Wednesday, September 26, 2012

DIY: Maxi Skirt, Step by Step



Don't tell my mom I did this... She would NOT approve of my just "wingin' it" when it comes to sewing. She would have advised me to go get a pattern and do this thing properly, but that would have taken too long!! This simple skirt only took me 1 hour to sew and complete!! And it's SUPER EASY!! I would highly encourage you to make your own for these 3 reasons:


  1. It's super comfortable,
  2. It was extremely easy to make,
  3. It was only $17!!!
  4. And making it yourself is so much more satisfying than buying it!

I had such a good time making this skirt, I wanted to share this idea with all of you. So if you like this idea, tell your friends about it via Pinterest or Facebook! And if you need help I'll even help you make it because it was so fun!

Good luck sewing!! The written steps are below!







What you'll need:
  • Polyester fabric or the fabric of your choice at the following length: 2.5 times your waist in fabric
  • Thick elastic the color and width of your choice at the following length: your waist plus a few inches (just in case)
  • Scissors or a cutting board and rolly cutter (what are those called again? My mom would be so embarrassed.)
  • A sewing machine with the thread matching your elastic


Steps:
  1. Cut off the selvage.
  2. Fold skirt (hamburger way) with the right side IN and so the length of your skirt will be the longest side.
  3. Sew along the right edge with 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance with a straight stitch.
  4. Sew the elastic to the size of your waist but slightly tighter (so your waistband stays snug) with a zigzag stitch. Overlap the elastic as shown in both pictures so you don't have a bulky seam.
  5. Pin the skirt fabric to the edge of the elastic starting by matching the seam. Find the opposite edge of both sides, and pin those points together.
  6. Continue finding the halfway point of the fabric between the pins and pin that point to the halfway point of the elastic. Do this all the way around until you have a pin every 1 to 2 inches. 
  7. Sew your fabric to the elastic. It's kinda messy because you have to stretch the elastic AS you sew. Just go pin to pin, one at a time, and keep the elastic fully stretched as you sew each section.
  8. Cut your skirt to your desired length. For me, it was just barely above the floor. (Remember that you'll loose about an inch in the next step, so account for that as you trim your skirt.)
  9. Fold the bottom of your skirt 14 to 1/2 an inch and press it all the way around.
  10. Fold the bottom of your skirt over again at 1/2 to 3/4 inch and iron it so it has a nice, crisp edge.
  11. Sew your hemline close to the inside of that hem, and then sew it again to make it look more professional.
  12. YOU'RE DONE! See? Wasn't that easy? Much easier than following a pattern (although my mother would say that's the RIGHT way to do it).



Here's a few more ideas to make a different looking skirt:
  • Use a different color of elastic (like make a black skirt with a blue elastic)
  • Cut and sew the hemline of your skirt at knee length instead of to the floor
  • Use a longer length of fabric to make your skirt look fuller.
  • You have skinny jeans in every color, so why not have a maxi skirt in every color??




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