After showing you all my fishtail skirt that I made in this post, I had a few people message me and ask if I could make a tutorial. Ask and you shall receive! Hope you all enjoy and message me if you don't understand something or need more clarification.
Step 1: Organize your tools
Step 1: Organize your tools
- Matching thread and a needle
- Tape measure
- Maxi skirt
- Iron (optional)
Step 2: Making the measurements
- Measure from the waist of the maxi skirt to the middle of the skirt where you would like the shortest part of the finished hem to be.
- Add 1/2 an inch to your measurement.
- Mine was 12 inches + 1/2 an inch = 12.5 inches
Step 3: Folding
- Fold the skirt so that the side seams are now in line with each other.
- If your skirt does not have side seams, do your best to make sure it is as even as possible on both sides.
- Matching the side seams will ensure that your finished "fishtail" will be symmetrical.
Step 4: Measure and cut
- Take the tape measure and measure from the waist band down the diagonal of the skirt to the measurement you got in Step 2.
- This will be your end point for cutting.
- Starting at the side seam, cut in an arc up to your end point. You can eyeball it like I did, or if you need to, take some chalk and draw a line to cut.
- Do NOT cut through the side seam! You don't want to have to sew the seam if you don't have to.
Step 5: Examine
- Hold up your skirt and admire it!
- It should look pretty symmetrical going from short in the middle to long on the sides. You're almost there!
Step 6: Prepare needle and thread
- Take a good length of thread. Though not too long as it will get tangled if you're not careful.
- Thread it through the needle and knot one end 2 times. My material is sheer so I made sure to make a good knot so it wouldn't slip through the material.
Step 7: Sewing the hem
- To get a finished edge, you will want to make a rolled hem. To achieve this, you will roll the raw edge toward the inside of the skirt and then roll one more time. Note the picture.
- Use an iron (optional) to keep the hem neat. It will make it easier for sewing, but it's not necessary.
Step 8: Hidden stitch
- A hidden stitch is used on most skirts and even pant cuffs. If you have a serger, you can use one, but I find hand sewing to be neat.
- Start by grabbing a little bit of the skirt fabric at the start of the side seam and grab the rolled hem and pull the needle and thread through.
- Continue in this manner all the way until you reach the side seam on the opposite side.
- This part is tedious, but you will get a nice finished hem this way. :)
- You will need to get more thread as you go along. So just knot the current thread and then start at Step 6 again and continue.
Step 9: Admire and wear
- Admire your newly transformed maxi skirt into a fishtail! Easy and fun right? To view my finished skirt click here!
Don't forget to leave a link in the comments if you tried this. Let me know how it goes! Have fun!