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Kelly Skirt Hack: Ruffle Tier Hem

Kelly Hack - Ruffle Tier Hem

Here’s a little bonus post for our Kelly skirt sewalong – a gathered ruffle tier hem! You know I love a good ruffle hem, and we just recently went over how to add one to the Wattle skirt. But I wanted to show you how I add one to a placket skirt like Kelly. I made it so that the ruffle tier is closed. Meaning that the placket opens up until the ruffle tier, but then is closed. So you have to step into the skirt. Here, let me show you what I mean!

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

First, you need to determine the length of your skirt before you add the ruffle tier. The midi-length was too long for me, but the above-knee length was too short. So I went somewhere in between – about 3″ below the above-knee length.

Again, this is up to you. You could keep it at midi length and make a maxi skirt with the tier!

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Sew your skirt as normal, all the way up until the hem. Just don’t sew the hem.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Overlap the placket at the bottom of the skirt.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Stitch across the placket to hold it together.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Now you need to cut your rectangle pieces for the ruffle tier.

I used my back skirt piece as a guide and made the length of the rectangle 2x the width of the pattern piece.

For height, I went with 13″ (this includes 5/8″ seam allowance and 2″ hem allowance.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

You need to cut two of these rectangles ON THE FOLD. So you have two extra-long pieces.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Place the two rectangles on top of each other with right sides together.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns
how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Sew 5/8″ from the raw edge on both short ends. Finish the raw edges with your preferred method.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Set your machine to a long straight basting stitch.

Sew two sets of two rows of gathering stitching, side seam to side seam, as shown above

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Make sure you don’t backstitch and leave long thread tails for each row.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Before you start gathering, make sure you mark the centre of each side, so they can be matched up with the centre front and centre back of the skirt.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Gently pull on the thread tails to gather the fabric.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Keep gathering until the tier is about the same width as the skirt.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Place your skirt in front of you, upside down, with right side of the fabric facing out.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

With the tier inside out, place the skirt inside the tier, so right sides of the fabric are facing each other.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Line up the raw edges and pin them in place.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Sew together 5/8″ from the raw edge. Finish the raw edge with your preferred method.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Flip the ruffle tier down and press the seam allowance up towards the skirt.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Now we just need to hem the tier. Turn under the raw edge by 1″ and press.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Turn under again another 1″ to enclose the raw edge. Press and pin.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Stitch close to the folded edge.

how to add a gathered ruffle tier to the Kelly skirt by Megan Nielsen Patterns

All done!


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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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Linda
Linda
2 days ago

I love your skirt!! Just curious if you think the final length of your skirt (including the ruffle) is still about the length of what a midi-length skirt would be, or perhaps longer?