Ok, I forgot to take a before photo – these things happen – but I didn’t change the skirt so much that you can’t guess what it looked like before.
I love old granny type skirts (having said that my gran would never wear this in a million years). Charity shops are full of them and they’re always well made, warm, but a really unflattering length. I hacked off about 6 inches from the bottom an re-hemmed it. I also added an elasticated gathered pocket. I need pockets you see, and so much of my clothing doesn’t have any, I end up carrying my bag around with me at work all the time. I believe this might be the start of a mass empocketing campaign…
Here’s a little how-to for the pocket.
I cut up a vintage embroidered tray cloth to make the pocket (did I hear a sharp intake of breath? I know, I nearly wept myself but I have hundreds of these and they are two a penny at my local Sally Army) It is about 9 1/2” wide and I cut it so I had enough unembroidered fabric to hem.
I then turned it over and ironed, pinned and sewed a casing big enough for 1/2” elastic.
I tied the elastic to a safety pin and pulled it through. I pinned the elastic to one end with a little poking out. I then sewed through all layers in line with the scalloped edge – about 1/4” in.
After trimming the end neat with the scalloped front, I gathered the elastic so the top measured 5” – just large enough for a hand.
I pinned the open end of the elastic casing and sewed through all layers and trimmed the end neat.
And you’re done!