Stilettos and Diapers: Easy DIY Maxi Skirt

2.08.2013

Easy DIY Maxi Skirt


I love this DIY maxi skirt. It's like leggings, but even comfier. And I feel a little dressed up when I wear it. And it's so easy to make.
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Now, I'm no professional seamstress. But, I made the skirt and got so many comments from y'all asking for the tutorial. So here it is. With no professional terms and badly lit pics taken in my basement where the sewing machine is. 

What you'll need:

Jersey knit
Matching thread
Sewing machine
Measuring tape
Pins
Scissors 

A lot of fabric comes 60" wide. That should be plenty of length for most gals, so you'll need as much as you are wide, plus a little. I bought 1.5 yards for this skirt. 
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You're going to be working with 3 measurements.

1. Top. This measurement needs to be taken around where you want the skirt to sit. I wear mine low, around my hipbones. I measure 30", so 15" is my top measurement. 

2. Length. This is the length from where you want your skirt to start, to the floor, plus 6-8" for your folded waistband. It just depends on how much you want to fold. I fold twice and have about a 4" yoga pant style foldover top. 

3. Bottom. This is your top measurement plus 5". This gives you room to walk without too much of a flair. 

Get Started:

Fold your large piece in half and cut it to the desired length first. 

Then, start measuring from the folded side and mark the top and bottom measurements with a pencil or piece of chalk and cut the non folded side. You can lay your measuring tape out (or anything long and straight) at a diagonal between the 2 and cut into your skirt shape. Make sure you are not cutting the folded side! 

This is what you will end up with. 
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Put a few pins in to hold it together and sew all the way up the open side. I use jersey needles because they're easier. You can get a pack for a couple bucks wherever you buy your fabric. 
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Trim the excess material off close to the seam and turn the skirt right side out. 
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Notice I don't allow extra room for seams, because this is a fitted skirt. You want it to stretch a bit over your hips so it doesn't fall down. You can always stitch it in a little more if  it's too loose. 

That's it! You can fold the top down 1 large fold or 2 smaller folds. The jersey knit doesn't fray, so you don't need to do any hemming. I've washed my gray one countless times and although it has shrunk up just a bit, there was plenty of folded room at the top to make it long enough.

Here is the black one I made in the pictures. 

Now go make yourself one! Or 5. I won't judge you for living your entire life in them. Here is a good deal on the jersey knit fabric and it comes in several colors! 


73 comments:

  1. I really love this! I want to make one or a few. I actually think this would be really comfy to wear home from the hospital after I Give birth coming soon in March. I love the black one, but is it stretchy or anything? And you have to get a certain fabric for it? I really like how simple it is and so comfy looking!

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    1. It is stretchy! Its jersey knit. Like a t-shirt material with stretch to it.

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  2. LOVE this. I might even be able to do this!

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  3. That is a super cool DIY! Nice job! I love it with the chambray top and leopard shoes.

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  4. I love the black skirt, love love! If I can find the time, I am going to make one of these :)

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  5. How about I give you some money and you make me a grey one and a black one? Misty can't even sew a button on. ;)

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  6. This is so cute! I love the look. If I had a sewing machine I would be making several.

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  7. I don't know if I'm missing something, but if you have just one sewn line, when you folder over the top, won't you see the two edges?

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    1. Yes, you can see the seam. I trimmed and pressed it open and you don't notice it at all.

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  8. It is my understanding that you're supposed to use a zigzag stitch on jersey so that your seam doesn't tear when it stretches. Did you use a zig-zag or a straight? If a straight has it worked out?

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  9. Quick question: in your picture do you cut on a diagonal from the top 15" down to the bottom 20" of the skirt? Then sew the diagonal side? Sorry, I'm not much of a sewer, but I might be able to do this!

    Thank you:)

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  10. I just made one out of one yard of fabric. The walmart lady messed up and there wasn't enough for another one and half yards so she gave me both pieces (2 yards total) for $1! I didn't want to waste the material so I did everything but the yoga waistband. I took the remainder of the material and made a yoga band and sewed it all together! Thanks for the great tutorial! I'm getting ready to make a second skirt!

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  11. We have a $1.99 a yard fabric store near us, and they sell some pretty colored jersey knits. I'm excited now! I need some pretty skirts for summer. Could you even make this skirt shorter? Like just below the knee? I would just have to cut it shorter right? Anyways, I love this tutorial! It's so simple, that even I want to whip out my sewing machine and try it!
    Thank you!!

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  12. This is awesome. I am wanting to try something new and I think it is stinkin adorable and super easy! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  13. So excited that I found this tutorial, I'm 1/2 way thru my pregnancy so maxi ANYTHING is both flattering and cute! Can't wait for the jersey knit I ordered to arrive so I can whip some of these out!

    P.S. for those who aren't lucky enough to find jersey knit for only 1.99 ;) try this website:
    http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/search/search.aspx?page=1&source=searchbox&keywords=jersey%20knit%20&refine=y&Category=Blouse%2fDress+Weight+Fabric

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  14. Cute skirt, it really suits you and is so easy to make :)
    I've tried on maxi skirts but always felt like they didn't suit me.

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  15. I have made two of these, one I added an easy circle skirt to the top and made it into a beach cover up dress. and I just made one this morning of some teal fabric with a thin black stripe. They are so comfortable. Thanks!
    Samantha

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    1. I meant circle shirt, not skirt. whoops

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  16. Ok silly question Im sure but the side that you stitch up, does it look funny that the other side is not stitched or do you wear that part in the back? Love this tutorial!!

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    1. I don't think it looks funny! Most things you buy have some kind of seam and I wear it down the side. :)

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  17. Did you use a ballpoint needle when you sewed these skirts? They're so cute and I would love to make one, but I've read that knits tear a lot easier when you use a standard needle.

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  18. yes, use a ballpoint needle.... trust me, the normal ones mess up the fabric terribly!

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  19. If you don't have a sewing machine can this be done by hand? I really want to give this a try, but don't have a sewing machine.

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