10 steps to a killer DIY maxi skirt. A simple tutorial guiding you through all you need to know to sew your own awesome DIY maxi skirt | Randomly Happy

10 steps to a killer DIY maxi skirt

10 steps to a killer DIY maxi skirt. A simple tutorial guiding you through all you need to know to sew your own awesome DIY maxi skirt | Randomly Happy

Here we are at last… the maxi skirt tutorial I promised you on Wednesday. If you can wield some scissors and sew two pieces of fabric together than you pretty much have already made this skirt.

10 steps to a killer DIY maxi skirt. A simple tutorial guiding you through all you need to know to sew your own awesome DIY maxi skirt | Randomly Happy

The nice thing about this skirt is that it has a nice little waistband so you can wear it without a belt and it still looks pretty awesome (well, I think so anyway).

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. Give me a shout if maxi skirts on on your horizon, love to hear how you style them.

10 steps to a killer maxi skirt

 

You will need:

2 metres of jersey fabric (depending on how tall you are – I’m short)
elastic tape
pins
scissors
matching thread
sewing machine

 

1. Take 2 measurements: one around your waist, and the other from your waist (or where you want the skirt to sit) to the floor (or where you want the skirt to finish). Write these two numbers down.
2. Cut the elastic tape to match the waist measurement you just took. Put that to one side.
3. Now for a little bit of simple maths. Divide your waist measure by half and add on 3cm / 1″ for seam allowance.

Cut two rectangles (or a slightly flared rectangle – with the bottom wider than the top – if you want the skirt to flare out a bit at the bottom) that are half-waist-measure (plus seam allowance)-wide by waist-to-floor-long.

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4. To make the waistband, lay your elastic on top of some fabric and cut around, leaving 1.5cm / half an inch for seam allowance either end. Check you can fold the fabric in half over the elastic. Do this twice so you have two lengths of fabric.

10 steps to a killer DIY maxi skirt

5. {disclaimer: imagine this picture has the waistband and the skirt widths the same size – I hadn’t really thought through the process and made a bit of a booboo}

Place the top raw edge of one waistband piece to the top raw edge of the skirt. Make sure the right sides are facing together. Pin. Repeat for the other skirt and waistband piece.

10 steps to a killer DIY maxi skirt

 

6. Sewing time. I am notorious for just using zigzag or straight stitch, but this time I used the knit stitch function. It just makes the stitches a little stronger to deal with the stretch of the fabric.

I would recommend getting to know this stitch – especially if you stitch with jersey.

10 steps to a killer DIY maxi skirt
7. Sew the waistband to the skirt leaving a 1.5cm seam allowance. Repeat for the second set. Put the two skirt-waistband pieces with right sides together, sew both parts of the skirt together. You should now have a giant tube.
8. Place your elastic on one of the side seams of the skirt – to the wrong side of the skirt. Match this to the bottom edge of the waistband.Use a zigzag stitch to sew the elastic at the side seam. Attaching the elastic at the side (where you attached the two skirt sections together) hides the stitching.

Now, making sure the elastic doesn’t turn, wrap the elastic around the top edge of the waistband until you reach the start of the elastic.

10 steps to a killer DIY maxi skirt

9. Flip the top half of the waistband over the elastic. Pin the fabric in place, making sure to pin in the seam allowance left when you attached the waistband piece to the skirt.

You can see in the photo it is not attached to the front, but to the extra bit of fabric we left for our seam allowance. This hides our stitches so we get a nice, neat effect.

10 steps to a killer DIY maxi skirt

10. Now sew that waistband closed – sewing along the seam allowance of the waistband to hide your stitches. You could sew it to the front of the skirt, but this hides our stitches and gives a nice neat finish.

10 steps to a killer DIY maxi skirt

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    chantel campbell-payne

    Thank you this is brilliant! I even have the same fabric so will try this out I'm thinking of adapting it slightly & making the skirt gathered.

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