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. 🙂
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.
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.
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!
So what do you think? Other than the fact that ironing this puppy takes FOREVER, I love it.
So pretty! I knew right away what your inspiration was before scrolling down, so mission accomplished! 🙂
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. 🙂
Can you share the pattern with me? My oldest daughter is getting married in October and she wants this full skirt on her bridesmaids … in a burgundy or dark plum. I sew and have a serger so I am ready to tackle them 🙂
Unfortunately I don’t have the pattern anymore and didn’t write it down–I”m sorry!
byhandlondon.com has a calculator for circle skirts that might help you with the measurements, you just plug in the person’s measurements and how long you want the skirt and it puts out a template. Hope that helps you! Congrats to your Daughter!
You did a fantastic job on your long, flowy skirt! The big bow is my favorite!
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Ahh, thanks Ashley! The big bow is my favorite too. 🙂
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.
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).
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.
The sheet is a good weight, especially considering how much fabric there really is in this skirt. Thanks for your comments, Susan!
Looks wonderful for sure !! Thanks for the idea ..
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! 🙂
How pretty and I love the pockets! Super Clever.
That’s beautiful. I wish I knew how to sew. I’ve sewn one thing ever in my adult life – just so I could say I did. Your skirt is lovely!
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. 🙂
I love it! Gray with peach is super chic! Pinned
Thank you for your sweet comment and for pinning, Michele! I loved the colors together too.
What a super idea! Well done! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
Thank you Simone!
say what now? that looks so fancy!!
I LOVE this! Beautiful, beautiful job! I want one! 🙂
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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Thanks, Marti! What a fun surprise. It’s fun to see what you can do with a sheet. 🙂
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I love this skirt!! But was wondering what pattern you used?!!
Hi Anna, the pattern I used was an old 80s pattern that I don’t have anymore, but this one has a similar silhouette that you could work with. I hope that helps! http://www.simplicity.com/p-11792-misses-skirts-in-three-lengths.aspx
Hi Lisa, While I was hunting around for a specific term about sewing ruffles one of your images caught my eye so I came over to look at your skirt. A skirt made out of a bedsheet was what really got my attention. I’m always on the lookout for flat sheets to use on my sofas for my big doggy to lay on. I also use them quite a bit as table coverings. I love your skirt. I used to sew when I was younger and only recently started stitching a few small things for my home. Nothing super fancy… Read more »
So your post is called ” how to make a maxi skirt” but you don’t really tell your visitors how to make a skirt? Am I missing something here? You made a post about how to do something that you don’t have a pattern for?
I’m a little bit confused, I’m sorry. The title of this is ‘How to make a maxi skirt from a sheet’, but I don’t find any actual instructions of how you did it. It looks beautiful and I’d love to make this. 🙂
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I love it. I use to sew, I can’t get my machine repaired, and I am a hand sewer. Now. But making these long skirts is awesome, they make 👭 look like women. The help makes they have for sewing helps so much. Keep up the excellent work.
Is this a quarter, half, or full circle skirt? thanks!
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