Ok, I admit it, what finally got me off my duff and into this blog wasn't anything particularly profound, but rather a need for a place to put a tutorial for making a skirt. And since using this much lace, ribbon and tulle turns any girl into a confection, I give you, The Cupcake Skirt.
Beware of stretching the fabric; since you will be folding on the bias sometimes, this can happen easily, particularly with the more slippery fabrics, and will result in a distorted shape.
Mark off the desired radius for your circle (remember, radius=diameter/2), measuring along each straight edge starting from the pointy tip. Then cut along this arc through all the fabric layers at once:
For ease of finding the center of the circle later on, mark a dot at the very tip of the triangle. When you open it up, you should have a near perfect circle.
Repeat for the other fabrics, cutting circles to specified diameters. Then layer your fabric to check your work. The marker dots you put at the center will help you center the circles concentrically. The tulle is hard to see and even harder to photograph.
At this point you can pin the layers together, cut out the center hole, and stitch them together, or, if you're like me and can't wait to start stitching on ribbon, you can edge the layers first, and then put them together. Putting on the edging first has the benefit of making the edge of the tulle layers much easier to see and position.
I found stitching the tulle a little easier if you stitch it with the ribbon or lace underneath the tulle, since it keeps the tulle from getting snagged on the teeth of the feed dog. No need to hem the tulle layers, since they will not fray.
For the overskirt, sewing the trim on with a zigzag will save you an added step of hemming this layer.
At this point you can also hem the underskirt, which I did by just folding the edge over 1/4 inch and sewing a straight stitch, twice. If you have a hemming foot, so much the better!
Now to put it all together, put together your layers again, and pin them together with the pins pointing towards the center. Since you will be cutting out the hole in the center in this step, try to avoid pinning around the circumference of the hole you will cut - you'll have to remove the pins later and risk ruining your scissors finding where the pins are. So pin the fabrics in the very center and along the outer edges of the skirt.
Fold the entire skirt, the same way you did at the beginning, adding extra pins as needed. This will be a bit trickier because you're working with 4 layers at once. Then, along each straight edge, measure the desired radius of the center hole, and cut. Open the circle up carefully, keeping the layers pinned together. Partly unfolded, it will look like this:
Last of all, for an evenly gathered look, stitch a straight line down the center of the elastic. This is a little tricky, since you'll have to use both hands to stretch the waist band out completely while you're stitching (not the easiest to photograph unless you have 3 hands, so the picture isn't quite right. My left hand was stretching the other end of the waist away from me as I sewed.)