I decided to do a picture tutorial on one of the cutest styles right now, the high low hem skirt. It actually was in the mix last year, but is getting much more attention this summer. It is really a very simple style to recreate. The most intricate part is pinning the hem. Depending on the fabric you use, this can become a summer classic.
I started by tracing a thrifted Marc Jacobs denim skirt on plum jersey fabric that I had left from a previous project.
Here I drew a half circle for the low hem of the skirt in the back.
I pinned the fabric before cutting the material. The denim skirt I traced is a bit large for me so I traced it as is. If the skirt you are using fits well, make sure the trace the skirt with at least a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Although I’ve seen the high low hem different ways, I decided to create a slight arch for the front hem. I then cut the front layer of the skirt at that hem and sewed my side seams of the skirt.
Pinning the hem took the longest to do out of the entire design. I used a zigzag stitch for the hem so that it would have some texture.
Here I show how I stitched the elastic band at the waist. After measuring the elastic around my waist I sewed the top of the skirt with enough room to thread the elastic through the waist band using a safety pin.
My final product! Now that’s it’s summer I’m obsessed with wearing high tops tennis shoes. I’m not a big fan of sneakers but these were perfect.
I also couldn’t help but see how this skirt looked as a top with my favorite jeans. I’m actually really loving this look too! I can’t express my love for turbans enough either.
(Images by Dawn Michelle)