Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fabric Stash: Easy Maxi Skirt

Another day, another skirt! My new favorite clothing piece is this maxi skirt with a yoga waistband I whipped up. Please forgive the lack of pictures...I made this so fast I didn't think to take pictures!

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.


More eye candy and links to maxi dress tutorials:



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12 comments:

  1. I'm a new follower and this post just made my day. I can't sew,yet,but this sounds super easy.

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  2. Jennifer, thanks for following! If you were to ever start sewing, this would be a good first project! All straight seams and NO zippers :)

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  3. I'm bummed my tutorial didn't make it into your list.

    http://lilbitandnan.blogspot.com/2012/07/chevron-maxi-skirt-tutorial.html

    Bethany

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  4. On the make it-love it tutorial did you do the gathering at the top of the skirt as it showed? your skirt doesn't look like that at the top so I wanted to ask.

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  5. I didn't gather the fabric at the top like Ashley did on Make-It Love-It. But if you were making this for a little girl, or you didn't cut your waist small enough, then yes, you would want to gather it.

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  6. OMGsh! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to for posting the info about shirring or using elastic thread on a drop in Brother! I've been losing my mind trying to get this done! Problem solved! YAY!

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  7. Pssst...knit fabric doesn't fray or unravel :o)

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    1. Nope it doesn't! I didn't use knit fabric for this project though so zig zagging was necessary.

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