Check me out – I sewed this today and I’m blogging about it today! 😀
Well I do like a nice little refashion. This is a super simple ladies skirt to child’s skirt refashion!
So to begin with, this was a soft denim skirt, originally from New Look however I imagine I bought it from the car boot sale or somewhere…
I really like the style (i.e. denim circle skirt!) and have worn it a few times, however it’s pretty short and does ride up, too. And can you see the hem? It’s dreadful and really irritates me. I don’t know if it was designed to be like that or just badly sewn; either way, I don’t like it.
Sooo I’ve been looking at it recently and thought it was destined to become something else; a little girl’s skirt. Or, a big girl’s skirt, I should say – for seven-year-old S.
It’s a simple refashion, so I took some pics along the way. First I lay a skirt that fits S on top of the denim one. (Conveniently, I made the zebra one!)
As you can see, the length is just about right already! And there’s just a few inches difference in the waistband. About 2″, on the fold.
First of all I unpicked the little seam on the waistband, and tugged that elastic out. Luckily the elastic wasn’t sewn in, or else I wouldn’t have been able to do this.
I measured 2″ (folded), and cut.
Then took a moment to inspect the elastic and found that it had only been sewn together with one straight line. I tend to sew a square as it’s stronger…
So I did! Sometimes I sew diagonal lines inside, too – but didn’t bother if even a single line was strong enough before! With a nice contrasting red thread, because that’s what was in the machine…
I then tucked the elastic back inside, and handstitched up the gap. That’s the waistband sorted!
Now, I could have left the skirt like that and it’d be fine – but that wiggly hem would annoy me for the rest of my days, so I had to chop it off. I had the length to spare, as I know the zebra skirt I compared the length with is a tad longer than it needs to be.
So I chopped off the hem just above the stitching, and sewed a double-fold hem.
Ta-dah! I have to say, I much prefer my hem!!
S loves it, she’s wearing it now ready for Rainbows. And I love it too – I much prefer it on her! Job done!