Truth is I’m not really a big fan of gathered skirts. Am unfortuately a pear shape and not altogether petite, so any gathers around my hips make me look like a walking lampshade. If you can find something that drapes i.e falls and elongates, but is still lightweight i.e doesn’t add bulk around your hips, this can actually be a really flattering skirt. Fabric is absolutely EVERYTHING when making clothes. Which is why DIY fashion is a no brainer. Also the long vertical line of this skirt helps to visually slim bodies like mine.
I used Pongee lining for this. Not an obvious choice I know. It is a bit sheer. So smooth, skin coloured underwear is a must. Defo want to make this in a dark colour. But hey emerald, navy, burgundy, chocolate are all lovely dark colours. You need a fair amount of gathering to ensure you cover your body. And best worn out of direct sunlight. If you can find something like a soft cotton or dense muslin then the sheer issue is solved and this skirt can work in daytime too.
You’re going to want to measure the widest part of your hips. Double that measurement to get the width of your fabric. Measure from your waist to ankles – plus hem allowance at each end – to get your length.
You need: –
- matching colour thread
- sewing scissors
- sewing machine
You do: –
If like me you bought your fabric the right width and length then simply lay on a flat surface. If it’s not quite double in width – don’t panic. Use what you can find.
Fold in half. Pin and sew the centre back seam.
You need to fold over at the top and allow a space for your elastic. Sew that. And make a hem at the bottom.
Measure a piece elastic to fit around your waist – not too tightly. Cut. Using a large safety pin or whatever works for you, slide your elastic inot the casing. Hand-sew or machine sew the two ends together.
That’s it peeps. A quick easy maxi skirt.
Have a great week.