Last summer when I was visiting family in Utah, I went to a fabric warehouse with my sister-in-law and stocked up on TONS of $1/yd knit fabric. Although I had big plans for it originally, it has sat on my shelves, relatively untouched. Inspired by all of the maxi skirts I am seeing this season, I used THIS tutorial as a base as to how I should construct the skirt. After reading the tutorial, I still wasn't exactly sure how to make my correct size, so I created a pattern from an existing skirt of mine and made it knee length so that I would only need 1 yard of fabric (and if it was crappy then I had only wasted one yard instead of two!). My first attempt turned out pretty good, but it felt a little big around the waist and I didn't like the fold-over waistband sitting right on my hips. The last thing I need sitting around my hips is 4 layers of knit (2 layers, folded in half) all bunched together to create a nice, large roll under my t-shirt. Or is that just me? ;) I fixed both problems from the original skirt by cutting my waistband pieces smaller, both width-wise and height-wise. By doing this, I was able to create a nice, tight, waistband that tucks me in a bit (if you know what I mean...), as opposed to a loose waistband with lots of extra fabric.
I created this little picture to show you the dimensions of the skirt I made, in hopes that it will help you size yours correctly. I have a waist measurement of 28.5" and a hip measurement of about 35." I wear a pant size 6, and am 5'11" tall with a 34" inseam. The white pattern piece you see is the pattern I made for my first skirt, and the outlined section was how I cut my full-length skirt. One of my favorite things about this skirt is how long it is. Maxi skirts in the stores almost always hit at - or right above - my ankle, and it just makes me smile to have this skirt skim my heels.
I didn't take a picture of my waistband pieces, but I cut them 14" long and 4" wide. Once I sewed the waistband pieces together, I stretched the waistband to fit the 16" opening that I cut at the top of the skirt. This gave me the nice, tight 2" waistband I mentioned above. (again, refer to this original tutorial for more specific pictures)
This is a picture of the skirt hot off the sewing machine and while it hugs a little more than I traditionally like in this picture, it had stretched to the perfect tightness about an hour into wearing it.
|Don't mind the dirty mirror or the squinting person in the mirror....I'm obviously not very experienced at self picture taking. :)|