high-low skirt tutorial

Apr 25, 2012

I thrifted this skirt for 5.00 and it was a bit big but I completely loved the pattern. I took it in so it would fit my waist and here is where the tutorial begins...

Try on your skirt and mark with a pin where you want your highest part to land. Once your skirt is off measure an inch or so lower than your pin and cut strait in. You will be creating a sort of stretched out "S" shape. Your last cut should go 1-3 inches past your side seam.

For my skirt I tried a double "S" shape for fun.

Hemming the skirt gets a little tricky.  I did a basic rolled hem where you iron up a half inch fold then fold it over again and iron. That way all of your edges are folded in and you won't get any exposed edge fraying.
Hemming is tricky because the fabric curves. Take the curvy parts one inch and a time and use a spray bottle with water on it to keep your hem nice and crisp.

After that run the sewing machine along the bottom with thread that matches the skirt...
and you are done!

Shoes~Nine West@ROSS, Skirt~Thrifted, Belt~Forever21, White T~Walmart OP, Leaf Necklace~Gift
I literally wore this skirt 3 days in a row. Something about it makes me feel so feminine and free.
Hope you are having a lovely day!


  1. I love this...been hoping someone would try this so I could see how it worked out!!  :)  What I really love about yours is that a lot of the dresses and skirts with this trend end up being really short in the front and I think it looks super-awkward...and to me, that defeats the purpose of a long skirt!  I love how yours has such a feminine flow and is right on trend, super updated, without flashing everything your momma gave you :)  Totally want to try this!

  2. Definitely one of the best tutorials I have seen on the high-low skirt so far.  It turned out beautiful!

  3. Soph this is absolutely adorbs!  Love it!!!

  4. So cute!! I want to do this!

  5. What a great tutorial! I'll be on the look out now for some thrifty skirts. And can I just say you are one skinny Minnie!!

  6. That turned out so great, I might just have to try this!

  7. Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .comApril 26, 2012

    lovely how this came out. do come link it up at our link party today, http://www.finecraftguild.com

  8. thanks for this!  one more thing to look for while thrifting (like i dont have enought 'wants' on my thrifting list). 

  9. Purplepixie26April 26, 2012

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!! so cute   Love Mom

  10. ahh I'm doing a tutorial on this next week, how funny! I promise I didn't copy you!!!

  11. LOVE!  And love this on your teeny tiny little waist!  Next time we get together we are making me one of these.  ;)

  12. Paula LewisJuly 19, 2013

    The pattern diagram doesn't seem to match the cut off skirt shape - the skirt has a bump? Can you clarify please. And TY for this tutorial!


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