DIY ruched maxi skirt.

Supplies: Organic Cotton Plus fabric from here
Jacquard Dye: follow instructions here 

Nothing says summer apparel like a tie dyed maxi skirt, perfect for a swim cover up and comfortable as can be. It may still be cold but warm weather is on the way, check out the simplified version in the tute below. 

This tutorial includes both the split seam ruching and maxi skirt instructions.

DIY Instructions:
Fabric: 2 yards. I used Organic Cotton Plus in natural found here and hand dyed it. The fabric is divine and I suggest it for most my projects.

Measure from your hip bone to the floor and add 5 inches to that for the length. If you like to wear them with heels, go longer. For the width you will want to use your measurement of your waist and widest part of hips plus 1 inch for ease, divided by 2 for the front and back. The front and back pieces will be even. For example if my waist is 26 then plus 1 = 27 divided by 2 is 13.5 inches for both the front and back waist. Same goes for the hip. As you cut gradually go down to make it wider... you will need to free hand this so mark or cut the bottom as 30 inches first. The bottom will double or so from the waist. Sew 1/4 inch seam.

If you want one slit then sew one side up >right sides together<. You can do slits on both sides, mine has one slit. 

Next step: DIY split seam. 
I love the ruching this split seam gives to my maxi skirts. This technique is great for skirts, sides of shirts, sleeves, and more. 

For the maxi skirt, you will want the split seam to be 20 inches. So measure from the waist to 20 inches down and mark or pin. You will do the below technique for that 20 inches only.

Begin by placing the side right sides together, fold over 1 inch on both sides.

Iron flat.

Open the ironed flap open and sew right sides together along the ironed line. 

open and iron them flat as such 

Sew as close to the edge as you can along both flaps. Make sure to sew even seams or it will look uneven on the front.

Get a string long enough to fit the length X 2 of your project. Use a safety pin to glide through the openings of the seams you created. If you want it to tie at the top you will start at the top, if you want it to tie at the bottom, start at the bottom. Go one opening through the other.   

Scrunch as much as you'd like.

Finishing the edges is entirely up to you. With knit you can simply leave the edges unhemmed. I prefer this method because then it doesn't create waves when doing a conventional hem. A serger with a rolled hem is another great option if you have access to one. 



  1. Love it, how do you gather the side seams though, I've never done this?


    1. Gather it like I show at the bottom. Basically scrunch the fabric and sew. I show how to do this on the dolman video too

    2. Thanks that sounds too simple, wonder if ill be able to manage it lol!

    3. you can do it. It is that simple :)

  2. Love how this turned out. Maxi skirts are so much better with huge side splits.

  3. beautiful turnout! (:


  4. Looks great!! and I love the hand dyed fabric. It really turned out beautifully!

  5. Oooo! I can't WAIT to make one of these! Thanks for sharing!

  6. wow!! I am IN LOVE! Fantastic! Easy to sew but fantastic idea

  7. This IS a summer staple. I really want more maxis in my wardrobe!


  8. Do you just gather the extra 5 inches that you added to the overall length for the ruching or what? How much do you gather to make the ruching? LOVE this! Can't wait to make a few for summer!! Thanks for the inspiration! I think I'll round off my corners though, at the bottom of the split by the hem for a softer look.

  9. Must have for my Miami trip ;) love it!

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    2. When will you start selling? The above link came up page does not exist

    3. I had one up for sale in shop, it is indigo blue. If your interested email me at Laurazpifer at gmail.com

  11. Hi! Just 2 question: Is this just cotton fabric? I would prefer to just buy at my local fabric store.
    Also, did you just sew on the tie at the end of the ruching?

    Thank you!

  12. i love this!!!!!!!
    war can i find the video??

  13. I just have a quick question. Do you do anything special to the waist? Do you hem it, or leave the edges raw? Also, do you just make sure it is snug enough by using your measurements? I absolutely loooovvvveee this and my teenagers are asking me to make one for them.

  14. Do you do anything in particular to the waist? Do you hem it or leave the edges raw? No elastic or anything to keep it snug? My teenagers want one and I'm making sure it wont fall off if they trip over their big feet and accidentally catch the hem...lol

  15. I just made it fit my measurements, maybe do the waist measurement minus an inch and it should be snug enough around the waist.

  16. Hello what kind of string did you use thankyou

  17. Try a twin stretch needle and "woolly nylon"(try amazon if you can't find it at your local store) on the bobbin normal cotton on top for a super easy and flat hem!!!
    Very cool skirt!!!

  18. sigh... I don't have a sewing machine, so not even gonna attempt. Wish I could though! Really cute!