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lower waistband of skirt?

madcarrot | Posted in Fitting on

I am making a skirt and the waist sits very high – at my natural waist. I would like it to sit much lower – hipster level. Is there an easy way to do this? (I am guessing not, but it never hurts to ask.) I sew quite a lot, but not at a very advanced level. The pattern is Vogue 7880. I have come across this issue quite often with skirt patterns.

Thanks,
Carmel

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  1. suesew | | #1

    If the skirt fits you properly at the hip level, you could cut off the top of the skirt to the level you like leaving a seam allowance. I would put the skirt on and mark a new top edge with a row of pins so I know it would look straight on my body. Cut off the top leaving a seam allowance. Now use the skirt as a pattern to create a facing to finish the top of the skirt. This probably involves a zipper which may or may not need to be removed and lowered. You will probably want to stabilize the facing with interfacing or a twill tape at the top seam to keep it from stretching.

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    This type of adjustment is easy enough to do even on readymade clothes; just remember that if you use a lower waistline, it will be going around a wider part of your upper hip, so the separate waistband or facing will have to be longer, too.

    I agree with Suesew that you should try it on to mark the best waistline and run a line of staystitching just above that to keep everything from stretching out. Waxed paper works well for duplicating the top 3 inches or so of the skirt for a facing; if you want to use a waistband, you'll need to cut a new one that is long enough for the new lower waistline.

    On the lower waistlines, facings seem more comfortable and flattering than separate waistbands. I have salvaged numerous pairs of high-waisted slacks by simply cutting off the original waistbands and using that edge as the seam allowance for a new line about an inch lower. I don't remove or lower the zipper, just cut it off after stitching the new waistline. Low-waisted garments have shorter zippers than high-waisted garments do, so this works fine. Good luck!

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