+ One way to make a skirt bigger

Since I bought this cute 70s A-line skirt from DI I haven’t been able to wear it, sadly. I was obsessed with the braided belt and the buttons down the middle. BUT, and this is a big but, it was a few inches toooooo small. I couldn’t even button it or even get it close. Maybe that is why the original tag was still attached.
skirt that is too small with buttons
sewing machine
flexible measuring tape
marking pen or chalk
1. take off the buttons
2. seam rip the fabric that is folded under where the buttons were then iron open
3. sew the new open surged end under a quarter to a third of an inch
4. topstitch the very bottom and the top
 5. If you aren’t taking anything out from the bottom (like me) then you can steal a little from between the button holes where it won’t be seen. Unless you are shortening it then you can steal it form the extra material.
6. make a square (making sure two edges are neat, the other two don’t have to be because the are going to be sewn in) then sew it into the missing square area.
7. sew the buttons back on where the feel comfortable to your fit.


  1. I’m new here, and all these tutorials makes me want to buy a sewing machine! I have been wanting it for years but still not got it, sadly. I think it’s time to save and get it :)

  2. Great idea! I wish I had a sewing machine!

  3. aaaaand this post came just a tad too late for me but that’s okay! I used your box pleat tutorial to refashion this retro skirt! http://dreamsoffrippery.blogspot.com/2011/07/refashion-box-pleat-skirt.html

  4. This is a great idea!! I really have to get back to sewing! I’ve been taking photo classes and have neglected my fav hobby and blog. :(

  5. I have a skirt I want to do this with but I am so afraid!! I just got my sewing machine and I don’t want to screw it up. I also don’t have any buttons on mine so I don’t know if it would work. It’s a zipper with a button on the top.

  6. I’ve seen skirts like this but they were usually too small, great idea!