How to Make a Maxi Skirt

Please, don’t let the title fool you, this is not going to be a proper tutorial.  It’s actually not a tutorial at all, mostly a look into the process that usually happens when I try to self draft a garment.

how to make a maxi skirt 1 © American Kat  2014

 

  • First, sketch up the garment that you dreamed up, be sure to include all necessary measurements. how to make a maxi skirt 2 © American Kat  2014
  • Realize that those plans aren’t going to work out exactly the way you envisioned, make changes.
  • Cut front of garment out, check size on child. how to make a maxi skirt 3 © American Kat  2014
  • Realize that the front is way too big, sew the former straps into a halter strap.  Get child to hold the halter in place to determine proper length of halter strap.  how to make a maxi skirt 4 © American Kat  2014
  • Be sure child never loses sight of the TV.  how to make a maxi skirt 5 © American Kat  2014
  • Sew the back seam.  Finish raw edges around neckline and back with bias tape.
  • Try on child, avoid pictures because the garment is too tight around the arms.
  • Cut halter and go back to original idea of two straps. Realize that tape measure is two floors up and use paper to measure where straps should continue/be placed.  how to make a maxi skirt 6 © American Kat  2014
  • Trek back upstairs, pin measurements on ironing board, ironically, almost touching tape measure.  Realize just how much more work is left and scrap the entire dress idea.how to make a maxi skirt 7 © American Kat  2014
  • Cut at maxi skirt length, sew elastic encasement, insert elastic, hem bottom.  Take pictures of child, who is still ecstatic, even though her dreams of a maxi dress didn’t come true.
    We went scouting photo shoot locations...Someone was at location 1, so this is 1B, not a keeper :(

    We went scouting photo shoot locations…Someone was at location 1, so this is 1B, not a keeper 😦

     

    All in all, there was lots of trying and lots of realizing I was wrong.  BUT, I have hope that I can make this dress that I envisioned come to life.

signature American Kat 2013

 

About americankat

I am an American expat living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Most of my time is spent creating, trying to keep my two kids occupied, and trying to satiate my wanderlust. Americankat.com is where I (sporadically) share these adventures.
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2 Responses to How to Make a Maxi Skirt

  1. Brad says:

    This was hilarious. For the record, I love that last picture.

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