How to Make a Tiered Skirt with a Pattern from the Stash

01 Aug How to Make a Tiered Skirt with a Pattern from the Stash

How to Make a Tiered Maxi Skirt

My new skirt and I only wish we were meandering around this Amalfi Coast lemon grove. I’m always inspired by La Double J’s fabulous clothes both on the company website and TheRealReal …. Combined with its motto… Live Like an Italian….I’m often ready to buy a house under the Tuscan sun when browsing the site!  Maybe one day 😊😊

Greeting from sunny South Carolina!

How to Make a Tiered Maxi Skirt

Tiers, tiers, tiers! It’s practically all I’ve wanted to sew this summer.  I wore many styles of maxi skirts in my early 20s, but had a difficut time embracing their return. Now I’m completely onboard as long as I can control the fit!

Can Anyone Wear a Maxi Skirt?

Anyone can wear a maxi skirt as long as the skirt is well-proportioned and fits correctly.

Below are 12  tiered maxis from $40 – $1,500. Do any strike your fancy?

If you are thin or have flat abs you will look great with gathers around your waist, but a tiered maxi skirt with fitted yoke can be worn by several shapes and sizes.

If I wear gathers around my waist I look shorter, wider and heavier. The skirt with the shorter fitted yoke is the most flattering for me.

Use an existing pattern to make a tiered maxi!

Making a tiered skirt is extremely easy to do by using a pattern from one’s stash.


  •  A simple skirt pattern such as an A-line.
  • 3 yards of 54 – 55″ fabric. My fabric is a pale yellow cotton poplin from Mood Fabrics.
  • 1/3 yard of lining for the yoke
  • A 7 – 9″ invisible zipper
  • Tracing paper
  • Interfacing if you are making a waistband
  1. I began with the New Look pattern which I’ve made many times. ( Examples here and here ) Using tracing paper I created a yoke 8″ long. ( I began with a 9″ yoke but it was too long for me.) The finished length was 7″ after allowing for 1/2″ seams.
  2. Cut yoke pieces. You will have 6 in all. Two front and four back pieces. The duplicates are for the lining. I chose to line my yoke with the skirt fabric, but you may prefer a traditional lining fabric depending on your fabric choice.
  3. Cut the tiers. I based the width of the tiers on the Brochu Walker dress. For the first tier I cut 2 pieces 11.5 x 31 inches. For the second tier I cut 2 pieces 15 x 52″.
  4. Sew the yoke pieces together for the skirt and the lining by attaching the sides to the front. Press seams open.
  5. Insert and invisible zipper in the back seam of the yoke
  6. Sew the 11.5 x 31″ pieces together at the sides and finish the seams. Run a gathering stitch around the top. I broke the gathering stitches at the side seams
  7. Sew the 15 x 52″ pieces together at the sides and finish the seams. Run a gathering stitch around the top. I broke the gathering stitches at the side seams.
  8. Attach the upper tier to the yoke. Finish the seam.
  9. Next attach the lower tier. Finish the seam.
  10. Attach the lining to the top of the yoke. Understitch around the seam. Press under 1/2″ of the lower edge of the lining and hand stitch to the seam allowance of the zipper and the  first tier.
  11. Hem the skirt and enjoy!

I had just enough fabric left over to make a sash but you don’t need one.

How to Make a Tiered Maxi Skirt

Will I Look Frumpy in a Long Tiered Skirt?

A tiered maxi skirt is not frumpy! It’s all about balance, fit, proportion and what you wear with it. I can picture this skirt with a cropped sweater set, a traditional sweater set, a wrap top, a fitted tee, a loose shorter tee, a short blouse on the outside, a mock sleeveless turtleneck and a tucked in blouse with a sash or belt.

Tiered maxis can be worn with flats, wedges, sneakers, sandals and heels.

Fresh styling choices are unlimited and I encourage you to give this blast from the past a try! It’s always a good idea to make a muslin to ensure a great fit😉

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All the best!

How to Make a Tiered Maxi Skirt

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  • Patricia Hibbard
    Posted at 09:26h, 01 August Reply

    If you had a pinterest button I would save this one there just as a reminder!

    Great sewing tips, but even experienced sewists appreciate good reminders!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:44h, 01 August Reply

      Thank you Patricia! There should be a Pinterest button 😬 It should appear in the top left corner of each photo when you hover. Please try again !

  • Sandra Sauls
    Posted at 10:57h, 01 August Reply

    This is fantastic and I have just the fabric in my stash. Perfect for August! Dear, I am so happy you are blogging again!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:09h, 01 August Reply

      Go for it, Sandra, and many thanks for the comment!

  • Dara Harper
    Posted at 11:14h, 01 August Reply

    My Goodness that is So Cute!! Always a Joy to read your posts! Happy Sewing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:38h, 01 August Reply

      Thank you, Dara!

  • Sheila Ternovacz
    Posted at 11:15h, 01 August Reply

    I’m not a fan of the tiered skirt/dress look, but this skirt looks adorable on you! I love it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:37h, 01 August Reply

      Thank you, Sheila! As I mentioned it took me years to embrace the return of these garments 😉

  • Marie In AZ
    Posted at 11:36h, 01 August Reply

    What a pretty skirt, and it fits perfectly! I might give it a go. Have you ever made a skort? I have several of them now, all purchased, but I was wondering about making one. It seems that everywhere I go, I see ladies wearing them now! An explosion of popularity. I don’t know if the bother would be worth it–searching for proper fabric for both the skirt and the shorts, and so on. I would also have to use my serger, no doubt…don’t know if it’s worth the effort.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:37h, 01 August Reply

      Marie, I have never made a skort, but I did just order a jumpsuit pattern 😂😂 I hope you’ll get that serger threaded and make one!

    • Lynne Route
      Posted at 04:55h, 02 August Reply

      Hi Marie in AZ,

      I have made several skorts using Women’s Shenanigans Skort from 5 Out of 4 Patterns. I purchased all my fabric from The Fabric Fairy. They are easy to make! I added patch pockets on the short part for my phone when I walk.


      • Marie In AZ
        Posted at 07:28h, 02 August Reply

        Thank you for that information! I’m going to check it out right now!

  • Susan Coffey
    Posted at 12:01h, 01 August Reply

    I remember these skirts, and wore a couple in my younger, thinner days. You’ve got me thinking about revisiting this style, and your process makes beautiful sense. By the way… I clicked on the $1995 Dolce skirt right off. Looks like I definitely need to get busy sewing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:35h, 01 August Reply

      You sound like me……. I love the D&G skirt! Good luck and hope you give it a try! Many thanks for the comment, Susan 😊

  • Mary Ann Lynch
    Posted at 12:12h, 01 August Reply

    Three blog posts in one day is a bit much. I may have to unsubscribe.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:32h, 01 August Reply

      Mary Ann,
      I know, I get it and it’s all very annoying…….☹️ I’m trying to make it easier, but obviously there are some glitches. Hope you’ll hang in there with me and plan to have it resolved before next post is up. Many thanks,

  • Nancy Linn
    Posted at 12:21h, 01 August Reply

    I’ve had fabric that I liked but it was much too busy for an entire dress. I think it would be perfect for a tiered skirt along with a neutral colored top! . Thank you for the inspiration and welcome back!,

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:34h, 01 August Reply

      Thank you, Nancy! I agree that tiered skirts are a perfect use of big bold fabrics! Good luck 😊

  • Jacki Aldridge
    Posted at 13:04h, 01 August Reply

    This is right up my alley. and the best look for my body. Is there a formula for the fullness (1.5, 2. 2.5 fullness) for best look?
    (I’m thinking draperies now – ha).
    I know fabric makes a big difference, too much fullness in cotton vs lots of fullness in a drapey patterned sheer.
    What ratio did you use on your skirt?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:06h, 01 August Reply

      Jackie ~ I really encourage you to make a muslin to get it right, but the first tier was 1.6 times the width of the bottom edge of the yoke, and the lower tier is 1.58 the width of the upper tier. You’re right it all depends on fabric and also the length of your yoke. Good luck!

  • De
    Posted at 18:41h, 01 August Reply

    I’ve worn a maxi for a few times – reluctantly! After reviewing this post, I think I might give it a try. Your fabric choice is an ideal one; it’s cheerful and just right for southern weather. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:43h, 01 August Reply

      My pleasure, De! I too wore a few maxis reluctantly until I found one that was flattering. Send me a pic if you give it a try 😊😊

  • Judy Duerson
    Posted at 19:40h, 01 August Reply

    I love the skirt! Looks great on you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:37h, 01 August Reply

      Thanks so much, Judy!

  • MaryEllen
    Posted at 21:14h, 01 August Reply

    You can send me emails all day long as you are sew inspirational !!!! Haven’t worn a maxi in many many years , but might have to try 😘

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:03h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you, Mary Ellen! Not sure I could wear anything but a bathing suit in your weather!

    • Lisa
      Posted at 07:45h, 03 August Reply

      I’m with you Mary Ellen! As far as Sarah’s posts go, the more the better!!

  • Linda Richards
    Posted at 21:59h, 01 August Reply

    I’ve so missed your blog and your projects! Send as many emails as you want, all day every day! I know where the delete key is for anything I don’t want to read! Beautiful skirt, I think I may need to revisit this style, too!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:05h, 02 August Reply

      That’s so sweet, Linda. I appreciate your understanding of these glitches.The skirt is actually fun to wear too. I might try a waistband on the next one 😊

  • Nathalie
    Posted at 05:03h, 02 August Reply

    Merci pour ce tutoriel de jupe. je viens de découvrir le bouton traduction en français , ça fait que je vais pouvoir suivre votre blog en comprenant tout. Je suis super heureuse. J’aime tellement votre style.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:58h, 02 August Reply

      Merci beaucoup Nathalie! J’aimerais parler français – une si belle langue 😊 Je suis content que nous puissions communiquer via Google Translate !

  • Marie In AZ
    Posted at 08:13h, 02 August Reply

    This is just a test. Trying to turn off comment notifications.

  • Andrew
    Posted at 23:23h, 02 August Reply

    Oh my goodness, the sewing patterns are simply delightful! All of these showcase a wonderful variety and inspire me to get creative with my sewing projects.

  • Wildfire
    Posted at 18:57h, 03 August Reply

    Thanks so much for the inspiration . I am also 5’2″ and have hesitated to make a maxi tier skirt because of the proportion and length issue. After reading your post I immediately found fabric in my stash and cut one out. Sewing begins next week!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 05:46h, 04 August Reply

      Bravo!!! Good luck and send me a pic 😊

  • Susanne H. Keller
    Posted at 07:29h, 16 September Reply

    Dear All, this will be a fab fall and winter skirt if you sew it in a light, soft wool fabric! I had several of these when I was a student in Paris. Worn with heelde boots, and a nice blouse or a fine sweater, this is absolutely easy chic and will take you anywhere.
    Wishing you all a great (sewing?) week-end!

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