Turn a conservative pencil skirt into a trendy skirt with a thigh-high slit for a night out on the town in just a few simple steps. Add a zipper to the length of the slit to make the skirt into a versatile fashion piece that can also be worn to school, to a business meeting or to a dinner at the in-law's house. You can add the slit to skirts made from a wide variety of materials, such as denim, cotton and silk, and adjust the length of the slit according to your preference.
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Things you need
- Seam ripper
- Measuring tape
- Sewing needle (or sewing machine)
Use a seam ripper at the bottom of the skirt on one side of the side seam. Rip the bottom hem open approximately ½ inch on either side of the side seam. You can create a thigh high slit in the right or left side seam.
Measure how high you would like the thigh-high slit. Place the measuring tape at the top of the skirt and measure down the side seam to 14 inches and make a mark on the seam with chalk. This length is equivalent to the length of an average miniskirt.
Open up the ripped bottom hemline and use a pair of scissors to open the seam line up the side of the skirt to the chalk mark on the seam.
Fold back ½ inch of fabric on either side of the slit and iron the fold in place. Use a small straight stitch to sew down the folds. You can sew the fold by hand or with a sewing machine. Reinforce the top of the slit with extra stitches to prevent the slit line from ripping higher.
Fold the ripped bottom hemline back over and sew it back in place.
Add the zipper to the slit line for a versatile skirt. Unzip the zipper and place the front side of the zipper against the wrong side of the skirt fabric along the slit line. Pin the zipper in place, beginning at the bottom of the zipper and pinning up both sides of the zipper. Sew the zipper in place using a small straight stitch.
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