I have a happy accident to share with you today! A while back I started on a project to make a cute maxi skirt. I started it and couldn’t find the elastic I wanted, then I had to leave for France. I came back and realized I had made it too short so I added some to the top. Then it was too long, so I took some off the bottom and I created a maxi skirt & a summer dress in one! I am so happy with the way it turned out that I wanted to share with all of you!
I am just going to break it down for ya because there really isn’t a pattern or anything. I also just want to say, I am not a sewer! I will not share tutorials on here that are complicated and difficult. I am all about ease and cost. If it’s not easy, forget about it. If it’s gonna cost the same as it would in a store, I’ll buy it. Although I must say, there is something kinda fun about saying “I made it!”
Measure your waist where you would like it to sit. For me, I wanted a high-waisted maxi skirt so I measured right at my belly button. Lay your material out flat, double layered. Then fold it in half. Then from the folded edge, measure in half of your waist measurement. From that point, measure down to the edge of the width of the skirt. When you unfold it, it should look like the picture below, two exact layers, sitting on top of each other. Make sense? I didn’t get a picture, but this one from Elle Apparel is perfect.
Sew each side seam together and set it aside. Like I mentioned, I tried the skirt on and it was way too short. So I thought, “okay, I’ll just add some material to the top of it, from my waist to under my butt, and then have it flair out.”
So for that part, you have to horizontally measure your true waist, hips, butt, and just under your butt, and vertically from your waist to just under your butt. Cut out a piece of fabric using these dimensions. Add 5/8 inch for seam allowance. I sewed those together, both sides, and made sure it fit. It didn’t, so I took a little extra off and it worked. Then sew the top of the skirt to the extra piece, right sides together. I knew I wanted some give when walking etc. so I sewed a casing and added some elastic to the skirt, just under my butt.
Now it was time for the elastic for the top of the skirt. JoAnn’s didn’t have what I was looking for, thick navy blue elastic, but my mom was in downtown LA and found some that was perfect! I actually messed up the first time I did this. You need to measure the elastic a little tighter than your waist size. Obviously, make it comfortable. Then sew the ends together as pictured below. Pin the skirt waist to the elastic right sides together. It will be gaping because the elastic is smaller than the waist of the skirt. When sewing, pull the elastic tight in between pins. I usually don’t pin my material when sewing, but I did for this to be more accurate. Stretch, sew, stretch, sew, you get the idea. When finished sewing, turn it right-side out and the fabric should fall nicely.
After I had that all sewn together, voila! Right? Not for me. The skirt was then too long. Easy fix though, just cut the extra off and hemmed it up. Per a suggestion from one of my cousins, I cut it a bit shorter in the front. Not a ton, but just enough to be barely noticeable. Thanks Steph!
It might not sound as easy as it was but don’t be fooled, I am just not that great at explaining! I also realize it might not work for all body types. But I was so happy with the outcome I just had to share! It’s a perfect option for summer, easy breezy, cute and cheap!
I am working on a maternity/non-maternity version for Christie. Something she can wear now and after the baby’s born.
So what do you think? Is it something you would make? I am pretty sure you could. Like I said, I have very minimal sewing skills and it turned out great! Hope it was helpful!