature look. But of course, there’s a hitch. There’s only so much you can gather something before you have to say, just ain’t gonna fit.
Example? The bottom tier – at 84 inches (210 cm) long needs to gather to fit onto the underskirt, at a mere 58 inches (150 cm) long. This picture shows the bottom tier and the underskirt folded in half.
Of course, I am game for anything in service to the Japanese Doomsday Cult look, so I gave it a go. Twice. And twice the thread broke as I tried to make those humongous gathers.
Then I got a bit too clever for my own good. “I’ll just do little pleats instead.” Well, I took a picture of the result, but I’ll spare you the pain and myself the shame.
So, it’s off to the store for some heavy-duty thread to make those gathers. Dammit.