My daughter and I went thrifting on Black Friday … there was even 20% off at the thrift store … and she found this festive red skirt for $16 ( that’s $13 out the door)! It fit her perfectly, but we could tell that it would benefit from a little help.
She’s looking a bit dowdy, don’t you agree???? (Of course, the socks don’t help!!!)
Waist was too high, and length too long, but if you look closely, the fabric has a very pretty, subtle pattern in the weave. In the photo below, you can see that there was a piece added above the regular waistband …. this needed to go so that she doesn’t look so short-waisted.
First step … remove that piece above the regular waistband.
Next, stitch along the very top of the original waistband to re-attach the skirt to the facing. Because the zipper had zipped all the way to the top of the additional piece on the waistband, I had extra zipper above my new waistband. I left the zipper intact, and just folded over the zipper and sewed it inside between the skirt and the facing.
Two inches needed to come off the length, so I let out the old hem and cut off two inches.
To keep the fabric from raveling, I zig-zagged the bottom edge of the skirt after cutting.
To shorten the lining, I cut an inch from the original hem, then ironed up 1/2 inch. Then, I went around again and ironed up another 1/2 inch. (Total of one inch.) If you catch my math here, this actually took the lining hem up a total of two inches.
I stitched the hem of the lining in place on the machine.
Finally, I pinned up the hem of the skirt, then ironed, and then stitched the hem by hand. Sorry, I forgot to take a couple of photos here. 🙁
Final step, I had my daughter put the skirt back on. She’s ready for a fun holiday party!!!! BRING ON THE HOLIDAYS!!!!