I bought this skirt a year ago on big time sale at DownEast Basics. It looked nearly identical to one I’d seen at Anthropologie a few years before and coveted but did not purchase because it was approximately a million dollars. I did try it on before buying it, but somehow I am occasionally tricked by those dressing room lights and a very low price tag. This was one of those occasions. I brought it home and after trying it on again, realized that I hated the gathers in the front (who decided those were a good idea??) — it gave me a serious front pooch, which was the very last thing I wanted, especially right after having a baby. I wore it once, fidgeting and feeling self conscious the entire time, before throwing it in my “Repair” box.

Here I am a year later and finally getting around to it. It took me a whole forty-five minutes to unpick the front seams, pull out the gathers, iron them flat, then resew a few seams to put it back together (and taking in the extra fabric left over from the gathers). Why, oh, why did I not do these simple repairs earlier? I am now IN LOVE with this skirt.

Don’t be surprised if you see me wearing it in every picture of my vacation next week. You’ve been warned.


  1. merrick! teach me how to sew!!! that skirt is adorable!

  2. I have this skirt, and this idea is brilliant! I need to do this with mine It looks so much better!

  3. Packrat says:

    Thank you for posting this! Very timely. My daughter picked out some skirt patterns she wants made, and three different ones have gathered fronts. I have been fretting over them. Maybe if I show her this, she'll go for flat fronts or pleats instead of gathers. (I might still do one with gathers just so she can see for herself.)

  4. kaila sue says:

    I love love love it!

  5. I have a skirt with gathers in the front similar to that and I hated it. It felt like it was made for someone with a butt in the front.

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