A few years ago, I went into a retail store outlet and found a darling blue and white striped skirt on sale for, like, seven dollars. The only problem was that it was about fourteen sizes too large for me. This was long before I was refashioning or sewing on a regular basis, but fate was on my side and in a moment of subconscious brillance, I bought it, refashioned it, and then wore it to death.
The moral of the story is that skirts, even fourteen sizes too big, should not always be overlooked.
Case in point:
I found this skirt at Walmart when I was about seven months pregnant, and considering it was fully lined, a nice fabric, and seemingly pretty well made, it was a total steal at only a few dollars.
Both the blue and white striped skirt and this Walmart skirt had side zippers, and with one simple seam down the non-zipper side, it’s now a perfect fit.
*skirts with a zipper in the back are also easy to alter — do the exact same thing, just on both sides of the skirt, making sure the seams you take in are even so the zipper stays centered on your back*
Step 1. Try your skirt on inside out, and mark with a pin on the non-zippered side (or both sides, if your skirt has a zipper in the back) where you want to place your seam. Try to get this pin placement as close to your hip or waist as possible, so the skirt is as fitted to your waist as possible.
Step 2. With the skirt inside out, pin all the way down the skirt. Make sure the lining and fabric are smooth and flat as you pin, and make sure the lining is pinned in place at least 1/2 an inch above the hem of the skirt (so it doesn’t show).
Step 3. Sew a straight seam down the skirt, as shown with the dotted line (above), and then trim off the excess fabric and zigzag or serge the raw edge.
Press your seam, and then iron the heck out of the rest of that wrinkly skirt.
|shirt: target (refashioned) // skirt: walmart // tights: forever 21 // shoes: target // scarf: purchased in London|
outfit inspiration here
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