As I mention earlier, I bought a long skirt at Goodwill with the intention to alter it to suit my purposes. This will be a cool alternative to shorts when the summer heat sets in. My alterations are to make the skirt knee-length and add a pocket. Here’s how I did it. The original skirt:
I measured 21 1/2 inches from the waistband and cut with pinking shears.
I saved part of the lower remnant to make a pocket.
I used a portion from the front placket with a buttonhole and facing under the fold. These details will add to the pocket usefulness and strength and the work is already done for me.
Here is the pocket pinned in place. If you look very carefully, you can see the black pin heads. I attached it with a simple running stitch and then went over it again with another running stitch, filling in the gaps of the first. This strengthens the pocket and looks a little more finished. I added the button, hemmed the skirt and the whole thing took me about an hour, including stopping for photos.
Here is the finished skirt and the Goodwill T-shirt I plan to wear with it. A new summer outfit for a little less than $10.50, plus my time.