Skirt Alteration

As I mention earlier, I bought a long skirt at Goodwill with the intention to alter it to suit my purposes. This will be a cool alternative to shorts when the summer heat sets in. My alterations are to make the skirt knee-length and add a pocket. Here’s how I did it. The original skirt:

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I measured 21 1/2 inches from the waistband and cut with pinking shears.

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I saved part of the lower remnant to make a pocket.

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I used a portion from the front placket with a buttonhole and facing under the fold. These details will add to the pocket usefulness and strength and the work is already done for me.

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Here is the pocket pinned in place. If you look very carefully, you can see the black pin heads. I attached it with a simple running stitch and then went over it again with another running stitch, filling in the gaps of the first. This strengthens the pocket and looks a little more finished. I added the button, hemmed the skirt and the whole thing took me about an hour, including stopping for photos.

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Here is the finished skirt and the Goodwill T-shirt I plan to wear with it. A new summer outfit for a little less than $10.50, plus my time.

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7 responses to “Skirt Alteration

  1. Love it! Beautiful skirt, great find, and superb upcycle.

  2. I’m on a hormonal balancing program and have lost 30 lbs already! Can’t wait to lose another 100 then I could shop at Goodwill and other places and get the deals you’re getting. I still have to shop at Pennington’s where the markup is just outrageous so I’ve learned to live with less.

  3. That outfit is adorable. Good job!

  4. Fawn, you have no search button on your website and I checked under recipes and I can’t find your recipe for homemade toothpaste. I had it, bought all the ingredients and made it but it was very oily — no body, so I think I made an error measuring the ingredients. Would you mind posting it again?

    • Yeah… I really need to get some young, techy person to help me out with really basic stuff. I am such a dinosaur…. But sorry, the toothpaste recipe is not mine. I have never made toothpaste. I do not know where you got the recipe.

      • Oh dear, old age is creeping up. I thought it was yours because there’s only two sites I visit, the other being missminimalist.com. I’ll keep looking.

  5. Fawn, you did a lovely and useful remake of this skirt. I too love to wear skirts in the summer.

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