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Taking in the Waistband of a Skirt

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    • Try on the skirt to see how big it is.

    • Gather the excess fabric at one of the side seams.

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    • Use a measuring tape to measure the excess fabric.

    • With straight pins, mark the length of your measurement on either side of the side seam.

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    • Use a seam ripper to separate the waistband from the lining in the area between your straight pins. You should also remove the seam an inch past the pins on either side.

    • If you've never used a seam ripper before, read this guide.

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

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    • Use your seam ripper to separate the waistband from the skirt.

    • As before, stop approximately one inch past your straight pins.

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    • Remove the stitches from the top of the waistband, about one inch past your measurement on either side.

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    • Flip the outer waistband inside out.

    • Pinch the waistband at the side seam with the right sides of the fabric facing together.

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    • On the waistband, use a straight pin to mark the length of your original 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 the excess fabric with fabric scissors or a rotary cutter.

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    • 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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    • Press the seam allowance on the new side seam flat and fold the top and bottom down.

    • Align the top edges of the inner and outer waistbands with the wrong sides facing together. Use straight pins to hold the fabric in place.

    • Stitch across the top of the waistband, right next to the edge. Make sure to begin where the original stitching ends to avoid leaving holes in the waistband.

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    • 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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    • Mark where the new side seam on the waistband matches up with the side seam of the lining.

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

    • Trim the excess fabric.

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    • With right sides together, match the side seam of the lining to the side seam of the waistband and secure with straight pins.

    • Stitch the lining to the inner waistband.

    • Turn the skirt right side out.

    • Top stitch along the bottom edge of the outer waistband to secure it to the inner waistband.

    • Make sure the seam allowance between the lining and the inner waistband 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.

Conclusion

Your skirt is now finished! Wear it with pride.

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