How to Take in a Skirt Quickly & Easily in 3 Simple Steps

Slow Fashion Style
by Slow Fashion Style
5 Materials
15 Minutes

Welcome back to this tutorial. Today, we’re learning how to take in a skirt, especially if you’re a beginner sewist and you’re looking to get into your sewing machine, but don’t know what project to choose. Once you know how to resize a skirt's waist, you’ll realize it’s the easiest thing to do.

So let’s jump to the sewing machine so I can show you how quick and easy you can do this DIY to transform your skirt to fit you custom-made. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Ruler
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric marker/pencil
  • Skirt
How to resize a skirt waist

This is how the skirt looks. It’s really big on me. As you can see, I’m wearing it backward. When you want to transform your skirt, you want to wear it from the inside out (so with the inside facing you).

How to downsize a skirt waist

1. Clip where you want to take off

I’m going to clip here on the side to determine how much I have to take off. I am going to add a seam allowance of 0.5. You don’t want it to be too tight; you want it to be a little bit loose to give room for your stomach which will naturally expand throughout the day, like when you’re eating. So be conscious of that and make sure to leave that space. Take your safety pins and clip it.

How to take in a skirt at the waist

2. Measure how much you need to reduce

Use your ruler to see how much you have to reduce it.

How to resize a skirt

I’m going to take off two inches from each side so I’m drawing a line to mark that measurement.

Sewing the new side seam

3. Sew along the line

Follow along the line and sew a 2.5-length stitch.

New sewn side seam with black thread

I used a black thread so you can see the stitches, and this is how it should look. 

Folding the flap down, ready to topstitch

Something I would suggest to do now is to take a clothing iron, flatten the flap down, and then do a topstitch here. You do not want to cut it off, because you may have downsized it today, but later on in the future, you might want to upsize it. Instead of having to buy a new skirt, by keeping the original fabric intact, you can reuse the same skirt and it will fit your body.

How to take in a skirt

How to take in a skirt

Here’s the finished look! Now that you know how to take in a skirt at the waist, you can celebrate yourself and congratulate yourself by showing the world and your friends how amazing you DIY’d your skirt to fit you. 

Suggested materials:
  • Ruler
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing machine
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