I have received tons of emails asking how to take in a skirt or dress. Well, I hope this answers some of those questions out there!
1. Turn the skirt inside out and slip it on. Measure and mark the how much you want to take in at the waist and down the rest of the skirt (make sure to mark it onto the skirt fabric, not the lining). Then sew along those markings JUST the length of the waistband at first. Make sure to STOP sewing where the lining begins.
***If there are pockets – be careful, if you are taking a lot in, then you may have to remove the pockets. But if you are taking only a little in like I am here, then you are totally fine.
***If there is a zipper on one of the sides, you may want to take it in through the back or take out the zipper and reinstall it or install it in the back.
2. Flip the lining up – you may have to cut anything that is securing lining to the skirt. You dont want to sew over the lining because the lining will make the inside of the skirt pretty by covering up the corrections and the excess fabrics loose ends.
3. Starting where the waistband and skirt meet on the actual skirt fabric, pin and sew downward following the markings you made. Make sure that how much the waistband has been taken in, matches how much the start of the skirt has been taken in so when flipped right side out, it looks flat and even. Like, if I took the waistband in an inch, I will make sure the beginning of the skirt part will be taken in an inch too just at the start. DONE.
If there is NO lining, then continue to sew all the way down both sides!
If you don’t care about how pretty it looks on the inside, then just mark and sew down both sides!