Summer Trend: Easy Maxi Skirt Tutorial

20 Minute Maxi Skirt Tutorial at Rae Gun RamblingsI feel like everywhere I turn lately I see maxi skirts. At the farmer’s market, on strangers at the Cheesecake Factory, on my friends, and even on celebrities. I love the trend. For one I’m all about comfortable cute clothes and maxi skirts are just that. Also maxi skirts look cute on all different body types, short, tall, tiny, poofy. But as much as I’ve admired the trend and even tried cute skirts on at the store I couldn’t bring myself to pay for one. For goodness sakes they are 2 seams and and waist band!

maxi skirt tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

I am very excited to be joining in on Sew Country Chick Justine’s Sewing the Trends series since it gave me the push to finally draft a maxi skirt pattern and whip one up. So today I have a quick and easy maxi skirt tutorial to share. And let me say I’m addicted. These skirts are crazy easy fast to make too.

Maxi Skirt Pattern at Rae Gun Ramblings

I started by borrowing one of my friend’s maxi skirts and I traced it on kiddo roll paper. I pinned along the edges then connected the dots and straightened them up with rulers.

Free Maxi Skirt Pattern at Rae Gun Ramblings

If you don’t have a maxi skirt to take the pattern off of this is how my pattern turned out. It fits me great I wear a size M to L on most bottoms (usually L). You want to use very stretchy fabric so it will probably fit most small, medium, and larges or you could easily add or take away a few inches to adjust the size. I’m 5’5′ and this length is great for me.

quick maxi skirt tutorial at rae gun ramblings

  1. Once you have a pattern. Start by cutting out your fabric. When you cut out your fabric make sure that your pattern pieces are laying the correct direction with relation to the stretch of your fabric. I may have had to cut the waistband out twice because I wasn’t paying attention. Think of how it will stretch when it is on you. On my fancy drawing the pattern pieces should stretch left to right the way they are positioned. Cut 2 of each pieces on the fold
  2. With right sides together sew/serge the side seams of the skirt. With right sides together sew/serge the side of the band pieces together. You should have two tube-ish shapes (one for the band one for the skirt).
  3. Fold the band so the seams are on the inside. Pin to the INSIDE of the skirt raw edges together. Sew/serge around the top to attach the band to the skirt. Flip the band out over the right side of the skirt.
  4. Do a happy dance because you just made an awesome maxi skirt. Make 10 more!

20 min maxi skirt tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Thanks so much to Justine for having me be a part of this fun series. Make sure to hop over to Sew Country Chick and check out the other awesome posts in these series.

sewing the trends

Mon. June 17 Bethany from Lil’ Bit & Nan

Tues. Jun 18 Marie from A Stitching Odyssey

Wed, June 19 Shannon from Little Kids Grow

Thurs. June 20Melissa from I Still Love You

Fri. June 21Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings

Mon.June 24 Abby from Sew Much Ado

Tues. June 25  Stacey from  Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts!

Wed. June 26 Mercedes from Aventuras de Costuras

Thurs. June 27 Mie from Sewing Like Mad

Fri. June 28 Alida from Alida Makes


And if you are visiting for the first time or missed my announcement earlier this week I’d love to invite you to join in on the new Sew Our Stash challenge that Bev from Flamingo Toes and I are having. Read more about it here.

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  1. Thank you for this tutorial! I pinned it. I don’t have many skirts (like two?) and this would be great for the occasional time when I need to wear a skirt. Perfect! I’m 5’5″ also, but I think I need to whittle down my waistline. lol
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  2. Looks great! So much easier just to make these instead of buying in the store. This way we get to choose our fabrics.
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  3. I love your easy tutorial and the skirts! I’m thinking I need to make another. I made this one about a year ago, but I’m digging your fabric choices. :)
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  4. super cute! i really need to make one! maybe once i finish the other dress i have been working on for days now:) love sew your stash series by the way!

  5. Great tutorial! This looks something simple enough that I might be able to accomplish – I love maxi skirts and would love to make my own!
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  6. Nice! I love wearing skirts. :)
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  7. ‘Hopping over from Justine’s. I am loving this “Trend” series. What a great skirt! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
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  8. This is sooooo darling! I need to make up a few of these with all my knits I think! I love that fold over waistband too. Super cute!
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  9. I need this maxi skirt tutorial. Thank you for sharing. Pinning!

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  10. TFS!! Great tutorial. Stopping by from HOH linky party.
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  11. Fab tutorial and just in time for summer! Pinning :)
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  12. Very cute and comfortable looking! Look forward to making one!
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  13. Great tutuorial!! So cute…love this idea! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share this post with us.

  14. This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  15. Can you tell me approx how much fabric it takes to do a M to L maxi skirt?

  16. Wow! You are so right! These are easy to make. And cheap, too. :)

  17. Hello, Marissa – I used this tute to whip up something for Sew our Stash! Thanks for all the inspiration! I’ll be giving you credit, of course! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
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