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!

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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!

 

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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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