I made this skirt because I love maxi skirts but I don’t feel like spending $30 on one at Target because I’m a cheapskate. I have a maternity one and I have one I made (see tutorial here) but I wanted more.
How to make a Universal Maxi Skirt
Here’s how to make your own. It’s the “universal” maxi skirt because it will fit anyone, it’s not just a maternity skirt. We’ll make a huge tube of fabric and then cinch it up with elastic. That means no measuring yourself! Unless you want to measure the length. I am 5’7″ and the length of my fabric was 42″. If you’re shorter than that, you can make your length shorter by measuring from your waist (where you want the skirt to sit) to the tops of your feet (where you want the hem to lie) and then add 5″ (2″ for hem and 3″ for waistband.)
You’ll need your basic sewing supplies, a big chunk of knit fabric 60″ wide by 42″ long (or however long you decided it needed to be based on your height), your waist measurement worth of 1 1/2″ wide elastic plus 1″ and about 45 minutes. This is a fast and easy project.
Overlap elastic 1-2″ and stitch together. You might want to pin the ends of the elastic together first and try skirt on to make sure the elastic doesn’t need to be tighter or looser. Once elastic is inserted, stitch up the hole.
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