When I decided to make a maxi skirt I started by taking a look at all the great tutorials already about, but ended up making my own and have blogged about it here, and below is a quick tutorial to make your own. I say quick, because it is so simple just 2 pieces of material and 2 lines of stitches and you are done, now that’s what I call easy! I managed to make this skirt from just over 1 metre of material, it is extra wide at 60 inches, and I am a uk size 8 to 10.
To follow this tutorial your fabric will need to be knit so that it has a bit of stretch and doesn’t fray. Mine was viscose elastase mix and has a bit of stretch, but not so much as your regular t-shirt.
So, let’s get going. This tutorial really is just one picture, this skirt is all in the cutting! Lay your fabric out folded in half width ways (selvage to selvage) with right sides together- so you can draw on the wrong side.
You may be able to make the pattern by just looking at this picture. If not there are instructions below. I hope they make sense, it is really simple but took some words to explain the lines.
Start by measuring from the floor to where you want the top of your skirt to be (I made mine so it sits just below my tummy button, which ended up as 1metre). You can put on a skirt you like wearing and measure to the top of that waistband if it helps. This will be the long red line measurements.
You also need to check your waist measurement and half it. Either measure your waist at the point of your waistband with a tape measure and half this, or measure your favourite skirt’s waistband. Start by measuring from the bottom of your fabric up and marking the length you want you skirt to be (to the waistband, mine was 1 metre). Mark this on the left and right edge of the fabric. Now take your waist measurement halved (I have a 28 in waistband so half was 14 inches). Find the centre point of your fabric between the two points you have just marked and work out on each side until you have you have your halved waist measurement. So I measures 7 inches to each side of the centre point to give me a 14 inch half waist measurement. This will be the short blue line measurement.
*If you are using a very stretchy fabric, you may want to take half an inch off each end of this waist line, which will bring the waist in by 2 inches overall, to give a more snug fit.
Draw a line up from each end of the waistband about 6 inches (the short red line on the picture), it can be longer if you want more fold over.
Now simply draw a line from the bottom of the waistband to the edge of your material, or if you want a specific measurement for the bottom, mark that and draw to each end of it. You should end up with a rectangular waistband shape on top of the triangular skirt shape, no need to sew the waistband on (hooray)!
Cut out both pieces of fabric and turn them over so that they are right sides together. Use a knit stich on your sewing machine to sew down both sides from the top of the waistband right to the bottom. My stitch looks like a zig zag split into 3 lines:
It’s done! Now put the skirt on, fold the waist band in half into the skirt so the wrong sides of material touch, then fold it out to make the band. This way you get the length just where you want it.
If you want to you can hem the skirt, but I didn’t as this material won’t fray. You could also fold the waist in half and sew a few stitches on each side on the seam so you don’t have to fold it each time, but again I am happy to just fold and go!
I hope you have fun making one of these, they really are super easy!
I have just set up a Flickr group for this skirt so please PLEASE add a photo of your own fab creations for me to see and give others inspiration… I can’t wait to see some:
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