Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Maxi

Remember that one time I used to sew clothes?  Well cross country traveling mixed with nausea every night really put a damper on my desire to sew.  But I started getting the itch a few weeks ago with all of my gorgeous new fabric.  So I decided to ease back into my sewing machine with a simple, fabulous especially if you're pregnant, maxi skirt.



It's long and stretchy.  At this point, I can't think of a better combo.  I stocked up on knits in LA, so I have about 5 more that I want to make of this exact skirt. 


top: Cozy / necklace: J.Crew / bangles: Forever 21 / shoes: Steve Madden


UPDATE:

My Maxi skirts are available for purchase in my store, leannebarlow.com.  For those of you that would like to make your own skirt,  I have listed the tutorial for this skirt in my Esty store!

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  1. I just love it! You looks so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I am going to try to make this.

    Thanks again.

    Vanessa

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  2. Thanks for sharing this great pattern! You look beautiful!

    Hilliary

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  3. LOOOOOVE these. Perfect for pregnancy!

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  4. I'm sooo glad you are making pregnancy friendly things! I have a bump about the same size as yours so this is going to be perfect. I'll attempt this as soon as my energy returns :)

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  5. I love this! I have so many questions, not about the skirt, but about your serger!

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  6. I'm so excited to make this! Can't wait to have something comfy that looks good with a baby bump too. Thanks!!

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  7. Beautiful tutorial and great idea. Thanks! :)

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  8. You have an adorable belly!

    I am SO making this!

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  9. LOVE this, gotta give it a try, esp great for my summer pregnancy.

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  10. I love this! My hips are too big for it though darn it! (: haha!

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  11. Yay for something to make while pregnant. I'm putting this at the top of my list of things to sew cause I would actually be able to wear it right now. Thank you!! Love your cute baby bump!

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  12. Ooooh thanx for the tutorial. I'm really new to sewing, but I want to give it a try! Also btw, you are a lovely pregnant gal!

    Natalie
    www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

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  13. You look so pretty that I want to make this. And I'm definitely not pregnant. Thanx!

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  14. superrr:))Thanks for sharing ♪ ♫ ♥

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  15. I made a couple of these early this summer and have been wearing them at least 4 days a week! I lOVE them. I only have 5 more weeks to go until baby #3 gets here but I'm sure I'll keep wearing them after she is born.

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  16. This is fantastic! Lovely tut! Thanks for sharing!

    Ludmi

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  17. Oh my heck, I love this. You have created a wonderful tutorial. Very easy to follow. Thanks for all the time and effort you put in to making this and posting it for all of us. I can't wait to make it!

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  18. this looks so comfy!! Great idea to use elastic thread in the bobbin when you sew on the waistband! I'll have to remember that trick.

    For that second thread when sewing w/ a double needle, you can just make an extra bobbin to use.

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  19. LOVE this!!! I need one! I have a question though....I have heard that when sewing knit fabrics that you need to use a ball point needle....is this true? Do you use one or do you use a regular needle? Thanks for the tutorial....I may need to go find me some fab knits!

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  20. Look at you!!!! That skirt is adorable, and that color is so pretty. I want to make one stat! Don't you need a special needle when you sew with knits?

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  21. Ali - yes, I probably should have mentioned that I do use a ball point needle when I sew with knits. The seams lay nicer. Thanks for bringing that to my attention!

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  22. Thanks so much for sharing the instructions for this awesome skirt! And oh my goodness you are one cute pregnant lady. I never looked half that good. :)

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  23. Looks so comfy! Thanks for the how-to its going on my list!

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  24. Out of curiosity, why do you recommend building a separate waste band from the skirt instead of just making the top a big rolled over hem all in one piece? I'm just wondering if that would work or if you tried it and it didn't? Knit is hard to find, man your a lucky gal to hit LA...thanks for sharing, love it, just want even easier.
    sincerely lazy :)

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  25. Did you say wear to church and take a 3 hour nap-- SOLD!

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  26. I am TERRIFIED of sewing with elastic thread. Is there a trick to it that I would need to know before attempting a project like this? I am close to just making this with an elastic casing on top... Yours looks so cute though!

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  27. being about 1/2 way through a pregnancy-that looks so comfy! i just have a few questions...
    when using a double needle do you need to double up on the bobbin, too? and do you thread then through the machine together?
    also-when you said to put your zig zag stitch to zero...does that mean when you hem it with the double needle you use a zig zag stitch?
    thanks so much!

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  28. I love this skirt! The color is fabulous! Great job!

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  29. Love it! This looks like the perfect summer into fall skirt...especially when pregnant. You look wonderful!

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  30. I fell in love with this skirt last week after seeing it on pinterest. Made it this weekend and L-O-V-E it. I'm not pregnant, but I still like it :) Thanks for the tutorial! I shared a link to it on my blog.

    http://pickinpeaches.blogspot.com/2011/09/yoga-pants-maxi-skirt.html

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  31. You are like the cutest pregnant woman ever!! LOVE the skirt. And I can completely relate to the sewing hiatus. I too took a looong break from sewing when I was pregnant with my third child. It just became to much and I never had enough time to squeeze it in! I miss it and I def don't sew as much as I used to. But after reading your tutorial, I think I'm gonna give it a try :)
    XOXO

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  32. Love it! I just made a jersey knit dress so i think i can try this! I will let you know how it goes! I see a ton of your stuff on pinterest before i see it on your blog, i am so excited for you! Hopefully you will have the energy to keep sewing cause i cant wait to see what you do next :)

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  33. I am 6 months pregnant and I just made myself and my 2 year old one of these! They are so cute! Thanks!

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  35. Made it today, wearing it now :) I LOVE IT!! It's so comfortable - especially at 5 months pregnant. I made the waistband piece a bit longer - 12 inches. Next time I think I'll make them even longer and rouche them a little bit before attaching.

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  36. Ok, question:: How tall are you? I'm trying to guesstimate with fabric...and I'm ordering knit fabric online because this is TOO cute to pass up. Let me know if you can. LOVE LOVE your blog and think you are so talented! Thanks for sharing your talents. :)

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  37. I just made a brown maxi skirt with your tutorial, and I love it! It's the first time I used a double needle hem, it looks great! Thanks so much! love you blog!

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  38. I just finished this in black-figured it would be most forgiving for any mistakes I made...Super cute and as my second piece of clothing ever made, it was super easy and something I will not only wear, but wear excessively! Tomorrow I will make one in Navy Blue! I can't wait to try more of your designs!

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  40. Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial. Have you ever made kulots? You know, those wide leg pant versions of the maxi skirt?

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  41. Hey! I just picked out my fabric for my skirt :) I am way excited! I was wondering, if you use a zig-zag stitch for all your sewing here, do you still have to use elastic thread? or would it work without using the elastic kind?

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  42. It looks amazing! Love.

    Anna
    http://www.anewfoundtreasure.com

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  43. I just found your site and my friend and I are getting together tomorrow night to make these! One question, where in LA did you get your fabric? I live in Santa Barbara and our local place has zero knit fabric. I get down south occasionally and would love to stock up!

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  44. I just finished making my first skirt in gray, next up brown! I'm 33 weeks pregnant and used the same waist measurement as one of my non-maternity skirts that is a knee length version of this maxi. Also, for those interested, instead of using the elastic thread for attaching the waist band I just used the stretch stitch on my machine and it worked beautifully. It has plenty of stretch for me to wear now super pregnant and should hopefully still fit well after baby comes!

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  45. Ooooh love. Found you on Pinterest. I'm pregnant and going to make this!! I wish I could go to LA for knits...

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  46. I made this skirt yesterday in a grey jersey knit and I love it! Getting the waistband pinned correctly was a little tricky,though. I ended up putting the skirt on and pinning the waistband on while I was wearing it,which made it a lot easier. I plan on making more of these. I just love wearing maxi dresses and now I will be wearing maxi skirts! You look so adorable with your skirt on and your baby bump underneath!

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  47. you remind me of Kelly Pickler! so pretty can't wait to try the skirt!

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  48. I absolutely love this, and it makes me wish so desperately that I knew how to sew. Maybe I will ask my sister in law to make me a few for Christmas.

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  49. I just finished my maxi skirt and love it! I blogged about it here:
    http://allthisforthem.blogspot.com/2011/11/maxi-skirt.html

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  50. This project has been on my to-do list for a while and I finally got around to it this weekend after I found some black knit for 50% off. I'm a beginner and I had to recut the waist measurement 3 times and it still only took about an hour. I know some of the other commentors asked about heigth and amount of fabric. I'm 5'11" and I used 3 yards of fabric.

    As far as fabric selection goes, make sure you get a knit that retains its shape. Mine is quite stretchy but after an hour it gets so stretched out it doesn't really stay up anymore.

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  51. made this tonight- love it! Thanks for such a great tutorial!!!

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  52. This was such an easy tutorial...I LOVE mine! It's going to be perfect for the rest of my pregnancy, thanks!

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  53. Thanks! This was perfect! I made, blogged about and linked back to ya!
    http://confettiandotherfun.blogspot.com/2012/01/maternity-maxi-skirt.html

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  54. Love this! Nordstrom has a skirt similar to the color of yours as well as a green one for spring and it's $130! I am going to use your tutorial and try to make my own! I'm a beginner but I might try to do a different waistband!

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    1. i literally JUST bought orange jersey fabric to do that exact same thing! love that mine cost me $6, not $130 (even though i LOVE splendid clothing) :)

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  55. I wonder, how could you make the top too? Love the ruching on the sides and sleeves!

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  56. I am so happy with my skirt! Thanks so much for this post!

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  57. Sorry to be dense but if I use a server do I still need elastic thread?

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    1. Leslie - Nope, if you use a serger, that will make it stretch along with the fabric. No need for elastic thread.

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  58. I'm 25 weeks pregnant and this skirt is what I've been looking for in the stores. I can't wait to make it! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  59. I bought a serger specifically to make this skirt! I'm 22 weeks along, with my fourth and FINAL(!), and don't really want to spend a ton on maternity clothes I'll never wear again.

    I just cut out my first pattern... here goes!

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  60. I finally made this! I'm not pregnant (but pregnancy sure left it's mark on me!) and I really love it. :-)

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    1. I forgot to add, that this also doubles as a dress - just pull it up over my girls and it works great...Pics at my facebook page...
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ooh-Baby-Designs/224096180968930?ref=tn_tnmn

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  61. Just made one for my pregnant friend and it turned out beautifully!! Kind of jealous that I made one for her first but I bought lots of colors and I'm ready to make myself one in every color!! thank you so much for the idea/tutorial!!

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  62. This looks sooooo amazing! I can't seem to find elastic thread at my local fabric store, is there some special name for it? And if I'm not pregnant, should I make the waist smaller then my actual waist? I don't want it to be too stretchy.

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    1. Melissa- Try looking over by the zippers. That's where they keep it at the Joanns's I go to. And it is just called elastic thread. Also, make the waistband 2-3 inches smaller than your normal waist size to allow for some stretch. Good luck!

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  63. I found this tutorial on pinterest and loved it! This would have come in handy when I was pregnant, but for now I love having a comfy skirt to wear. I'm sharing this on my blog tomorrow - http://123worksforme.blogspot.com/. I think I'm going to have to try some more of your tutorials now!

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  64. Love this tutorial, it's encouraged me to dig out the sewing machine I got a few years ago. Can't wait to see how this turns out.

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  65. What type of knit have you been making these out of? A Jersey or an interlock? I want to make a couple (i LOVE maxi skirts... and with a summer pregnancy in the desert...i need skirts)... thank you!

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    1. I have used mostly jersey, but have made 2 out of a thicker interlock knit. Both work just fine. Good luck!

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  66. Do you think it would be easy to add pockets and make one it white? I have been looking for a long white skirt for the temple, but haven't found anything I have loved. This might be perfect once I get pockets.

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    1. It would be really simple to add pockets, my only hesitation is that it is a little more form-fitting around the hips. Adding pockets might create some unwanted bulging on the sides. If you want to add pockets, I would suggest gathering fabric around the waistband and making a fuller skirt so that the pockets don't distract.

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  67. Can you clarify that if the waist band is folded up after being sewn that a loose hem will show? I'm a little confused about how to connect the waist band and body of the skirt, otherwise.
    Thank you. I'm so excited to make this skirt!

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    1. Eleanor- yes, the hem from attaching the waistband is there, but it will be the side against your body, so it won't be seen when you wear it.

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  68. Ok now for a personal question… do you wear a slip under your skirt? And is this skirt friendly for all the lumps and bumps and jiggles of a middle age woman who has had numerous children and is not particularly fit? Does the type of knit make a difference? My favorite maxi was truly unsightly on me! And NO ONE told me!!! It looked like “two hogs fighting in a burlap sack” to quote Steel Magnolias… LOL love that line and the book too! Any suggestions? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Peggy! Yes, I usually wear slips under my skirt, just because most of the knits are thinner, and if it is a sunny day, I don't want it to be see through when I walk. The type of knit does make a difference. I have skirts out of thinner jersey knit that aren't good for hiding anything, but I have made skirts with thicker interlock knits that are a lot more forgiving. One item I would highly recommend investing in are a pair of spanx. Especially since I just gave birth and don't quite have my body back, those things are life savers for holding you in and give you the appearance of looking firmer than you actually are :)

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    2. If you wear a slip under the skirt...Do you have a special maternity slip you wear while prego? I haven't seen any maternity slips...If you have one could you let me know what brand it is? Thanks!

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  69. I've been wanting to make this for a while but every time I go to the craft store, they don't have any really cute colors (like your bright pink or stripes). Where did you get your fabric?

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    1. I get all my knits down in LA at the fabric district, but you should check out my sponsor, the fabric fairy. Or fabrics.com have some great ones too.

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  70. What a super tutorial! I made this skirt today in ONE HOUR! I love it! Its so comfortable ; I don't think I'll ever take it off! Thanks!

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  71. Thanks for the tutorial, I love it. Just a tip, When I forget an extra spool of thread for a double needle I wind an extra bobbin with my color and use that as a temporary 2nd spool. I find it much cheaper then buying 2 spools for one hem!

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  72. Thanks Leanne - I just made one tonight in a very similar coral colour and it looks great. My only issue was with some of the knit bunching up a little on the longer side seams. I only have a standard machine, no serger. I'm hoping to make another one, so perhaps I'll have more success 2nd time around!

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  73. I LOVE this skirt! I used to sew as well, and have really gotten out of it lately! A friend and I are going to attempt this skirt this weekend! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world! :)

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  74. I made one of these this weekend. My first lesson (I should have know better as long as I have been sewing) is that you need to use a 1/4 seem allowance if you give yourself that or the skirt will be loose. I love it, though, and am going to love it even more next time I am pregnant! Thanks!

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  75. It turned out great! Love the pregnant belly!!
    My little girl is a month and 3 days !!

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  76. My friend/sewing teacher & I made these skirts tonight! My sewing teacher has been sewing for nearly 30 years, I believe, and she was always too intimidated to try a double needle until tonight, since I went by Hancock & bought one. We were both amazed! And these skirts are so comfortable. I think I will be making several. Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  77. I was seriously about to Bing this very subject and I found on Pinterest! This is exactly what I wanted thanks.

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  78. Thanks for the tutorial! Tried my first skirt yesterday, although it turned out well, it's rough around the edges. I had a hard time attaching the waistband to the top of the skirt and ended up sewing it on backwards...meaning the seam is on the outer part. O_o So, rather than rip it all apart, I folded the waistband down and stitched it to the skirt on each side seam. Perfect. I'm working on my 2nd skirt right now and it is a very thin knit, so you can see right through to my legs! LOL! I'm thinking of just taking a smaller piece of the same fabric and doubling it up to just above my knees under the existing skirt. I'm not a fan of wearing slips!

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  79. I have one of those small sewing machines for, I guess beginners, or college kids? Can I still use a double needle with it? I'm just getting started, but love seeing stuff that I made come together! I can't wait to make my skirt! If it works, I might make a bunch & wear em to work this summer! lol

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  80. What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

    Tamika @ www.notimefortea.com

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  81. Thanks for the great tutorial! The skirt looks great on you and I love the color.

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  82. Hi Leanne, I love this skirt! I'm wondering what the easiest way to cut it is. It's hard to mark it considering it's jersey knit...How do you do it so that it lines up so easily short of cutting a new paper pattern for each and every skirt? Any helpful hints? I'm relatively new to sewing and I'm a little lost! Thanks!

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  83. Precious and I love it in the stripe. Lol on the tube of teeth whitener too help with spool, genius. I grab stuff like that just so I don't have to get up from my sewing machine and slow down.

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  84. just finished making one! so stinking easy! and so very pretty! and flattering! and addictive!!!!!!
    thank you so much for this easy-to follow tutorial!!!!!!

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  85. OMG this was incredibly easy!! I took your advice & did the twin needle & will never go back! LOL Thank you so much for creating such an easy tutorial to follow. I haveonly been actively sewing for about a year now, all of which has been for my little girl. This was the first thing I made for myself & I am in love! Only took 2 hours with stopping to move clothes to the dryer, unload dishwasher, etc. Thanks again!

    Danielle

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  86. I made one yesterday. Had to adjust the fit a tiny bit today, but I love it!! I have never owned a more comfortable skirt! I used a lovely knit with huge red flowers for summer. Bring on flip-flop weather! Thank you so much for the great tutorial!

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  87. I've been thinking about trying out the twin needle, but was a little nervous it would turn out more difficult than expected...you sold me! Can't wait to go to grab one and get creating! Thanks for the tutorial (and twin needle encouragement)!

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  88. I can't echo the comments above me loud enough - this skirt is simply the most comfortable thing I've ever worn, not to mention made! I had never sewn with jersey before and was really intimidated, but the first skirt turned out so great, I made a second one the next day. I used t-shirt sheets so I didn't even have to hem the bottom. I blogged about it here - http://cookiesandcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/crafts-best-skirt-ever-period/

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!!

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  89. You said the bottom width was 37". Is that on both front AND back pieces or is the total circumference of the bottom of the skirt 37" when completed? Thanks!

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    1. Paige, the bottom of the front of the skirt is 37" and the bottom of the back of the skirt is also 37". Hope this helps!

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  90. This is a great skirt. I was wondering though if you need to use elastic thread in the bobbin or the entire skirt if you do not have a serger or just in the waistband? I do not have a serger so I wasn't sure if I should use regular thread for the skirt body since you said do a straight stitch or if elastic thread is needed for the entire thing?

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    1. Bethanne- just use elastic thread in the bobbin only when attaching the waistband. Use normal thread when stitching up the side and hemming. Good luck!

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  91. Where can I get that coral knit fabric. Can't find it anywhere here.

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  92. When you do your serging, do you use a 3 thread or 4 thread serge? And what kind of needle do you use to sew this kind of fabric? I'm so excited to try this! :)

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  93. Leanne, I've been looking for a yoga-waist maxi skirt and came across this on Pinterest. I own a sewing machine (very gently used, if barely) and would like to take a shot at making this skirt. I've not made any type of clothing before, so as I was reading through your tutorial I wondered how you measured and cut the "skirt"? Do I measure around the fullest part of my hips to determine the skirt part? I'm 5'6" and a 10/12, so I'm a bit confused. I guess I was hoping there would be a pattern, but I'm lost.

    Thanks for posting this pattern!

    Kelli

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    1. Hi Kelli,

      Just measure around your waist at about the point where you want the waistband to be. Since the skirt angles out like a triangle and is a lot wider at the bottom, it will naturally get bigger where the fullest part of your hips are. Hope this helps! Oh, and when cutting the fabric, make sure that the the direction that is the stretchiest when pulled runs parallel to the ground. That will give you the right amount of stretch to pull it on.

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  94. This is such an easy tutorial and you make it look so easy! I'm going to make myself lots of maxi skirts for this summer!
    I did a little maxi dress series and would love if you linked up your skirt!
    http://www.feathersflights.com/2012/04/maxi-dress-week-day-5-results-and-link.html

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  95. Just finished the skirt in a pretty deep sky blue! Love it! Thanks for the tutorial! Love your blog too!

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  96. I LOVE this skirt and can't wait to make it--thank you for sharing this tutorial! A few questions, though (and I apologize if they are ridiculously obvious!): When you say to measure your waist, I assume you really do not mean your waist, since this skirt (especially when pregnant) lies under your belly and around your hips. Am I right to assume this? And do I measure around the hips then? Another question...Did you cut your skirt so that the length of the skirt/waistband is parallel to the lengthwise or crosswise grain? Thank you so much!!

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    1. Great question Courtney! When cutting the fabric, make sure that the the direction that is the stretchiest when pulled runs parallel to the ground. That will give you the right amount of stretch to pull it on. And yes, by waist I mean basically the part under a pregnant tummy. There is no way I would wear that thing going right across my baby bump!

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  97. just love this!! Not pregnant but omg it looks too comfy not to make :)

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  98. LOVE this, I've been looking all over for some, LOVE maxi's, can't wait to make a few!

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  99. You are beautiful and I am excited to have just found your blog! Gonna make the moby wrap first, and then get going on some maxi skirts! :)

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  100. I'm so happy I found this tutorial! Thanks for sharing it. I have tons of fabric lying around that I can use to make skirts from - especially a luscious, soft-to-die-for bamboo jersey. I have lounge pants made from it and I hate changing out of them, so this will be the same way.

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  101. This is going to be the first thing I have ever sewn in my life! I'm so new to this my mom is actually going to help me so we'll see how it goes. Since I'm only 5'0 I have a lot of trouble finding cute skirts that fit well so I have decided to make my own...hopefully it works. Thank you for posting the instructions and I hope mine turns out as beautiful as yours!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! Good luck!

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    2. So I have FINALLY gotten around to making the skirt. Let me tell you, it's been rough. Being that it's my first sewing experience minus the valances I made for my mom recently, each time I sit down to sew I feel stupid. Hehe. That's okay though. All I have left to do is attach the waistband - which I will probably do tomorrow morning. Reading the other posts I'm wondering if I should the waistband on the right side of the skirt if I'm wanting to fold it over and not have the seam show. My waistband is not 10" wide - I'm guessing around 6. I'm only 5 foot so I figured a really thick waistband who just look crazy on me.

      If anyone could let me know if this sounds like something I should do please feel free to let me know.

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  102. Okay.... I must be missing something. When I tried to stitch with the elastic thread it didn't give me any stretch AT ALL. Nothing. What the heck am I doing wrong? Is there a certain setting I should set my stitches to? Is my fabric too thick? I'm using the "Sewing Classics" line of jersey from JoAnns. I was really hoping I could succeed at this tutorial as I have have the "privilege" of spending the last three months of my pregnancy in the peak of summer. A bunch of maxis would be great to have.

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    1. Dang, sorry you ran into problems. Did you hand wind your elastic thread in just your bobbin and use normal thread in the top? If you pull too much on the elastic thread when winding it, there won't be any stretch left to it when it is stitched in the garment. Maybe that was the problem? And don't forget you only need the elastic thread for the waistband, not when stitching up the sides. If all else fails, you can stitch your waistband to the skirt using a zig zag stitch. That will allow for the stretch as well.

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  103. So glad I found this tutorial on Pinterest! I was in need of some skirts for this pregnancy and this is perfect! For my first attempt I just took a maxi dress that I didn't like the top and cut it off at the hip then attached the fold-over waist band from there. Then I made one for my daughter following your tutorial. The only problem I ran into is that once I stitched the waist band to the skirt I opened it up and the stitching showed on the rights side of the skirt instead of the wrong side. I DID IT ON BOTH SKIRTS!!! I must have pregnancy dumb disease or something! The skirts look great...they just have the stitching showing on the outside, but not a big deal since it will be covered my a shirt anyway. Needless to say, I'm calling it quits and going to bed! I can't wait to try this when my mind is fresh and I can do it right! :-)

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  104. I must be the only person in the world who had issues with this skirt....not due to your tutorial, but due to this was the first time I had ever used a serger. I've had it for several months and finally had enough time to sit down and learn to thread it (in something other than the blue, red, yellow and green that came on it)!!! I have an issue with tension as my seams seem to be wavy...I guess that's just something that I'll have to work on. But I'm determined, I'm gonna get this baby right!

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  105. Hi Leanne,

    I found your blog today, found the post, went to buy fabric and made the skirt.
    I have a couple of comments/questions for you and other readers.
    1) I measured my hips to be 35 inches and that's what I did for the band. The skirt turns out to be almost too wide. Because the fabric is stretch I was thinking that we probably need to remove 2 or 3 inches from the hip measurement taken.
    2) For the shape of the skirt, I was limited by the fabric width that you find in regular stores. They usually go from 45 to 62 inches, 45 being more common. I didn't have the leisure to make the bottoms 37 inches wide like you did. Mine were more like 28 inches. This made the angle of the triangle a little smaller and I definitely have some undies issues on my bum... :) I'm thinking I'll have to buy Spandex like you recommended or wear shorties... The only way to make the 37'' bottoms is to open the fabric and then buy at least 3 yards of fabric and use it flat, not doubled.
    3) I didn't do this on purpose, more like a mistake. But it turns out I'm happy with the outcome. I sewed the hip band on the wrong side of the skirt. If I don't fold over the band, the seam is exposed. So all looks good when the band is folded over. I'm thinking that's what you want to do. If you happen to fold a lot even beyond the seam, in my case, the seam is hidden. If I had followed the instruction, the seam would be exposed.
    4) I tried the dress raised to my chest and it looks awesome. With my measurements and funky seam, it all makes sense.

    Thank you for your tutorial, I will definitely make more versions of this skirt in all colors and fabrics!

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  106. Leanne, any suggestions to make the edges of the knit fabric not roll? I cannot get a straight sew line because my fabric keeps rolling. I dont think I have a high quality knit fabric. What do you recommend?

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  107. I love this skirt and have been looking for just the right fabric to make it. I found it and used your tutorial to make on for myself. I am converted... I will now wear a skirt. Thank you for a great pattern. I even blogged about it and put a link to your blog and this post. Thank you again.
    Donna

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  108. I have made the bottom of the skirt and the waistband, but I'm really having trouble figuring out how to connect them. I try reading the directions and it's not making sense to me. I'm new to sewing and I'm surprised I got this far. The fabric in the pictures is dark, so it's hard for me to tell what's going on. I would love to finish this. Could you please help explain it a little better?

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  109. Can I say GORGEOUS?! And the skirt is pretty fab too! :) <3 :)

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  110. Omg!!! Thank you soooo much for this!!! I swear this is the exact skirt I've been picturing in my mind that I want... I even imagined it in that exact coral color!!! I think I want maybe a white one too :o)

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  111. Made a maxi skirt today and love it!!! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/foxflat/7435005182/in/photostream) Thank you for your tutorial - super easy and helpful.

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  112. Thanks for the great tutorial! So excited to try it. Just wondering if you pre-washed your fabric? Also, if you use elastic thread to attach the waistband, you just use a straight stitch right? Do you backstitch? THANKS!

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    1. Hi Danica! Yes, I prewashed my fabric. And yes, just use a straight stitch with elastic threat (make sure to use it just in the bobbin). You can backstitch with it too. Good luck! Thanks for reading!

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  113. Finally got this made and I LOVE IT! I'm wearing it at work today :)

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  114. I just finished making this skirt. I LOVE IT!! I found kumquat colored -some people may say orange :) - polyester knit. It's kind of heavy, yet breezy all at the same time. At $1.50 a yard, I figured "why not??!!" I didn't have elastic thread to use, but I used a stretch stitch in the waist and PTL it stretches and doesn't break! I will be wearing this everywhere. I'm going to keep searching the "value" fabric bolts to see what other gems I find so I can make more of this skirt. Thanks for your tutorial!!!

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  115. so i just happened to find your blog while searching for a maxi skirt pattern, and i must sayi've spent the last half hour or so just scrolling through and reading all kinds of things! you, my soon to be friend, are amazing! your designs are beautiful, family is so sweet, and just so darn creative. thanks so much for the inspiration! and i'm definitely following along with you!

    holly
    http://holly-closetomyheart.blogspot.com/

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  116. I love this! May I feature it (and some of your other tutes) on www.sewcanshe.com? Please drop me a line and let me know. caroline@sewcanshe.com

    Thanks!

    Caroline

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  117. Great skirt! Great tutorial! I took my own spin on it and have a really nice outcome... although I was hoping that it wouldn't be so clingy (tight) on my thighs, I was hoping for the more drapey look that you have achieved with your coral skirt.... Any suggestions for this problem? Everything else is great though! :)

    Thanks muches for sharing! :)

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  118. Such an amazing tutorial!! Thanks so much :-) Just made my own with thin white and navy stripes. Love it! Venturing into my chevron jersey tomorrow for number 2. You rock, girl!!

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  119. Both daughters are pregnant thank you so much for sharing!

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  120. I have listed your posting as one of my featured links for this week on my Friday Favorite Blog Links

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    Grab the link in the post to show that you are a featured blogger on Friday Favorite Blog Links.

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  121. I absolutely LOVE this tutorial. It is SOOOO easy. I totally wanted to wear the first one I made every day too.... I am making 2 more this week.

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  122. what color/fabric is this is the pic above where you have the skirt on?

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  123. I can't wait to make a bunch of these for summers! I'm a recent graduate of a Sign Language program who always wears skirts but because of my career choice can't wear printed bottoms to work/Deaf socials. I have been looking for some solid nice long skirts but haven't been having any luck until now. Thanks so much for sharing. I'll let you know how it goes.

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  124. I'm not pregnant but I'm a new sewer so I want some simple stuff to make! This is great and I look forward to making this maxi skirt! you look great!:)

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  125. Yeah! I was planning to make a maxi skirt. I am going to try this! NOT pregnant, but have a tum-tum. LOL.

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  126. I've tried to make this skirt twice and have failed both times. :-( The first time it was way too big so I subtracted two inched from my waist measurement for the second try. Well now it clings to my rear end too much and the waist is still too loose. Not sure what I keep doing wrong.

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  127. Awesome! I am planning God willing on making some of these for my twin girls + with discount Jersey (sometimes as low as 2$/ yrd) and my girls only being 3 I bet I could whip up a bunch of these!

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  128. Thanks for the tutorial and the tips. I made one and it's super comfy: http://oneforyouoneforme.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/the-creative-mojo-it-comes-and-goes.html

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  129. Thank you so much for the tutorial, it helped me cut down on my sewing time and gave the the confidence to jump right in. My skirt turned out perfect in only one hour sewing and cutting. I wore it the same day to the beach and was feeling and looking great!

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  130. I just finished it yesterday. Had some trail and error working with knit for the first time, but was able to overcome the obstacles and get it made on my simple machine. I see I finished just in time before the tutorial was removed. It's obviously a VERY popular skirt. I hope it sells well :)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  131. Oh I've been eyeing this tutorial for a while now - LOVE the skirt....and seriously JUST ordered fabric a couple of days ago to make some....and now the tutorial is down. waaaaaaaa :(

    {If you have any interest in sending it over to me, I'd be more than happy to do a review of your blog and website - my blog is Cute Like Me}.

    anyways, GORGEOUS skirt....as are all your items!

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    1. I'm in the same boat! I pinned the tutorial, only to find the tutorial gone when i went to make the skirt :( any suggestions on where I might find a similar tutorial or pattern?

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    2. not sure...and not sure how I'm going to remedy the situation either. lol

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    3. Leanne,

      This might be a good opportunity to sell pdf files of your tutorial{s}? Using your website or etsy shop...I know I'd pay for it, particularly with the positive feedback you've received not just on this tutorial, but all of them.

      I'm sure I'm not the only one - for those who aren't sewers or aren't willing to attempt, they will purchase your skirts. For those who are, we'll buy your pattern. :) *fingers crossed*

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    4. I agree I would be interested in a pdf pattern.

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    5. I also just brought a knit fabric back with me from Ecuador. Had a list of all the things I needed to sew the skirt, but no pattern. Would love to buy a pdf.

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  132. Same here! Really bummed about the tutorial being taken down!

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  133. So sad I missed the tutorial. I'm in Australia, and maternity stuff and clothes in general are way more expensive then in the States ( I'm from the States... I can't find anything similar or as flattering :(

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  134. wow I just came to see how much fabric I needed so I could make this today :( what a bummer the pattern was taken away :( so sad

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  135. I'm so sad the tutorial is gone! I ordered jersey to make it and my fabric arrived today. When I came back to get the instructions they aren't here, and you don't sell it in my size. :(

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  136. Missing the tutorial terribly. I got knit for a skirt only to find the pattern is gone:-( Do you sell it somewhere? Please??

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  137. I am totally in love with this skirt! I want it in every color! Perfect for all seasons! I'm a beginning sewer, & was curious if you (or anyone you recommend or one of your readers) possible do a bit of custom sewing & sell these? If so, depending on cost, id definitely be super interested!!

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  138. Ha ha! I posted my comment before I read the post, because I had read the post about 16 times trying to decide if I could sew this! Oops!

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  141. Oh, I'm kicking myself for not making this when I first saw it, before you moved the tutorial to your Etsy shop. It's a great tutorial - you deserve to sell it, of course - but we're on super budget crackdown (hence the making my own skirts!) so I'll have to try a different one. Still love your site and style!

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  142. so sad I missed this tutorial. Maybe I'll ask for the tutorial for christmas. I found you via Sew can she. I thought everything there was free sewing tutorials. Still you have a great site

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  143. I am so excited to try this tutorial. I bought some great fabric today for myself and some to make one for my 7 year old. I am just having a hard time waiting for the tutorial to arrive in my email!

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    1. I just sent it on over Holly! Enjoy!

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    2. Thanks! I got it as soon as I posted that comment!

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  144. The skirt was fairly simple to make once I figured out how to lay out the skirt. It is sooooo cute! However, it is not for my body type. I am too curvy in the hips. The jersey knit I purchased, hugged my rear a little too much. I am going to cut it to be smaller for my straight-bodied 7 year old!

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  146. Nice to meet you! I actually found your tutorial on Etsy before I found your blog!
    My question is like Courtney's;
    Did you find a pregnancy slip to wear under your skirt while pregnant? If not, what did you do? If you did, where did you find the pregnancy slip ? I live in Utah County, too.

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