Make a Maxi Skirt from a Bed Sheet

April 11, 2014 in sewing by Lisa

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I love it when I see something really inspiring, and everything comes together. A while ago, I came across this photo and post by Mimi G. for a maxi skirt with a sash and I loved it.

So I set out to find a pattern similar in shape to the one she created. What I came up with was an awesome vintage pattern from the 80′s that, although it was a tea length, was the right shape. I also had this awesome king-sized bed sheet that I’d found for $2, and I knew that it would make a great skirt. I also knew that even if I messed up, I wasn’t out much. :)

I laid out my pattern, and since it’s a really full skirt, it took most of the sheet to make my front and back pieces. You can see how full it is in this shot.

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I had to lengthen the skirt by quite a bit to get it to hit the floor, but it was so worth it.

After sewing up the basic skirt, I wanted to make it look more like the inspiration photo so I went back and created a long sash and big fat belt loops. Adding them to the skirt made a big difference, and now I was almost done! Just one problem–look at that hemline.

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It’s a huge (really long) curved edge. I pressed a hem all around and tried hemming it, but it was a nightmare! With that much curve, I had puckers and folds, and it just looked horrid. I only made it a little way around the skirt before I remembered a secret for hemming curved edges perfectly. It saved my sanity!

Once the facing was on, hemming was a breeze, which is saying a lot for how big the circumference of that skirt is!

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So what do you think? Other than the fact that ironing this puppy takes FOREVER, I love it.