DIY Pattern: how to make your own easy maxi skirt

How to make an easy maxi skirt. A easy step-by-step guide to help you create the perfect DIY maxi skirt | Randomly Happy

This has to be one of the easiest patterns I’ve ever shared. I wanted to keep the pattern as simple as possible, but also give you a skirt with an killer fit. All you need is 4 measurements and a bit of very basic math. Hooray for easy patterns!

I’ve written the instructions below, but to be fair, this pattern is so easy you probably don’t need them.

And don’t forget to let me know how you get on.

Happy sewing!

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Easy DIY Maxi Skirt Pattern

You will need:

  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • paper for the pattern (back of wrapping paper, parcel paper,
How to make an easy maxi skirt. A easy step-by-step guide to help you create the perfect DIY maxi skirt | Randomly Happy


1. Take a few measurements:

  • around the waist (or where you want the skirt to sit)
  • around your hips
  • the length from your waist to hips
  • and length from waist to ankles

2. Write these measurements down somewhere handy.

Make your pattern

1. Start by making a pattern for a quarter of the skirt (because you’ll cut out the fabric on the fold to make a half, and then you’ll sew the two halves together). Divide the around the waist and hip measures by 4 (or quarter them).

2. Draw a pattern onto your paper by following the picture above.

Measure out your quarter waist measure and mark on the paper. From the waist point you just drew, measure down your waist to hip measure and mark. At this point measure out your quarter hip measure. From your quarter waist measure, measure your waist to foot measure.

3. To work out how much flare to add to your skirt you can use the simple ‘to add fullness’ measures above. Use your quarter hip measure (not the full measure from Step 1).

Connect all the points to make your pattern.

4. Finally, curve the bottom hem slightly. This will help the skirt fall better.

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  • This tutorial was easy to follow and came out beautifully. I attached the skirt to a top and made a maxi dress instead. It was the first time I ever drafted my own pattern. Thanks for the info 🙂

    • Hi Sally, great question!

      I've put in the details for the tutorial that follows this all about adding a waistband. It's basically a separate waistband strip that you add – either with an elastic or with a super comfy yoga band.

      Do let me know how you get on. Can't wait to see what you make.

  • A few questions: "add to fullness" is that (for the fullest) 3x your complete hips measurement or just a quarter of it? And how much is "slightly" curved for the bottom of the panels? Thank you in advance.

    • To add fullness use your quarter hip measure and then x by 1.5, 2, or 3 (depending on how full you'd like your skirt).

      How much you curve is up to you. I left mine straight in the end (was too keen to wear my skirt) but we're talking a very slight curve – up to 2 cm.

      Hope that helps – would love to see what you end up with!

  • I don't understand why you need to measure the hips too. It seems to make a slight angle from the waist to the hip then to the bottom. Do you make a straight line from the waist to the bottom or the hip to the bottom?

    • I get how it could be confusing.

      This is a slightly a-line skirt so it flares out from the waist to hip and then continues down from the hips. The waist measure ensures the skirt fits at the waist, and the hips ensure it skims your hips (rather than stretching out the skirt) and you use the hip measure to work out how much flare you want to add.

      Hope that helps. Let me know if not and i can try to explain it in a video or something

      Elena x

  • Hi I just wanted to say thank you for providing a pattern online that even I can understand! I have to make a Mrs. Tiggywinkle Victorian skirt (and blouse!) because I run a Hedgehog Rescue and we are doing a fundraising stall at our local Lafrowda festival on July 21st, so thank you so much

    check us out at @HedgepigsandHoglets on facebook
    Jill Dodds x