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« on: March 04, 2009 02:16:14 PM »

Hi guys!

I've been making skirts for a little while now but am also losing weight.  One of them is already starting to feel a little bit too loose!

What's the best way to take it in?  It has a bias-tape waist, and a lace trim on the bottom, so it'd be difficult for me to just take the side seam in.  I'd be interested in knowing if there is any other way of doing it Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2009 03:14:10 PM »

I've put darts in a friend's skirts before, to take them in without deconstructing them.  You may still need to do something to the bias tape in those areas, but at least it'd save you the mess of altering the lace.  (This probably wouldn't work on a yoke-style waist--though I have put them in the back of a regular old waistband.)  It's not the absolute best way to do it, but it solves the problem, and if you're neat about it, it shouldn't look too out of place.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2009 05:36:40 PM »

Don't mess with the bottom, just blend your new side seam into the old one as you get closer to the bottom. Don't abruptly make it jump over, just blend. Any way you do it, you'd have to mess with that bias tape waist. Maybe you can make a facing for the waist? Take the bias tape off, take it in, trace the waist curve onto another fabric and extend 2" or more down. Finish the edges and sew on the facing and turn.
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009 11:17:38 AM »

Another suggestion would be to put some elastic in the waist. Depending on how wide the bias is you could maybe get some thin elastic, cut a small slit ion the inside of the bias at each side (or maybe closer together but just shy of center front), thread the elastic through, pull the elastic as tight as needed, hand tack the elastic in place. This would allow you to continue tightening up the waist as you lose more weight. You can probably get about 2" or so before it looks like an "elastic waist" skirt. At that point could pull the elastic out and add darts or take in the side seam at that point.
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