For this project, I used white thread, a seam ripper, scissors, a white zipper, pins and a sewing machine. A button is optional.
To start, I took my scissors and cut the skirt open where it had been sewn together.
Then, I measured it on myself to see if I had extra room (which I did). I made a mental note where the seam was going to be now and then took the skirt off and pinned up a seam on the cut edge up until where I would put the zipper in and I notched it. Then, I sewed up the seam to the notch.
Next, I basted the zipper into place then top stitched it on the sewing machine.
I didn't add a button on the side as the zipper that I had added came all the way to the top.
Last, I took out the pleats that had been sewn down with this "X" mark as they no longer hit where they should and there was fabric (instead of cuts) underneath.
And here is the finished product! It just needs to be pressed then I can wear it.
Estimated time for this project: one evening or about two hours. I actually did it over the course of several evenings because I didn't have time to sit down and do it in one shot. Most of the time was in basting the zipper into place as I hate sewing by hand.
- You can change the size of almost any wrap skirt as long as there is fabric underneath like this one had. If the fabric stops at the overlap, you are out of luck.
- Most skirts have a button on the waistband to fasten it shut. I am still considering going back and adding one. I didn't as the zipper went all the way to the top but I am sure that I can think of something.
- If you find a wrap skirt that doesn't fit, it can always become a cushion cover. Or a tube top.