This purple skirt is hemmed with 1" bias tape, which gives it a cute, contrasting finish. It occurred to me that next time I can make my own bias tape out of some contrasting calico.
They were so fun to make because I didn't use a pattern. I just winged it!
I did learn a lesson when I assumed that fabric widths either came in 45" or 60". Some of this fabric was only 42" wide. I thought I was getting fatter when I couldn't slide my first tier over me hips. Another great trick that I learned was, after gathering and stitching each tier together, finish it was a zig-zagged top-stitch (your seam allowance should be pressed toward the top of the skirt). It adds a nice stitching detail and makes the gathers behave nicely. It also finished the seams without having to zig-zag the seam allowances.
Each tier is 1.5 times as wide as the previous one. The first tier should be about 7" long (cut an extra 2" for the waistband casing). The first skirt I made had a longer first tier and it rolled off my butt in a weird way.
This drawstring skirt is probably my favorite, and I think I will wear it a lot in the warmer months. Let it out a little for fat days, cinch it in a little for skinny days. . .The drawstring is 1/2" bias tape, and the hem is finished with 1" bias tape. How much would you pay for this in a store? I made it for nothing, and it took me about an hour (and I'm slow!)