Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

Unpoofing a Poofy Skirt

on May 5, 2014

I’ve had this skirt for a long time and I’ve hardly worn it. I don’t know when I’m going to stop making the same fashion mistakes. Like buying skirts that are too “poofy” or baggy. If I’m truly honest with myself, all this fashion does for me is emphasize my hips. Ugh, those blasted hips! And it was too long, which automatically makes things 10 times worse.

Anyway, last summer I hemmed the skirt to above knee and then put it away again til now.I wanted to keep it because I almost NEVER wear pants and in the summer I literally live in skirts and dresses. Shorts are really not my thing either. I know, I think I’m a rare breed. I just do not find pants comfortable at all and shorts? Forget it. Rarely do I wear them. Besides, it’s red! And I don’t have very many red pieces.

I don’t have a before picture of me wearing it prior to chopping the hemline, but here it is before I unpoofed it.

Excuse the sweatshirt and lack of makeup. It was kind of late at night when I did this.


No, I’m not trying to partially undress here, I lifted my shirt up to show the waistband. PS: sorry for the mess in my room-we’re repainting and there’s stuff EVERYWHERE!

I began by removing the gathered part of the skirt with my seam ripper.



Separation success!

Next, I measured how wide the new part needed to be. The zipper was on the other side of the skirt so I just left it the way it was.


With the original top portion of the skirt and lining intact, I laid it over the piece I just unpicked. See all the fabric? That’s a whole lotta yardage!

Pinned and sewed the new seam.


Then I prayed that the new piece would line up with the old piece-matching the side seams carefully. Attaching the new and old was a little tricky with the lining in the way. I kept getting mixed up which way was up, er I mean down, I mean right! Ever do that? Think you have it all figured out and realize you’ve sewn it all together upside down or backward or whatever? Luckily, that didn’t happen. Measure twice cut once and all that. i got it right the first time.

The final product.


I hope it warms up soon so I can take some outdoor shots.


I think it looks way better now.






2 responses to “Unpoofing a Poofy Skirt

  1. Much better! I wish I had your sewing/alteration skill. Karen


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