DB’s gran bought a skirt for the upcoming wedding, but it was ballooning around the hips, nervously I proclaimed that I could alter it for her…
It actually went relatively smoothly… here are the steps:
Ignore the lining for small alterations, alter the lining for larger alterations.
Unpick a small amount of the hem (enough to sew the new seam). Those pins are marking the amount to take the skirt in by.

I used my new 48hr disappearing marker pen to give a guide and pinned along the new seam line. I was only a *tiny* bit worried this wouldn’t disappear…
Sew the new seam making sure the layer behind is behaving itself – especially near the top of the skirt.
Unpick the old seam
Take care near the top to ensure you don’t unpick the new seam you just sewed!
Make lots of new bobbins for the overlocking – don’t scrimp on the amount wound onto bobbins, especially if like me there is a constant battle between the overlocker and the operator.
Serge some new edges so theres not lots of excess fabric around the new seams of the altered skirt.
Steam the new seam flat.
Look… the disappearing pen is already fading, and is hidden behind the seam allowance anyway ๐Ÿ™‚
Hand sew the hem again at the sides, I used a simple slip stitch taking care to pic just a few threads of the front showing fabric.
Voila, hopefully it will fit much nicer now ๐Ÿ™‚

Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. ย She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.

Altered Skirt was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by Kim Debling