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Topic: How to alter skirt I made that's too big now?  (Read 2043 times)
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« on: May 12, 2012 09:14:58 AM »

I made a pencil skirt a long time ago, and have since lost weight. I'd still like to wear this skirt, but I don't know how to alter it to make it fit better.

This is how it currently fits:

It's too big around the waist, and it's not form fitting at all anywhere.

This is how I'd like it to fit:

Form-fitting, especially around the bum area - though I'd still like to walk in it, haha...

Thank you for any help! (I've searched this question but couldn't quite grasp what to do still. I'm a novice seamstress!)

« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012 10:41:10 AM »

try adding a dart in the back if your bottom stayed the same size.  if it didn't, try taking in the side seams. or  turn it inside out, put it on and if possible have a friend help you pinch out the excess fabric and pin.  mark the pinned areas and sew.  hope that helps
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2012 12:12:38 PM »

What klnelson11 said, but don't forget to take off the waistband first. You'll also need to shorten the waistband, or if it's deeply curved, you may need to cut a whole new one if you take out more than an inch or two from the skirt-waist.

Also, be aware that if the fabric doesn't have much stretch, it won't fit around bum nicely like in your second graphic. A stable, non-stretch fabric risks squishing your bum flat if you don't have large enough hip darts, or if the skirt is too narrow in the hips.

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