Tutorial: How to Take In a Straight Skirt


This skirt has been hanging in the back of my closet for awhile.
It was made three years ago for my brother's wedding, but
I haven't worn it much since then because I never felt like I got the fit just right.

 

This week I decided to finally tackle the not-sew-fun job of taking in the sides.

Here's how I did it:

(note: this tutorial is for a skirt with a zipper in the center back)


First try on the skirt and pull it up to where it should sit on the waist.
Pinch in the fabric on each side and measure to figure out how much to take in.

Unpick the waistband seam about 3-4 inches on each side of the side seams.
Do the same for the side seams at the hem.


Pin each side evenly using the measurement figured out above.
Now sew those sides up!


Try on the skirt and see if it fits right.
I needed to adjust one side a little more than the other to make the skirt lay flat along my hips. 

Once you're happy with the fit trim the seams to about 1/2"
and zigzag over the edges of the new side seams.


Refold the hem along the existing crease and press.
Sew down the hem starting just before the unpicked portion
and ending just after.


Now that the sides are taken in, the waistband is too long for the skirt.
To adjust this leave the center portion of the waistband sewn down
and unpick each side of the waistband to the zipper.


On the "button side" of the waistband:

Pin the waistband to the skirt pushing the excess fabric towards the zipper.
Measure about 1/2" past the zipper and cut off the excess fabric.
Fold the end of the waistband under 1/2" and press.



On the "buttonhole side" of the waistband:

Pin the waistband to the skirt pushing the excess fabric towards the zipper.
Measure about 1 1/2" past the zipper and cut off the excess fabric.
Fold the end of the waistband under 1/2" and press.

  

Mark out where the new buttonhole will go using the existing buttonhole as a guide.  



Beginning just before the unpicked portions sew down the waistband on each side 
and put in the buttonhole.  

Sew the button on and . . .
You're done!

~ Brittany

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