Sewing Sunday – Summer Skirt

Remember my Safari Skirt? When I bought it, I also came across another one, in a pretty pale blue pattern.  This was more fitted, made up of panels, but way too small at the waist. It also had a zip.

Here´s how I made it fit (and I can be quite determined when I want to be)!

First I cut the skirt from around the top to give me the length I wanted less 2cm (I was going to add a waistband).

Then I unpicked the zip from the piece I had removed (you may need to do this first if it overlaps into the section of skirt that remains). I unpicked the side of the skirt to the length of the zip and reinserted the zip.

The skirt was now too big around the waist for me, so I added some darts at the front and back to make it fit comfortably.

Then I cut the piece of fabric from the top of the skirt lengthways to make two narrow strips which I joined together to make one long strip (this would become my new waistband, although I would not need it all as it became one very long strip).

This was pinned wrong sides together round the outside of the skirt.

I left a few cm at each zip edge to turn in.

This was stitched down, then the waistband turned over and under on the inside of the skirt and stitched again. I did this by hand because I enjoy hand stitching, but it could be done more quickly with machine stitching.

Finally I tucked in the ends of the waistband to give me a little overlap to add some snap fasteners and I also reinserted the hanging loops which I had recycled from the original waistband.

The finished skirt, which will is cool and comfy…I love soft cotton which is slightly “worn”, perfect for running around in the heat.

Get Shorty!

The photo makes it look very short and “stumpy” – I should have removed the half-finished top from Marilyn, I am sure that would have helped!



39 thoughts on “Sewing Sunday – Summer Skirt

    1. I really enjoy doing them, and I particularly like little projects that I can hand sew, as I can do them in the evening when it cools down whilst enjoying a glass of wine 🙂

  1. You are SO clever Tanya. I am not sure I would be able to “remodel” something like this. No worries, I could always pop over for another visit for a few lessons…
    🙂 Mandy

  2. Ooh – you are clever and inspire me to give this a go. Honestly, I’m a bit rubbish. My biggest recent achievement was learning how to do blind stitching. I didn’t even know such a thing existed! x

  3. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to make something useful from something that wasn’t? Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.
    Whilst I don’t particularly thrill to hand sewing I do like knitting as a ‘meditative’ activity. Socks for daughter on the list at present.
    Enjoy the warm there in Spain – we probably need the warm socks here in the UK!

    1. Oh yes, I love to knit and crochet too but I have to leave them until the winter as I couldn´t cope with the weight of the wool on my lap when it´s hot! Very therapeutic though 🙂

  4. that gorgeous skirt reminds me that i had better get on to making my summer skirts before the summer is gone and you have once again caught me sitting in my study with my pinny still on.. i made cheesecake, and if those blokes don’t stop opening and closing the oven door to look at it they will be wearing it shortly! c

    1. I can´t imagine you sitting quietly celi! And cheesecake is gorgeous but rather a faff to make…all that waiting. Hope they kept their noses out of the oven long enough for it to cook properly 🙂

      1. That’s the problem with having curves! They take some taming. But they’re worth it!

  5. Hey show a bit of leg! I myself refrain from both sewing and leg showing as a sign of respect to the locals. I dare say that they would have to be especially nice to me if I perambulated around in one of my sad efforts to sew…they would not only think that I was “that strange chook lady who won’t use poison” but would add “that poor obviously mentally challenged bag lady who raises chooks and won’t use poison”…sigh…I so envy you your obvious sewing talent, you are SO clever!

    1. This really made me laugh – I am sure you wouldn´t look like a sad old bag lady. Although, I know that some of the locals feel a bit sorry for me making some of my own clothes or refashioning (I think they think I´m a bit odd) when I could be buying something “lovely” off a market stall just like everyone else. No thanks!

      1. Bravo on your sewing accomplishments by the way. You are very good at what you do! I…am not. My daughter is an instinctive sewer but something skips inside my head (missing synapses) whenever I sit in front of a sewing machine and I can still see my old sewing teacher at school trying vainly to find a way to praise me for my latest “creation”…we can’t be good at everything lol 🙂

  6. Lovely skirt Chica – I love reading about your sewing projects – it’s an inspiration to me. Despite people not thinking its very manly I would love to be able to do even some basic needle-related stuff. Have so much else on my plate though 😦

    1. Well, most of the top (famous, at least) designers for the couture houses are men, so I don´t think it´s restricted to just women taking an interest. One of the top designers of knitting patterns too is a guy…he turns out some fabulous stuff!

  7. I love that you see the designs. I can’t “see” the patterns, and putting them together, etc…..I can cook, though! My 7 yr old daughter is better at putting things together than I am! It’s genetics. I’m jealous.

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