DIY: Make a Maxi Skirt with a Yoga Style Waistband, a Refashion Handbook Winner, and Another Book Giveaway

Last winter, I declared that I could wear my upcycled sweater dress everyday if I thought no one would notice. Well, this week’s maxi skirt project is definitely right up there in my “wear every day if I could” category.


It was so quick to make and uses easy to find thrift shop items. All you need is a long shapeless knit dress and a coordinating t shirt.


Click here for the full tutorial and another chance to win a copy of The Refashion HandbookTo be entered in the drawing simply pin this project to one of your Pinterest boards and make a comment to let me know what you think. I’ll announce the winner next Saturday.


This week’s book winner is………

Gloria Benson!

Congratulations Gloria! Send your address to me at and I’ll get it out to you ASAP. Thanks for playing!

The Refashion Handbook

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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63 Responses to DIY: Make a Maxi Skirt with a Yoga Style Waistband, a Refashion Handbook Winner, and Another Book Giveaway

  1. Trudy Callan says:

    Awesome tutorial. I love maxi skirts.

  2. Mother Deer says:

    I really like the waistband on this, Beth, and will have to try it myself on some of those old dresses that aren’t very flattering : Please enter me in the drawing 🙂

  3. Debbie says:

    I love this, I am a teacher and maxis are so comfortable to teach in. I also have several shapeless 90’s dresses In my closet (yes I might be a bit of a hoarder), now I know what to do with them. And yes I love the waist. Thanks for inspiring us Beth😀

    • You are so welcome, Debbie! I’m sure I wore a few of these shapeless dresses when teaching in the 90’s. It’s fun to make them more modern. Have fun with this and I’d love to see your skirt when you’re finished.

  4. smargrove says:

    I LOVE this! Will have to copy it 😉

  5. Og says:

    I would even use this idea on a short skirt!

  6. Francine says:

    I like this idea and have the perfect dress to use for it! I knew I wanted to do something with it but lacked the imagination! Thanks!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Can’t get much easier! Goodwill, here I come! 🙂

  8. Sunny Hill Craft Company says:

    Thanks for sharing! I will have to add this to my list of things to watch for when I am thrifting.

  9. Vicky says:

    Beth, I would have never thought to use a t shirt to make a waist band, and this will help so much, as I have a friend who is a missionary in Kenya. She will be back to Washington this winter, for the first time in six years. She told me her clothes are truly worn out. I promised I
    would make her some maxi skirts. Oh my goodness, your tutorial has me so inspired, and
    going to get right on it.

  10. lindsayscalco says:

    I love maxi skirts, they are so perfect for fall. I am just going to have to try this one!

  11. Kathy Hawkes says:

    Love this tutorial!! Thank you for all of your awesome re-do’s. This one for sure is going on my list to make!! Be especially blessed, Beth.

  12. Marie1846 says:

    Supper cool Refashion! I can’t wait to make one for myself. I LOVE & have made a few of your refashions so far. …

  13. Sara W says:

    I love it! I pinned it to my That Fiber Habit board-I have two dresses I want to try this with.

  14. Liz Thompson says:

    Thanks for sharing all the excitement about your book. Wonderful!
    Would love to win a copy.

  15. Joy T says:

    I’ve had a tough time working with knits, but this makes me want to try again!

  16. It turned out great! I will have to make one this weekend for sure

  17. jane d says:

    Looks “sew” comfy! I love it!

  18. OMG! This is soo cool. You manage to astonish me everytime!

  19. Janet Westrup says:

    I started subscribing to your blog and am learning so much. I find your tutorials and instructions so easy and fun. The Refashioned Maxi Skirt is a must try.

  20. Jennifer says:

    I just love Beth Huntington refashions! Keep’m coming…

  21. dragonflyzia says:

    Love!!! and Pinned! 🙂

  22. Brenda Melahn says:

    Love this idea — going to try for my teenage granddaughter – band tee shirt and too small knit dress. Pinned

  23. Julie Hart says:

    This looks like an idea even I could master.

  24. Love the tutorial – I never use the zig zag stitch on my machine (mostly because of lack of knowledge for when to use it lol). The skirt is gorgeous and I’m actually in the market for one for my trip to Thailand so maybe I’ll whip something up in the next couple of weeks!

  25. Sonya Neal says:

    This project has so many creative options!! How easy and so fun!! You have such amazing ideas! Pinned:

  26. Sarah says:

    Beautiful! What a difference a simple tweak makes!

  27. just ordered your book from Amazon 1 click. Hope it’s a best seller!

  28. Beverly says:

    Cute skirt! I like refashioning too.

  29. Chris says:

    I now know what to make this weekend! I also know what to make for my daughter for Christmas!! Maybe my sister….and so on.

  30. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I love the waistband! So easy! My daughter wears maxi skirts all the time and I think this would be a great project for her to try. I like that sweater dress! I can’t wait to see the new book 🙂

  31. Marline says:

    I have a pretty dress. Ugly mud. Length.voretty bavy and khaki print. Gotbit at Goodwill.. Tried to sell it on EVay..nowbi wouldn’t dare. You have inspired me to get my machine out. Add a T to the top , reform it into a naxi dress to wear with nt venim jacket..thanks..

  32. Lisa says:

    Hi! Would you update the link to the maxi dress tutorial, please? Exciting look, but I get a ‘page not found’ message when I click it. Thanks!

    • Thank you for the heads up Lisa. eHow has been updating their website and some of the older articles aren’t up and running yet. I just checked with them to see when this will be up again. I’ll let you know what they say.

  33. Laura says:

    You mentioned using a zigzag stitch for knits but you clearly have used a double needle in the picture. I’d love to sew knits but the stitches always come out wonky

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