Tuesday, September 10, 2013

DIY Maxi Skirt

I think it is quite evident to all that we have been acing on the slacking lately. So as an act of washing your feet I bring to you the easiest and one of my most favoritest refashion projects that make me jump and squeal for joy. Seriously, it is so dang easy. If you can cut, pin, measure, and sew a straight line for two seconds you'll get a blue ribbon for this one!
Jeepers! I'm getting right in with style and have myself a maxi skirt! I don't know why I didn't get one sooner! Actually I do. If you are a tall girl like me you know where this is going. I have the problem where maxi's are always 3-5 inches too short and end up looking like those pilgrim dresses from Columbus' day in age. It would appear to you that designers would remember those blessed in inches and throw a few extra inches to the chunk of a skirt, but they seem to forget that people do grow past 5 foot 10. Any of you ladies strugglin' with this fashion crisis-- hop off that bus and make yourself a skirt. 

And if you read closely above you'll see that my black maxi didn't start a skirt, or start from scratch... it started from a dress! A dress that was about 4 inches to short, and here is a blurry picture to prove it but doesn't really show the shortness.

This whole DIY maxi skirt dream came to play when I saw Merrick's Art's Goddess Dress. I read the tutorial and was like "Good lans! That's easy enough for a girl like me who has some serious blonde moments to ace!" 
And so I went on the hunt for jersey knit fabric (I was planning on leaving the shirt off (I was planning on leaving the shirt part of the dress off). While I was on the hunt I came across the dress above on the clearance rack at our trusty ol Old Navy. I tried it on thinking that I could just settle for a dress. Turns out it was too short, and was kinda lifeless looking. Hung it back up. 
We made our way to JoAnn's. Found the black jersey knit fabric. Saw the price per yard and about had a heart failure and the ripe old age of 15. Then my mathematic side of my brain started churning and the price of the dress was cheaper than the price of one yard of fabric (I would end up needing 2.5) AND THATS WITH A COUPON. Long story short (because seriously this is turning into a novel with so many grammatical errors) I ended up buying the dress and chopping it up and ending up with a skirt that I wear too much.
And here's how I went about that.

What You Need
Elastic (3/4)
 Coordinating Thread
Sewing Machine

I measured from the floor up to where I wanted my skirt to hit and marked it on the dress with chalk. Add to inches up to that line and mark it. (you will need both lines marked)

Before you cut, put the dress on as if it were a skirt to make sure it's not too short! Chop the dress up following the top line (the line with 2 inches added)

Put the skirt aside for now, and move onto the elastic. Measure your waist, take 2-3 inches off that and cut your elastic that length. 

Match up the two ends and zip-zag stitch them together. It doesn't have to be anything pretty, I mean look at mine. Looks like I sewed it blindfolded. 

Fold this 'zig-zaged flap' to one end and stitch it down, with a straight stitch.

Back to the skirt. 
Turn the skirt inside out. 
Fold over the top fabric until you reach the line marked indicating the length you want your skirt to end up. This is just the beginning of creating the casing for the elastic. But this is a super easy casing!

Insert your elastic under the folded piece of fabric you just created. Pin down the elastic and gather the skirt as you go along.

Sew all the way around the skirt, right underneath the elastic. 
 TAADAA! You're done! Not even a hem needed to be hemmed :).
Super easy right? If you have any questions don't be afraid to comment/email me! I'll get back to you asap.
Now, go chop up a dress and make it into something fab-u-lous! Even you shorties, and in-betweenies can make one! Fun for all :)

Linking with: My Thrifty Chic, Winthrop Chronicles, Ginger Snap Crafts, The 36th Avenue, Liz Marie, Five Days Five Ways (Again), Naptime Crafters, The Shabby Nest, Jennifer Rizzo, I Heart Naptime, Be Different... Act Normal, The Pin Junkie, Carrie This Home

1 comment:

Julie said...

Very nice tutorial! I came over from Five days Five ways.

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