I’ve been trying to work out how long ago it was that I first got this skirt – the earliest memory I have of wearing it was during a trip to Boston in 2007 so it’s been on the go as a staple of my wardrobe for over 5 years now which is pretty good going for a skirt.
the label says it's a euro 42 which I think is a UK size 14 and a US size 8, but now thanks to quite a bit of weight loss (there's some before pics here) its a little big on me these days! I just can't bear to part with it though so I figured I'd have a bash at altering it myself and sure if I messed it up I'd be no worse off.
I struggled conceptually with this alteration at first. In addition to having a large waistband, it's also lined and the lining is attacted through the waistband and then unattached to the rest of the skirt, making the seaming a little trickier. But even scarier than that, it has a hidden zipper on one side. At first I wasn’t going to remove the zipper at all, but then I realised that unless I removed an equal about of fabric from both sides of the skirt the draping at the front would be completely wrong.
The bottom of the zipper was also ripping its way out too. I figured worst case scenario if I mess up the zipper I’ll just remove it and make it a “pull over your head” kind of skirt instead. Almost every skirt I’ve ever worn ends up being an over the head kind on account of the size of my hips anyway!
So with a random season of Project Runway (I think it was 9) on in the background, and lot of time thinking about what to do I eventually removed the zipper, flipped the skirt inside out and created new seams in the liner, then in the outer layer and finally up through the waistband on one side. Then I flipped it the right way around and tried it on to make sure it fit right and then the moment of truth.....I popped on the zipper foot and gave it a bash!
I removed a total of 6 inches off the waistband and now I have a wearable skirt again. My first clothing alteration was fantastically successful – now I’m really excited to try altering a few more items before I decide to donate them. Who knows maybe I’ll get another 5 years out of them too!
Here's the finished skirt. I always feel so incredibily awkward "posing" for these kinds of photos but I am in love with the skirt so even though this photo screams awkward pose I'll post it anyway.
I'm a little addicted to sewing right now and isn't the only sewing project I finished over the weekend!