Simple Maxi Skirt DIY for Your Closet

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With the weather changing everyday here in NC, there is no time like the present to make a few of my favorite simple maxi skirt patterns to add to my closet. This skirt allows for easy dressing no matter what mother nature sends my way. All it takes to create your own custom skirt pattern is a few simple measurements and before  you know it, you’ll be stitching this skirt up in every color under the sun. It’s sure to become a basic staple in your wardrobe!

Update your closet with a simple maxi skirt pattern. This step by step tutorial will show you how to create a personal pattern and sew it together.

Update your closet with a simple maxi skirt pattern. This free pattern and step by step tutorial will show you how to create a personal pattern and sew it together.

Simple Maxi Skirt

This project is for all levels.

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Supplies:
  • knit fabric 60″ wide
  • 1″ non roll elastic

**Note: The amount of fabric and elastic will depend on your measurements.

Tools:

Measurements:

Before we get started a few basic body measurements are needed.

  • measure hips at the widest point
  • measure waist
  • measure from waist to the desired skirt length

I'm adding a few of these simple maxi skirt designs to my closet this year. They will keep me looking good and feeling comfortable no matter what the weather brings. The Sewing Loft

Pattern Drafting

Now, it’s time to draft your paper pattern.

 

Update your closet with a simple maxi skirt pattern. This step by step tutorial will show you how to create a personal pattern and sew it together.

Slash & spread your paper pattern as marked below to create fullness and shape.

Update your closet with a simple maxi skirt pattern. This step by step tutorial will show you how to create a personal pattern and sew it together.

  • slash the pattern from the bottom to the top waist but not completely apart.
  • spread pattern to accommodate desired fullness at hem and hip measurement.
  • re-draw waistline and hem into a smooth curve.

Basic Instructions:

**This how to is focused around using a serger. But do not worry- you can use a standard machine set to a stretch stitch.  Refer to your owner’s manual.

  1. Pin and cut your pattern.  Remember to line up your grain line.  Cutting the fabric is super important so, please take your time!
  2. Match the front and back of skirt with right sides together; stitch side seams.I'm updating my closet with this closet with a simple maxi skirt pattern. This step by step tutorial will show you how to create a personal pattern and sew it together.
  3. Cut elastic 3″ smaller than waist measurement. Fold in half and join together with zig zag. Stretch elastic to fit along wrong side of fabric and attach. Stretch elastic evenly while sewing. Fold over to wrong side of fabric, stretch elastic evenly and straight stitch in place along bottom edge. *Quick Tip: Now is the perfect time to slip in a label if you have one.Update your closet with a simple maxi skirt pattern. This step by step tutorial will show you how to create a personal pattern and sew it together.
  4. Hem time: I give my hem a quick spin around the serger machine and had planned to turn it up but decided to leave it long and unfinished for a casual look.

Update your closet with a simple maxi skirt pattern. This step by step tutorial will show you how to create a personal pattern and sew it together.

 

Important things to remember when making a simple maxi skirt pattern:

  • Be sure to purchase a knit fabric for your skirt.
  • You can fold your fabric in half when cutting out your pattern.
  • Consider your walking stride pattern.
  • Make sure to leave ample room in the sweep/hem area to allow for climbing stairs.

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Update your closet with a few of these easy to make maxi skirt patterns. The Sewing Loft

 

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Comments

  1. Hickorychick says:

    Cute and basic and needed) tutorial. Thank from Hickory…

  2. this is super cute Heather!!!

  3. Knit maxi skirts are the best. That is all!

  4. sewvery says:

    Love your tutorial graphics and instructions, Heather! I hardly ever wear skirts, but this makes me want to try one! The tutorial is so simple, and I love the unhemmed edge! Easy.

  5. Could I use cotton instead of knit?

    • You could Danielle but since there is no give, you will need to add a slit for ease when walking. Otherwise, you may not have enough room for a full walking stride or climbing stairs. The stretch in the knit skirt allows for give in these areas.
      ~Heather

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