Are you looking for the perfect skirt? This free maxi skirt pattern is cute, comfortable, and such a nice project for a summer outfit.
DIY Maxi Skirt
Why does it feel like the older I get, the harder it is to find clothing that looks good, is comfortable, not that expensive, and doesn’t show everything. The last few times that I’ve been in a regular department store I couldn’t even find a single thing that I would wear. Is it that hard for a clothing designer to make something that can be comfortably worn around the house and around the garden as well? Alright….maybe that’s not what they are going for, but that’s what I need!
Not to mention the fact that I need clothes that are functional! Aka: I need to be able to bend over and reach and not look completely inappropriate.
So I’ve decided while I wait for this fictional functional, inexpensive, comfortable clothing to appear in the stores, I will just go ahead and make my own clothes that fit me perfectly and will work for what I need them to do.
I was a little shocked to try on my summer clothes I’d put away for this year to discover that practically nothing fit (in a good way…. being gluten free has been so healthy for me!), which means….I need new summer clothes. I come from the land of dry heat and I’ve been told that in our new area the summers are quite awful. Humid and HOT. So I’m pretty sure I will need some nice cool clothing since we do not have air conditioning in the farmhouse. I really like wearing a nice tank top and skirts so I decided my first summer clothing project was going to be to make some skirts!
Below you will find a super easy tutorial on how to make a DIY Fold-over Maxi Skirt. I think these are so cute and perfect for most of the year! I can see this being something I will wear in the spring, summer, and fall. I love it!
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DIY Maxi Skirt Pattern
What You Need:
- Knit Fabric (Get it from Fabric.com)
- Sewing Machine
I found a cute maxi skirt on a clearance rack so I based my pattern off of it. You will just do your own measurements based on your body to make yours fit perfectly!
First, we will cut 4 pieces of fabric. Begin by taking your waist measurement, dividing it in half. This is the width of the smaller piece, the length is 12 inches (for all sizes). Cut 2 smaller pieces.
The take the measurement from your waist to your feet. (Add an inch is you plan to sew a hem) Cut 2 of these larger pieces in a shape like that above where the width of the top of the shape is the width of the smaller piece and the width of the bottom is between 30 and 40 inches depending on how full you want the skirt to be. I cut mine 30 inches wide since I wanted it to be flowy but not pleated.
With both pieces, place the pieces with the wrong sides out and stitch using a straight stitch on both sides.
Take the waistband piece and turn it right side out, fold it in half.
Flip the skirt so the right side is out. Take the raw edge of the waistband and stitch it on to the top of the skirt.
The finished top of the skirt should look like this…minus the wrinkles of course, my stuff is always wrinkly, I can’t wait for a regular size washing machine!
Finally, you can either choose to hem the bottom of the skirt or just leave it. Knit fabrics shouldn’t fray so you can save a step by not hemming if you just plan on wearing these around the house.
A few tips….make sure to use a nice, stretchy cotton knit. (But not with too much stretch!) The polyester knits are cheaper but totally uncomfortable and not stretchy. After making a few of these my favorite blend was 95% with 5% lycra. Also, make sure to use sewing needles that are made for knit fabrics (ballpoint needles).
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As for the fabric…I found really boring patterns at my local fabric store, not to mention the knit fabric was pretty expensive! I’ve been shopping on Fabric.com. I really like that they have free shipping over $35 and I plan to take advantage of the frequent shopper program. 😉
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Isn’t this super cute? To wear, just fold down the waistband to the desired area. You could even make these half the length if you wanted to do some knee-length skirts for a different style. These are so easy to make and great for all year round. Pair it with a tank top in the summer, or long sleeves and a matching scarf in the winter.
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This Maxi Skirt Pattern was originally published on Little House Living in March 2014. It has been updated as of May 2020.