Continuing my obsession with this versatile colour, this grey and blue linen skirt came from the British Heart Foundation shop in Scarborough (£4.30).
The flower print is enhanced with gold and blue embroidery and sequins. It’s beautiful.
Unfortunately though, the grosgrain waistband was in really poor condition.
So that was the first thing that had to come off! The size was also much too big.
The waistband had been sewn either side of the skirt and lining and topstitched closed, so there wasn’t much seam allowance.
I pinned out the required amount at the side seam (the seam without the zip) and sewed it shut.
After re-finishing the edges, I trued up the hemline.
I made a new waistband by sewing together two lengths of grosgrain from my stash. It wasn’t quite as wide as the original waistband, but it does the job.
Here’s how it looks when topstitched.
I also had to make a new buttonhole. The original button was much to wide for the new thin waistband so that had to be replaced too (the new small black button was from an old garment). I put the button facing inwards and the buttonhole on the underlap. It’s a little fiddly to do it up that way, but it means it’s hidden when in use.
Here’s how it looks with my absolute favourite grey wool jumper (read more about where this jumper came from here). The skirt is already a permanent part of my wardrobe and has been worn many times – I forsee many more outings in its future, too!