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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Newbie help: How to resize B5285 ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Newbie help: How to resize B5285
Despite accurate waist measurement, enormously too big!
Alexigente
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Date: 9/16/12 4:25 PM

Since I have a 33" waist, I cut a size 18 in the above skirt. It came out enormous. That said, when I took some photos of it and really looked at it, it looked like all the extra fabric was in the back but the front actually fit.

So I took it apart and took 6" out of the back piece and re-basted it. It looks great and now fits at the waist and at the back. I still can't figure out why it was so big other than while my waist IS 33", I have small hips and a flat butt so maybe that's why it came out so big? I'm new at this.

Anyway, since it looks good I'm ready to cut it down. But I can't mentally get over the fact that in taking all of the fabric only out of the back - even though on the basting it looks like the side seams are still truly at my side, isn't it going to be weird to have that back piece so much smaller than the front piece or will my round belly make up for that? Here are some photos here:

Original/pre-trying to make it smaller:



Back - obviously way too big. Unfortunately I only have the 'humor' shot.



Basted with 6" out of back (ignore pockets - they're fine just basted out of the way and towards front - will be fine). Should I be taking it out of the back and then tapering down both sides back to center? Or is all reduction on back piece okay and will work?!


Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions!
-- Edited on 9/16/12 4:25 PM --

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Date: 9/16/12 5:30 PM

Did you buy the pattern by your hip size? You can then adjust for the waist.

The skirt does look good with that pretty blue.

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Date: 9/16/12 6:14 PM

That's really pretty! Love the fabric and the pleats.

As long as your alterations don't distort the grainline and the skirt still falls straight, what you did sounds fine. :)

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Date: 9/16/12 8:33 PM

I have a similar problem but mine is caused by a middle-age tummy and a thicker waist than normal. It throws my hip size off and if I cut a pattern based on my hip measurements, it is way too big. It sounds like you need to go with your hip size and adjust the waist. It sounds like you did ok to fix this. It is really cute.

Alexigente
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Date: 9/16/12 9:01 PM

Thank you. It just seemed like a weird way to adjust but it looked okay - I thought I'd check in with some more-expert folks to make sure I wasn't breaking some sort of cardinal rule LOL. The lucky thing is that I bought that fabric to make a dress so if I mess any part of this up, I have enough fabric to make an entirely new skirt. So plenty of wiggle room for fixing stuff.

I'm remaking the waistband to be wider as well and with a button closure (instead of hook and eye). With covered buttons. Never redone a waistband so you may be hearing more from me sooner than later.

Thanks for the help and encouragement!

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Alley

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Date: 9/16/12 9:12 PM

Well one last thing that I just thought of. If you took a significant amount out of the back, where would your side seams fall? Would they still be on the side? If not, you will need to also adjust the front.
Skirts usually are pretty easy to adjust.

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Date: 9/17/12 9:00 AM

Marie,

I was looking at a store-bought skirt the other day that I've had for years (it's set in its ways). It seems like my side seams typically pull to the front and then even out at the hip. So I'm going to try to replicate that here. Take the 6" out of the waist (from the back) down to just above the hip and then go to 3" and 3" from each side (graduating to that from the initial adjustment). I'll post final pictures if you want!

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Date: 9/17/12 9:10 AM

Yes please post a picture. That sounds like it should work.
It is very cute!

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Date: 9/18/12 8:38 PM

What pretty fabric! Love the picture of your new "wine carrier", too>

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