DIY MAXI SKIRT from scrap fabric | Sewing For Beginners


Assalamu’alaikum! Hi, everyone! I hope you’re doing well. In this DIY video I want to share a little tip on how to sew a maxi skirt without even having enough one piece fabric for maxi skirt. I know it sounds complicated, but actually everything is quite simple. You just need to use two different fabric pieces instead of one. What I’m trying to say is: if you have two small fabric pieces, and you don’t really know what you can do with them, then just combine them together and make something creative! And it doesn’t really matter if your fabric piecess have different colors, or different patterns on them, or even different textures. What should match for the best result is the materials they made of. For example, it’s better, but not necessary, if both fabrics are made of cotton, or viscose, or polyester, and so on. You got the idea, right?! 🙂 And in today’s video we’ll be making this maxi skirt with the lovely print on it. I believe it’s Malaysian traditional batik, cause this fabric was brought to me by my friend who lived in Malaysia for a long time. But let me know in the comments below, I know I have a lot of viewers from Malaysia, and also from Indonesia which has this batik tradition as well. And, as you can see, i combined the lighter print with the darker one on the sides, and this way I have a skirt made of two different fabrics. This grey maxi skirt was also made using the same technique. In this case I combined plain light grey cotton fabric with the corduroy fabric in a darker shadow of grey. I also added a kangaroo pocket from the same corduroy cloth to the front of the skirt. And I’m very satisfied with the final result. I really love this skirt! And now, let’s go right into the work process! First of all, as always, you will need to take a measurements. Measure the girth of your waist, or the girth of your body where you want your skirts waist to be. You can make it high-waisted, or low-waisted, it’s all up to you! Also, measure the girth of your hips, and the distance between your waist and hip line. And, of course, measure the length of your future skirt. Now, when you have all your measurements, you can start making patterns. Patterns for this skirt are very easy to make, you just need to follow the instructions I show you in the video. You will end up having one pattern for front and back pieces, one for side pieces, and one for the waistband of your skirt. Don’t forget to add seam and hem allowances while transferring your patterns to the fabric. Btw, the measurement I gave you for the waistband already include seam allowances! Once you cut out all the pieces you’ll be making your skirt from, it’s finally time to start sewing. Sew front, back, and side pieces to one another along the sides with right sides of the fabric facing together. Overlock and iron the seams to make them look neat. Leave about 15 centimeters-long opening from the top of the skirt in one of side seams, otherwise you won’t be able to put your skirt on. You can attach a zipper or sew buttons to this opening, but I decided to just leave it as it is, because I will always wear this skirt with a long top over it, that will completely cover that opening. And now, let’s move to the waistband! First of all, I strongly recommend you to stiffen your waistband with an interfacing. I always used to do it, but this time, I don’t even know why, but I decided to make it without using an interfacing, and it turned out to be a bad idea. So definitely use interfacing! Fold the fabric piece you’ve prepared for the waistband in half lengthwise, make sure that the right side of the fabric is facing inwards. Sew the ends of the waistband with 1 cm seem, like in this picture. Cut off the corner as shown in the picture. Turn the waistband right side out and flatten it with an iron. Sew the waistband to the waist of your skirt. Make button holes in the waistband, if needed. You also may use snap fasteners instead of buttons. And, finally, hem the skirt. But check on the length of your skirt before hemming it. In my case, it was a little longer than needed, so I had to cut the excess fabric and then hem it. And this is it! The skirt is done! Thank you everyone for watching! Give this video a thumbs up if you liked it! Share it with your friends, and don’t forget to subscribe to this channel for more DIY videos! See you soon! Bye bye!