Modifying a Not-So-Modest Maxi

So I’ve had this maxi skirt for a couple years now, but have rarely worn it.  It used to fit, but when I went through my closet recently and tried it on, I was taken back at how tight this skirt had become (or maybe I’m just growing ;).  Anyway, I set the skirt aside with the intentions of turning into a shorter, less slimming skirt.  Since the bottom of the skirt was flared, I thought about reattaching the bottom part to the waist band, so the new skirt would be more loose.  Yesterday I took a whack at revamping this seemingly useless skirt.

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The first thing I did was cut off the waist band, cutting as close to the seam as I could without cutting into it.


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Next I cut off about 10 inches from the top of the remaining skirt.


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Now here is where I went wrong.  Well, it all turned out okay, but there is a much easier/neater way to do this next step, and I didn’t think of it until after I was done. :/

Here is what I did followed by the right way to do it!  I folded the top of the skirt down .5 inches and ironed it.  Then I pinned it to the waistband (which took forever, by the way), and sewed a stretch stitch.


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It turned out fine, but it’s not as neat looking as it could’ve been.  At least it’s on the waist band and no one will ever know!

What I should’ve done is pin the waistband to the skirt (right sides together), sewn a quick stretch stitch, and bada-bing I’d have a skirt!  Sometimes I think it’s good to do things the long and hard way though.  You learn more that way.

Now for the finished product!





I’m very pleased with how it turned out.  Most people might give away a skirt like this if they think they’ll never wear again.  By saving and recreating an old skirt, I had a brand new one in about an hour!




I had a lot of fun working on this project, and I hope you found it inspiring!  Now I’d love to see any new creations that y’all come up with!


“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

~ Psalm 51:10



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