What You Need:
- 1 1/2 to 2 yard of stretchy fabric. Mine is a polyester type fabric remnant I scored from the LA Fabric District.
- Sewing Machine
- Old maxi skirt for a pattern
Step One: Lay out your fabric, folded in half. Find a maxi skirt whose shape you love and use it as a pattern.
Step Two: Cut around one side of your maxi skirt, giving yourself 1/2 inch extra for seam allowance.
Step Three: Fold the cut side over and cut out the other side. This will ensure both sides are exactly the same.
Step Four: Turn your fabric pieces so the right sides are together. Pin and sew them up. If you don't have a serger, I recommend sewing up the sides with a straight stitch and then zig zagging the edges to prevent fraying.
Step Five: For the waist band, I used this tutorial from Make It and Love it (Again, I love her tutorials! Why beat a dead horse when a perfect tutorial is already out there?) I used the same fabric as my skirt because it was stretchy enough. You may need to repurpose a knit shirt like Ashley did.
Step Six: Try on your dress and hem according to your preference. I like my maxi skirts touching the ground, so I simply zig zag stitched the bottom to prevent fraying and called it good.
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