Altering a Skirt's Waistband in Under 30 Minutes

Christine Cha
by Christine Cha
3 Materials
25 Minutes

This is a quick tutorial on how you can alter the elastic waistband of a skirt in 30 minutes and without a sewing machine.

When I found this beautiful, vintage skirt at the thrift store I was certain it would fit. Once I got home and tried it on, I realized it was a touch too big, just enough that it was falling down when I walked. Here is a quick tutorial on how I adjusted the waistband without a sewing machine and in under 30 minutes.

First, I cut a slit in the fabric where I wanted to adjust the elastic waistband.

Then I pulled out the elastic to determine how much had to be cut out so the skirt would fit properly.

Next, I pulled out the elastic to ready it to be cut....

Then I cut off the extra length of elastic.

Then I held the elastic ends together with a clip and used my sewing needle to sew the elastic together.

Once the elastic was securely sewn, I folder the ends of the skirt fabric under to prevent fraying and sewed the sides together.

And voila! The alteration job was done!

This skirt now stays at my waist and is the perfect flowy piece for those warm days we are finally getting! How do you alter the waistband's of your skirts when the fit is too small or too big?

Suggested materials:
  • Thread   (Wal-Mart)
  • Needle   (Dollar Store)
  • Skirt   (Salvation Army Thrift Store)

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