I can’t go into any store these days without seeing simple maxi skirts made out of knit jerseys. They charge so much for a skirt that takes about a 1 1/4 yards of fabric so I decided to make myself one!
We have so many knit fabrics here at Hart’s that would be absolutely wonderful for this project. I had a really hard time time choosing!
Here are a few of the many fabulous options!
I choose the Mariner Stripe bamboo knit on the top left.
All right, Let’s get started!
Waist measurement: Measure around your waist where you want your skirt to sit on your body (not necessarily your natural waist. I got 40″
Hip Measurement: Measure around the largest part of your hip. I got 41″
Skirt length: Measure from where you took your waist measurement to the floor. I got 38″
Hem Measurement: I added 4 inches to the hip measurement to get my hem measurement. Next time I think I would add more though to have a more flowing skirt.
Take ease out of your measurements:
Because we are dealing with stretchy fabrics we have to take 1″ out of each of our measurements. Here are mine.
- Take out your pattern paper and draw the following diagram.
- Make a straight line down the center for the length of your skirt.
- Draw a perpendicular line at the top to mark your waist.
- Measure down 7″ and draw another perpendicular line for the hip line.
- Mark your waist measurement and hip measurement in the proper place.
- Drop the center front line .5″ and use a hip curve to get a nice line.
- Connect your side seams using a hip curve.
- Draw your side-seams.
- Draw a line that equals your waist measurement
- Square down and up three inches.
- On the center line, measure in from the sides .75″
Cut your pattern out of your fabric. You need to cut 2 each.
Sew up your skirt!
I used a serger to sew mine but if you don’t have one use the knit stitch on your machine. See the image below for reference.
- Sew the side-seams together on your skirt.
- Sew the side-seams together on your waistband.
- Fold your waistband in half and with right sides together, sew the waistband to the skirt.
- Hem your skirt. I used the rolled hem on my machine but you could also use a double needle, coverstitch, or leave it raw.
Enjoy your new Maxi Skirt!
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