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

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Measure the amount to take in. Using a pin, mark the length of your measurement on either side of the side seam. 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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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.
  • 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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Seam rip the waistband from the skirt. 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. Seam rip the top of the waistband, about an inch past your measurement on either side.
  • Seam rip the top of the waistband, about an inch past your measurement on either side.

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Flip the outer waistband inside out. Pinch the waistband together at the side seam. 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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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.
  • 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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Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the inner waistband.
  • 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, with the seam allowance turned to the inside.
  • 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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Turn the skirt inside out. Pin the pleats of the skirt to the waistband, so the skirt and the waistband are the same length.
  • 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 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.
  • 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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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.
  • 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. Stitch both waistbands together, following the side seam from the outside. Stitch both waistbands together, following the side seam from the outside.
  • 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.

Sky Carlos

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