Tuesday, April 3, 2012

IT'S HERE!!!! DIY MAXI SKIRT TUTORIAL!


I have become OBSESSED with MAXI dresses! They are all over Pinterest right now. But for the record, my obsession with them came long before my Pinterest account :). How this skirt came about is that I had this piece of material that I'd found. It was once made to use as a sarong. I can't really explain it as anything other than a it was like like something fell from the sky, hit me on the head, and gave me a genius idea! You know, chicken little style. I ran upstairs to my closet and grabbed on of my old dress/shirt that I wore over leggings that had piece of 3 inch elastic around the waist. I picked it off the dress and sewed it to the top of my fabric. Viola! 




My brain went crazy and started dreaming up all the possibilities. I remember seeing a tutorial on Dana made it for dying elastic. So I decided to run to JoAnn's and after a fun night in my own creative space while the Husband was at priesthood, I came up with this!



You can use her wonderful tutorial on dying your own elastic 

I now have FOUR! beautiful maxi skirts that I can't wait to rock! Here is the last one I made just for you. By the fourth one I think I had all the kinks worked out. But if you have any suggestions, please feel free to add them! 

DIY MAXI SKIRT
What you will need:
Sewing machine with your basic tools
Fabric and matching thread
3 in. elastic and matching thread. One package will most likely make 2 skirts (I found mine at JoAnn's)

1. FABRIC
When choosing your fabric you have quite a few options. Make sure whatever you choose you pick something that has some weight. Not too mjuch, not too little. Cotton would be an example of too light. Also choose a fabric that is thick enough so you don't end up having to have more than one layer or wear a slip under it. Not a HUGE deal, just makes things easier.
As far as the amount of fabric you will need, take measuring tape and measure from your high waist to the floor for your length. The width of the fabric you choose will need to be anywhere from 48in to 70in. Depending on your size. Whatever your size, make sure the fabric comes on the bolt at at least the minimum width. You will want your skirt to be ONE piece of fabric.

Fold fabric wrong side out, selvage edge to selvage edge 


It will look like this
Sew a straight stitch along the selvage side to make a large tube. Make sure you sew far enough over passed the little holes in the fabric.


Cut away the raw edge leaving at least 1/4 of an inch passed your stitch.


Turn it right side out

In my dreams, I own a serger. But until then, I must make do. Serge around the tope edge of your fabric that you will be attaching to your elastic. If you don’t have a serger, you can zigzag the edge, leave it raw, or iron the waist down 1/4 of an inch and iron it down another 1/4 of an inch. It just depends on your preference. I don’t like any raw edges since it starts to fray as you wash

Using a measuring tape, measure around your waist where you will like your skirt to fit. Add 1/2 to one inch more. Now I'm going to send you back over to Dana at MADE because she already has a great tutorial on sewing together the elastic. The way I see it, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! :) Scroll down to where she starts sewing the elastic and then follow her instructions until she started to hem the bottom of the skirt, then come back.
*SIDE NOTE*  I am NOT a "by the rules sewer". I kinda fly by the hem of my skirt :). So It was easier for me to pin the elastic from the inside and sew from the inside so I could see where I was sewing over the fabric. It is completely up to you which way you do it. 

See, pins are on inside


I also made a mark on my sewing machine as a guide to help me keep a straight line. 


ok....now





 WELCOME BACK! :)

As far as your hem goes, it is totally up to you. Just make sure you have a heavier hem so the skirt will lay nice and straight. 


Here is a small hem which was fine....


But as far as looks go, I ended up preferring the larger hem. 


There ya go! Your very own home sewn fashion star MAXI skirt! I LOVE these. Just pair it with your favorite T or tank top and accessories to match! Easy peasy and SUPER stylish. Sorry that you will be seeing me wear them all summer. What do ya do.... 

Here are the other 3. 

You guys, this really was an easy project. Don't let the thought of sewing hold you back! It wouldn't even be a bad starter project. Just don't let yourself get frustrated! The first time I made this skirt it took me about 4 hours to make, and now I have it down to 2, only getting faster. Now go ROCK your own! Make sure to send me pictures of the ones you make! I Can't wait to see what you all come up with! 

140 comments:

  1. Love how the yellow turned out!

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  2. I LOVE mine! Turned out so fabulous! I love all the skirts.

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  3. i LOVE mine! I chose a silky fabric (which was just TOO cute) but it was tricky to work with, but i figured it out and it turned out great!!

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  4. Love the tutorial!! For the width where are you getting your measurement?

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    1. I honestly just wrapped the fabric around my wait in the store and held it to what looked like a good amount. HTH

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  5. I have bought dresses and skirts at thrift stores,yard sales and clearance racks sizes too big and cut them down to my size to make skirts. Very inexpensive way to get a maxi skirt.

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    1. Thats a great idea for a mother on a budget. I can only wear long skirts and I can't wait to try these out

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  6. doesn't anybody else need/want pockets?

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    1. ha ha That would be fab in a maxi! However I am all about super simple, so those might be pushing it for me ;)

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    2. I am making one now with pockets :) Can't wait to be finished with it!

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  7. These look great! I have it pinned and will try it out after I finnish my current project.

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  8. New to seeing what's a serger

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    1. This is a serger: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Mg1E623Z3H4/TJeNlDhsSXI/AAAAAAAADec/-EBqVOtUC0M/s1600/serger.jpg It makes the finishes more stong and those things... http://craftside.typepad.com/.a/6a00e55007f59388340120a5f05444970c-320wi I'm also new and I don't have one of those, so I use zigzag :)

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  9. I saw this on pinterest and can I just tell you I love it! Thank you soo much for this tutorial! I love maxi things but I am short so they all fall far past my feet and I just trip over the extra fabric. I can't wait to try it out.

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    1. That's my problem. I can't wait to make my own, so I'm not getting the hems dirty all day long!

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    2. I have the exact opposite problem.. I am tall, and end up wearing an awkward length Maxi skirt/dress.

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    3. Robyn, I have that same problem! I'm so tall that all the maxi skirt/dresses I find are all an awkward angle length, but not really skirts. Can't wait to have one (several) that actually fit!!

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    4. I, too, am tall and I love making skirts that are actually maxis for me. Regular, off-the-rack maxis usually hang about two inches above my ankle. I also love this method for putting on elastic. I have always made the waist band so it would match the skirt, but I will be doing it this way from now on. I love the idea of dying the elastic to match.

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  10. So, did you use a kind of knit fabric then? Like maybe a cotton spandex, polyester blend? I absolutely am starting this TOMORROW!

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    1. Honestly anything that has some weight to it. You want it to fall to the floor and not sit "boxy" or "stiff" around you.

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  11. Just happened across this tutorial on Pinterest today! Love it! I love these skirts too but never even though about dying my elastic! I haven't attempted to make one yet because I didn't want boring white or black elastic. Thanks! I'll be visiting your blog more often! ;)

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  12. I did it!!! Thank you so much for this tutorial, it was super easy (thanks to your directions:) Now i will able to make clothes for my trip to the Dominican Republic.. again I say Thank You.

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  13. I have that brown floral fabric on my sewing table right now! I was thinking of doing a maxi dress with it but your skirt it totally cute.....decisions, decisions.

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  14. easy, economical, versatile! win win win!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  15. Just a question...is there a way you could make a video? not really a sewing person but i would love to try this...

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    1. I will look into making a video, However I am not uber versed in video editing so who knows what the outcome would be ha ha

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  16. I found you on pinterest and I love these skirts! What kind of fabric did you use for the blue cobalt skirt?

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    1. CRAP! I have no idea. It had been lying in my droor for almost 15 years being used as a sarong. It has been by far my favorite though so mate I'll just have to take it into the fabric store and ask then what it is. If I find out I'll post on Facebook.

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    2. If you have had it for 15 years and was originally a sarong, I would bet it is silk--especially if has a fabulous hand (feel and "drappy" quality). When I was in college in the late sisters, I had an Indian professor who taught English lit with a British accent. She wore the most beautiful saris everyday. It was all I could do as a home economics and textile major to not want to feel the outfit she had on each---and she almost never repeated the saris. Call me "oldie".

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    3. If you have had it for 15 years and was originally a sarong, I would bet it is silk--especially if has a fabulous hand (feel and "drappy" quality). When I was in college in the late sisters, I had an Indian professor who taught English lit with a British accent. She wore the most beautiful saris everyday. It was all I could do as a home economics and textile major to not want to feel the outfit she had on each---and she almost never repeated the saris. Call me "oldie".

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  17. I found you on pinterest and I love these skirts! What kind of fabric did you use for the blue cobalt skirt?

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  18. How did you figure how much fabric you use for around your waist?

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  19. In the materials you need you put 2 skirts and said you got yours from JoAnns, did you buy the fabric or the actual skirt made (and you just had to put on the elastic)?

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    1. it just continued onto the next line. One package of elastic MAKES 2 skirts. The skirts were not re-made. HTH :)

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  20. Thanks for the tutorial! I attempted to make two skirts - ones a lil big and the other is a lil small. I posted my skirts on my blog (http://humble-yetnot.blogspot.com/) if you would like to see. I also put a link to your page so that others may use your great tutorial. Thanks!!

    Lindsay

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  21. these are fabulous!
    thanks for sharing!

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  22. I like all three! I'm not much of a seamstress but I just might give this a try! :) Found your blog via pinterest... I'm a maxi skirt fanatic too.

    ~RacheL H.

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  23. I really like these! I especially like the yellow one. Teddi

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  24. they look real cute! :) i was just wondering what fabric you used? i got a jersey knit but i also wanted something with some pattern (like yours with the flowers) but i couldnt find something light/heavy enough

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  25. Can one use sheer fabric??? Thank you!

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    1. absolutely! You would just need to either wear a slip underneath or add a liner. Or rock it without...I guess it depends on the look you are going for ha ha

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  26. Can I ask what was the width of your fabric was? I'm nervous that I'll measure wrong

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    1. mine carried between 48in-60in. It just depends of the bulk of your fabric. You can also wrap it around you to get the feel of what it will be like

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  27. What fabric do you get for these?!

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  28. Saw your tutorial on pinterest, this is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  29. What were the measurements of your skirt? Did you cut the width of your fabric bigger than your actual measurment?

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    1. mine varried between 48in-60in. It just depends of the bulk of your fabric. You can also wrap it around you to get the feel of what it will be like

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  30. My mom has tried to show me my way around a sewing machine before...FAIL. But, this makes me want to try again because I have giraffe legs so no maxi skirts in stores are the right length! Love the post!!

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  31. I'm so excited to get started on this, it'll be my first project! <3

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  32. How many yards of fabric!? im a size 0-1

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    1. mine varried between 48in-60in. It just depends of the bulk of your fabric. You can also wrap it around you to get the feel of what it will be like

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  33. I have some fabulous cerise Sari fabric I bought for a cushion project that never got off the ground - it's 7m long - enough for at least 3 skirts I reckon! lol. Beauty is that it's already hemmed and finished on the bottom edge with fabulous sari embroidery so all I have to do is attach the dyed elastic to the top. Giving some thought to popping in a few pleats sari-style just for kicks.

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  34. Very cute. I will have to try this!

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  35. How do you get the sides from bunching? It makes me look "hippy".

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  36. What kind of material did u use for the cobalt blue one and do u know how many yards u used?

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  37. Made my first maxi skirt last night in about 2 hours and I'm wearing it to work today!! SO excited!!! Thanks for posting!! The only thing I struggled with is the bottom opening. It's not wide enough for me to take a full step without lifting it up so it's kind of annoying...oh well. It turned out great and they are super simple! Definitely going to be making more!! :)

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    1. Try leaving the bottom 3 - 4 inches open on the fabric. You can fold it back on itself and sew it down for a simple kick pleat or slit. Will make walking and sitting easier. Hope this helps!

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  38. Just a quick hint... when you want to mark your machine but don't want it to be permanent then use blue painter tape. It make a nice strait mark won't leave a sticky residue when you remove it.

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    1. Ahhh ha ha I know.. I thought of that after the fact. It was a quick fix moment i guess :/

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    2. or you can use a wide rubber band, and just move it as you need to

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  39. Love the one at the top of the page! Would you be interested in making more and selling them....I'm not so crafty :(

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    1. If I made them I would have to sell them for more than it costs to make them and it wouldn't be such a steal! Just get the girls together and have a project night :)

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  40. This is something I am going to try i have been looking for some easier ways to make one I have always wanted one and I have heard they are easy to make so I will try thanks! (:

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  41. Love this tutorial, it is awesome! Can't wait to try this out for myself. I found you on pinterest, love the blog! I am super new to blogging, but I'd love it if you'd check out mine: http://dandeliondaze.wordpress.com/ Thanks again!

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  42. Sheena please correct me if I'm wrong:) I just wanted to help clarify for those asking about the width you used.

    If you've never bought fabric before...or just never noticed...bolts of fabric come in a few standard widths (e.g. 48", 60", etc.) On the end of the bolt of fabric you want, it will tell how wide it is. That is the width of your skirt! Simple as that:)

    If it's wider than you want (60" would be a little wide for me and would cause the skirt to be quite gathered) just cut a couple of inches off the width and continue through her directions.

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  43. Hey Sheena!

    Is jersey fabric good and can you buy it in Joaans? If you could recommend one material for the skirts, what would it be? I read your other comments about materials, Thanks Leena.

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  44. LOVE this skirt!!! Inspires me to learn how to sew! Thanks!

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  45. My only concern,or question really, is do you have the "waist" line of the skirt above your actual waist? I'm wasn't sure where to measure. Thanks!

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  46. These are fantastic! I'm going to have to make some now. Just wondering what material the peach-ish one is made out of?

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  47. What kind of material are the blue and peach skirts made out of?

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  48. What type of fabric is the blue and peachy skirts made out of sheena?

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  49. I love this easy maxi skirt tutorial! Now I need to raid my fabric bins to see what I've got and go to Joann's for some thick elastic to make me one, or two, or.....

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  50. love the elastic for the waist. here's a link to another simple skirt, made out of 2 old oversized t shirts. I think your waistband would work great for it as well. http://brassyapple.blogspot.ca/2011/07/diy-maxi-skirt.html

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  51. I can't get to the elastic how to. It doesn't open.

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  52. I'd SOOOOOO make this into a high-low skirrttt. c:

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  53. I would SOOOOO make this into a maxi high-low skirt. <3

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  54. what dye color did you use to get the dark grey? I used the pearl grey and it came out so light.

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  55. So for the piece of fabric--how much bigger is it than your waist? Approx how many inches?

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  56. Hi! What specific fabric did you use?

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  57. love it ! found you on pinterest. new follower for sure !! heartandthrift.blogspot.com .... if only my sewing machine didn't terrify me!

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  58. I love your idea and the style of this maxi skirt; I’m going to make friends with my sewing machine and try to make one.
    Suggestion: use fabric markers to dye the elastic. I used “Tee Juice Broad Tip markers”. Cost for marker is probably about the same as dye but the marker can be used numerous times for other projects. I use this method when I make button bracelets, it’s fast and convenient. Also suggest using plastic gloves when coloring the elastic.

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  59. will try one for my granddaughter. Looks fun and easy. You did a great job explaining the way to do it. Thanks. Will post my finished product in my Pinterest site.

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  60. Will try one for my granddaughter. She loves your pattern. Will post finished project on my Pinterest. Thank you

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  61. What kind of fabric did you use?

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  62. For those asking about width so you don't look "hippy". Just measure the widest part of your hips. That way when you sew the elastic on, the part that would lay against your hips will be a little wider and allow the skirt to lay nicer.

    I have a qestion though, could you use this with a thinner width elastic band? I need a maxi-skirt for a Cosplay costume I'm working on, but I'm going to attach it to my tshirt eventually. I want elastic on there, but I only bought 3/4 in. wide because of the fact it's being attahed to a shirt

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  63. Totally agree with your suggestion.. Very nice post and good information here..Thanks for posting that.. Further

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  64. This is one of the easiest tutorials I have ever seen! I love it and am so excited to make a new one...... Thanks so much!
    http://www.mogulinteriordesigns.com/

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  65. I love these!!! I am so diggin the maxi skirt trend, and hoping to make a few for this spring and summer. Thank you for such a great tutorial!
    I found you on Pinterest, and now your newest follower!

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  66. how about i just send you fabric and pay you to make it for me :)

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  67. Thanks for the tutorial. I am going to try this out. I have a mexico trip coming up, and it would be great to have a maxi skirt to wear!

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  68. I don't know how to sew, but I <3 these maxi skirts. They inspire me to learn. I'll follow you as well. I'm sure you have many more amazing ideas! Thanks so much!

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  69. I was wondering if you have thought about selling these?? I would LOVE for you to sew me a few!! Let me know if you are down and how much you would consider charging!! My email is ashmig05@gmail.com. Thanks so much! :)

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  70. i tried to make a maxi skirt with a jersey fabric and it pulls at the seems, would you happen to know why that it?

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  71. I had directions for a 1 hour skirt (years ago) that is basically the same as this tutorial. Loved making it (it did actually take me a bit longer than 1 hour though). I do have a serger and it cuts down on the time significantly as you don't need to do any finishing. If I did not already own one though - would still make these skirts. Because I am a bit larger in the hips, I use 2 lengths (am also very short) so I have a fuller skirt. Thanks for posting.

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  72. what type of fabric did you use for the blue and pink maxi skirts?

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  73. I made mine yesterday, the only problem is that it's hard to walk in, as in I can't take I wide enough stride when I walk. What do you suppose the problem is?

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  74. Very cute.I just wanted to add a tip of mine when I need an odd guide line i use a piece of colored masking tape like blue painter's tape to mark my guide line.it is easy to remove and you won't mark up your machine.

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  75. These are super cute... I have been hunting for the perfect tutorial for a Maxi and this is it! Thanks!! <3

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  76. These are super cute... I have been hunting for the perfect tutorial for a Maxi and this is it! Thanks!! <3

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  77. LOVE the blue one. How does it look with your shirt untucked?

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  78. Love the blue skirt! How does it look with your shirt untucked?

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  79. So I made a skirt this past weekend. I went with a little heavier material similar to denim but more cotton. I measured and added like you suggested and when I was done the skirt was great until I tried to walk, I couldn't move my legs far so I cut a slit up the back and am totally happy now. I will try this again with a different type of material! Thanks for the post.

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  80. if u dont want to dye ur elastic or use plain black or white, add 3" to the length of your skirt, then sew the elastic to the right side of your skirt with both edges even, slightly stretching the elastic as you go. Then flip the elastic to the inside (wrong side) of your skirt. Sew three lines, evenly spaced, around the elastic, with the last one about an 1/8" from the bottom of the elastic. Turn your skirt right side out and the waistband is now covered with the same fabric as the body of the skirt. No elastic showing on the right side. You can also turn the top of the skirt down 3 1/4" with wrong sides together and create a casing for the elastic to run thru by stitching near the edge of the turned down material Leave a 2" openning unstitched to insert the elastic. Join the ends of the elastic together after you have fed it thru the casing.

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  81. if u dont want to dye ur elastic or use plain black or white, add 3" to the length of your skirt, then sew the elastic to the right side of your skirt with both edges even, slightly stretching the elastic as you go. Then flip the elastic to the inside (wrong side) of your skirt. Sew three lines, evenly spaced, around the elastic, with the last one about an 1/8" from the bottom of the elastic. Turn your skirt right side out and the waistband is now covered with the same fabric as the body of the skirt. No elastic showing on the right side. You can also turn the top of the skirt down 3 1/4" with wrong sides together and create a casing for the elastic to run thru by stitching near the edge of the turned down material Leave a 2" openning unstitched to insert the elastic. Join the ends of the elastic together after you have fed it thru the casing.

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  82. hi! i was just curious as to how you sewed the eleastic to the fabric? like how did you bunch it so that it wasnt just flat?

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  83. The first one I made turnned out great but the second one I made I couldn't get the elastic past my thighs and I used the same size elastic. I don't know if I did something wrong but I made it just like the first one. Any tips?

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  84. I just finished mine and it is SO comfy! I used a material that has some spandex in it so that it stays tight around the hips and loose down, which gives it some shape. It literally only took about 2 hours. I will definitely be making a few of these for the summer, thanks so much for your tutorial :)

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  85. You may have inspired me to take sewing classes.

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  86. Are you stretching the material with the elastic as you sew? It doesn't really say.

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  87. Can you send me a link to your fb or youtube account to ny email? :)

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  88. Love the skirts. I just got the Coldwater Creek catalog and they have these reversible skirts. I ran right to the fabric store and got print for one side and plain for the other side. I am thinking you could use the wide elastic for a reversible! I am making 2 for a two week trip. Thanks

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  89. Love the skirts. I just got the Coldwater Creek catalog and they have these reversible skirts. I ran right to the fabric store and got print for one side and plain for the other side. I am thinking you could use the wide elastic for a reversible! I am making 2 for a two week trip. Thanks

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  90. Any advice on the gray dye???

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  91. Any advice on the grey dye??

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  92. THANK YOU FOR THIS! I am going to Malawi this summer and I do not want to try to find a bunch of long skirts in stores, and now I can make my own using this tutorial!

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  93. What kind of fabric did you use for the pink/peach colored skirt?

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  94. Saw your brown and blue skirt on pinterest and had to look and see how you did yours! What a surprise when I saw the yellow rose one! I made one last year with the same fabric and a black elastic for the waist, made it knee length for a dinner I was going to. Our organization symbol is a yellow rose! Loved your description of how to make! and love that fabric got mine at Joann's. Debbie

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  95. The informations are so lovely and so usefull so thank you very much. Be sure i will use all of them keeping in my mind.Have a goog luck. http://guncelyazar.net

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  96. Have been looking everywhere for a simple maxi skirt pattern. The easiest I found would have taken me weeks, this only took me an hour thank you so much!

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  97. Have been looking everywhere for a simple maxi skirt pattern. The easiest I found would have taken me weeks, this only took me an hour thank you so much!

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  98. Thank you for posting! I just finished my first maxi! After reading your blog about 5 times, I finally got the courage to try it myself and SUCCESS!

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  99. Do you have any tips for using jersey as the main fabric? I've heard it's hard to work with, but i would love for my skirt to be stretchy.

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  100. Melissa says right that I don't know how to sew, but I <3 these maxi skirts. They inspire me to learn. I'll follow you as well. I'm sure you have many more amazing ideas! Thanks so much! read

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  101. I know this has been up for a while, but I am trying now, with the exact same satin fabric you used in the pics, and my machine is not handling this well. My thred is bunching or skipping stitches on the bottom (front) of my work for the hem, and i have done all the fiddling I can bear. what tension settings and needle size did you use?

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  102. I am trying this pattern with the same fabric you use in the tutorial (coincidence). My problem is that the sewing machine tension seems to be off. The bottom (front) of the hem is off. What sewing machine tension settings and needle size did you use?

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  103. I see in the picture that you have elastic thread. What part of the skirt do you use the elastic thread for?

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  104. I tried this and my first one turned out perfect, but on my second one I couldn't get the skirt past my thighs. can anyone help me?

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  105. I tried this and my first one turned out perfect, but the second one I made I couldn't get it past my thighs. can anyone help me?

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  106. I love this tutorial! I'm in great need of some new Maxi skirts! I just want to be clear on one thing... When you are cutting your fabric, it is all one size, correct? I'm not cutting the top smaller than the bottom? It's all one size, and I add the elastic which makes it smaller on top?

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