How to Make a Skirt Waist Smaller


Taking a skirt to a tailor to make the waist smaller can be an expensive proposition. However, some alterations are not difficult and can be done at home with a minimum amount of experience. Making a skirt waist smaller is a task that can be accomplished by even a novice seamstress.

Things You'll Need

  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Determine the amount of waistline to alter by turning the garment inside out and putting it on.

  • Starting at the top of the waist, fasten the skirt down the side seams with straight pins to the desired fit; then, carefully take off the garment without disturbing the pins.

  • Sew a straight stitch with your sewing machine on the inside of the straight pins to secure the seams on both sides of your garment. Reinforce the alteration by sewing a 1/4-inch width in reverse at the top and bottom of the new seam.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leave the original seam in tact in case you need to increase the waistline in the future.
  • Skirts with a constructed waistband need to be disassembled before they can be altered. Therefore, they are better altered by an experience tailor.

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