Make a Totally Gorgeous Maxi Skirt

6 Materials
3 Hours

Getting your hands on an amazing maxi skirt is easy! If you follow this step-by-step tutorial you can make one from scratch. All you need to do is sign up to our email list here and then click through the email to get the Connie Skirt sewing pattern. With the pattern in hand, you will be on your way to making this absolutely stunning skirt!

Sew a maxi skirt

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger/overlocker 
Finish the pocket sections

Finish the pocket sections 

Let’s begin with the four pocket sections. First, go ahead and finish the edges of each section with an overlocker or serger. Leave the straight edges raw for now. 

DIY maxi skirt

Sew the back pieces together 

Next, pin the back pieces of the skirt together and the center seam. Then take it over to your sewing machine and stitch along the center seam. 

Finish the raw edges of the back piece

Press the center seams open and then use your overlocker or serger to finish the raw edges of the back piece. 

Attach the pocket sections

Sew on the pocket sections 

Once the back piece is ready, place it right side up. Then pin on one pocket section to each side, right sides together. Then attach the other two pocket sections to the front skirt piece. 

Stitch on the pocket sections

Go ahead and stitch on the pocket sections. Then finish the front and raw edges of the front and back pieces with your overlocker or serger. Try and trim off as little fabric as possible. 

Stitch along the side seams

Sew the front and back pieces 

Next, pin and stitch the front and back pieces together along the side seams including the pockets. Begin at the top, and then pivot across the pocket sections. Then move down the rest of the side. Make sure that you stitch about 2 inches along the side seam at the bottom of the pocket. 

How to make a maxi skirt

Make a casing 

Next, Sew the two short edges together for the casing. Then fold the casing over and press it, right sides out. 

Leave a gap

Stitch the lower, open edges of the casing together leaving a 3-inch gap in the casing. The casing is longer than the waist of the skirt. This step is so that the casing can achieve a gathered look. 

Floral maxi skirt

Gather the casing 

Next, add a second stitch beside the first one on the casing to make the gathers. Make sure to still leave the gap open. Then, after sewing, pull the thread to gather the casing so that it matches the waist of the skirt. 

Pin on the casing

Create a waistband 

Flip the casing over so that the folded edge is facing down. Then pin on the casing, to the right side of the skirt section, making sure that the opening lines up with the side seam. 

Stitch on the casing

Stitch the casing onto the skirt edge. Begin and end on each side of the opening. 

How to sew a maxi skirt

Cut the elastic to size and attach a safety pin to one end. Then thread the elastic through the opening all the way around the waist. 

Close the opening

Overlap the ends of the elastic and stitch. Then close the opening. Make sure to adjust the gatherings as you stitch the opening closed. Lastly, finish the raw edges of the waistband seam with an overlocker or serger. 

Maxi skirts for women

Hem the skirt 

Try on your skirt to check the length. Then finish the edges with your overlocker or serger. Press the hem in position. I recommend making the hem ¾ of an inch. 

Stitch down the hem

Finish the skirt by stitching down the hem. 

Maxi skirt pattern

This maxi skirt is so gorgeous and is really simple to make. I would love to know how you would style this skirt! Share your ideas in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
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