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Learn to Sew – Project #2 – The Maxi Skirt

Hello everyone!  Are you ready for Project #2?  This very simple maxi skirt will give you more practice in perfecting some of the techniques you learned in Project #1.  You will also learn three new techniques:

  1. Sewing a casing;
  2. Inserting an elastic waistband;
  3. Sewing a slit into a skirt. 

This is one of those patterns that you can sew up in no time, once you’ve mastered the basic techniques.

Create the Look

  • Pattern:   New Look 6458 (View D) – I omitted the slit in the mint and multi skirts.
  • Farbric:  Red Skirt (HERE), Mint Skirt (HERE), Multi Skirt (HERE)

Styling Options

The maxi skirt is an all-occasion type of garment.  I’ll rock a maxi anywhere.  Here are a few options for styling your maxi skirt.

  • For Work: Throw on a blazer with a nice top/blouse beneath, and a comfortable pair of shoes.
  • For Date Night: A halter, tube top, or off-shoulder style top.  Don’t forget the jewelry and a sexy pair of shoes.
  • For Casual: A fitted ladies’ t-shirt, tank top, or comfy button-down top.
  • For Winter: A turtle neck and a pair of boots will set the maxi off.  Again, don’t forget the jewelry.

Share you Creations

To share your projects with me you may:

  1. Email: co*****@an***********.com
  2.  Instagram: @anitabydesign
  3. Facebook:  Anita by Design

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 If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, or send me an email message.


Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that you SHINE!


Here are photos of the finished skirt.  You will find the video for Project #2 at the end of this post.

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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Claudette

    Recently wanted to start sewing my own clothing love watching your videos : very straight forward and I am learning : looking at the beginner videos now : I did make my self a pleated skirt don’t know how it ended up being way bigger than me ( lol ) : My heart felt condolences to you and the boys on the lost of your husband .

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Claudette,

      Thanks for your condolences and welcome to the sewing course. I wish you a fun journey.

  2. Anita Morris

    Hi Sarah! No I did not make any of the tops. They’re all store purchased.

  3. Lisa

    Anita, thank you again for sharing your talents and knowledge with us. And thank you for teaching about a walking foot and showing how to attach it. That’s another thing that makes me wish I’d seen your videos 10 years ago. It took me an entire day to figure mine out way back then.

    Questions: When you fold over the single layer of fabric in order to cut the skirt pieces on a fold, how are you making sure the grainline is straight? Are you just looking at the fabric and judging by eye? I haven’t worked with knits much, and I tend to get a little twist in mine. I assume it’s because I’m messing up the grainline on that fold?

    And do I remember you saying that when sewing with a knit that it needs to relax overnight on the cutting table? Sorry. I should have made notes.

    Thanks again for all you are doing to teach us and make us more comfortable making our own clothes!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Lisa! You are so welcome! Thanks you for your feedback.

      Thanks also for your fabric grain question, as that’s something I need to cover right away in the course. We’re using knit fabric again in our next project, so I will teach how to find the straight grain on fabric. In the meantime, if you have a clear acrylic ruler, you can use it to straighten the crosswise grain. Fold your fabric in half and line up the selvages. Using your ruler, line up the short end with your selvage, having the long edge parallel with the crosswise edge of the fabric. Using a fabric pen or pencil, mark a line as far as you can go across the fabric. Move the ruler down, lining it up with the previous line, and continue marking the line, until you reach the end of the fabric. Then cut along that line. If you have a rotary cutter and cutting mat, you can use that for this process. If this doesn’t make sense, tune in next Friday, where I will demonstrate it in Project #4.

      Have a great weekend!

      1. Anita Morris

        I forgot to answer your last question. No, I don’t recall saying you have to let the knit fabric lay on the cutting table overnight. There’s no reason, that I know of, to do that.

      2. Lisa

        Thank you! I’ll be watching next Friday!

  4. Kenya

    Hi Anita, do you use a serger too?

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Kenya! Yes, I do, mostly for finishing seam allowances.

  5. Anita Morris

    Hi Sarah! No I did not make any of the tops. They’re all store purchased.

  6. Sarah

    Hi Anita

    Thank you for a very informative sewing lesson. I am interested in the top that you are wearing. Did you make it and, if so, what pattern did you use?

    Kind regards


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