Sunday, March 21, 2010

Old skirt made new!

Am I the only one that has a container of clothes that will fit again "when I lose a few pounds"?  I had a long skirt in the container that truthfully hasn't fit for a while.  I decided that even if it fit I wasn't going to wear it like it was. So I decided to play around and see what I could do.
                     Here is the before picture:

                            And after:
A knee length skirt that fits!

7 Easy steps along the way
1.  Measure the length you want the skirt to be and add 2 1/4 inches for seam allowance/waistband
2. Cut straight across at measured length.  The bottom seam will stay the same, don't cut it off.

3.  Fold fabric 1/4 in and sew a straight stitch to keep the fabric from unraveling.

4.  Fold fabric 2 inches  to make a casing for the elastic (I used 1 1/2 in. elastic) and sew 1/4 inch from the edge of the fold on the inside of the skirt.  Be sure to leave a 2 inch section not sewn so you can feed in the elastic.

5. Measure and cut elastic to fit your waist.
6. Safety pin the end of the elastic and use that to feed the elastic all the way around the skirt.
7. Sew the 2 ends of elastic together and sew the 2 inch opening.

Here it is.  Not the best photo.  I had been wearing the skirt all day so it is a bit wrinkly.


Jami said...

Very cool Jen. You might need to come over and help me figure out how to use my Janome Sew Mini!!!

Jessica said...

So cute Jen! Great job on re-purposing the skirt.


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