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Bohemian Maxi Skirt Tutorial (sz 3 to 12) Sewing Instructions:
- This skirt is made similarly to my flat front skirt pattern, but instead of making you flip back and forth between the two pages for the instructions, I will just cut and paste where necessary. (So the fabrics used in the photos will vary.)
- 1/4 inch seam allowance except where instructed to use a different allowance.
- Fit guide: (open in new tab to see it larger)
- Products used and recommended in this post
- My favorite fabric shops are: Etsy, Funkalicious Fabrics, Fabric.com and Girl Charlee.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
- Gauze fabrics: Fabric.com and Etsy
- Fabric (up to 2 yards depending on size and fabric width) Lightweight fabrics work best.
- 3/4 inch elastic
- iron, ruler, fabric marker and other basic sewing supplies
Step One: Cut out pattern pieces. (According to charts below.)
Waistband pieces:(open in new tab to see it larger)
Skirt pieces: (open in new tab to see it larger)
Elastic Cutting guide: (open in new tab to see it larger)
Cutting the skirt pattern: Fold fabric so the selvages line up. Using a ruler and fabric marker, draw out the top width, length (measured along the fold) and bottom width. Use ruler to connect the top and bottom in a straight line for a bit of a triangular shape. Cut out a front and back skirt piece. (If you plan to add a lining to your skirt, cut a 2nd skirt set about 2/3 the length.)
You will have 2 skirt pieces, 1 front waistband, 1 back waistband and a piece of elastic.
Step 2: Put together waistband.
Fold front waistband in half, press.
Fold top of back waistband over 1/4 inch and press. Fold over another 1 inch, press again. Sew along the bottom of the folded casing, about 1/8 from edge.
Attach elastic to safety pin and pull through casing until end of elastic is just inside the end of the casing. Pin in place.
Sew back and forth 1/2 inch from the edge a couple of times to secure elastic in place.
Line up the raw edge of the front waistband piece with the raw edge of the back waistband piece, right sides together (the edge where the elastic is attached.) Sew together and finish this seam with pinking shears, zig zag on sewing machine or serger.
Stretch out the waistband, the safety pin should still be attached to the elastic and will be in the middle of the casing somewhere. (Leave it in the casing, we’ll finish pulling it through later.)
Step 3. Assembling the main part of the skirt.
Finish the edges of the skirt with a serger, pinking shears or zig zag on your sewing machine
Use ruler and fabric marker to make a mark about 3/4 down the length of the skirt. (Add this mark on all 4 sides of the skirt- it is the stop sewing point for the side slit.)
Line up skirt pieces, right sides together and pin together on one side, Sew one side together, using a 1/2 seam allowance, stopping at the 3/4 mark. Press the seam open, folding the unsewn seam over 1/2 inch and pressing. (Pin in place if needed.) If you are adding a lining, sew one side together as well and finish the seam as normal.
Sew along the side slit a scant 1/4 inch from the edge.
If adding a lining, baste the lining and the main skirt together along the top.
Change the stitch length on your machine to the highest setting and sew a gathering stitch along the top edge of the main skirt piece, 1/4 inch from edge.
Pull on the bobbin thread until the skirt is gathered to the same width as the waistband.
Tip: Since the back waistband of the skirt has elastic, the back of the skirt will have more gathers and be more full. To help even out the fabric distribution, you can line up the side seam of the skirt and waist band, then distribute the gathers evenly from this point: (note: your maxi skirt will have fewer gathers since the amount of fabric at the top is reduced by several inches.)
(Switch your stitch length back!) Right sides together, line up the gathered top of the skirt with the bottom of the waistband and pin together.
Sew right below the gathering stitch. Remove all pins finish this seam and press.
Finish pulling the elastic through the casing and pin in place.
If the child is handy, have her try on the skirt and make any elastic adjustments.
Sew back and forth 5/8 inch from the edge a couple of times to secure elastic in place.
Line up the side of the skirt and sew together, using a 1/2 seam allowance, stopping at the 3/4 mark at the bottom. (If you are adding a lining, sew the waistband and lining together first and finish that seam, then pull the liner away sew the skirt together, taking care to make sure the liner does not get caught in the seam.)
Press the seam open, folding the unsewn seam over 1/2 inch and pressing. (Just like you did for the 1st side.)
Sew along the side slit a scant 1/4 inch from the edge.
Hem the bottom of the skirt by folding 1/4 inch and pressing, folding another 1/4 inch, pressing again and sewing along the edge. The bottom of the skirt has a bit of an angle when folded, so just fold in the corner when pressing.
You are done! Try on the skirt and take some pictures! Be sure to come back and share a photo of your finished project on my Facebook page or tag me on instagram.
Want to save this project? Be sure to pin it!
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