The Simplest Skirt, Easy to Make and Bang on Trend!!

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I'm going to share the easiest maxi skirt with you, its bang on trend, for this year's cottage core/folklore trend and its so easy you can even make it with out a pattern!!

No tricky fastenings, no zips or buttonholes and the waist has elastic so comfy enough to wear all day!!

How fabulous is this fabric? Its by Lady McElroy and really makes me think of a William Morris print, but without the associated price tag!!

Lady McElroy Morning Melody - Marlie-Care Lawn - Lady McElroy Fabrics

This is where we're aiming for, its so easy, just squares of fabric gathered up and sewn together. Firstly decide how long you want your skirt to be? I wanted mine to be just above my ankles, before hemming, so the first tier would be the longest to keep the proportions correct. I measured from my waist down to just below my knee, and that was about 75cm, so I cut two strips of fabric at 1m long and 1m wide from my fabric. Then I cut two strips at 50cm the full width of the fabric (which was 1.5m)

So here you can see the longer tier (the upper tier) of the skirt is inside the shorter (bottom tier) I have stitched a row of gathering stitches (stitch length 5) and then pulled the stitches up, gathering the fabric until the width of the bigger piece of skirt is the same width as the smaller upper tier.

Once the two sections (Upper and lower tier) are stitched to together we just need to pop a strip of elastic in the waist and hem the bottom and we're done. Here you can see I'm double folding the hem and stitching it up.

Lets get that elastic in, I'm keen to try this on!! To get the waist comfy, wrap the elastic round your waist and cut 1 inch shorter, then once threaded through the waist channel you can over lap the two ends and stitch it together!!

Hemline General Purpose Knitted Elastic: 1m x 25mm: White (

I loved the fabric so much I even made a matching blouse in the same fabric!!! So cool, like a folklore dress, this would also look great with a lovely sweater over the top.

But if, the all over William Morris theme is a bit too strong for your taste, what about this toned down version. Pair your lovely Folklore maxi skirt with a simple turtle neck!!

Suggested materials:
  • Cotton Fabric   (Online at Lady McEleroy)
  • 1 inch Elastic   (Love crafts)

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Carol Bentley
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  • MJB MJB on Apr 28, 2022

    I think that’s easy enough that even I can do it! The fabric reminded me of a William Morris print, too. Very pretty! Thank you!