The skirt showed a little bit of wear and tear at the time I made it bigger. I noticed that there was a worn spot and I darned it:
|The Darning on the Wrong Side
I don't think it is too noticeable - I found it easily because I knew it was there:
|The Darning from the Right Side
Then, after my cancer treatment, I lost weight and the waist band of the skirt settled somewhere around my hips. So, yesterday, I unpicked the waist band, measured my current waist, and put a safety pin to mark my current waist measurement; the waist band was 5 inches too long:
|5 Inches too Long
The skirt is a flared skirt, but I thought that a couple of darts would be fine to adjust the waist, without having to unpick the side seams to take it in (I wanted to avoid having to set in the in-seam pockets, again!)
I started out putting two darts in the back of the skirt, trying to space them equally on either side of the back zipper. I made each dart 1 inch wide on each side, which means the amount of fabric taken in at the waist is actually 2 inches, per dart. Then, I decided to put two more darts in the front, as well. Those of you who know how to sew can see where this is going, don't you?
|Close up of one of the darts
I sewed the darts in place, quite happily and pinned the waist band to the top of the skirt, leaving a little bit of a tab with the button hole, to overlap:
|Waist Band Pinned in Place
Sewed the waist band in place and went to iron it:
See where the safety pin is? It should be above the top of the zipper! I made the darts too deep! By making each one 2 inches total, I took in the skirt a total of 8 inches at the waist! If my mother was living, she would have told me that's what happens when you don't baste and try on!
|The Tab to Overlap
Will I have to unpick and start all over again? I tried it on:
|Back to Front and Inside Out
It seemed to fit - a little snug, but not tight! What do I do with the extra bit that's too long? I didn't want to cut it off, in case I decided to re-do the skirt! So, I folded it in and sewed it to the inside by hand. Then, sewed on the button:
|Reusing the Same Button
Since the button doesn't have a shank, I made one by wrapping the thread several times around itself:
And tried it on:
|Back to Front
Trying not to show any midriff!
|Showing the Front
It seems to fit well enough. Not tight, at all. I can wear it with my purple sweater or the cream colored one. I will give it a final ironing and hang it up, ready to wear to the office, next week!
Next on the agenda - fixing new elastic to the waist bands of my underskirts!