How to Resize and Shorten a Skirt

Slow Fashion Style
by Slow Fashion Style
6 Materials
10 Minutes

I bought this plaid maxi skirt at a thrift store. As you can see, the skirt is much too wide on my waist, so I’m going to be taking it in. I’m also going to shorten it and turn it into a mini skirt. I’m quite petite (5’2’), so I like wearing skirts above my knee with heels to make me look taller. Check out how I did it so that you can do it yourself!

Tools and materials:

  • Safety pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Large skirt
  • Fabric clips
DIY skirt thrift flip

Easy skirt thrift flip

Adjust the waist

I’ve started by turning the skirt inside out, and I’m also wearing it back to front so that I will know where to create the darts. I took safety pins, and along the pre-existing dart lines, I took in and pinned the same amount of material on each side to create my new desired dimensions. 

How to thrift flip a skirt

Adjust the length

To adjust the length of the skirt, I pulled it up and turned it right side out to see how short I wanted it to be. Once I decided on the new length, I pinned it with safety pins. Where the safety pins are will serve as a mark to show you where to cut and sew.

Thrift flip skirt

Sew the waistline

Starting with the darts, draw with a fabric marker where you need to sew. Once you've sewn your darts, iron them down on the inside. You will have a bump of fabric from where you've taken the skirt in, fold this down and then sew it down the middle so that it stays nice and flat.

Basic skirt thrift flip

Sew the bottom

To adjust the length, you'll want to leave a seam allowance of 1 inch at the bottom of the skirt for when you hem it. So fold the fabric up by an inch, cut the fabric, and then iron it. Sew it by topstitching, and then you're done.


Clip the hem with fabric clips to keep it in place while sewing.

Simple skirt thrift flip

Check out the finished product! I love the way that the skirt looks; it gives me a flattering hourglass shape. The hemming looks like a professional did it, and if it's easy enough for me to do, you can for sure do it as well! You can style the skirt with whatever shoes you like, I tried it on with sneakers, boots, and flats, and it looks great with all of them!

Suggested materials:
  • Large skirt
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing machine
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