How to Sew a High-Low Skirt That Can Also Be Worn as an Elegant Cape

by AssunDIY
9 Materials
3 Hours

Want to learn something fun to sew? I’ll show you how to sew a high-low skirt that also serves as a cape! Talk about versatility! This is the ultimate sewing project, and it’s super easy to create. Let’s begin.

Tools and materials:

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Zipper
  • Fabric
Working out the DIY high-low skirt pattern

1. Make the pattern

To make the DIY high-low skirt from scratch, it’s essential to get the pattern right. Start by measuring your waist. Mine was 63cm (24.8 inches). Then, follow the equation above and check out my video from 0:30 seconds. 

DIY high-low skirt pattern

So, here’s my final pattern, and you’ll notice some segments are shorter and some are longer - that’s the goal!

The DIY high-low skirt pattern on paper

Now, transfer the DIY high-low pattern onto paper. 

Cutting and sewing the fabric

2. Cut and sew

Cut the pattern on your linen fabric. Zigzag stitch the raw edges to prevent the fabric from fraying. 

Sewing the two pieces together

Place the fabric pieces on top of each other and sew the longer horizontal edge. 

Stitching the seam allowance

Open the seam allowance and stitch the edges down. 

Adding facing to the DIY high-low skirt

3. Add facing

Now, add a piece of facing around the waist. Take your waist measurement and add 2cm (0.78 inches). In my case, the width is 12cm (4.72 inches). 

Making a DIY high-low skirt from scratch

Pin the facing to the waistline, then sew to secure. 

Pinning the open side seam

4. Attach an invisible zipper

Pin the open side seams about halfway up, then sew.

Placing the zipper on the seam

Now, place the top ends of the zipper about 5cm (1.96 inches) into the lining piece. 

Tip: Don’t pin the zipper right from the top edge; leave around ½cm (0.19 inches) on top.

How to insert an invisible zipper

Pin the zipper in place and sew down. Leave the end of the zipper loose for now.

Using an invisible zipper foot

It’s best to use an invisible zipper foot for this step. 

How to make a high-low circle skirt

Tuck the bottom edge of the zipper into the open gap, then topstitch around that area.

Folding and pinning the facing to the zipper

5. Sewing the waistband

Fold the facing piece onto the zipper and tuck it in. Stitch to secure. 

Folding the facing around the waist

Next, fold the facing in half all the way around and pin. Be sure to fold the seam allowance upward as you pin. 

Folding the raw edges inwards

Fold the raw edge inward to create a lovely finish. 

Sewing a high-low skirt

Topstitch the edge to secure. 

Hemming the raw edges of the high-low skirt

Hem the raw edges of the skirt by folding the edge over twice. 

This high-low skirt can also be worn as a top

How to sew a high-low skirt

How to sew a high-low skirt tutorial

I love how one clothing item can serve as two different pieces, and this DIY high-low skirt hits the nail right on the head! This is definitely one DIY sewing project you have to try. 

Let me know what you think of this tutorial and the finished garment in the comments below.

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