Make your own maxi skirt. Super simple. Super quick. & Super rad. This tutorial is for beginners who have little experience sewing but know basic stitches!

 I received a surprisingly positive response from my last outfit post with my handmade floral maxi skirt, with requests to do a DIY! So, as promised, here is the super-easy-maxi-or-whatever-length-you-want-with-optional-slit DIY tutorial! I actually wanted to get this up as soon as possible, and so I didn't have time to buy enough fabric for a full maxi skirt, so I just used a bit of excess from another project and made a mini skirt (we're just going to pretend it's like triple the length c; ). So, shall we begin?

Materials:

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First, let's get our measurements! 

Fabric: Measure the circumference of your hips, or widest part (don't let this number bother you--size does not determine beauty c; ). Add 1" (2.5cm) to this number to get the width of your fabric (labeled "A" in the next picture) 
Then, measure the desired length of your skirt (the longer the better!). Add 1.5" (4cm) to this number (to make room for elastic and hemming). This is labeled "B" in the next picture.

Elastic: Measure your waist and subtract 1/2" (1.5cm) to determine the length of elastic needed. 

STEP ONE: 

Cut fabric according to your measurements!

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STEP TWO:

Fold in half and sew the sides together, about 1/4" (.5cm) from the edge (make sure you are sewing the right side!)

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STEP THREE:

Open the seam and iron it flat.

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STEP FOUR:

Hem! Fold in about 1/2" (1.5cm) from the bottom and iron it flat. 

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STEP FIVE:

Sew the hem!

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STEP SIX:

This part is a bit tricky to explain so make sure to check out the pictures for additional guidance! Fold elastic in half and sew ends on top of each other. Then fold back the ends and sew them down (don't forget to backstitch!)


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STEP SEVEN:

Remember how I said the last step was tricky? Well I was kidding this is the hardest part (but you're doing so great!) (Don't worry, you are all highly intelligent and I'm sure you'll get it!) Fold the skirt back over the elastic, leaving a bit of room to sew the fabric down. Make sure not to sew the elastic to the fabric! Sew all the way around the skirt, and once you are starting to reach what seems to be the end, you'll probably see that you have a lot of extra fabric for just a little elastic, but don't worry--just stretch the elastic and sew as you go! This part can get a bit frustrating so I apologize for that BUT ON THE BRIGHT SIDE YOU'RE ALMOST FINISHED! GO YOU! 
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Optional Slit:

STEP EIGHT:

Making sure the seam is in the center of the back, cut a slit of desired length on the side of your skirt.


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STEP NINE:

Fold back the fabric about 1/4" (.5cm) and treat it like the hem--iron and sew! Do this on both sides of the slit.
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STEP TEN: 

Bask in your greatness. No, really--you just made an amazing skirt! No but really step ten is to style your new fabulous skirt and send me a picture (joojooazadblog@gmail.com), post an ootd on your blog and mention you're entering this competition (don't forget to send me the link), or post a picture to instagram and tag me in it (@hodakatebi)! I will feature my top three favorite submissions on my blog, and include a link to your blog/instagram! YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS. NO PROCRASTINATING--this is not schoolwork! c;
Please let me know in the comments if you plan on participating in this challenge/competition so I can get an estimate of how many to expect! Deadline to send/post a picture of the skirt is 11th of September! 

Well, hope you enjoyed this DIY! And again, if you are ever having trouble with something or the instructions were not clear enough please let me know and I'll answer asap! Can't wait to see your skirts! xx

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