I love the holiday season! This time of year is a chance to really elevate and experiment with your style, have some fun and play with being more dressed up then usual. It's socially acceptable to wear sequins, glitter and shine all at once. To the grocery store, even (guilty!). If you've been following me on Instagram, I've been posting some of my work outfits during the season, and sequins feature heavily. I like shiny things, what can I say?
It should be no surprise to anyone, then, that I've been ooogling a metallic maxi skirt for several months. I knew with New Year's Eve on the horizon this would be the perfect time to make one! I mocked up a really simple pattern for a yoga-waistbanded stretch gold metallic maxi skirt, and I love, love LOVE how it turned out! I even wore it for our couple's pictures last weekend (see the pic below, oh, and also a sneak peek of Noah's first men's style post!)
I'm really excited to share with you all how to make your own metallic maxi skirt today, you have no idea. This skirt is so comfy, you can dance and eat to your heart's content, and still makes an incredible statement, all while being super easy to sew!
Ready to make your own? Keep reading!
I'll admit. I was worried about how this fabric would look on me. I will admit that my @$$ isn't perfect, just like every other woman. I have some less then awesome bits, and some are lumpier then I'd like. I was worried about this fabric, but I shouldn't have been. As I said above, because this is performance stretch fabric, it acts like a corset, and actually smooths everything out. *swoon*
Can we take a minute to appreciate how well Noah did taking pictures of me in this skirt for this tutorial? Round of applause for a tolerant and talented husband here!
The core, the absolutely necessary material you must have for this skirt is stretchy metallic fabric. This is performance metallic, usually reserved for dance costumes or swimwear. Know what that means? It stretches like woah. This lets the skirt be incredibly comfortable and flattering at the same time, because the fabric is literally built to suck everything in and keep it there. And let's be honest, everyone can appreciate a little lift now and then!
The bonus of this type of fabric is that since it's a knit, that means no hemming! God I love it when I don't have to hem things.
you will need:
- measuring tape
- 2-3 yards of metallic stretch performance fabric (here is the link to the exact one I used)
- your measurements
- a sewing machine
- thread (I used white, you can't even see it)
before you sew:
- Before you begin, you'll need your waist measurement, and the measurement of your waist to the floor (taking into account the shoes you'd like to be able to wear with this skirt. With your measuring tape, measure where you'd like your yoga waistband to sit.
- Measure the distance between your waist and the floor, while wearing the shoes you'd like to wear with your skirt (if you'll be wearing heels...measure with heels!).
- On your fabric, measure out your pieces as shown below, using your waist measurement divided by 2 as the top of your skirt piece. If you're worried about the stretch on your fabric, you can add 1/2 inch to this number, but if your fabric stretches you'll want it to fit snugly, so use your waist/2.
- Cut out your fabric pieces, two of the skirt piece and one waistband piece as shown in the instructions below:
1. Cut out your pieces. A note: A ten inch height on your yoga waistband will result in a 5 inch waistband once it's finished, or 2.5 when folded over. If you like more of a long yoga waistband, try 15 inches x your waist measurement.
2. Sew as directed. You'll want to use a zigzag stitch for all seams, so that you can maintain the stretch of your fabric, especially around the waistband.
3. You'll fold your 'tube' of a waistband in half with the wrong sides together, and slide it into your inside out skirt. You're going to sew around the waistband with a zigzag stitch, while still folded over. This is what makes the waistband gold on both sides, and hides the seam.
4. Important note: Try the skirt on! Make sure it fits, make minute adjustments. This is an incredibly forgiving fabric, so you can afford to take in the hips a bit here, cut the hem up a tad there. This thing will fit you like liquid gold, don't leave any lumps or obvious bumps.
Thanks for checking out my tutorial! If you liked this, you should check out a couple of my other favorite sewing tutorials:
Photos by Noah Hanson