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Archive for July 3, 2012

Fleur de Lis Maxi Skirt Tutorial

Here you go! Another tutorial!! 2 in 2 days! 😉

This is for a very simple maxi skirt with a ruffle on the bottom.

I used 2 3/4 yards of fabric and a 9″ invisible zipper. That’s all you need! See? Very simple. 😉

You are going to start by cutting your waistband. You want it your waist measurement +1″ and 4″ wide.

Next you are going to cut the fabric into sections. Cut 2 sections the length you want your maxi skirt to be -12″. I kept mine the width of my fabric which was 45″.

The picture shows 4 sections. I started by cutting mine all the same length… LOL

Next you are going to cut the remaining sections into 4 strips that are the width of the fabric long by 14″ in width. Make sense?? They will be the width of the fabric this way ———————- And 14″ inches this way





They will become the ruffles on the bottom of the skirt.

Now it’s time to sew the front panel to the back panel. Just pin them with right sides together and sew the seam.

Next you are going to sew a gathering stitch into the top of the skirt. To sew a gathering stitch on my machine I set the stitch length and the distance length to the highest settings. Then I pull slightly on the unsewn fabric as it goes through the machine.

Now you are going to create your waistband. Fold your strip in half length wise and press. Fold in one edge a 1/4″ and press.

Next you are going to open up the waistband and pin it to your skirt top adjusting the gathers as you go. I usually pin both ends and then pin the middle. Then I will adjust the gathers in between the pins.

Now, sew the waistband on. Don’t look tooooo closely at my stitches, please. My bobbin thread has been giving me all kinds of issues no matter what I do! GRRR!! I guess it’s time to oil it!

Next, you are going to take your 4 strips and sew them together. But don’t close them up. Leave the sides open.

And I forgot to take a picture of that part. Sorry!!

Now, you are going to sew a gathering stitch across the top.

Then with right sides together, pin it to the bottom of your skirt.  Sew it together.

Remove the cat from your fabric. (There you go, Carol! LOL)

Now we are going to hem it! Fold up an inch and press. Fold up another inch and press. Pin it up and sew it up! 🙂  (I actually folded mine 2 inches up and then another 2 inches, but you won’t have to do that… LOL)

Now pin one side of your zipper to one side of your skirt and sew. You don’t HAVE to have a zipper foot (I don’t) but they make this step SOOOO much easier.

Then pin and sew the other side!

Now we are going to do our side seam. Starting at the bottom of the zipper, pin the 2 sides together (right sides together). Sew it up!


As always, let me know if this is easy to follow and if you make it LET ME KNOW!!! 😉

Tomorrow I will be working on a blouse to go with it. But first I need to get some fabric!! LOL I’m not sure if I want to go with the pink or the brown… What do you think??

I’ll be using this pattern.



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