Maxi Skirt Love and DIY

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This outfit came as a result of a rushed morning getting ready for work and wanting to wear a long skirt. Β In the past, and colder months, I was loving wearing this skirt with chunky sweaters, or my go-to black long sleeve tee with converse or booties, but that recipe + the summer heat would have resulted in bad news bears.

The result – a loose, long tank belted with easy sandals and this maxi
= a new favourite outfit.
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Tank Winners (Clearance) | Belt Forever 21 | Skirt Made by Me |
Sandals Marc Fisher | Watch Nixon

Photos by: W. Dixon Photography

You may have never guessed it but I made this skirt and you can too!
DIY: Jersey Maxi Skirt

– 1.25m of jersey fabric (new or repurposed or created) – your choice
– thread
– 1″ thick elastic (measured 1-2″ short of your waist/hip/top of skirt)
– scissors
– sewing machine/needle (not much sewing here)

1) measure how long and wide you want your skirt to be. I decided that I wanted mine a more column style and I only wanted one seam (in the back).
2) Cut your fabric so that you have 1″ seam allowance for the width and 2″ seam allowance for the height.
Lay your skirt right side down and fold the top of the material back the width of your elastic plus 1″ for seam allowance.
4) sew this line but leave a gap/end early near one end so that you can add the elastic later.
5) fold your skirt so that the right sides are together and your elastic fold are overlapping.
6) the long side together after measuring that the width is the span of your hips (less if you want it tight, more if you want it loose). *Insert a slit (i.e. only sew as far as you want sewn) if you wish. I opted to not have one.
7) Alter. I had to get W to help me with this step. Take in the top of your seam so that it follows your curve. This will make it sit nicely over your backside.
8) Remember that gap? Clip a safety pin onto one end of your elastic and feed it through the long loop you created.
9) put the ends of the elastic together and sew them together.
10) Close the fabric loop with a few stitches.
(Optional) hem your skirt. With jersey, if you cut your line neat enough you won’t need too.
Et Viola!

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8 thoughts on “Maxi Skirt Love and DIY

  1. I love the way you combined the top and the long skirt, beautiful. I made a DIY knit pencil skirt some days ago too. Though I’m not really a fan of long skirts but the way you combined it here is really making me want to try it πŸ™‚ Cute

    1. Thanks! I like how easy long skirts are and have since started to incorporate more into my mix. How did your skirt turn out? Did you use some of the same steps/fabric?

    1. Thanks chic voyage! what an awesome (and easy) diy fashion project this was! I’m looking forward to creating another one with fall colours for this season.

  2. Hello. I found your skirt on I am trying to figure out how much/many yards is 1.25 mm (the US isn’t on the metric system). I’ve googled several online calculators and still not understanding their giberish responses. :-). I’d LOVE to make this this weekend. :-). Please advise when and/or if possible. Thanks so much.

    1. Hi there! Thanks for your comment. 1 m is just over a yard so I would recommend purchasing about two yards of fabric to be on the safe side. Keep in mind that you will need to take into account the width of your fabric, and the grain as well. I found for this knit that I was able to use the width of the fabric for the wrap-around, and the “cut” length for the waist to ankle length of the skirt (this will depend on your measurements too). When in doubt, I tend to resort to wrapping it around me in the store to check if it would work (shhh!) πŸ˜‰ Hope this helps and happy sewing!

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