Back in high school when I was bored on a Saturday night I sometimes would sew myself a new skirt to wear to church Sunday. The thing is, my mom was never impressed by my skirts. I wasn’t enough of a perfectionist in my sewing for her taste. Nevertheless, when I was home in August and bored on a Saturday night guess what I did? I sewed a skirt. And guess what? The next day at church my mom complimented me on it. Do you think she was just being nice? Either way, I love how it turned out. It is SO comfy and it was SO easy to make and I feel cute when I wear it.
What You Need:
Any sort of stretchy knit fabric. You’ll need maybe about 1 1/2 yards (assuming your fabric is wide-mine was about 60″ wide). It’s going to depend on your size. I’m short (5′ 4″) and pretty thin, so I need about 1 1/2 yards. Buy a little more if you think you will need it.
Easy Maxi Skirt Pattern & Tutorial:
Measure your waist. (Let’s pretend it was 34 inches.) Divide that measurement in half (making it 17 inches) and that will be how wide you cut the top of your skirt.
Now measure your legs to figure out how long you want your skirt. Measure from your waist clear down to your ankles and then add about 2-3 inches to give yourself enough fabric for a hem at the bottom.
Fold your uncut fabric in half. Starting at the top of your fabric, cut your skirt out. With the fabric folded in half you need to half your top of the skirt measurement again. (So if you were using the measurements from earlier, you would be cutting the top of the skirt 9.5 inches wide. But do it with your own measurements.)
Mark where the bottom of your skirt will be. As you cut from the top, angle gently towards the bottom of your skirt so that it is wider at the bottom than it was at the top. You want it to be about 13 or so inches wider at the bottom. (So divide that in half since your fabric is folded.)
Now, with right sides together, sew both sides together. Try it on to check the width. If you need to, take it in at the waist. (By sewing further in on the fabric and cutting off the excess.)
Can you tell I have worn mine a ton already? I just made it a month ago but it’s a little pilly around the bottom. I wear it A LOT!)
Now, to finish the top, make sure your skirt is still inside out. Cut a piece of fabric that is the same width as the top of your skirt and is about 10 inches tall. Fold this in half making it 5 inches tall by your width-whatever that number is.
With it folded in half, sew the short ends together so that is makes a big loop.
Now (with it of course still folded in half-because it should now be sewn in place that way), pin this piece in place around the outside of your skirt waist. It should be touching your unfinished part of your skirt. Sew around the waist.
This part will fold down over the top of the skirt to make a nice looking waist band.
When it’s sewn in place and the skirt is finished, it should look like this:
And that’s it. Now make one in another color!