Introduction

How to take in the waistband of a skirt that is too large. This guide works best for skirts that are loose, like rectangle skirts or pleated skirts. It will also be best if they have a separate waistband and a lining. This guide is best for someone who already knows how to sew using a sewing machine.

The next few terms will be used in our guide:

  • seam refers where the thread holds pieces of cloth together
  • seam ripping means to rip the thread holding pieces of cloth together
  • seam allowance is the distance between the stitch line and the edge of the cloth
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  • Try on the skirt to see how big it is.

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Image 1/3: Using a pin, mark the length of your measurement on either side of the side ''seam''. Image 2/3: Using a pin, mark the length of your measurement on either side of the side ''seam''. Image 3/3: Using a pin, mark the length of your measurement on either side of the side ''seam''.
  • Measure the amount to take in.

  • Using a pin, mark the length of your measurement on either side of the side seam.

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Image 1/3: If you've never used a seam ripper before, check out this handy guide on [https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/How+to+Rip+a+Seam/19500|how to use a seam ripper]. Image 2/3: Red arrows indicate the length of the measurement. Orange arrows indicate the length of seam ripped. Image 3/3: Red arrows indicate the length of the measurement. Orange arrows indicate the length of seam ripped.
  • Seam rip the waistband from the lining, about an inch past the pins on either side.

  • If you've never used a seam ripper before, check out this handy guide on how to use a seam ripper.

  • Red arrows indicate the length of the measurement. Orange arrows indicate the length of seam ripped.

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Image 1/2: Seam rip past the first pleat on either side of the side seam. Image 2/2: Seam rip past the first pleat on either side of the side seam.
  • Seam rip the waistband from the skirt.

  • Seam rip past the first pleat on either side of the side seam.

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  • Seam rip the top of the waistband, about an inch past your measurement on either side.

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Image 1/3: Pinch the waistband together at the side seam. Image 2/3: Pinch the waistband together at the side seam. Image 3/3: Pinch the waistband together at the side seam.
  • Flip the outer waistband inside out.

  • Pinch the waistband together at the side seam.

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Image 1/3: Sew across the waistband at the location you pinned. Image 2/3: Make sure to remove the pin before sewing and back stitch at the beginning and end so the stitches don't unravel. Image 3/3: Trim off the excess fabric.
  • On the waistband, pin the distance of your measurement from the side seam.

  • Sew across the waistband at the location you pinned.

  • Make sure to remove the pin before sewing and back stitch at the beginning and end so the stitches don't unravel.

  • Trim off the excess fabric.

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Image 1/1: Make sure the two waistbands are the same length before you sew the inner one shorter.
  • Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the inner waistband.

  • Make sure the two waistbands are the same length before you sew the inner one shorter.

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Image 1/2: Align the top edges, with the seam allowance turned to the inside. Image 2/2: Stitch across the top of the waistband, right next to the edge.
  • Press the seam allowance on the new side seam flat and fold the top and bottom down.

  • Align the top edges, with the seam allowance turned to the inside.

  • Stitch across the top of the waistband, right next to the edge.

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Image 1/2: Pin the pleats of the skirt to the waistband, so the skirt and the waistband are the same length. Image 2/2: Try to follow the location of the original pleats, but make them deeper to account for the excess fabric.
  • Turn the skirt inside out.

  • Pin the pleats of the skirt to the waistband, so the skirt and the waistband are the same length.

  • Try to follow the location of the original pleats, but make them deeper to account for the excess fabric.

  • Stitch the skirt and waistband together.

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Image 1/3: Stitch from that point to the seam line on the lining, forming a slight curve. Image 2/3: Trim the excess fabric off. Image 3/3: Trim the excess fabric off.
  • Mark where the seam line on the waistband matches up with the lining.

  • Stitch from that point to the seam line on the lining, forming a slight curve.

  • Trim the excess fabric off.

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Image 1/3: Turn the skirt right side out. Image 2/3: Top stitch the inner and outer waistband, catching the seam allowance from the other side. Image 3/3: Make sure the seam allowance is on  the waistband side of the seam so the top stitching will secure it.
  • Stitch the lining to inner waistband.

  • Turn the skirt right side out.

  • Top stitch the inner and outer waistband, catching the seam allowance from the other side.

  • Make sure the seam allowance is on the waistband side of the seam so the top stitching will secure it.

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  • Stitch both waistbands together, following the side seam from the outside.

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Conclusion

Your skirt is now finished! Wear it with pride.

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