Making a Denim Skirt Fit Better

Chickie W.U.
by Chickie W.U.
3 Materials
45 Minutes

Hello Readers. I love denim in all shapes and sizes. It's just an easy fabric to wear, to match, to work with. It isn't fragile or fussy. It's great. This denim skirt was not so great. It was kind of shapeless. I really wanted it to be more fitted.

Before and after.

I saw this kind of straight denim skirt ages ago and I have wanted a skirt with this kind of fit ever since. It was time to try and re-create it for myself. There are similar skirts on Amazon. I didn't have a denim skirt that fit well. I had this denim skirt on my refashion rack that did not fit well at all. I thought I could alter it to make it more fun, more modern and more fitted!

I tried the skirt on inside out and marked where I wanted the new side seams to be. I used a marker and pins so you could see it. You can use whatever you have. I tried to take my time and get the fit I wanted at the waist and hips. The fit is what will make this skirt amazing.

I used my sewing machine to make new side seams for this skirt. You can also use a serger. My serger doesn't do well with thick denim material so I used my regular sewing machine. 


*** I always try on clothes before I cut off that excess fabric. If it was too tight I could take the seam out and try again. I tried it on here to make sure I liked the fit. If the skirt was too loose somewhere I could go back and make it a bit smaller.

Here is a close look at the side seams. The straight stitch is done but I was adding the zigzag stitch to keep it from getting frayed and messy inside the skirt over time.

This skirt was a winner for me. I loved the new fit and it's denim. It will be so easy to wear with other things. Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.


Suggested materials:
  • Denim Skirt   (Thrifted/Clothing Store)
  • Sewing Machine & Thread   (On Hand)
  • Scissors   (On Hand)

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  • Norma N Norma N on Jan 26, 2023

    Tried the web site and it didn't come up, thank you for sharing, can't wait to try it.

  • Chickie W.U. Chickie W.U. on Jan 27, 2023

    Hi Norma,

    I’m not sure why the link didn’t work. But I am out here in the interwebs cloud somewhere. 😀 Come back for more refashions when you can.