3.15.2012

DIY: J. Crew Inspired Jade Maxi Skirt

When I received the March J. Crew magazine in the mail I only needed to see the cover to know it was probably not the best thing for me to look through the rest of the catalogue.  I was already having major outfit envy over the cover page outfit alone. Then it hit me...
I could totally DIY this baby....
And so with a 1/2 yard of fabric, a zipper, and some hem tape....
I am now the proud owner of the must have jade green maxi I SO needed in my spring line up:) Of course, it doesn't have the cool pockets (my next project to tackle) but it still does the trick!
To make one of your own (no sew or sew!):
Take your measurements around widest part of your hips and from waist to floor. Cut fabric as needed leaving a half inch wider on all edges for hems.
*UPDATE: I used liquid stitch the second go round and it works miracles! Definately the solution for those of you scared of the sewing machine. It is stronger than hem tape and easy to use!
Using your sewing machine, hem tape, or liquid stitch, create a 1/2 inch hem on top and bottom. 
Continue to sew or liquid stitch your zipper to the top end of both sides of your fabric.
Once attached, below the zipper, fold and hem the sides together down to the back of the knee. (I hemmed one side and left the other side un-hemmed. I layered this side below the hemmed side and sewed together.) Finish hemming both sides separately after the knee point so that you have a slit in the back to leave for walking room :) Try on your skirt and measure the amount on each side you need to fold in. Once this is measured, fold in the sides on each side, flip the skirt inside out and stitch or hem tape together. Cut excess fabric.
Zipper found here. Fabric found at Hobby Lobby.
Total Cost: $10

I am no seamstress or master sewer so forgive me if the directions are not clear enough! You can always email me with any questions you have:)

This is my Happy St. Patrick's Day DIY for you, that I hope you enjoy!





57 comments:

  1. Once again I'm sad that I can't sew... not even a hole in a sock. You are just brilliant, Anna. I see a boutique in your future!! You look beautiful by the way!! xo

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  2. This is super cute! Great color on you too. I would definitely wear this with a white tank Saturday. You make it look so easy!

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  3. you are SO AWESOME!!!! I am impressed and love how it turned out! also loved how your worn it too!

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  4. You look great! I love the color. I am terrified of sewing, but I feel like I could actually do this!

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  5. I really need to get myself a sewing machine! I simply love this jade color! Loving all the diy stuff lately Anna!

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  6. this is amazing anna~! i am soo in need of a jade green skirt too!!

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  7. Love it! I am sad that I can't sew, but this might be a reason to try again.

    Great post.

    www.mrsjilldanielle.blogspot.com

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  8. LOVE this and the fact that my friend Laura Holker told me about your blog. I already scrolled through most of it and got lots of inspiration. I can't wait to see more! -Caitlin

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  9. you make it sound so easy! I don't think I'd be able to DIY this, but dang I love this style!!

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  10. Anna!!! You are the answer to my prayers. lol!

    I think we think very alike when it comes to fashion and style, etc.

    I was thinking the same thing when I saw the JCrew catalog, but then just thought...ehhh...how??

    Thank you for doing this DIY! Its so lovely and easy.

    Cheers.

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  11. You are SO nifty I love it! I wish I had the creativity and patients that you hold.

    xoxo, Jjanga
    www.sayhelloandsmile.blogspot.com

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  12. Beautiful beautiful Miss Anna!!

    How long is your fabric/how tall are you? I had a problem when trying to do a maxi skirt before because I'm 5'8" - but hopefully I can find something that works!!

    Love that you used no-sew tape too, because zippers scare me!

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  13. Gorgeous!! Looks so so great on you too. Great way to celebrate this green holiday!

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  14. that looks so cute on you! i love the diy and i'll have to give it a try!

    drop by allister bee soon!

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  15. love it!!! it's perfect for St Patty's Day :)

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  16. Girl this is lovely!! You are so creative!Xoxo

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  17. where do you get your supplies from? such as the zipper, etc?

    looks fantastic!!

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  18. Anna, you are such a boss!! I looooove the color of this skirt and if I caught you on the street, I wouldn't think it only cost $10! I'm definitely pinning this adorable idea... XO, Katie

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  19. Love this! Is it easy to walk in with that slit? I must try this myself.

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  20. Oh Anna this is so cool!!!! And looks perfect on you!!!!

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  21. Your maxi looks even more fab! Love it

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  22. SCORE! I love this!! you are so creative! :)

    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/

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  23. Great job Anna!
    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  24. You are so inventive, I love you CAN DO attitude!

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  25. I am so jealous, and pretty sure yours is better looking than the real one for sure!

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  26. I'm so impressed! I fell in love with this skirt too. I'm hoping they'll do it in a cream or ivory.

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  27. How awesome, and I love the green. I am way to hippy to pull of something like this.

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  28. WOW! How talented are YOU?? I think I may need you to make me one? What do you charge? :)

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  29. Wow- this really is an inspired, beautiful project. I'm not sure my increasing bump would accomodate such a thing now, but I definitely want to remember this one for a few months on. Looking cheerful and great, as ever.

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  30. I could kiss you! I, too, had the same reaction to that gorgeous cover & I was just thinking the other day that I could make it. I'm so excited for my weekend project!
    Xoxo, Leigh

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  31. I actually like your streamlined version better than the J.Crew! I really need to get my mum to give me some sewing lessons...

    Andrea x

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  32. LOVE IT!! and I even like yours better, I think that lilac shirt goes beautifully with the skirt! ;)

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  33. Anna you are fantastic!!!! This looks amazing. Love that skirt with the chambray shirt. How strong is fabric tape? I would hate for it to bust open on me!

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  34. omg you just took your coolness to a whole new level girlfriend!

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  35. You did such a great job!

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  36. you and your great talents ;) lovely spring piece!!

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  37. Love, love, love. I'm going to give this a try!

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  38. Ok lady, you leave me amazed once again. I can't stop thinking about doing this!

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  39. Good job lady!! It's gorgeous! I like yours better actually.


    Meggy from Chasing Davies

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  40. Love this—thanks for sharing your project with us :) Such a fun color and elegant style... x

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  41. I LOVE this in green! I have to try this!

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  42. I am so impressed! You are the queen of awesome DIYs :)

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  43. Now THAT is an amazing DIY skirt! I only wish I was talented in the sewing department :/
    You look amazing in this fitted maxi!

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  44. This is fantastic Anna! I love the color and the fit. J. Crew rocks it every time, but boy does this price rock! :)

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  45. I loove this!!
    I am totally gonna try and tackle this!
    My sewing skills are a little sketchy but its worth a try!!

    Loove the way you styled it too!

    Kirsten
    www.travandkirk.blogspot.com

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  46. Amazing! Very jealous that you made this skirt - I actually like the silhouette more than J.Crew's ... if only I could sew!

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  47. Oh funny, I was JUST looking at this skirt online at jcrew! Your's turned out adorable, just as cute as their's :).

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  48. This is perfection. Where is your cute shirt from??

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  49. This is perfection. Where is your cute shirt from?? I love it!

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  50. I like yours better than the j.crew one.

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