DIY Silk Maxi Skirt

I find that this skirt was not so much inspired by the 50’s skirts, but more by all the flowy maxi’s I’ve been seeing all over the place. I did however gather the waist band and it is high waisted, making it a little more vintage-esque, not to mention the floral fabric I decided to use.

This fabric has been sitting in my fabric box for quite some time now, I was meaning to use it in a dress but silly me, I always say I’ll use a specific fabric to do something extravagant but I end up doing something so much simpler.

50’s Skirt Adventure #3: Twill High-Waist Maxi

The fabric I chose for this skirt was a lovely floral green stretch silk. The flow of the silk is definitely much heavier than the other fabrics I used before which is great for the a maxi style. I think using this fabric in a shorter style would still work , but you wouldn’t get the whole 50’s look from it unless you gathered twice as much fabric around the waist. Admittedly, this is not really a ’50’s’ skirt, but it was one of the skirts I made during my frantic sewing escapade, and it’s really comfy, so I decided it deserved a spot in the adventure series 🙂

The stretch in the skirt needed me to gather the waist until it was very snug (tighter than the previous projects) to ensure it would sit on my waist and not fall to the hips.


  • Sewing Machine
  • 2 metres of fabric
  • Pins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Zipper
  • Invisible Zipper Foot
  • Thread


1. Cut out two rectangles. The length would be your desired length plus a little excess and the width I used was around 110cm.

2. Cut out a waist band that would fit around your waist plus a little excess. Make it about 4 to 5 inches wide.

3. Sew the two rectangle together (side seam)

4. Baste the top of the skirt and then pull on one thread to gather the top. Evenly distribute the gathers around a width that would fit your waist.

5. Attach the waist band to the gathered top, right sides facing each other.

6. Attach a zip to the skirt on the open ends.

I used an invisible zip. A specific invisible zipper foot is needed. The series of photos shows how I attached it and here is the post where I last used one with links to good tutorials.

  • Open zip
  • Attach the one side of the zip to one side of the skirt as shown below (the specific sides are very important)
  • Attach the other side of the zip to the other side of the skirt as shown below

7. Finish off the waistband

Fold the waist fabric over a couple of times. Press. Pin. Sew.


Some DIY with my other DIYs ^_^

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5 Replies to “DIY Silk Maxi Skirt”

  1. Very pretty & looks easy enough for me to do.Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try. Love that it goes from summer to fall. If weather is too cold just wear some leggins under. Thanks again! I Love easy but beautiful!

  2. Pretty cool! I used your instructions to make two skirts! One of them has a chiffon layer underneath ^_^ Thanks for the instructional!

    1. Thanks Cate! I love knowing that people are actually using my tutorials. The chiffon layer would be such a lovely addition 🙂

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