I saw a skirt last week that I really liked. It was a multi-tiered skirt but the tiers were not gathered. Similar to this:
This is probably a border print and not tiers but it gives you the idea. The main part of the skirt was a pretty floral (this photo shows the main part in black with white flowers). It had 2 small layers near the bottom, like the stripes and dots above. All of the fabrics coordinated and it was in soft colors for spring.
The skirt I saw was a six gored skirt and I am not sure if it had an elastic waist or a zipper. I came across these instructions for making a six gored skirt so I decided to try it.
First, I created the pattern in my size and cut it out using tissue paper.
Then I prepared my fabric. I chose these coordinating prints and will use the floral for the main part of the skirt and the other two for the tiers.
I sewed the strips together first and then cut out the skirt. I decided to create a lining for my skirt so I would not have to insert a waistband or facing and I would not have to wear a slip. So I assembled the 6 gores, folded the skirt in half and laid it against the fold of the lining fabric (using the skirt as the pattern for the lining).
When a skirt does not have a waistband or casing it is important to use twill tape around the waist to keep the waist from stretching or tearing. Twill tape is a woven ribbon used for reinforcement.
My skirt has a flat front, side zipper, and I added a casing to the back and inserted elastic. This allows the waist to have a little ‘give’.
Once I finally decide and get it finished I will be back with more photos.