I had heard of this skirt alteration when I went to a family homeschool camp just over 5 years ago and I decided to try it. I was tired of how high the slits were and wanted a more modest alternative. I was very happy with my results and I will for sure be altering other skirts soon. A couple of things I learned...
- don't pick too stiff of fabric for the slit panel
- and if you want a wider slit panel use a medium light fabric for the slit panel so it will hang nicely.
What you will need....
- a slit skirt
- a 1/2 yard piece fabric of choice.( I suggest one that isn't very stiff)
- Thread to match the color of the skirt ( Walmart sells a Denim thread )
- sewing machine
- strait pins
I was given a light orange corduroy skirt that was too small but perfect colour match to alter the slit on my garden skirt. Plus it was a perfect skirt to try this out on because it is a work skirt that didn't matter too much if it wasn't perfect the first try. [o=
First things first was I had to take apart the corduroy skirt. If you are not up-cycling some fabric then you need about a 1/2 a yard of fabric.
- Lay the fabric under your slit and decide how wide a panel you want
- and add two inches
- cut out your triangle
- zig zag around out edge
- lay back under slit
- pin baste
- try it on to see if you like it but be-careful not to get poked.
- if you like it then sew with the right sides facing up.
I used the bottom of the orange skirt to line up the jean skirt so I didn't have to do more hemming but if you are using fabric that doesn't already have a hem then I suggest to pre- hem it.
When I used this corduroy it was too heavy of a fabric for a wide panel and I didn't like how it hanged. So I ripped it all out and made the triangle more narrow. After I did that I liked it a lot better. This is why I suggest to audition your panel before you sew. What ever you sew so shall you rip, lol.
I wore my skirt all yesterday in our major garden work and loved it. I was very happy with my work. Also this alteration is very easy and quick. A wonderful way to alter all those pretty skirts you find in those second hand stores.
I am also joining my friend Trish in...