Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tweed Skirt Re-Do

Hello Readers. Today is rainy and too humid to go out, so stay in and start sewing. This project was faster to sew than it was to write about. Check it out.

I was given this nice skirt. (Thanks Mom!) It is a great wool blend in a beautiful shade of  blue-gray. The problem is obviously the size. It isn't falling off but it isn't a flattering fit either. I look droopy and shorter than short. If you look up the definition of frumpy, you will see this picture. I can adjust the fit and it will look fabulous.

This is the inside view. It has a lining attached. Someone could take this apart, and take in the skirt and lining, and then put it all back together. I said someone because I can't do it. I am not that skilled. Is it possible to take this skirt in without all the time and hard work? Let's try it.

Actual sewing!

I sewed down one side, about one inch in. I just went through the lining and skirt all together. Then I TRIED IT ON! This is the most important step. Please don't skip this step. When I tried it on I found that the other side needed to be taken it but the waist did not. If I took in the waist, I would never zip it up and wear it. If you look on the right, I took it in on the side but not the waist. That's crazy and lopsided right? Yes, but somehow it worked when I put it on. So always try things on, you can't see the true fit if it isn't on your body.

I didn't even cut out the extra fabric. I tried it on and liked the fit so much more than I did before. It is a simple straight skirt in my size. Now that it fits, it stays up at my waist and doesn't need to be shortened or hemmed. If it works, stop sewing. (A new motto?)

Thanks for reading, now go make something fabulous for yourself.


  1. I know what you mean about trying on. A dress form can't sit down or walk, trying on is better.

  2. ha ha I have had some bad results from not trying things on.

  3. Great skirt for the cooler weather - very versatile!