+ The quick way to shorten and tighten a skirt.

I’ve really been wanting to find skirt for my huge belly, and I finally scored at DI the other day. Not only was it roomy with lots of gathers and pleats…it had elastic…a pregnant women’s best friend. Loved how it turned out so much that despite wanting to wear it to a graduation tomorrow, I had to put it up today. Impatience is something I’ve mastered. There is another way this skirt can be taking in a little more professionally, which I will post another day when I have time, this other way is a bit time consuming (impatient remember?).
I know, I always post a picture of Beck…I can’t help it. I need to buy him a balance bike, he hates anything with pedals and his firetruck is getting a little to small. Don’t you think?

sewing machine
fabric marking or marking chalk
measuring device (I used a hem gauge)
1. Try on the skirt and measure how much you need to take and/or up. Mark with pin, pen or chalk.
2. Pick the seam you want to use to take it in. Luckily I had a seam in the back, so I didn’t have to take it in the sides where the pockets were. Loved holding onto those pockets. If you don’t have pockets, or you are only taking in a little bit, then use the sides seams. Tutorial here.
3. Pin the area you are taking in as flat as you can.
4. Sew a straight stitch – making sure to taper a LOT to prevent any weird bunching or seams.
5. Cut and serge the extra off (if you don’t have a serger, you can use a zig zag stitch on the ends to prevent fraying).
6. Cut how much you want off, leaving extra for an inch or so of seam allowance. I used a ruler and tried (wasn’t as straight as I liked) to cut a curve that matched the original hem.
 7. Sew a baby hem on the wrong side of the fabric. You do this by rolling or folding twice (the raw edge under a 1/8 inch, then fold again a 1/4 inch), and slowly, inch by inch sew on the top edge or the hem (I stuck my needle position way to the left to help myself out with that) working your way around the bottom of the skirt. This baby hem will make it not flip or fray. It is a lot easier to sew this hem when the skirt has any sort of curve.
8. Iron.


  1. Cute! I wanted to say that I got a cute balance bike for my son at walmart! Reg. price was $29 (a good deal in it self) and they had it on sale for $17! So check there if you don’t mind Walmart ;0)

  2. How adorable! You look so cute pregnant, and this is such a flattering outfit on you.


  3. Very cute! I love the color <3 Those Mountain's look familiar! lol

  4. Very cute. One of my favorite maternity skirts was an over-the-belly pleated thing. It’s a good look, especially when I tired of loooong tees over everything.

  5. You look so so cute! I’m five months pregnant and have been looking for some skirt solutions too, hello why didn’t I think of those crazy elastic backed thrift store skirts yet!? I know what I’m doing this weekend, haha!

  6. I LOVE your blog! You are so adorable. And your ideas are genius. I read your stuff everyday :) And I have to say that I LOVE that this skirt goes above your pregnant belly! So CUTE!

  7. You look so beautiful!
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  8. looks to good pulled over your belly!


  9. The skirts looks good on your bump! 😉

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  11. Lizzie! It was so fun having lunch with you the other day. ANNNDDD. I love this tutorial, as does everyone on pinterest! YEAH! Have a fabulous weekend!

  12. Love these tutorials! I am guessing heavier weight fabric drapes best over a bump (I’m 5 months)? What do you think?


  13. I have a skirt that I need to shorten, so this is perfect! I LOVE how cute this skirt is on you!
    Modern Modest Beauty

  14. That silhoutte is really flatering for pregnant women!

  15. Adorable! All of yous. Love your little one’s chucks too!

  16. What an adorable little “basketball” you have under that cute skirt! xo

  17. I LOVE this look! Wish I sewed :) I’m at week 24 in my pregnancy and haven’t been wearing skirts, I’ll have to try that soon!


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