Normally when I refashion things, I tend to take them in to fit me. I have a tendency to think that more fabric means more possibilities. Today's refashion, however, is different. I began with a skirt I bought from a Down East sale for $5. I loved the artsy feel and the plethora of colors. The problem was that the only size I could find it in was an extra small. I am not an extra small. See my dilemma?
So I threw it in my closet thinking that I would refashion it one day.
A year passed away.
And then another one.
And finally the time came for Michael and I to move. As I was packing, I rediscovered this beauty. It taunted me. It seemed to say, "I'm super cute but you'll never wear me because I don't fit and you'll never get around to refashioning me."
Well, Skirt, I'm here to prove you wrong.
This was a simple refashion. All I did was add panels on each side to give it the additional sizing it needed. To do this, I used a seam ripper to separate the side seams on both sides. I also had to remove the lining, so I now have to wear the skirt with a slip, but at least I can actually wear it!
Then I measured and sewed a new cotton panel on each side. Finally, I hemmed the panels to match the original skirt at the waistline and at the hem. The hardest part was working around the pockets and zipper. I did have to slightly pleat the panels at the top because I made them too wide, but overall, I'm quite pleased with the results.
Unfortunately, the pictures I took while doing this refashion were deleted during the moving process. Sorry!
For more examples of skirts with side panels, click here. It is in fashion. I promise.
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