How to Sew a Midi Skirt: Video and Pictures

Making this midi skirt is easier than you think.

I actually made my one to wear to the UK Blog Awards 2016 and only had a couple of weeks to do so. Although that sounds like a lot of time, if I counter in my full time job, blogging as a hobby and family and friends to socialise with – it doesn’t leave me with much time after all. So, here’s a video on how I made it and a step by step guide below too.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 Yards of fabric – mine is the artistic Bluebellgray’s Wisteria design
  • Scissors, pencil/pen, measuring tape etc
  • Lots of pins, needle & thread
  • Sewing machine

Easy to Follow Tutorial to Sew your own Midi Skirt

Wisteria bluebellgray fabric floral artisitc watercolours

Step 1: Cut your material. To calculate the fabric size, measure your waist, then times that number by 2 then divide it by 3.

Step 2: Decide on the length of your skirt. I had a lot of fabric and only once I did the waist and tried it on did I cut the length to my size. I cut 40” by 30” (but had to shorten the width later on because it was too big.)

Step 3: Now cut two of the same size. Be sure to pattern match if you need to.

Step 4: Take one rectangle that you’ve just cut and put it front face down.

Step 5: Add pleats to one of the longest sides. This is tricky and may take a few times to get right. Use pins to keep equal folds in place. I’ve been recommended to fold an equal amount of pleats towards the centre – making it symmetrical. My pleats were about 2.5 inches in length, 6 per rectangle. This How to Pleat video is helpful.

how to pleat fabric and skirt

Step 6: I have a tendency to sew loosely before using my sewing machine, a seam which I will later remove. You can however just use pins.

Step 7: Do this to both pieces of fabric and then iron those pleats neatly into place.

Step 8: Cut your belt. I chose to make it 3” wide and added 4” to my waist size. It’s easy to cut this down to the width of the skirt later so I recommend making it longer than you need it. Otherwise, you’ll need to sew a new belt if it’s too short.

Step 9: Add interfacing or extra material to add to the belt. I found that with the material that I was using didn’t necessarily need it. The measurement of that is usually an inch smaller than the actual belt size. Fold the material into the belt fabric, pin and sew. Put aside.

Step 10: Sew the two large pieces of fabric together by putting the front-facing sides together and sewing the length of the edge only (for now.) Open the seam and iron flat.

Step 11: Now, on the other side add an invisible zip next to your pleats. I found this tutorial on How to Install an Invisible Zip useful. I found that by loosely sewing it into place before using a sewing machine helped a lot. Take it one side at a time; it’s tricky and took me a few goes myself.

belt and invisible zip tutorial

Step 12: Once you have an invisible zipper in place, carefully sew the rest of your side like your did in step 10.

Step 13: Iron the seams and the skirt. You’re now ready to add your belt.

Step 14: Sew your belt onto the pleated side of your skirt. This will be to hold the skirt on your waist. Do this by folding the belt in half. So you will now have 1.25” at the front and the same at the back. Be careful when you get to the zip.

fold the belt over pleats for skirt

Step 15: Remove the lose threads you may have added (I do this a lot as I find it more useful than pins sometimes. So skip this if you don’t.)

Step 16: Try on your skirt and decide whether you’re happy with the length. Note that you will need to fold a cm into itself for a neat finish, so you will technically be removing an inch from the length. Sew it into place as usual.

adding a belt to skirt sewing tutorial sew skirt tutorial how to guide step by step

To Finish: Neaten it all up by cutting/removing loose threads and you’re now ready to show it off! 🙂

Let me know how it goes by tweeting me via @alinaisaev

bluebellgray fabric floral midi skirt tutorial


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.

1 Comment

  • August 30, 2016

    Ana De- Jesus

    I think it is amazing that you made this all by hand and the Wisteria design is beautiful. I was wondering how much you would retail it at if you were to sell them? I would love one x