Whew, the directions claimed it would only take a couple of hours to finish this skirt but I spent at least 5 on it. I seriously fail at even gathering. I need to pull out the ruffler foot and see if I can do better next time. Still, it's a cute skirt and super comfortable! the tiers mean less bulk at the waistline. Next time, I plan to pay more attention to matching up the seams though.