DIY Floral Midi Skirt
This sewing tutorial teaches you how to make the perfect midi skirt that’s flattering on any shape and adds class to your wardrobe. Midi skirts hit right at mid-calf, meaning this skirt looks great regardless of the season. Add a little touch of elegance to your wardrobe with this easy to make the skirt.
Midi Skirt Materials:
- 2 yards of floral fabric
- matching thread
- invisible zipper
- large hook and eye
- small strip of interfacing
Cut 2 rectangles for your midi skirt sections. Measure your natural waist, divide it by 2, and then multiply that number by 3 to get the width (add 1” to allow for ½” seam allowance per side). Then determine how long you want the skirt to be and add 2” for seam allowance (1/2” for the top, 1 ½” for the hem). My skirt pieces measured 42”W x 29”L.
Place a pin in the centre of the top width, and create 3 knife pleats on either side of the centre that each point toward the centre pin. I wasn’t super exact but tried to eyeball each pleat to be about the same width. You will want the width to measure half of your waist measurement plus 1” s.a .when the pleats are complete. Make sure to leave ½” per side for the s.a. Repeat with back skirt section. Carefully press the pleats into place and do a quick basting stitch ¼” from the top to secure the pleats.
Tip: It helps to have a measurement tape laid above as you create the pleats to give you a reference as to how thick to make the pleats in order to get the correct total width. (see above photo)
Cut your waistband to be 3” long and the width of your natural waist plus 2” for s.a. (and because it will overlap to close). I cut mine a few inches longer and then ended trimming it a bit. Then cut a 1” strip of interfacing that is the length of your waist measurement.
Fold the width of the waistband under about ½”, press, and then apply the interfacing directly about the fold (see photo). Fold the other side over ½’ inch and press. Fold the top and bottom ends under ½” as well. Then fold in half length-wise and press. All of your seam allowances should now be hidden inside the fold.
Place the front and back midi skirt sections right-side together and stitch up all the way on one side with ½” s.a. Insert your invisible zipper on the other side (match the selvedge at the top of the zipper with the top of the fabric).
Stitch up one short side of the waistband, and sandwich the top of the skirt in between the waistband so that about ½” of the top of the skirt is covered (make sure that the basting stitches are up inside of the waistband). Line up the stitched side with one of the open zipper sides. Pin all the way around and stitch as close to the bottom edge of the waistband as you can. You will have an extra inch or so on the waistband. Fold the edge under and hand stitch a large hook and eye for the closure (see the close-up shot above)
Zigzag stitch all along the bottom to finish off the raw edges, and press 1 ½” under for the hem. Blind stitch the hem.