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Guest Post: DIY Fishtail Maxi

The lovely and creative Geneva of A Pair and a Spare contributed this amazing guest post for our blog!


Fishtail skirts have dominated the recent SS12 runways and are oh so sexy. What better way to jazz up a thrifted skirt than by creating your own fishtail style? Follow my steps below, it’s incredibly simple!

You need:

A thrifted skirt (I picked one with some subtle pleating)
A pair of scissors
needle and thread
an iron.

How to:

1. Put your skirt on and mark where you want the front, and shortest, part of the skirt to finish.

2. Take the skirt off and fold in it half down the front of the skirt – so rather than the back and front lying against each other, it’s the two sides that face each other – the way you might fold trousers before you put them on a coat hanger. Make sure the fold is directly in the middle of the front of the skirt.

3. Lay the skirt on the floor and cut out the front of the skirt – you want a straight line for the first 30cm or so to create the mini part of the skirt, then tapering down to the back and bottom of the skirt.


4. Try the skirt on to see if the cut out is big enough. I did this a few times, cutting more away to suit what I wanted it to look like. It’s always best to take this part slowly and do small amounts at a time.

5. Once you have a cut out that you like, fold over the edge of the skirt about 1cm and iron. You may want to double over twice but my skirt was made out of a fabric that didn’t fray too badly so once was enough.


6. Sew a small stitch all the way around the hem.


7. Iron flat again.


Voila! All done.


Now wasn’t that simple? I absolutely love how this style moves around when you walk! Now that I’ve tested the process I’m going to make a few different coloured versions too.


Amazing!! thank you so much Geneva!

For more DIY Fashion Inspiration visit her blog: A Pair and a Spare. Also be sure to check out our new DIY Projects category!

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Milena -October 12, 2011, 10:18AM

OMG! Thats soo cute! Definetly a great idea! I’m so going to do that! Its adorable!

kendall -October 12, 2011, 11:04AM

THIS is my next DIY – I am in awe, love and inspired!!

ana -October 12, 2011, 1:01PM

How I love diy project and this is great diy! def going to try it, just need to visit some shs shops!

g! -October 12, 2011, 1:14PM

Oh my goodness, I love this!!! Can’t wait to do it to about a million thrifted dresses/skirts I already have and go pick more out just for this! Um, KILLER legs, btw! :)

Taylor Rae -October 12, 2011, 5:25PM

YESSS! Doing this tonight. Thank you FP.

kim -October 13, 2011, 12:24AM

Love this DIY! Featuring this post on my blog!

Helene -October 13, 2011, 1:42AM

Wow! love it! I want to make one in a jewel tone color Bon Vivant + a Budget

Danette -October 13, 2011, 5:06AM

Wow! So inspiring. Going to dig around for the unworn maxi skirt asap! Cute for kids too!

prace maturalne -October 14, 2011, 10:05AM

Fuckin’ Amazing!

Odette -October 14, 2011, 4:26PM

As always Geneva continues to amaze. I’ll be trying this asap on a maxi dress of mine.

Casandra -October 15, 2011, 4:00PM

I really love this trend… so this tutorial make me so happy and excited to try it!!

Long Boots -October 16, 2011, 12:01AM

Wow! What an amazing tips. I’m so excited to try this to my clothes at home that I am not yet using. Good thing I came across this site.

Sunita -November 15, 2011, 8:45PM

I love it and I made it. Your directions were perfect. Note to self, if you don’t like the skirt before you’re not going to like it after…duh. check out my creation.!/groups/63567210710/

Sonya -December 10, 2011, 7:12PM

Love, Love Love it and so ‘in’ right now. My daughter and I are going to make quite a few!

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