Skirt Alteration

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:

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I measured 21 1/2 inches from the waistband and cut with pinking shears.

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I saved part of the lower remnant to make a pocket.

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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.

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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.

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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.


7 thoughts on “Skirt Alteration

  1. Diane says:

    I’m on a hormonal balancing program and have lost 30 lbs already! Can’t wait to lose another 100 then I could shop at Goodwill and other places and get the deals you’re getting. I still have to shop at Pennington’s where the markup is just outrageous so I’ve learned to live with less.


  2. Diane says:

    Fawn, you have no search button on your website and I checked under recipes and I can’t find your recipe for homemade toothpaste. I had it, bought all the ingredients and made it but it was very oily — no body, so I think I made an error measuring the ingredients. Would you mind posting it again?


    • Fawn says:

      Yeah… I really need to get some young, techy person to help me out with really basic stuff. I am such a dinosaur…. But sorry, the toothpaste recipe is not mine. I have never made toothpaste. I do not know where you got the recipe.


      • Diane says:

        Oh dear, old age is creeping up. I thought it was yours because there’s only two sites I visit, the other being I’ll keep looking.


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