Last week I gave myself a foot injury by falling down some stairs. An evident cracking sound meant that I had broken a bone and this was only confirmed in X-rays the next day. Luckily, nothing was out of alignment so no cast was needed. Nonetheless, I was on crutches for the week, which put a damper on any DIY plans around the house for the weekend. What’s a passionate DIY-er to do with a bum foot who couldn’t go outside to play? I decided I’d sit at the sewing machine all weekend; keep off the bum foot, y’know.
I had a bag of clothes that needed mending, and I’m not exactly proud to admit that it’d been sitting in my closet for well over a year. Most of it needed minor attention: sleeves shortened, tank top straps shortened, pockets reinforced, etc. Taking care of those minor, but important details made me feel like I had new clothes to wear. Who doesn’t love that, right?
One of my biggest sewing projects was this tweed skirt I purchased many, many, many…. many years ago.
I bought it because I really like tweed and the color was quite unusual for tweed. It must’ve been on sale too. However, I really never felt comfortable wearing it. It always seemed too frumpy on me. The skirt was also longer in the back and I just don’t think A-line skirts look all that great on me.
I pulled a pencil skirt from my closet (that fits me perfectly) to use as a template for this redesign. Firstly, I lined the hems up as the pencil skirt is longer than the tweed skirt. I would’ve like to turn the tweed into a pencil skirt, but it just wasn’t long enough.
In case the template moved during pinning, I drew a chalk outline first. After, I stuck in a few pins.
I cut about 3/4″ from the chalk line and sewed along the chalk line. As this skirt was lined, I sewed the lining separately as that’s how the original construction was.
As I mentioned, the back of the skirt is longer than the front, but I wanted to make the hem all the same length. I cut the back to match the length of the front.
It’s hard to see in this photo because the thread is black, but I sewed at the hem about 1/4″ from the cut edge to match the front hem.
Then I roughed up the edge to gently fray it to match the front.
Here’s my redesigned tweed skirt!
Don’t you think the fit is much better than before?
In case you forgot what it looked like before, here’s a Before and After side by side.
Total time: It took about two hours due to the need of sewing the lining separately from the tweed. Also, I’m not very proficient at sewing. (Experts, please do not laugh at my amateur tutorial.)
Total cost: Nothing!