DIY High Low Maxi Circle Skirt Tutorial

Hello Everyone! I’m super excited to share my high low maxi circle skirt tutorial. When I’m experimenting on a project it’s either a hit or miss. I’m so glad this project turned out to be a hit because destroying 6 yards of fabric would have cut me real deep. This high low maxi circle skirt first caught my eye as I was scrolling through Pinterest. I searched for a few patterns to manipulate, but I couldn’t find one that fit my vision. I didn’t let this stop me. I enjoy exploring to find solutions on how to create my visions or rather recreate items I’ve pinned, its the problem solving math nerd in me that won’t let things go unsolved. I love this skirt so much that I’ve already made a second one that I’ll be wearing for my birthday this weekend.

To create this look I used wax print fabric. The width of wax prints is usually on the lower side, between 44-47 inches. In order to maximize the length I desired, I knew I would have to be strategic when cutting out the fabric. In the tutorial I cover this step so no need to worry. I got you! Similar fabric can be found here. Other options can be found here, here, and here.

Step 1 is already done for you, use the Radius Guide here to help identify your radius. The pocket pattern pieces can be found here. Sew along with me using the step by step tutorial below.

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  1. Brittany
    July 31, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    What do you do if your waist measurement is wrong? I went to make the waist band and it didn’t fit so I remeasured my waist, I had my friend help me get my measurements, which I find are incorrect. I only cut out the front piece of the skirt and not the two separate pieces yet. Would you suggest resizing my measurements and add an inch to make up for the inch that I lost in my first cut out?

    • montoyamayo
      August 2, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Hi Brittany. The good news is you cut it too small, instead of too big so it’s fixable. If you don’t mind me asking, what is your waist measurement and what size waist measurement did you use to cut your radius for the first piece? I’ll be able to use this information to help you move forward.

      • Brittany
        August 6, 2017 / 4:31 pm

        The first measurement I got was a 28 but I’m actually a 34. So I would just adjust the cut from the 4 1/4 to 5 1/4? I would measure down one more inch and cut, correct?

        Thanks so much for getting back to me!

        • montoyamayo
          August 9, 2017 / 6:17 pm

          You’re welcome. Yes, measure down one more inch to make the adjustment.

  2. Eddie
    August 19, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I get a lot of bloating in my stomach. So was wondering if there’s a way to make the band how you have, but add a bit of elastic somewhere in the back of the waistband to allow to bloating and shrinking?

    • montoyamayo
      August 25, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      Hi! You can increase the radius measurement (double the size) and cut a larger band that fits the new radius. Then add the elastic to the back.

  3. August 21, 2017 / 3:22 am

    A million thanks for this tutorial. Adding it to the Skirting It! collection. She shall be called the Akilah Skirt after an old BFF of mine.



    P.D. Love your blog theme. It is crisp, clean, and appealing. Don’t maintain it yourself or hire others? I am going to have to do my own for now.

    • montoyamayo
      August 25, 2017 / 6:32 pm

      Hello! You’re welcome! This will definitely be an asset to your collection… I maintain my blog on my own, I bought the theme from pipdig, they have nice themes.

  4. Cass
    September 6, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    I really want to add a slit to the front of my skirt, since I’m making it out of a lighter fabric and want to give it a little something extra! Your tutorial was by far the most helpful one I’ve found, so I was wondering if you had any tips on if it was A) possible to add a slit, and b) how I would go about doing it! Thanks!
    Cass 🙂

    • montoyamayo
      September 10, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Hi Cass. You can definitely add a slit. Did you want to do a front slit? If so, you can cut the front skirt panel into two pieces instead of cutting it out on the fold. I’d add an inch to your waist measurement for calculating your radius, this will help to account for the seam allowance when sewing the slit. Use a half inch seam allowance to sew the front pieces together from the waist down to where you want your slit to start. I hope this helps. Please send me a picture, I’d love to see the final look.

  5. Ladia Igunbor
    September 17, 2017 / 12:22 am

    Please where is the pocket pattern?

    • montoyamayo
      September 17, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Hi. Please subscribe to the blog at and then you will receive the password for all the free sewing resources.

  6. dayana marcano
    December 4, 2017 / 3:50 am

    hola amiga me encantan tus tutoriales cuanto utilizastes de tela en centimetros soy de venezuela te lo agradeceria enormemente gracias.

    • montoyamayo
      December 7, 2017 / 7:31 pm

      ¡Hola amiga! Usé 6 yardas de tela, 548 centímetros.

  7. Maria Makawiti
    January 13, 2018 / 6:51 am

    Doing this for my school course work. Very excited 🙂

    • montoyamayo
      January 17, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      Nice! Can’t wait to see what you create

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