Tuesday, 27 December 2011

DIY : Shirred Maxi Skirt

So I've finally had the chance to make my maxi skirt, this is really easy to make and it shouldn't be to expensive to make depending on your fabric. For this you will need to have a sewing machine and this will require shirring, if you don't know how to shirr then here's a link to the video I learnt from : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU9ZL0kMV_c

You will need:
  • 2 different fabrics (I used chiffon and a thin cotton) remember you fabric must be at least  waist measurement + 0.5 x required length
  • Gold or Silver closed zip any length you like
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread (to fabric and zip)
  • Elastic/shirring thread
  • Material scissors

Step 1

Make sure your fabric is the right size, mine is 1.5m by 1m that is wide enough for my waist and long enough to touch the ground. if you wan a shorter skirt then you can cut it shorter.

Then hem one edge of both of your fabrics (the longer edge)

Step 2

Thread your machine for shirring and place your  fabrics wrong sides togther on the edges where you hemmed and sew a line of shirring, any width you like, I used roughly 1.5cm. Remember to stretch the fabric tight when sewing a new row.

Then sew about 11 more rows of shirring, you can do more or less as long as they reach your hip.
(This is very tidious but its well worth it)

Step 3

Fold the skirt in half right sides in and sew them together untill the end of the shirring. Then sew the inner layer first and the outer layer second, the skirt will have more movement this way.

 Step 4

Next cut the bottom of the skirt so its all the same length and hem the edges of both fabrics.


Step 5

In this case the zip is for display only but you can make it functional if you want. Sew the zip on the seam be sure to match it with the top if the skirt, you can trim a bit off if you like.

Give your skirt a good iron and now your skirt is done! Simple and quick, It might not be exactly the same as the origional but its pretty close. I'll post an outfit of the day with this skirt as soon as I can.

Thanks for reading, I hope you have fun making this skirt if you decide to make it. If you have any questions then feel free to ask!

I hope you had a great christmas!

Jenny xxx

1 comment:

Valencia Maximillian said...

pretty maxi skirt!! u are so creative :D

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