After my recent ruthless wardrobe spring clean, I've decided to give a couple of summer skirts a second chance to redeem themselves. Poor skirts, they're lovely, but I never wore them once last summer. The reason? They're hemmed at exactly the wrong length, so I always feel a bit mumsy in them. So this afternoon I gritted my teeth (you know how much I hate doing alterations) and sorted them out. They're both made from the same vintage A-line skirt pattern - McCall's 7978 from the 1960's.
For the green one, I took a straight two inches off the hem. Not too painful.
Before: nice but a bit sensible looking
After: shorter and sassier
For the floral skirt, I made the same two inch hem adjustment but then decided I didn't like the waistband so off it came.
Before: I don't look convinced do I?!
After: neater, more fitted and hopefully more wearable
I really couldn't be bothered making a facing to finish the top edge, which is how I finished the green one originally. Instead I used a trick I used on one of the first skirts I ever made, I simply attached a length of bias binding to finish the waist edge. Nice and neat and super quick too.
I think these skirts will get a lot more wear now that they're a better length on me. They're both underlined with cotton muslin, so in the unlikely event it warms up over the summer, they should be nice and cool. I'll probably wear the grey floral one more than the green one, just because it has a bit more pizazz. It's a bit trickier to style though - I think I need a plain red top. Maybe a fitted shirt? Or a T shirt? Or this little number that found its way into my shopping basket recently. I think it would be welcomed into my wardrobe with open arms...!
Right, that's my good will towards handmade garments well and truly exhausted. Happy weekend! x
Excuse my bouffant hairdo in the 'after' photos, I've just had it cut and it hasn't settled down yet!