Gathered Skirt with Yoke

Size: Length 70cm

A whimsical print fabric with dogs popping out here and there in the townscape is titled Wandafuru Shikake No Machi (a town with wonderful tricks with dogs) from the IHME CHAMBER series. A gathered skirt that makes great use of the fabric’s entire design creates a huge impact. With a yoke, it has a slim looking waist. Additionally, the use of a piping tape moves this skirt up a notch. This cotton linen canvas fabric is also suitable for bags and small item making.

Design & Work:Anriko

Fabric shown for this sample (Yoke, Front and Back Skirt):

Fabric: 110cm wide×1.8m
□ Braided Elastic: 1.8m (6 cord)
□ Piping cord: 105cm (piping width 0.3cm)

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We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
I thought the design of this fabric stands out when seen from a distance. So I came up with a skirt which uses a lot of fabric, allowing these design elements to be introduced on a large surface. The material itself may be more suited for bags or interior décor items, but this gathered skirt takes advantage of the fabric’s tension.

KF:Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
A piping cord is placed in-between the yoke and skirt as an additional touch. Such a small step could make the skirt look sharp.

KF:What are some tips for making this skirt?
The piping cord could add slight tension to the yoke. If you are slim, adjust the width to match your body for a better fit.

KF:How should we incorporate this skirt into one’s styling?
For the elastic waist, multiple thin elastic cords are used so that it is easier to tuck into your shirt or top. A slim-fitting top can be tucked in, while an oversized knit or parker can be worn over the skirt for a casual look. This gathered skirt is quite versatile.

KF:hank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!


It has the same shape as the Gathered Skirt with Yoke that was featured in January 2018. The addition of the piping is different from the previous design. For piping, first check the appearance of the cord with 1cm seam. If the width is too wide, reduce the cord. If it is narrow, then adjust with the yoke during the basting process. Since sewing the cord and gathering at the same time is difficult, the cord is first basted at 7mm (as shown in the photo).

Once the cord is attached, sew together with the skirt, creating the gathering as you sew. If the pressing foot of the sewing machine does not stay stable with the uneven cord surface, use a narrow zipper foot or thin attachment as shown in the picture.

Yoke and skirt are sewn together. The use of the piping cord moves this elastic waist gathered skirt up a notch.


Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)