Who doesn’t love a good maxi skirt?!! Whether you like them fitted with a slit, tiered, ruffled, or flowy like this one – maxi skirts make us feel pretty while still being the ultimate in comfort. I love the feeling of a maxi skirt blowing in the breeze, something about it evokes memories of classic movie stars to me (think Rita Hayworth). Add to that the fact that I can dress them up or down and wear them in almost every season, well that makes maxi skirts a win / win in my book. Naturally, I already have a few maxi skirts hanging in my closet, as I tend to add a new handmade version each season (see last year’s wrap maxi skirt HERE) – I simply couldn’t resist adding to my maxi skirt collection again.
Maxi skirts can never go out of style. I think Ms. Hayworth would agree.
Gauze maxi skirt DIY
How to sew a simple gauze maxi skirt
How to sew a gauze maxi skirt
- Measure from your waist to the floor to determine skirt length, add 1″. Mine was 39″ total. Cut (3) 39″ length by width of fabric (selvage to selvage) skirt panels.
- Measure around your waist, and around your hips. Add 2″ to your hips measurement, and cut (1) waistband panel 4″L x hips + 2″.
- Place (2) skirt panels right sides together, pin and sew one side edge. Finish seam and press.
- Place last skirt panel right sides together with one side edge of the previous 2 sewn together. Pin and sew, finish seam and press.
- Hem the bottom of the skirt by either, a) finishing the raw edge, pressing 1/4″ to the wrong side and sewing; b) using a rolled hem foot to carefully sew the skirt hem; or c) folding 1/4″ towards the wrong side and pressing, then folding again 1/4″ and pressing – then sew to finish.
- Sew a gathering stitch along the top raw edge of the skirt. Gently pull the bobbin thread, until the skirt is the same width as your hip measurement + 2″. Make sure gathers are nice and even.
- Place waistband right sides together with the gathered top edge of the skirt, pin and sew. Trim seam to help eliminate bulk, and press seam up.
- Fold skirt in half right sides together, matching up the side seam. Pin and sew. Finish seam.
- Fold waistband raw edge 1/4″ towards the wrong side and press. Fold waistband again in half, towards the inside of the skirt. Pin the folded edge just over the raw ruffled seam. Sew around, leaving a 2″ opening for inserting elastic. Cut a piece of elastic the width of your waist minus 2″. Using a safety pin on one side of the elastic, insert into waistband opening and thread elastic through waistband casing, making sure the elastic does not twist. Pin elastic ends together and sew to secure. Sew waistband opening closed.
And you are finished!
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