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« on: September 09, 2011 02:51:40 PM »

I was out thrifting today and lucked into a fabulous wool skirt. Brown and teal plaid, lined, it fits perfectly, except for one small problem...I'm short, it's not. It's ankle length, and ideally I'd like it to be more like just below the knee.

Normally I'd just cut it down and re-hem it, but it's got these really cool boxed kick pleats that I'd like to keep. So now I'm thinking about moving the waist down, instead. The front is a V shaped yoke, with about 3" of elastic on each side, followed by a narrow flat waistband going around to the back, where it buttons over an invisible zipper.

How exactly do I do this? This is what I'm thinking is involved, but if I'm going badly astray, please let me know.

1. Carefully pick entire waistband/yoke from skirt.
2. Figure out how long I want the final skirt to be, and cut down the waist, remembering to add seam allowance and  subtract the yoke.
3. Reattach yoke/waist to skirt. (Like a quilt binding, I assume-one side gets machine sewn, the other side hand sewn.)
4. Carefully split the back seam, and reinsert the invisible zipper. Hand sew the lining to the zipper.
Alternatively, 5. Find a tailor and let them do it.

I'm a fairly competent seamstress, but this is pushing the edge of my abilities. I can make clothes, but aftermarket tailoring is something new.

Am I missing any major steps? Making a mountain out of a molehill? Would it be easier to reset the pleats? Any advice? I'd really like to expand my skills, and a fabulous but inexpensive skirt seems like the thing to try it on.

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2011 05:27:03 PM »

it sound like you've got a plan!  alternately, you could topstitch the yoke and thus eliminate the handsewing.  i hate hand stitching, so i got good at the topstitch.  good luck!  post a pic when you're done.
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2011 03:29:30 PM »

I think you're on the right track! It sounds like you have it all itemized and ready to rock Cheesy

I, too, would love to see the before and after photos!

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2011 12:03:13 PM »

I agree, it sounds like you've got it in hand!  The only thing I would say is you may want to plan on using a new invisible zipper, it'll just depend on the condition of the old one when you get it out.  Good luck!  Oh, you may also need to add some shaping around the hips, if it's a straight skirt, it may have some darts or shaping in the existing side seams.

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