Fashion DIY: Make your own high-low skirt

Fashion DIY: Make your own high-low skirt

Lots of high-low skirts and dresses are making their way into stores for spring, but you can easily make your own - here's how...

The high-low skirt has been trending the Spring 2012 runways of design houses such as Jason Wu, Lanvin, Givenchy and DKNY to name but a few. The style is characterised by its asymmetrical hemline which is longer at the back and shorter in the front (giving it its mocking nickname, the 'mullet skirt').

To get the look for less you can recycle and update old wardrobe favourites (maxi and midi skirts and dresses work best) in five easy steps. Here's how:

Wider skirts work best with the look. Using chiffon skirts are a great way to incorporate the sheer trend. This skirt was picked up at a local thrift store for R15.

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This could take some time and patience but it's crucial you get it right. Pin the folds to keep them in place.

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A school-regulation four fingers above the knee flatters all shapes. Mark the measurements on your skirt (pencil is usually the most clear), remembering to add 1,5 cm below your measurements for the hem. Connect the marks with an arch that resembles half an upside-down “U”.

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Overlocking the edges is an essential process for fabrics that fray. If you do not have an overlocker simply adjust your sewing machine to the medium zigzag stitch. Sew along the edges of the fabric, piercing the fabric only on the left stitch in a 'one on, one off' action. When sewing by hand, just loop the stitch around the raw edge of the skirt. When you're done, turn up your fabric and sew your hem.

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For winter you can pair the high-low skirt with some ankle boots and a biker jacket to fend off the cold. The look is versatile for summer and a staple of the festival look that has become prominent in recent street style trends.

This is a style undoubtedly influenced by the strong '70s current seen at American music festival Coachella. As an ode to our impending spring I paired the look with a crop tie top and strappy white heels.

Author : Vivienne Molloy