Make a Maxi Skirt from a Bed Sheet

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I love it when I see something really inspiring, and everything comes together. A while ago, I came across a 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. :)

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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.

 

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25 Comments on Make a Maxi Skirt from a Bed Sheet

    • Lisa
      Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM (1 year ago)

      Yea! I love it when you can see the inspiration in your finished work (when that’s the intent). It’s such a great skirt I wanted it to be as close as possible. :)

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  1. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods
    Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 5:00 AM (1 year ago)

    You did a fantastic job on your long, flowy skirt! The big bow is my favorite!

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    • Lisa
      Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM (1 year ago)

      Ahh, thanks Ashley! The big bow is my favorite too. :)

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  2. Faye Lewis
    Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM (1 year ago)

    You did an awesome job on the skirt, and from a sheet no less! I’d love to see a picture of the pattern you used, or even the line drawings from the pattern envelope.

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    • Lisa
      Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM (1 year ago)

      Hi Faye, thanks for the suggestion! I’ll work on getting the pattern name/number and a picture added to the post when the girlies aren’t sleeping (in the room with the pattern).

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  3. SusanM
    Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM (1 year ago)

    Clever ides to use a bed sheet. I really want to make a mxi skirt, but find most of material too heavy. A cotton sheet would be the perfect weight.

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    • Lisa
      Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM (1 year ago)

      The sheet is a good weight, especially considering how much fabric there really is in this skirt. Thanks for your comments, Susan!

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  4. Diana
    Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 7:43 PM (1 year ago)

    Looks wonderful for sure !! Thanks for the idea ..

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    • Lisa
      Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Diana!

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  5. Hannah
    Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM (1 year ago)

    I recognized that skirt from Mimi G! Her webpage is open on my cell phone’s browser. Can you share the pattern that you used? I would love to make a skirt for my SIL wedding. You did a fantastic job! :)

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    • Lisa
      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:47 AM (1 year ago)

      Ha, Kristin! Isn’t it funny how intimidating sewing looks? I’m self-taught and I remember those first projects…each one gets a little better though. :)

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  6. Michele
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:10 PM (1 year ago)

    I love it! Gray with peach is super chic! Pinned
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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:26 PM (12 months ago)

      Thank you for your sweet comment and for pinning, Michele! I loved the colors together too.

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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM (12 months ago)

      Thank you Simone!

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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM (12 months ago)

      Thank you!

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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM (12 months ago)

      Aww, thanks Abby! Now I just have to wait a few months so I can wear it again. High-waisted skirts and pregnant bellies just don’t mix. :)

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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:18 PM (12 months ago)

      Thanks, Marti! What a fun surprise. It’s fun to see what you can do with a sheet. :)

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