How to Sew a Maxi Skirt

As promised, here is the tutorial for a maxi skirt. It’s super simple and you should be able to complete it in just a couple of hours.

I bought my material from Girl Charlee. It was my first time ordering from the company and I was pleased with their selection of fabric.

I bought three yards of each fabric. I needed enough for the final length plus seam allowances plus enough for a wide yoga waistband.

To draft your skirt, you will need to measure your waist and hips and your waist-hip. You will also need the desired length of your skirt. Be slightly generous with your waist and hip measurements. You want room for seam allowances but when sewing with knits you have negative ease. I’ll use the measurements of a girl who has a 28″ waist, 40″ hips, waist-hip measurement of 8″, and a 40″ length.

Lay fabric out. Take 1/4 of your waist measurement (7″) and 1/4 of your hip measurement (10″). Mark 7″ from the fold, measure down 8″ (your waist-hip measurement), and mark 10″ from the fold. Mark desired length of skirt (40″) with chalk or pins.

Use a yardstick to align the waist and hip measurements. This will give you a final A-line shape. Mark with chalk or pins to the desired length.

Cut along chalk marks or pins. You now have the front of your skirt cut out. Use the piece as a pattern (if you’re using a fabric that is striped, match stripes) and cut out the back of your skirt.

Pin right sides together and sew side seams.

Now you are ready to cut out your yoga waistband. You need to cut a rectangle 12″ tall by your waist measurement minus 2″. So for our example we need a rectangle that is 12″ tall and 26″ wide. Once you’ve cut your rectangle, sew the short sides together.

Fold your sewn rectangle with long sides together. Pin.

Now, pin your waistband to to the top of your skirt, raw edges together. You will have three layers of fabric.

Sew the three layers together, easing the waistband. Try it on and take in as needed. Once it fits okay, you can hem it to your desired length.

Repeat as desired. 🙂

I’ve made two maxi skirts and love them. Here’s the black chevron. If you have any questions, leave a comment or contact me.

2 thoughts on “How to Sew a Maxi Skirt

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  2. Heather

    I love to sew! I’m actually finishing up a nightgown order that someone sent me right now:) Thanks for the tutorial. Your skirt turned out really nice.


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