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.
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.
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.