Another reason why I love Spring is that I get to ditch my dreary winter wardrobe and break out my spring and summer dresses and skirts. I really dislike wearing pants. I don't know why really, maybe I find them a bit uncomfortable, maybe I just think dresses are prettier, or maybe I just hate cold weather. Okay, it's all of the above.
Anyway, with all of this glorious warm weather, I have been itching to make a new maxi skirt. These skirts are easy and rather quick to put together and here's how:
What you will need:
- Your favorite maxi skirt to use as a pattern
- 1 1/2 - 2 yards of fabric (I prefer using a cotton jersey knit. I got mine from Girl Charlee)
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing Machine
- Fold your fabric in half, right sides facing each other. If you are using a fabric with a pattern like I did, make sure the pattern matches up on both sides. Take the maxi skirt you are using as a pattern and lay it on top of your folded fabric.
- Cut around the maxi skirt you are using as a pattern, leaving a 1/2" extra on all sides to allow for seam allowances. Once your skirt is cut, pin the side seams.
- Serge or sew up the side seams using a 1/2" seam allowance. If you do not have a serger, first sew up the side seams using a straight stitch, then sew again with a zig zag stitch to prevent the material from fraying.
- For the waistband, measure the top of the fabric you just cut and double it. Mine measured 16", so doubled it was 32". Cut a piece of fabric that is 1" smaller than the waist measurement by 16". My waistband piece was 31" x 16".
- Fold your waistband piece in half, right sides together, and sew (zig zag stitch) or serge up the side to create a tube. Turn right side out and fold the tube inside of itself until it is in half and the edges of the fabric are lined up.
- Pin your waistband to your skirt, right sides together, at the raw edges. Once pinned, serge or sew with a zig zag stitch around the skirt using a 1/2" seam allowance.
- Serge along the bottom of the skirt.
- Try on your skirt (almost done, yay!) to determine the length of your hem. Press inward and press the side seams to the back. Hem the skirt to your desired length using a straight stitch.
- Done! Enjoy your fabulous new skirt and hopefully some sunshine to go with it!
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