Fishtail hemmed skirts are so hot right now because they combine the sexiness of a mini skirt with the comfort and drama of a maxi! These asymmetrical hems are hot but there is no need to go out to buy yourself a brand new skirt just to get the look! You can easily upgrade those maxi skirts or dresses that you’ve grown tired of from last season. Or maybe you don’t have an old maxi skirt that you’re willing to cut up…stop by your local vintage store and pick up a skirt for a couple of dollars!
I decided to use a vintage skirt for this tutorial. It’s a velvet skirt with sheer floral burnout details. It’s perfect for layering on top of mini skirts or even tights on the chillier days of fall/winter.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- a preloved maxi skirt
- iron & ironing board
- dressmaking pins
- sewing machine
- thread to match skirt
[ LAY OUT ] – Lay skirt out on a flat surface. Analyze and consider how short you want to cut your skirt. Hold the skirt up to yourself to help determine the length of the front and back of the skirt.
[ FLIP ] – Flip the skirt inside out so that any chalk markings you make will be on the inside
[ MEASURE ] – Measure the length that you would like the front of the skirt to be. Do you want it just above your knees or up higher like a mini skirt?
[ CHALK ] – Mark where you decided the centre front hem should be and mark it.
[ FOLD ] – Fold the skirt in half (side seam to side seam) & note where your front chalk marking is.
[ DRAW ] – Draw a diagonal line that starts from your chalk marking on the front and ends at the center bottom hem at the back.
[ CUT ] – Carefully cut along the chalked line and be sure to cut off the existing hem.
[ SEW ] – Now you will need to fold up the hem twice – ¼" & another ¼", iron, pin, then topstitch with your sewing machine. If you are working with a knit skirt you will be able to finish the skirt in the same manner but you should be careful not to stretch the fabric too much while sewing.
HOW TO WEAR IT:
Now that you’ve got stoles on your radar, how should you wear them?
- katnani rocks a sheer fishtail
- lanton looks casual & chic when paring hers with a slouchy tee
- theclockstrikes goes bold with animal prints
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by Samantha of lipglossandblack
Images by Syl and Sam & from Chictopia