Sorted! It wasn’t as much work as I’d thought either:
I unpicked the zip on one side only, leaving a pin level with the waistband…moved it all down a tad, basted, re-stitched, and tweaked the hemline on one side to match t’other. A bit of hand sewing to catch down all the facings and do the hem, and voila! Wearable skirt.
With the bonus that it has deeeeeeeep pockets, and is nice and stretchy, with no waistband hardware to dig into my flab.
So then I thought I’d fix those ‘tap’ shorts. And did, thus:
I laid them out flat [ish] and more or less dropped a straight line down from the waist at the side seam. This brought the bottom edge in about 1 1/2″. So 3″ total width lost from each leg already.
I then unpicked a bit of the crotch seam, and took in another 3/4″ from the inside leg seams. This of course shortened the crotch a bit as well. A bit of overlocking, pressing, and re-hemming, and they’re good to go.
The linen is faintly scratchy, despite being pre-washed, so if these don’t relent after another wash, I may be forced to line them…
This shot with T shirt hitched is just to show that they do fit fairly nicely across the old gut.
I hope you’re honoured, I had to go shave my woolly shins for this!
So, I feel that I’ve rescued two out of the three mysteriously gigantic garments. I now need to get that dress cut out for my daughter if I’m going to get it up to Leeds on Friday..yikes!