This skirt started life as a mid-calf length skirt that flared out to a full circle at the hem. Yikes! Not the most flattering cut. I knew I wanted to make the skirt shorter, and narrower, and I also needed to take in the waist. But the skirt had that great pop of color at the hem that I wanted to keep, so I couldn't just shorten it.
I decided to cut off the top and make it into a separate waistband. The skirt had a hidden side zipper, which I wanted to reuse, but in order to make the waistband that I wanted I needed to shorten the zipper. This was easy-peasy--I just hand-sewed some thread around the spot where I wanted the zipper to stop, then cut off the rest. I actually pinned the spot before sewing and cutting to make sure I would still be able to get the skirt over my hips with the shorter zipper.
|See the little cluster of thread wrapping around the zipper at the seam? I did that!|
For the bottom part of the skirt, I used a skirt I already had to figure out how wide I wanted the hemline to be. Then I measured my waistband to see how many inches I needed at the top. Then I cut the skirt into pieces that would fit onto the waistband. It was a little tricky to get the shape right because a circle skirt has a curved hemline if you're not using the whole circle--so I had to curve the waistband a bit too to pull up that center part of the hem.
Now, a skirt with pockets is about my favorite thing in the whole world. But for some reason, I'm not a huge fan of patch-style pockets topstitched to a garment. Of course, creating in-seam pockets is more difficult, and I'd never done it before, but I reverse-engineered the pockets on a skirt I love, and BAM! I came up with these roomy pockets using the extra fabric cut out of the sides of the circle skirt. There's probably a great tutorial out there on how to do this, so I won't try to walk you through what I did--I just guessed and worked it out.
|I put that black fabric there to show you how big the pockets are in relation to the skirt. |
I used the pockets on my existing skirt as a template.
|My pocket was made from leftover fabric from the bottom edge of the skirt,|
hence the yellow trim peeking out!
After I got the pockets figured out and attached to the bottom part of the skirt, I put the right sides of the waistband and bottom part together, pinned them (it required some strategic tucking because they weren't exactly the same size) and sewed it all up. I tried it on and had to do a little folding/topstitching in some places to get it to lay flat, but once I did that and ironed/trimmed everything, I was very happy with the way it turned out.
And YAAY! Pockets on a skirt make me so happy!
Update: I found several pocket tutorials online, but this one at naptime crafters seems like the closest to what I actually did. Plus, I can't wait to try her skirt tutorial now!