Sewing: Versatile and Easy Maxi Skirt


I had just enough fabric left over (You can find this print here! WOOHOO!) from my shifty stripe dress, I decided to make a maxi skirt. It’s a simple gathered, covered elastic waist banded skirt with two seams (one up the side and one for the waist). I lined it, which effectively makes it reversible. I haven’t worn it reversed yet, though.


I did make a mistake when I sewed it. I sewed it sans slit, thinking the gathers would make the opening at the bottom big enough. Not so!

Since lining it with chiffon, I was effectively wearing an oven on my lower-half. This issue was a simple fix, but it did require unpicking a serged seam (not fun). I figured out an easy and relatively painless way to unpick a serged hem. It took no time at all once I figured this out.


Turn the seam wrong side out, and orient yourself with the top side (the side that looks like above) and unpick the two (or one if you’ve got a 3-thread surged seam) horizontal threads just about every fourth or fifth stitch. Once you’ve done that on the desired seam, pull at the loops and your seam comes apart flawlessly.


The slit makes a huge difference in comfort and functionality.


Outfit details:

  • sunglasses: lulu’s
  • necklace: beehive bazaar (can’t remember vendor’s name)
  • silver bracelet: handmade by my dad
  • bangle: gift from Chris
  • top: thrifted, refashioned
  • skirt: handmade
  • shoes: thrifted
  • sweater: H&M
  • belt: thrifted


I love the way this skirt moves when I walk. So flowy!


Because of the simple construction and the elastic waistband, I can hike it all the way up for a bandeau midi-dress. Just add a sweater and belt and I’m good to go.


The new slit goes a little too high when I wear it as a bandeau, but that’s nothing a little slip wouldn’t fix.


I’m still so obsessed with this print and the feel of the fabric. I know this maxi skirt will serve me well in the upcoming fall and winter months.

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    1. Kristin H says:

      Love the fabric & the sunglasses. They totally flatter your face! Brilliant idea to line it with chiffon.

    2. Jenny says:

      Cute cute cute!! Love the print! I have been reading you for a while- you’re such a sewing inspiration!

    3. Jeannie D says:

      I love both looks…great job, Melissa!

    4. Heidi says:

      Love it! I want to see it reversed, do the stripes show through the chiffon?
      I just finished whipping up a floral maxi from some a length of polyester knit I found at the thrift store. I can’t wait to try it out as a dress as well!

    5. Kristina A. says:

      Great Post! How innovative and creative !!

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