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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

maxi skirt: dress it down

Over the next few days, I wanted to show you a handful of other maxi skirts I made (tutorial here).  I have a closet full of them now, and even though I have a lot more clothing options now that I'm no longer preggers, they are still so easy and SO comfortable to pull on.  Plus, I wanted to show you that they work great with or without a bump.

Maxi Skirt option 1:
dress it down







top: Express, Skirt: me, Sunnies: UO, shoes: Steve Madden, Jewlery: Nachelle charm necklace, gift, vintage bracelet, polish: China Glaze- Re-fresh Mint & Orly- Rage

The weather lately reminds me so much of California weather.  I just feel like it puts me in a better mood and makes me carefree and relaxed.  I love the easy relaxed California style, so with this skirt I wanted to keep it simple with my favorite v-neck white tee, gladiators, long loose curls, and a few chunkier pieces of metallic jewelry just for a little kick. 

 

I made this same skirt for a client last year and finally got around to making one for myself.  I am in love with the heather gray and ruffles along the bottom.  The ruffles give it some weight, and its fun to see them move around as I walk.

I followed the same steps that I did on this maxi tutorial, except I just did a 2" wide waistband instead of the yoga waistband (so just fold a 4" wide waistband in half lengthwise).  For the row of ruffles along the bottom, I made the skirt about 6 inches shorter than I wanted it, and added a row of ruffles that were 6" and 3 1/2" wide.  To get the ruffles, I just measures the entire circumference of the very bottom of the skirt, then cut out two strips of fabric (one 6" and one 3 1/2") that were double the length of the circumference.  I then placed the 2 long strips on top of each other with the ends matched up at the top, made a basting stitch all along the top, and gathered and gathered until it measured the original circumference.  Then I pinned it along the bottom of the skirt, right sides together with the bottom of the ruffles pointing up, and serged them all together.

18 comments:

  1. I have been loving this CA-like weather too!! I love long skirts in the spring. I need to get around to making myself one of these!!!

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  2. You are looking good! I had my baby in Dec and have been working hard and thought I was starting to look good, but, goodness, I have nothing on you! (Figure you'd appreciate that from one mom to another! I know I always do!)

    I have your tutorial bookmarked and have had it since you first posted it! One of these days...!

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  3. I love the ruffle and you look fantastic!!! xoxo A-

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  4. I love that skirt!
    Ps, you look amazing! Congrats on your beautiful baby boy!

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  5. I love the ruffles! Now I am going to have try it! Also, I am heading to the fabric district soon any suggestions on your favorite stores?

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  6. I wish you sold these, seeing is like a foreign language to me and I can't ever find just a simple maxi skirt without it being overly expensive.... Very beautiful

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  7. i second Merrick... gorgeous! you look like a california supermodel :)

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  8. i ADORE this!!! am wearing a maxi today (with T & cropped jean jacket to show off my little baby bump!) but would LOVE some ruffles... if only the sewing machine & i were friends... xo

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  9. i want one of these... please!!!

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  10. Hey LeAnne, just wondering, I'm trying to redeem a maxi that I accidentally cut out wrong (not with the stretch in the fabric). I have to make it shorter now, but I'm trying to add some ruffles on the bottom. Do I fold them in half so I don't have to ham them and just iron them flat, or do I hem them? In your pic it looks like you folded them. Thanks!

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  11. Thanks so much LeAnne! This is my favorite thing to wear, ever!!!! But where is everyone buying their knit fabric? I'm want to make these skirts in every color but am having trouble with the knit being a little too see-through for me. Thanks!

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  12. This is the first maxi skirt I've fell in love with... I might just have to make one!!!

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  13. I LOVE this!!! Thanks so much for the directions. I can't wait to make some for my girls and I. I'm your newest follower. Looking forward to more sewing tutorials.
    Many blessings,
    Jennie

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  14. Hoo So beautiful looking so much elegant and comfortable. This is so easy to make and so cheap I just bought a new maxi skirt recently from KKandCo and thought i got it for very cheap price on sale untill read this post.. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. So glad I came across this!! Loving your blog and your hair is georgeous!! Can't wait to try this!!

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