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How to Adjust the Waistband of a Skirt

Posted by Laila Bowman Oxfam Fashion blogger and charity shopping enthusiast

3rd Aug 2012

Fashion loved for longer

Today I'm going to show you a simple way to adjust the waistline of a skirt. This tutorial can be used to make a skirt bigger or smaller. If you are making it bigger, you just need to make sure there is enough excess material.


What you'll need:

  • Skirt
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Safety pin
  • A length of elastic two inches bigger than your waist
  • Sewing machine (or needle and thread if preferred)
  • Tailor's chalk

First off, you need to cut the original waistband out. If you also want to shorten the skirt, now is the time to do it. Measure how long you want the skirt to end up, mark all around the skirt using your tailor's chalk, and cut! Remember to add on a few inches for hemming purposes.

Next, you need to pin the edge of the skirt you've just cut. Leave enough of a gap so there will be space for the elastic.

Sew this, but leave a few inches from where you start sewing and where you finish, as you will need space for the elastic to enter.

Attach the safety pin to the length of elastic and thread it through the material 'tube' that should have formed. The safety pin will help you pull the elastic through. Don't let the other end disappear! Once both ends are poking out, you need to overlap them and sew together. You then need to sew up the hole you left when you were sewing the hem.

And voila - a skirt that (hopefully) fits.

The Finished Look

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Blog post written by Laila Bowman

Oxfam Fashion blogger and charity shopping enthusiast

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