+ 4 step DIY maxi skirt with optional slits

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shoes: Sam edelman  sunglasses: h&m

Nothing makes me feel more feminine than a maxi skirt, especially a maxi skirt that shows a little leg. The slits not only adds a little vavavoom, but adds a pretty flow as you walk and move in it. I was shocked at how dang easy this was to make. Even though working with 3 yards of fabric can be a pain in the but, everything else was smooth sailing. I’m in love with this skirt! I just have to make it in a pretty floral to match this upcoming summer.

Supplies:
2-3 yards of light knit fabric, avoid thick or interlock (see step 1 for the amount you will need)
elastic (I chose black 1″ wide elastic)
thread
sewing machine
scissors

Instructions:
1. Measure your hips and double or triple the measurement (this will be the length the amount of fabric that will be gathered at the waist). Make sure when you purchase your fabric that you will be able to get this waist width and the length of the skirt. Then divide by 3. (ex: 38″ hip measurement x 2 = 76″ / 3 = 25″) This measurement will be the 2 pieces you will sew together. One will be bigger (2/3 of the length) and one will be smaller (1/3 the length). (For example: one of the pieces will be 25″ (that is a 1/3 of the waist) and 51″ will be the bigger piece (2/3 the waist)). If you can’t find the knit fabric bolt to be wide enough then do 3 pieces all 1/3 the doubled or tripled waist measurement.
So what I did was buy 3 yards of fabric, and used the entire width of the bolt to be one piece and 1/3 of the doubled waist measurement from the remaining fabric.
2. Sew the seams together, RST, leaving the slits unsewn.
3. Leave the slits un-hemmed (knit doesn’t fray) or hem them under the amount of your seam allowance so it falls nicely with the seams.
4. Sew the elastic’s ends together then attach to the top of the skirt. Here are 2 ways to do this:

Option a – outside elastic: mark the elastic and skirt into quarters, then pin those quarters together laying the elastic over the top of the skirt lining up the edge of the skirt with the elastic. Top stitch both the edge of the elastic, stretching the elastic as you sew. Flip up.

Option b – hidden elastic: mark the elastic and skirt into quarters, then pin those quarters together laying the elastic over the top of the skirt, placing the edge of the elastic to the edge of the skirt, on the outside of the skirt. i.e. only the edge of the elastic will touch the top of the skirt, (vs. option a were the entire elastic is touching). Sew together, stretching as you sew. Then flip under inside the skirt. Stretch as you topstitch it under. If you don’t want to topstitch it, it will still work.maxislit

Comments

  1. LOVE IT! I think I might make one this Friday. I am trying to get everything done today and tomorrow so I can have a sewing and craft day on Friday…perhaps ending with a glass of wine or two! it’s been a long week! :)
    Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. I love the skirt…I was also wondering if you have any done a blogpost on your hair? Trying to grow my hair this length….do you have tips? Caring is sharing and all that..;))
    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Roxanne says:

    Wonderful! Black works all year round. And you make it look so lovely!

  4. Beautiful outfit and your hairstyle!

    http://www.MARTASFASHIONDIARY.com/

  5. Thank you for such a lovely tute. I’m in maxi mode right now. Just got to get to a fabric shop!

  6. Amazing all black ensemble!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

  7. Thanks so much! I have 3 yards of bright coral fabric that I’ve been wondering what to do with, and now I know!

  8. Gorgeous!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that links to your tutorial:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-4-step-easy-maxi-skirt/2014/06/12/
    –Anne

  9. Hello, I have been following your blog for a while, and really like it (keeps my creativity juices flowing). Lately you have been missing in action, I wonder if you are doing well or your just taking a break? or maybe i am just being impatient for your next post… anyways, keep up with “Le Good Job”. :)

  10. Lovely! I’m now I need of more fabric…..

  11. I absolutely love this DIY! You are so talented girl!!

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

  12. This dress is just amazing!

  13. I made this about a month ago, and I had a couple suggestions for this (by the way, I loved it :) ). Maybe you did this and I read it wrong, but… For the skirt parts, I ended up only cutting one slit, but I was thinking, instead of cutting a slit, why not just wrap the back pieces a little over the side seam (where you want the slits) and the fold it back a little ways (so the raw edge is concealed), and sew down along the raw edge (on the inside) up to where you want the slits. (I hope you are still following me). For the elastic, maybe I did it wrong, but EVERY SINGLE TIME I put it on I end up ripping I pile of stitches, so I was thinking maybe a waistband made w/ extra fabric to wrap the elastic in and then have the waist band at the top. Thank you, and I hope this helps anyone who makes this.

    • I just realized, I did it differently (with the skirt pieces) then how you did it (I did 1 front piece (half the width) and two back pieces (1/4 of the width)

  14. Hi from Venezuela :), i follow you for a while and I had decided not to do anything until now! but i don’t understand why three meters. The measure of my waist I have to multiply? or just divide the measure x 3 and this will be the two parts? My translation is not good, sorry! :(((

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