Family Dollar had a clearance rack that had all kinds of clothing at a great low price. I managed to walk away with a maxi skirt for $6.25. It has shirring on the top and long splits on both sides of the bottom. My main focus was on the striped fabric. I lovvvve stripes!. On my mission to revamped the wardrobe, I decided to take on a new project.
First I removed the shirred black portion of the dress. I then held the remaining stripes up to my hips for a little eyeball-measuring. Using my tailors chalk, I measured exactly where the side seam will be. I used the side seam on my jeans as a guide. I also used that time to measure where my hips met the existing seam.
After folding my skirt in half to avoid the need to transfer markings to the other half later, I used my yardstick to connect my two marks. Curve your line to compensate for curvy hips. If you are a more straight-up-and-down figure, don’t worry about the curve. Measure out 1/4 from that line. This will be your seam allowance.
I cut along the last line that drawn.
Pin the front to the back around the parts you cut. Serge or sew the front to back. This would be a great time to try on the skirt. You have the option of repeating the steps to reduce the size some more or continue to the end.
If you are using a serger, serge the waist. I folded down the waist about and 1.25 inches and pressed to make the casing. You would do the same depending on the width of your elastic. The easiest way to know is to place your elastic on top to make sure it will fit through.
Straight stitch along the bottom edge of your casing, leaving a 2 inch gap. Feed your elastic through, sew the gap closed, and your done!