Anita 3 tier flared skirt

Anita 3 tier flared skirt – Free PDF sewing pattern


I am sharing today a piece of garment that is suitable for the coming spring. Not sure this is too early for spring clothing or not, but I am having quite some ideas on short skirts and flirty dresses for when the warmer days come.

The skirt today is called the Anita 3-tier flared skirt. Let’s have a look at the 3D simulation for this darling:

Anita 3 tier flared skirt

I have some example of fabric pattern choice for you to imagine how it will turn out with different colors and prints.

Anita 3 tier flared skirt

The Anita skirt is created in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, which means even if you are skinny or chubby, you can find one that fits you best!

The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the instruction here.

You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!

Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.


The Anita skirt will be a bit tricky to sew – especially for beginners who are not used to sewing invisible zippers – but it will worth the effort!

You will need

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Some interfacing
  • Invisible zipper
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

What fabric can be used for this project? Although it depends on your choice, I recommend using woven fabric. Opt for soft flowy fabric for a romantic look, or choose thicker, heavier fabric for more voluminous look.

How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? You may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.

Cutting instruction:

After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:

Anita 3 tier flared skirt

You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.

Fabric will be cut into following pieces:

  • Top Front: 1 pc – cut on fold (make sure to fold the fabric before cutting)
  • Top Back: 2 pcs
  • Middle Skirt: 2 pcs (1 for front and 1 for back)
  • Lower Skirt: 2 pcs (1 for front and 1 for back)
  • Front Waistband: 2 pc main fabric + 1 pc fusible interfacing
  • Back Waistband: 4 pcs main fabric + 2 pcs fusible interfacing

Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as pleats etc. from the pattern piece onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge the fabric to prevent fraying. If you use non fraying fabric (like fleece or knitted fabric), you can skip this step.

2. Stitch 2 parallel lines along the top edge of the Lower Skirt Piece, pull to gather the fabric until it matches the length of the Middle Skirt Piece.

3. Place the gathered Lower Skirt Piece and the Middle Skirt Piece right side facing (remember to distribute the fabric evenly), pin and sew to join the pieces. Repeat with the other pair of Lower and Middle Skirt piece.

4. Repeat step 2 and 3 with the Middle Skirt Piece and the Top Front Skirt Piece.

5. Apply fusible interfacing to the Waistband pieces. Place two pieces of the Front Waistband right side facing, pin and sew. Repeat with the Back Waistband pieces.

6. Pin the waistband piece with fusible interfacing and the front piece right side facing, pin and sew the waistband to the front skirt to get the finished front skirt.

7. Pin the waistband piece with fusible interfacing and the back piece right side facing, pin and sew the waistband to the Top Back Skirt. Repeat with the other side.

8. Apply invisible zipper at the Top Back Skirt Pieces.

9. Gather the top edge of the middle back skirt piece, join with the upper back skirt pieces to make the finished back skirt.

10. Place the finished front skirt and back skirt right side facing, sew the side seams.

11. Finish the waistband by using stitch in the ditch technique or by hand.

12. Hem the skirt.

And here is the download link:


Happy sewing!


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