Curtain Panel Maxi Skirt

I’ve jumped on the maxi bandwagon. I’ve always been a fan of maxi skirts and dresses and as I’m quite tall, I think they work well on my figure. I whipped this skirt up out of an old curtain panel that a friend gave me (not the first time I’ve made a skirt out of old curtains). I wasn’t sure I was even going to wear it because I didn’t like the color at first. But I’ve already worn it a couple of times and I’m really enjoying it.

ochre sachiko maxi skirt

The skirt is super simple construction. The skirt front and back are two rectangles gathered into the waistband. I drafted my own waistband on a slight curve and flat-lined the waistband with an off-white cotton. It has a knee-length lining of tee-shirt stretch-cotton so it’s super comfy.

sheer maxi over underskirt

Here you can see how the sheer fabric looks over the lining when the wind is blowing the fabric against my legs.

darts in waistband

After I wore the dress once, I decided I wanted it to ride higher on my waist so I pinched out a couple of darts from the waistband in the back. Really not beautiful construction, but whatever. This wasn’t meant to be an heirloom piece.

curtain panel maxi skirt side view

I put an (almost) invisible zipper running down the side. (Should it have been on the left? I can never get it right correct.) One little detail that bugs me is that the embroidery on the front stops abruptly at the side seams. I’d really prefer if it went all the way around. But I guess fabric beggars can’t be choosers.

ripped fabric waistband

The biggest problem with the skirt is that the fabric is such a loose weave that the seams are very delicate. I should have flat lined the whole thing, I guess, but I wanted the skirt to be a sheer layer on top of an underskirt. The fabric has already pulled out of the waistband in one place. Dang. Does anybody have any suggestions for what I should have done (or could do now) that isn’t flat lining?