DIY Outfit – Pleated Floral Maxi Skirt

Today's outfit inspiration combines two of my current obsessions – maxi skirts and wild floral prints. It's very 70s bohemian but the pleats give it polish and the hyper bright colors make it very modern. The pleated skirt has always been one of go to DIY's. They're so easy to make and so very classic. I even have a tutorial and worksheet so that you can make your own pleated skirt.

How to Sew a Pleated Floral Maxi Skirt

Step 1: Our inspiration skirt is the Firefleur Maxi Skirt from Anthropologie. I love it paired with the simple blouse and delicate jewelry.

Step 2: For the pattern you can BurdaStyle 02/2013 #133 and lengthen it to the floor. Or, draft your own pattern using my free tutorial and downloadable worksheet.

Step 3: Our inspiration skirt is made from a polyester border print fabric. I could not find an exact match but I love this floral print by Amy Butler. It's a cotton fabric so the drape would probably be a little heavier than the polyester. If you use a cotton for a super long skirt like this, you might want to have fewer pleats so that it doesn't get too heavy. I found a couple more florals not in cotton here and here.

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  1. I am looking for a good maxi skirt pattern. I love Tasia's just-released Garbiola skirt, but it requires 4 yards of fabric and I have 2 of an amazing silk pique. Thanks!

    1. 4 yards is a lot! I usually just grab a length of fabric and do as many or as few pleats as I can to make the skirt.

  2. Feels like Spring! I love your inspiration skirt and I think part of its beauty is in the gradient print which might prove difficult to find.

    1. Very true! I couldn't find a similar border print online. But there must be one out there somewhere! :)


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