Knit maxi skirts are so easy to make and and so fun to wear! I love how versatile they are and I'm slowly growing my own collection. I made this maxi skirt a few weeks ago and wanted to share the tutorial with you all.
You will need:
- Basic sewing skills
- Access to a sewing machine
- Knit fabric (any length from 1m to 1.5m will give you plenty to work with)
- Matching thread
- Elastic (enough to go around your hips comfortably)
- A tape measure
- A hand sewing needle, pins, and a safety pin (the larger the better)
a) Measure and pin your waistband, folding it over to the wrong side of the fabric. I used a larger piece of elastic, so I went with a 5cm waistband to accommodate it.
b) Sew your waistband, reversing at both ends to secure the thread.
a) Pin your safety pin through one end of the elastic.
b) Using the safety pin, pull the elastic through the waistband.
c) Keep elastic free at both ends of the waistband.
Wrapping the fabric around your hips, decide how much excess fabric you want to remove - if you want a fuller skirt then keep most of the fabric, if you want it more slim-fitting then remove a bit more.
Play around with the fabric, adjusting it along the elastic and see what you like. I like my skirts a bit fuller, so I only cut off 18cm of fabric (I originally started with 150cm).
a) Put both ends of the elastic together and sew, reversing for a few stitches at both ends to secure the thread.
b) With the right sides of the fabric together, sew the side seam.
a) Fold a 5cm hem over to the wrong side of the fabric. Tuck 1cm of that fold under, to create a tidy edge. Sew along the top of the hem, following the folded edge.
b) The wrong side of the hem.
c) The right side of the hem.
And you're done! This is somewhat of a lazy DIY - I didn't do any overlocking and I kept it pretty simple. Buy hey, sometimes you don't need to go all out, sometimes simple just works!
Do you have any experience with sewing your own clothes? What do you think of this DIY? I'd love to hear!