Posted: May 12, 2014 10:00 AM
 
Maxi skirts are the perfect look for spring and summer. With this simple DIY pattern, you can easily fill your closet and expand your wardrobe with perfect skirts that match your style.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt supplies

Supplies:

  • 1-1/2 yards jersey knit fabric
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Ballpoint sewing needle
  • Iron

Directions:

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 1

Fold your fabric in half selvage to selvage* on a flat work surface. Use the fabric tape measure to measure from your hip down to your ankle to determine the length of the skirt. Add 1-inch to this measurement for seam allowance, then cut the fabric down to that length.

*The selvage edge is the finished edge that runs the entire length of the fabric, as opposed to the edge cut perpendicular to the selvage at the fabric store.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 2

Use the tape measure to measure across the width of the fabric, then use the fabric marking pen to mark the center of the fabric.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 3

Measure around your waist with the fabric tape measure, then divide that number by 4. Measure that many inches on either side of the center marking you just made, and make another mark with the fabric marking pen. For example: my measurement was 38 inches, so I marked 9-1/2 inches on either side of the center marking.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 4

Draw a straight line from the side marking at the top of the skirt down to the bottom of the skirt, stopping about 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric on each side. Next, draw a slightly curved line along the bottom of the skirt, like shown, then cut along the lines through both layers of fabric.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 5

Load your sewing machine with a ballpoint needle and the coordinating thread. A ballpoint needle is needed because it won't snag the jersey knit fabric like a regular needle would.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 6

Take the 2 pieces of skirt material and lay them on top of each other with the right sides facing inward. Sew along both sides of the skirt with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 7

Cut 2 rectangles from your leftover jersey knit fabric. Cut the rectangles down to 10 inches tall and as wide as 1/2 of your waist measurement. Lay the 2 fabric rectangles on top of each other with right sides facing inward and sew along the 2 short sides of the fabric.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 8

Now you have a tube of fabric. Fold the tube in on itself so that the unfinished edges are lined up together.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 9

Slide the top edge of the skirt inside the fabric tube so that all of the unfinished edges (including the skirt) are lined up, facing upward. Sew the fabric tube to the top of the maxi skirt with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 10

Next, fold up the bottom of the skirt about 1/2 inch and sew to form the bottom hem.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt step 11

Use an iron to press all of the seams to give the skirt a finished look. Once the seams are pressed your DIY maxi skirt is ready to wear.

allParenting DIY maxi skirt

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