By now you have probably seen the sheer maxi skirt gracing the pages of most of your favourite street style websites and blogs. Hanging out for one and being in a particularly broke week prompted me to have a go at making my own and it was surprisingly easy. It’s proven itself to be quite a good wardrobe staple and is sexy without actually showing much skin at all.
So here is the quick rundown on how to go about making one too. The only difficult part is deciding what you’re going to wear underneath it!
This DIY was one of the easiest projects I’ve done and the skirt only cost me about $15 to make. I bought my fabric from Lincraft and it was a chiffon blend.
1. Fold the fabric in half so it makes a long rectangle
2. Sew down the open side. This will form your side seam. (I used a sewing machine but neat hand sewing should work fine!)
3. Overlock or turn over the top of the rectangle to neaten the edge and then stitch a fold over, leaving enough width for your elastic to slide through. This will be your elastic casing. (I stitched two rows, one close to the top edge so that the elastic wouldn’t get twisted inside). Make sure you leave a small gap (two inches) in the stitching to be able to put the elastic inside.
4. Measure and cut the elastic to fit your waist and then thread elastic through the casing you’ve made in the top of the skirt, gathering the skirt as you go. I attach a safety pin to the end to help me ease the elastic through it, as this can be quite time consuming. Once threaded, sew the two ends of the elastic together.
5. The last step is simply trying on your skirt and hemming it to the correct length for you!
NB: Those are the fairly basic steps, so if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to ask!