When I mentioned in this ‘Cosy Winter Skirt’ post that I needed to take my skirt in a bit, one of my lovely readers asked me about it and suggested that maybe a post about how I did it would be useful, so without further ado in an extra bonus blog post, here’s my process in 10 steps to altering my skirt waist.
****Bear in mind that not all skirts are made in the same way around the waistline. There may be facings instead of waistbands or the lining might be attached to the waistband differently, but hopefully, this will still prove useful to you. Do let me know if you find this helpful and if you want similar posts in future? I know some of you already know how to do these kinds of sewing jobs, but there are also those who find jobs like this a bit tricky. Either way, I enjoy sharing my methods*****
10 Steps to Altering a Skirt waist….
Try on your skirt and determine how much needs to be taken in. I need to take in about an inch in my waist. My skirt is also a little roomy through my hip area, but as I’m rather flat over my bottom, if I just took more allowance in the darts I would get a bit too much fullness over my rear just below the darts. In this instance, I need to do the adjustment down the side seams and stitch further down than dart length.
Pin skirt to fit and then baste along the line of pins. Also, make a note of how much needs to be adjusted on the waistband length.
Next, the waistband needs to be unpicked by about 2/3rds. I intend to remove excess waistband length from one end of it (the end without the buttonhole) but if the waistband had a centre back seam or side seams in it then you could adjust at these points…or you could even cut through your band and make a centre back seam. I chose not to.
Using the basting lines as a guide, pin and stitch down each side seam on the main fabric tapering off to nothing. Then unpick the old stitch line and press the seam open.
Repeat the stitching lines down the lining and press flat.
Mark the new endpoint on your waistband. Now, normally I would say stitch across at this point and trim off the excess. In my case however…I’ve decided to leave the excess, just in case I pile on a few pounds and need to let my skirt out again! Hopefully, I won’t, but never say never eh? I also won’t trim any more seam allowance off either. My seams are small to begin, with so the extra allowance won’t make much difference. Anyway…use the newly marked end of your band as the placement line for the zipper edge.
Pin the top edge of the lining to the top edge of your skirt.
Pin or pin and baste, the waistband to the waistline (I also pinned my hanging loops in position) and then machine stitch along.
Fold over the waistband and carefully pin along in the ditch. Baste and then machine stitch in place.
Sew the button back in its new position, give the band a final press and you’re done!
I hope you found this extra post useful. I’ll be back on Friday with a special post so stay tuned. ‘Till then, bye!
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