How To Make Mini Skirts

Sewing a mini skirt is easy. In less than an hour from start to finish, you can have a new, one-of-a-kind fashion item.

Making a skirt is one of the easiest sewing projects ever. You can make a skirt in any length, out of almost any fabric, and it will be custom fit to your size. The following instructions will help you sew a regular a-line mini.

The first step to beginning DIY sewing is to get a pattern. This doesn't necessarily mean a store bought pattern with pieces you cut out and pin to the fabric, though if you want to go the storebought route that is fine. Stay away from pattern brands like Vogue, whose patterns are usually more complex, and look for simple patterns. Most pattern companies have a line of patterns that advertises how easy and quick the clothing is to sew; choose one of these, like a Kwik Sew. Remember to purchase enough fabric to fit your measurements, not your clothing size as the tag on your favorite blouse or pants says. What is an 8 in store-bought clothes may be an 11 or 12 according to a sewing pattern, so make sure you know your measurements.

The easiest way to make a skirt that fits you, though, is to create a pattern from a skirt you already have that fits you. Some skirts can also be made from basic patterns found online or in pattern books.

To make a mini:

Find an a-line skirt that fits you well. Lay it down flat on top of your chosen fabric (you can use anything you want! Fabric from an expensive craft shop is fine, as are thrifted bedsheets. It's your choice) and cut out around the outline of the skirt twice, making two panels. If your skirt stays up with elastic rather than a zipper or buttons, make sure the elastic is fully stretched out when you are making your cuts. Leave half an inch on each side for seams, and an extra inch at the top if the skirt used elastic.

Sew the left and right sides of the skirt together, "good" sides of the fabric facing in. This will make sort of a tube. If your template skirt used a zipper, buttons, or other closure, leave the top half of one side of the skirt un-sewed.

Hem all raw edges.

If your template skirt was held up with elastic, it's time to put it into your new skirt. Fold the top edge of the skirt down one inch and sew around, making a tube for the elastic. Insert 1/2" or 1" elastic into the "tube", threading it all the way around and sewing it to itself. Make sure you used enough elastic so the skirt will stretch to fit over your hips, but not too much, so the elastic will shrink and stay up.

If your template skirt used buttons or a zipper, you must now put in some sort of closure as well. You aren't limited to the specific type of closure your template skirt used, so be creative. Zippers look the nicest but can be a pain to put in; you need a special zipper foot attachment for your sewing machine. Buttons are probably the cheapest and can look great (imagine a row of brightly colored buttons on both sides of a white skirt!) but if they're not the look you're going for, you won't be happy. Snaps are a relatively inexpensive alternative (if you buy the kind that needs a hammer to set in, do NOT do this on your nice floor), as are grommets if you want the "industrial" look. Hook-and-eye closures are also an alternative but they can take a while to sew, and if you are in a hurry they'll drive you crazy.

Once you have sewed in your closure, turn your skirt right-side out. You're done! Wear it with pride.

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