Sew a Maxi Skirt for Spring & Summer

10 Crosby Derek Lam Maxi Skirt, available at Shopbop.
Lately I've been seeing maxi skirts everywhere in New York City, on stylish women of all ages. So of course now I'm craving one for myself and may make this my next sewing project. Let's look at pattern possibilities...
  • Vogue 1310 Chado Ralph Rucci: The draping of this maxi skirt is to die for. A person could look like a slender column in this pattern. I think I'd shorten it so it doesn't sweep the floor (not really practical for running up and down the stairs here at Mood NYC).
  • McCalls 6567 or Butterick 5757: Nice basic patterns, easy elastic waists, look like they could be swishy enough and would work well in a number of fabrics
  • Simplicity 4188: A yoked waistband and multiple panels make for a very swirly skirt. Soft wovens like silk would work well with it.
  • Burda 7553: Very similar to the Derek Lam skirt above.
Now for fabric possibilities.... That's where it gets a little harder, only because there are so many good choices. Today I left my office on Mood's lower level and went upstairs to the main floor to see what fabrics struck me. At first I thought silk jersey, for sure, because it drapes so well and feels great to wear. But then I wandered by our bamboo knits and fell in love with their soft hand. I grabbed Ann in our silk department to ask which fabrics she'd recommend for a maxi skirt: "Crepe de chine or washed silk," she suggested. Oy, so many choices. But then she pulled out this silk and lycra blend, shown below, and I was all "Eureka! That's it!"
A silk-and-lycra blend that would make a stunning maxi skirt. Available at Mood NYC for $35/yard.

I think a maxi skirt made out of this fabric and paired with a white shirt and black or dark accessories could look so chic. What do you think? Too bold? Or perfect for a summer day?

Tips for sewing a maxi skirt: Well, not a whole lot, actually, because I think sewing a maxi skirt should be purposely simple and easy. Choose a fabric that drapes well and doesn't need a lining, and that's half the battle. Do a simple machine-stitched narrow hem, finish seams as appropriate for your fabric, and that's it. Wear and enjoy!

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Check back here again on Friday, when we visit with Danyce of our Home department for Favorite Fabric Friday. See you then!

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