I was one of those people that thought oh it can't be that bad-- but ya it can---
If you don't have the time-- seriously don't do this--- you'll pull all your hair out-- there really is a reason that they are so expensive-- These suckers are so time consuming!
But if your anything like me you probably won't listen to me :) and maybe it'll be easier for you :) plus your just tempted by all that sweet fluffy goodness, admit it, you so want one, even for yourself.
I of course I have to give credit to the two sites that helped me a ton
and this page
Even with them I am such a visual learner that I literally had to draw up what in the world they were explaining-- Dave of course had quite the laugh at me session, as for half an hour I sat and talked to myself as I tried to figure it out and explain it out loud to myself and then draw diagram after diagram-- but I got it, I figured it out- it's all good now :)
What you'll need:
*Nylon Chiffon - (do not use Poly Chiffon because if frays) I could not find any stores around me that carried it so I ordered mine from AFC- express (I do not really know how many yards you'll need cuz' it varies so much with the length you want, size, how fluffly ect. I ordered 10 yards for the two skirts I made and ya shipping sucks!)
*Some fabric for your waistband-- satin charmuese is what most people use
*Definitely a rotary cutter and mat-- unless you're really insane
*Elastic, thread, a knowledge of how to do a gather stitch, and if your so lucky also a ruffler foot
So Step #1 is figure out the measurementsThan you have to whip out all your super amazing math skills--- since the waistband will be folded in half you need to double the waist length (3+3) and add a 1/4" seam allowance on each edge (3+3+1/4" +1/4"= 6 1/2")
For the width you take the size of your waist and times it by 2 (14"+14"= 28")
Congrats you now have the waistband measurements--sweet!
For the Two Tiers you figure out how long you want the skirt to be (Bryn's was 14 1/2" and Ellies was 9")
Than you subtract the waist length and divide it by 2 for the two tiers and add 1/2" for both seam allowances on each side (9"-3"=6" / 2 = 3" +1/2" = 3 1/2" tier pieces)
Walah-- you now have your tier measurements!
As for the Ruffle fluff just cut 2" or 2 1/2" strips-- I like that one, no stinkin math to do.
Step #2 Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut
-Than cut your tiers your width measurement (Ellies was 3 1/2") and the length will be the length of your fabric selvage to selvage. You need 6 top tiers and 12 bottom tiers so a total of 18.
-Than Cut your Ruffle fluff 2" to 2 1/2" wide by the length of fabric selvage to selvage--- (I cut about 130 for the two skirts I made)
Step #3-- Assemble the Skirt
A- Sew the Ruffle Fluff and the Tiers end to end to end also if your waistband fabric frays sew a small hem on it to prevent it from fraying.
B- Sew a gather stitch on your Ruffle fluff pieces and than gather for the rest of your life (if you have a ruffler foot consider yourself supremely blessed)
D- Gather your bottom tier to fit the top tier than sew together and sew gather stitch on top tier
E- Repeat steps with the the Inside Tier Layers than gather and sew to the waistband till you have something that looks like this
F- Sew the ends together so you have a tube
G- Fold in half and sew the encasing for your elastic (about 1" wide), cut elastic to the waist measurement and insert elastic-- (thank you whomever invented the safety pin- your a life saver) and close off.
Wahoo! you are now done-- make sure and wake your girl up at 2 a.m so she can try it on-- and than just sit back and enjoy watching her love and love and love her new princess skirt!