DIY Maxi Skirt

Being a first grade teacher, one of my biggest priorities in clothing is comfort.  I’m up and down off the floor and moving around all day and I like to be comfortable.  Since I have a small monthly shopping budget {and I usually spend it on my home projects} and I really enjoy sewing, I decided to make a fall skirt to wear to school.

It took me about an hour and a half and cost me $7.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 yards of fabric {I used a knit}
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine
  • measuring tape
  • needles

I’m sure there is a much simpler way to do it but this is the method I came up with.  Start by laying your fabric out in a rectangle shape {sorry about the poor picture quality-I made this at night and the lighting was pretty poor}.  I folded mine in half so both layers are in the picture below.

Then I wrapped it around my waist and marked it where wanted it to lay with pins.

I put one pin where I wanted the top of the skirt to hit {leave a few inches for the waistband above}.  I made sure it was a tad long to leave enough room for the hem and a seam allowance at the top.  Then I also marked a pin to show how wide I needed it to be to fit snug around my waist.  When I laid it out on the floor, I cut just above my “height” pin to get the correct length.  Then I measured how wide it would be {about 13″} around my waist.  Since I needed  13″ for the top of my skirt, I measured 13″ in the center and pinned each side where I would start my seam and cut off excess fabric.

Then I widened it out all the way down the skirt.  I kept my yard stick on hand to make sure my sides were evenly sewed.  Then I stitched a seam down both sides.  Once the sides were finished, I hemmed the bottom.

Then I took the scrap fabric from the top portion I cut off and made a waistband.  You can make this as thick as you want, but my finished band is 3″.  I started with a 6″ thick scrap, folded it in half, and sewed the edges together.

Then I sewed the two ends together to make a full circle.  The final step was to stitch the waistband to the top of the skirt.

I used a zig zag stitch for a little more security.

And you have a cute, comfy skirt!

Yes, I still need to press my seams, but the sewing part is done:) My favorite thing about this is how versatile it is.  You can wear it in the fall with flats and a long sleeve shirt and in the summer and spring with tank top and sandals.  I may just have to make a few more…






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  1. Angela Jones says:

    Cute skirt and love the price! It amazes me how you can put something like that together without a pattern!!

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  3. Love the Maxi Skirt! I just made one last night in a plum color. They are so comfortable to wear…I just love them!

    Head over to check mine out here:

  4. Adorable. I am not quite sure I could pull this off, but I love the look of it!

  5. love this look!! adorable!

  6. I live in skirts…thanks for this super easy tutorial…Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin’ link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there…

    Remember…YOU ROCK!!

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  7. I love maxi skirts like that! It looks great! Lol, I forget to iron seams a lot too.:)

  8. Thanks for posting directions for a simple maxi skirt!! It went together REAL easy. I just made mine in gray.


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