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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tightwad Tuesday: Modest'izing A Slit Skirt

I had heard of this skirt alteration when I went to a family homeschool camp just over 5 years ago and I decided to try it. I was tired of how high the slits were and wanted a more modest alternative. I was very happy with my results and I will for sure be altering other skirts soon. A couple of things I learned...
  • don't pick too stiff of fabric for the slit panel
  • and if you want a wider slit panel use a medium light fabric for the slit panel so it will hang nicely.

What you will need....
  • a slit skirt
  • a 1/2 yard piece fabric of choice.( I suggest one that isn't very stiff)
  • Thread to match the color of the skirt ( Walmart sells a Denim thread )
  • sewing machine
  • strait pins
I was given a light orange corduroy skirt that was too small but perfect colour match to alter the slit on my garden skirt. Plus it was a perfect skirt to try this out on because it is a work skirt that didn't matter too much if it wasn't perfect the first try. [o=

First things first was I had to take apart the corduroy skirt. If you are not up-cycling some fabric then you need about a 1/2 a yard of fabric.

  • Lay the fabric under your slit and decide how wide a panel you want
  • and add two inches
  • cut out your triangle
  • zig zag around out edge
  • lay back under slit
  • pin baste
  • try it on to see if you like it but be-careful not to get poked.
  • if you like it then sew with the right sides facing up.
I used the bottom of the orange skirt to line up the jean skirt so I didn't have to do more hemming but if you are using fabric that doesn't already have a hem then I suggest to pre- hem it.

When I used this corduroy it was too heavy of a fabric for a wide panel and I didn't like how it hanged. So I ripped it all out and made the triangle more narrow. After I did that I liked it a lot better. This is why I suggest to audition your panel before you sew. What ever you sew so shall you rip, lol.

I wore my skirt all yesterday in our major garden work and loved it. I was very happy with my work. Also this alteration is very easy and quick. A wonderful way to alter all those pretty skirts you find in those second hand stores.

I am also joining my friend Trish in...


  1. Great job! I like the colors you chose.

  2. Mary,

    Now you have a "new" skirt! :) I like the orange with the denim color. The two colors compliment each other quite well. You did a great job!

    There is NO way that I could have done this, since I know NOTHING about sewing. However, I did enjoy seeing the process. :)

    -L. Rose

  3. Oh Mary....it is so pretty! :-)

    You have done a wonderful job...what joy it is to sew for oneself -

    Lots of love sweet friend,

    Mrs. M.

  4. Very nice! Great idea! Thanks for the info!
    Have a great day!

  5. Mary, I may just try this, but with hand-sewing. I've hand-sewn a panel into a dress where the vee neck was a teensy bit too low, and I mostly like the results. I can wear the dress now! Thanks for sharing.


  6. Great job, Mary!
    It's a pain when you find a nice skirt but the slit is huge!
    I try to close the gap as much as possible without ruining the shape of the garment, but an inserted panel is much better :-)
    Well done!

  7. Not only did you fix the slit issue, but it is prettier with the addition of the fabric and color. I really love this idea.

  8. Thanks for the great step-by-step suggestion, Mary! What a good idea. It helps a lot to see it done, as well as learn from your mistakes. I'll definitely be giving this a try.

    Back when my mom was teaching me to sew, she called this kind of an insert a "gusset." Wonder if that still applies today??

    I'd love to sit at your table today with some tea and do something crafty together. :-) You're just a tad too far, so consider the warm thought anyway.

    God bless you!

  9. Hey Mary
    Thank you for linking this post up to LACE today!
    A lovely surprise and a blessing :-)
    love and hugs..Trish

  10. nOw It LooKs so Cool..

  11. I love this idea since I am not a big fan of slits, even though my skirts are long.

    There are reasons why we buy long skirts to begin with, and most skirt slits tend to nullify those reasons!

  12. Thank you for your post, I am glad I found your site, I love the way you have changed your skirt. I often see skirts that are so pretty but the split is way too high, the inserted fabric is a great idea, I want to try this for myself. Thank you for posting
    Blessings Nell


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