How to Put Side Slits in a Skirt

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How to Put Side Slits in a Skirt

How to Put Side Slits in a Skirt
An Issho side slit skirt design on the runway at the Gen Art show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Getty Images

Put side slits in a skirt to show off a little leg. This is a great way to refresh an old skirt or to give more room to a skirt that is too snug on your knees. These instructions require minimal sewing experience.

Materials:

  • Scissors (probably a small pair of embroidery scissors, or a pair you use for fine, detailed work)
  • Medium sized sewing needle
  • Thread – The thread should closely match the skirt fabric (unless the look you're going for calls for a contrasting or different color)
  • Straight pins (to pin the seam while you measure the length)
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • (Optional)  Seam ripper

Gather your supplies and you're ready to inspect the seam. Whether you're repairing a damaged seam or creating a new one, take your time so you don't tear out too many stitches. 

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Measure and Mark the Seam

Mark the top of where the slit will start with a marking tool such as tailors' chalk (which leaves only a temporary mark). Use your measuring tape to measure the length of the slit you want to sew, then pin the seam to prepare it for sewing.

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Open the Bottom Hem

Put Side Slits in a Skirt
Undo the hem at the side seams. Rain Blanken

Locate the side seams on the skirt. Using your seam ripper (or scissors), remove the seam stitching in the bottom hem of the skirt where it meets the side seam. You will only need to undo enough of the hem to get to the side seam. Go slowly so that you don't rip too much of the seam.

You are opening the bottom hem so that you can open the side seam. 

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Remove the Side Stitching

Put Side Slits in a Skirt
Use a seam ripper to remove the side seam. Rain Blanken

Unfold the bottom hem and start to remove the stitching from the side seam of the skirt with your seam ripper. Cut a little bit of the seam thread to show a small portion of your leg, or go higher to show a bit more. After loosening a few inches, put the skirt on to check if you have opened the seam as high as you'd like. 

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Iron the Sides of the Slit

Put Side Slits in a Skirt
Iron the side flaps down. Rain Blanken

With your skirt inside out, lay the sides of the seam flat and iron them down. This will make sewing much easier when you re-sew the sides of the seams you've torn out. 

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Sew the Sides

How to Put Side Slits in a Skirt
Sew the side flaps all the way up to finish the edges. Rain Blanken

Refold the bottom hem. Sew along the flaps on each side of the slit, from the bottom to the top of each side of your new side slit. Tie off the thread at each end to prevent unraveling. The large stitch in the photo more easily shows where to sew, but ideally, you'll use a smaller stitch to camouflage your work.

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See the Finished Skirt

How to Put Side Slits in a Skirt
Learn how to put side slits in a skirt for some drama. Rain Blanken

You can put a large slit in just one side, or try two small slits in each side. Large side slits are great for wearing with patterned tights. You can use this technique on longer skirts and dresses too for a sophisticated evening look.