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Spur of the moment Maxi Skirt – No pattern required

2012 May 26
by elizabeth_admin

Right before PR Weekend, I made the grand announcement that I didn’t have the time nor the mojo to make anything new to wear to the weekend.  Soon thereafter, I ate crow pie.  I went home at lunch that Thursday and made a quick and simple maxi skirt using the fabric I bought with Susan in San Diego on the Man Forgetting Tour.


It’s a crinkle knit with very little stretch.  I loved the graphic border print and the muted palette.  The print was perfect for a column style maxi skirt.  After PR Weekend last year, I was inspired to make a ruffle skirt like the one I saw Jaeng wear in Chicago.  Mine was sewn together rather slapdash, but I loved wearing it and thought the column look was quite flattering.  For this skirt, I did things a little differently.  I made a casing for the elastic and I made the skirt a little wider, adding about 1.5 inches, due to lack of stretch in this fabric.  It came out perfectly.  It’s a single CB seam just serged together with a 3-inch elastic waist band encased in self-fabric.  I wouldn’t call this pattern self-drafted as it’s just a rectangle based on my hip measurement.  There was no drafting at all.  I didn’t even hem this puppy.  I just used the fabric’s selvedge as the “hem”.  How much more easy can it get?  I think the longest amount of time spent on this project was threading the serger.  Seriously!

And some money shots…

Waistband exterior


Waistband interior


CB Seam and selvedge "hem"


One thing to note though: This column maxi skirt shortens your stride considerably.  I am considering adding a godet to the CB seam with some of the fabric scrap for walking ease.  It should be relatively simple to do, I think.  Or am I just setting myself up for an epic fail?

Jack took my picture today instead of me setting up my tripod.  I think he took a great shot of my skirt.  We just have to work on including my head in the future.  😉





This morning I wore my maxi skirt again (without the godet) for an impromptu meet up with Liana at the FIT Museum.  She mentioned on Facebook that she was in town for the weekend and I asked if we could meet.  I just love meeting all the people whose blogs I read on a regular basis.  It’s so wonderful to connect in real life.  The interwebs are amazing.

Happy sewing everyone!

7 Responses leave one →
  1. May 26, 2012

    Love your skirt. Amazing that something so simple can look so elegant and expensive.

  2. May 26, 2012

    Looks nice! Isn’t it great when spur of the moment projects turn out so well?

  3. May 26, 2012

    Jack did a good job taking your picture (besides cutting your head off LOL). The skirt not only looks great but fits you beautifully

  4. Judi permalink
    May 27, 2012

    Beautiful skirt! Of course you can put a godet in…I put one in a skirt recently and it turned out fine, so if I can do it, you certainy can!!! There were directions in the pattern, but I used the directions in the Vogue Sewing book instead.

    • Judi permalink
      May 27, 2012

      …and Jack did a great job taking your picture!!!

  5. May 27, 2012

    Gorgeous! I love this style on you!

  6. May 29, 2012

    Oooh, love it! Sometimes the simple projects are the most awesome.

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