How to Make a High-Low Skirt in Less Than 15 Minutes

This might really be the easiest thing you ever do.

It seems like everyone and their great-grandmother is wearing a high-low skirt these days! I’ve personally wanted to get in on this trend for ages, but being the tightwad that I am, I cringe at the thought of buying a brand-new one at a ridiculous price just for the asymmetrical hemline, especially when it’s such an easy DIY project! Though this look may seem difficult to replicate properly, it’s actually quite simple. All it requires is a skirt from a thrift store, some scissors, and a knack for drawing squiggly lines.

You’ll need:

  • A full skirt made of lightweight fabric–chiffon-y, granny-style ones work wonderfully. The skirt should be at least below the knee in length.
  • Scissors
  • Fabric chalk or marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Fray check

1. Start by turning your skirt inside out and placing it down flat. Find the side seams and rotate them to the center of the skirt so they’re facing you. If your skirt is without side seams, then just mark where each side is with a sewing or safety pin.

2. Once you’ve rotated the side seams to the “middle” of the skirt, it should look like this:

3. Next, determine how long you want the front part (aka the high part) of your high-low skirt to be. The easiest way to do this is by measuring the length of a miniskirt that you already own and transferring that measurement to the FRONT of your skirt. Remember to start measuring at the waistband and work your way down from there. Mark your desired length with some tailor’s chalk.

4. Now it’s (finally) time to add your asymmetrical hem! To do this you’ll need to sketch out a curved line (it should resemble a stretched-out, sideways S) that extends from where we marked your FRONT skirt length all the way to the corner of the BACK of the skirt right above the hem.

5. Once you have the hemline sketched out, you can begin the cutting process! Try to keep the skirt flat at all times whilst you’re cutting, otherwise the fabric will shift, and it might cause random jagged edges.

6. Last, you’ll need to finish the hem. I know that sewing an uneven hemline (or even a pleated one if your skirt is like mine) can be a total pain, so to save you some time and frustration, I suggest investing in a bottle of fray check. It’s only a few bucks and will make your hem ~fray free~ once you apply it to the raw edges.

And that’s really all there is to it! After the fray check dries, your skirt is ready to wear. See, why would you spend any money on this?! ♦


  • katrinaexplainsitall August 17th, 2012 7:08 PM

    ohmygod n_n this is perfect, and I absolutely love that pink buzzcut.

  • JillianYvette August 17th, 2012 7:09 PM

    This is such a great tutorial and the skirt is sooooo cute. Definitely going to try it.

  • RockHatesMiriam August 17th, 2012 7:11 PM

    OMG I’m so going to do this! what a nifty idea :)

  • FiveDimesForNineLives August 17th, 2012 7:13 PM

    This is an awesome idea. I swear Marlena is are like the queen of DIY. By the way I’m stuck on those saddle shoes, very cute.

  • kendallakwia August 17th, 2012 7:19 PM

    definitely doing this soon :*

  • larvaa_ August 17th, 2012 7:22 PM

    YAYYY FOR D.I.Y’S (& my excessive cheapness :p)!!! Totally gonna try this soon, plus its SO simple & your instructions are really easy to understand, Marlena! P.S your hair is SUPAAAA RAD ;)

  • maddzwx August 17th, 2012 7:22 PM

    Adorable! perfect DIY project for my very last few days of summer (*sniffle*)!

  • PaolaB August 17th, 2012 7:38 PM

    I just made (well had my grandma make) a skirt just like this! It’s from the thrift store, so like, bonus points for not spending a lot of money. :]

  • Sea goddess August 17th, 2012 8:20 PM

    awwww it’s so pretty :)

  • mar9ar3t August 17th, 2012 8:20 PM

    I was reading this british fashion mag and they were calling high low skirts mullet skirts!! Business in the front, party in the back :P

  • Blythe August 17th, 2012 8:21 PM

    Now I feel dumb for just buying one.

  • SarahCat August 17th, 2012 8:56 PM

    I never thought of owning a high-low skirt before (probably because my friend has bestowed upon them the unfourtunate title of ‘mullet skirts’), but daaaarn. Now I want one! What luck that I bought a dress today with the purpose of making a skirt from it! So happy!

  • mariaantoniavs August 17th, 2012 9:04 PM

    it looks great! i have to try this!

  • Adrienne August 18th, 2012 12:34 AM

    Brilliant!! This is so cute and easy. :D

  • Bren August 18th, 2012 1:17 AM

    Definitely trying this!

  • Lucille August 18th, 2012 1:19 AM

    GOSH that’s amazing!and so easy to do!
    love it Marlena!

  • Jane August 18th, 2012 1:35 AM

    what a fantastic idea!

  • Juli August 18th, 2012 2:02 AM

    Yaaaaaaayyy! Lovely! I’ll come back to this, for sure! Way better than spending 40 and upwards dollars on the same result.

  • Susann August 18th, 2012 3:00 AM

    Such a great idea and an amazing result!

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • breakfastpixie August 18th, 2012 3:17 AM

    This is amazing! Even though I’ve learned how to professionally make garments, I love these simple DIYs so much! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


  • streaked lights August 18th, 2012 4:23 AM

    Gorgeous! I honestly thought this would be super hard. Thanks :D :D

    Anoosha Draws

  • Brit August 18th, 2012 7:24 AM

    MULLET SKIRTS. that is all.

  • ivoire August 18th, 2012 7:59 AM

    oh you genius you.

  • Taylor WM August 18th, 2012 8:08 AM

    This is so cool! Thanks for doing this, saves me the bother of still trying to find the ‘perfect’ high-low skirt now! I will definitely be trying this out! :)
    Taylor x

  • rayfashionfreak August 18th, 2012 10:36 AM

    I need to try this! Your DIYs are always amazing Marlena!

    If there are any Scottish Rookies out there, we are trying to arrange a meet up so join our Facebook group or email me at

  • Ben August 18th, 2012 2:00 PM

    I love the last pic!

  • unefillecommetoi August 18th, 2012 3:42 PM

    this made me obsessively look for a thrift store in mexico city to buy a cheap skirt and do this (:

  • Pearl August 18th, 2012 6:13 PM

    I’ve been waiting for a High- low skirt DIY for so long! *pun unintended* Rookie just happens to read my mind every single time. I’m gonna try this out soon.

  • royal_futura August 18th, 2012 6:36 PM


  • natalie August 18th, 2012 8:17 PM

    I’m a little bit dead. I have the exact same skirt as Marlena <3______<3 hehehe godblessgoodwill

  • Yayo August 19th, 2012 2:17 PM

    Love this (:

    Also, Marlena, your hair is like… amazing.

  • sarahssunsandmoons August 19th, 2012 9:27 PM

    When can we buy Rookie tshirts? I’d love one!

    Also, that skirt is rad

  • preachypreach August 20th, 2012 11:15 AM

    i love this girl’s shaved pink head

  • ViolentDreams August 20th, 2012 5:39 PM

    uuum thank you i literrally like just called the closest talior to see how much it would be to high-low this dress i got from salvation and she was like $20 bucks……im so glad this articale was posted; rookie you read my mind!

  • Jessica W August 21st, 2012 3:48 PM

    Duddddddde! The shape is perfect! LD
    Front on, it’s almost a perfect circle… It looks so expensive.
    I can’t believe it’s DIY :OO

    The Lovelorn

  • Hanne August 24th, 2012 4:21 PM

    I love this idea!
    I’ve seen some girls in my town with these kinda skirts, but it’s not such a hot trend here yet. Most cool girls I see are wearing them sheer skirts. Lucky me found this skirt at work I decided to work on; it’s a black sheer pleated polyester skirt. Can’t wait to do this, especially since it’s basically free. Rookie DIY’s <3

  • thumbelina August 27th, 2012 2:09 PM

    I LOVE THIS! and your hair! suuuupercute! X

  • LilyBeth September 7th, 2012 1:37 PM

    I just bought a skirt at the Salvation Army yesterday to do this project. Now all I need is the fray check! :)

  • megniloquent September 28th, 2012 2:08 PM

    this is SUCH a great idea!! have already done it twice and love the results :) i have a little trouble getting the S right though….do you have any tips on how to get it just right? my first skirt turned out great, but the second one i’ve had a little more trouble with….

  • aliyalovestea December 12th, 2012 8:02 PM

    i loved this! I just bought a skirt from the thrift store near my house and i followed these instructions and it worked out so well! thank you! <3

  • unefillecommetoi June 11th, 2013 12:06 AM

    why do you look so pretty with your head shaved?!?! i’ve been considering it since i saw how good it looks on you (:

  • neon jelly June 11th, 2013 11:44 PM

    love diy projects, right now I worship you for shaving your head and dyeing it hot pink. :*