Wednesday, September 12, 2012

DIY Style: How To Widen Hip Seams

I almost forgot about this little quick tutorial! I found this summery Escada skirt (seen here) at the consignment shop recently and decided the hips needed to be widened just a little bit. Though the waistband could've been taken in (with this tutorial), I didn't feel like putting that much effort into it. I frequently look for European or USA made clothing and vintage items since the quality is so much better. They usually offer generous seam allowances enabling easy alterations. So here's how I let out the hips:

Step 1
I marked my skirt with pins the sections I thought needed to be widened. Using tailor's chalk, I transferred the marks about 3/8 of an inch from the side seam (I wanted 1.5 inches total let out of the widest part of the hips). With my French curve, I sketched a new side seam on the inside of both sides of the skirt and lining and gently tapered towards the waist and hem.

Step 2
I sewed the new seams along the chalk line (both sides of skirt and lining). Merging the new stitches with the old at the tapered points, I backstitched a few times to lock the stitches in place.

Step 3
I cut open the old stitching and pressed the new side seams with a hot iron. After that, I hand washed the skirt to remove the fabric creases and old stitch holes.

And that's all there was to it! Please excuse the wrinkles; the skirt is cotton and I was wearing it for quite a while before photographing.


Nicoleta_B said...

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Amy said...

thanks for sharing!


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Anonymous said...

Love it :) I'm getting inspired to do my own DIY

Anonymous said...

You have such mad wonder you always look so fantastic!

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Meredith said...

You're so talented. Love that skirt!

Marisa @ Broke with Designer Taste said...

This is awesome! The skirt looks amazing on you! I actually have pile of altering projects myself! Great inspiration for what I will do :)


Always Maylee said...

I wish I was good at sewing. Great DIY!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Holly Tsang said...

That skirt was SO worth going through the trouble of altering it.

Alela Sirah said...

It is always a joy when you have the seam allowance to do this! Great tip!

Am2Pm Chic said...

Great job, thanks for sharing. I wish I have sewing machine at home.

Elizabeth Keene said...

It's so amazing that you know how to do your own alterations! I pay way to much to my tailor but maybe I'll consider learning myself. Great post!

LyddieGal said...

what a great tutorial! I love the fun print on the skirt, and it's great that you were able to adjust it to work for you.
I'll have to keep this in mind next time i see a skirt in the thrift store that is a little too tight!

Chic on the Cheap

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

this is great- i never even thought to do this!!

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