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American Eagle Mini Refashion – Pinstriped to Pristine!

On this skirt remake, I started with a pinstripe American Eagle mini skirt from Salvation army for $4.99,

Pinstriped and pretty!
Pinstriped and pretty!

and a checkered Max brand skirt for $1.25 from Goodwill.  The pinstripe skirt had a faded dirty pink ribbon belt that was literally crumbling at the touch.  The Max brand skirt was too short (sorry, I didn’t get a picture)

#1. I pinned the checkered skirt to the bottom of the pinstriped skirt.

#2. I sewed the skirts together.

#3. I cut off the top of the Max plaid skirt for later use…it’s got some really cute button and embroidery lines, so keep an eye out for it!

#4. I formed a renewed ribbon belt with vintage buckles.  We added Velcro to the back side of the ribbon, so it’s adjustable!

Perky skirt for fall!
Perky skirt for fall!

Wow!  I love it now! The sober pinstripe pattern looks good paired with the exuberant checkered pattern. I paired this with a flower-patterned shirt.

Total Time: 20 min.

Talent Level: Intermediate

Total Cost $6.24

Turning heads!
Turning heads!

If you feel like you cannot live without this cutie, we know how you feel, and we’ve listed it on Etsy for you!

What do you think? Pinstriped American Eagle before or Pristine after?

You choose!
You choose!

Vote in the poll to let us know what you think and leave your comment love for us below!

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Skirt Alert – Ombre Skirts

For today’s skirt alert, I decided to do three ombre skirts. I love ombre, especially on skirts!

ombre blue skirt

1. Athleta blue ombre skirt

This is a beautiful ombre maxi skirt that looks like it would be sooo comfortable! I would wear this with brown flats and a brown tee.

peach ombre anthropologie skirt

2. Anthropologie peach ombre skirt.

I loooooove the lace detail that fades down into a gradual ombre! so classy! I would wear this with brown pumps and a white button-down top.

anthropologie ombre skirt

3. Anthropologie blue giraffe skirt.

The giraffes on this skirt are so adorable!!! I love the tie, and the way the color is darker at the top of the skirt instead of the bottom. I would pair this with black flats and a black button-down blouse.

Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Alert!

Always be exciting,

Allegra

 

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Brown Thrift Store Skirt Refashion – Color Block to Color POP!

thrift store skirt refashion

On this remake, I started with a brown and white color block skirt from Goodwill for $2.50.

Goodwill skirt
Looking a little tired!

It was very cute and stylish with two pleats in the back and front. Color block skirts are really in now, and so I knew that even though it was tired, I could work with it.  The skirt reminded me of this skirt from Old Navy

old navy color-block skirt

or this skirt from Piperlime.

lime colorblock piperlime skirt

The only problem was that it wasn’t all that eye-catching, kind of boring, actually. I had this cute stash of three-layered lace from St. Vincent that I had been wanting to use, and this was the perfect opportunity.

Here’s what I did:

  1. I sewed the pink lace around the bottom of the skirt.
  2. I sewed two matching pink bows at the top of each of the pleats in the front.
thrift store skirt refashion
Ta Da!

There! This is a really easy remake to do to spice up a boring skirt! I love the way the ribbon and lace pair to make a cuter and more flirty skirt.

Kickin' up my heels for joy!
Kickin’ up my heels for joy!

I paired the skirt with a ruffled white button-down blouse and brown pumps. It could also be paired with a casual pink or white tee and sandals or flip-flops for a more casual look.

Worn out no more!
Worn out no more!

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $3.50 (Picked up the matching ribbon for $1)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Color Block to Color POP!
Color Block to Color POP!

So what do you think?  Did you prefer the Color Block before or the Color POP after? Vote in the poll and leave us some love in the comments below!  Since my closet is getting a little stuffed, I am selling this skirt on Etsy here.

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Always be exciting,

Allegra

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Skirt Designer – Style Studio App Skirts

These are some skirts that I designed on Style Studio, which is an awesome fashion design app by the creators of Fashion Star (Aria posted some designs from fashion star HERE).

wavy blue style studio skirt1. The Optical Illusionista skirt

I used a optical ‘waves’ fabric in periwinkle and yellow and blue. I added an large orchid pattern across the front to make it more interesting and modern. I would wear this with a white button-down shirt and brown or pastel flats.

denim butterfly style studio skirt2. The Denim Butterflies skirt

On this one, I shortened the skirt pattern used in #1, and used a stonewashed denim fabric in dark blue. I added a spray of flowers and butterflies across the front, which if I was selling this skirt, I would totally embroider on. I would wear this skirt with a v-neck hot pink or bright green tee, and matching flip-flops.

pink style studio skirt3. The Candy Butterfly skirt

I used  a simple skirt design for this one, and added the standard stripes in light pink and white, slanting them to the left. I added a graphic butterfly in the same color of pink. I would wear this with a white square-neck tee and pink flats or espadrilles.

blue and yellow style studio skirt4. The Color-block Butterfly skirt

I know, I know, I’m obsessed with butterflies! I shortened the skirt pattern used in #1, and applied the varying stripes fabric pattern in dark blue and yellow, which I love as summer colors. Finally I added a yellow and a blue butterfly just because! I would wear this with a yellow scoop-neck tee and dark blue sling-back straw wedges.

Always be exciting,

Allegra

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Black & White Thrift Store Skirt Refashion – Pathetic to Purple Perfection

Thrift store skirt

We picked up this little black & white floral number at a thrift store for $2.00.  It was cute on its own, but when Aria tried it on she felt it was rather pathetic!  See this post for a reminder on why she and her legs don’t like above-the-knee skirts!  But she loved the fit of the super wide elastic waistband, and wanted us to expand it into something she loved!   Time for a thrift store skirt refashion!

She loved it until she put it on!
She loved it until she put it on!

Step 1: Aria’s favorite color is purple, and she saw a hint of that in this skirt and wanted to really bring it out, so we kept that in mind.  First we added an eyelet layer leftover from a white tiered skirt.

Step 2: From my fabric stash, we found a black fabric embroidered with purple designs, so we cut out a strip and sewed it to the bottom of the white eyelet layer.

Step 3: We had an old dressing table skirt in just the exact shade of light purple we needed, and cut out a strip, sewed it on taking tucks as we went to ease the fullness.

Step 4: Sewed on some black lace leftover from a bridesmaid dress sewing project!

Step 5:  Added 2 lines of light purple lace that we picked up at a different thrift store that happened to be our exact shade!  We got a whole bag of lace scraps for $1.50!

Thrift store skirt refashion!
See all those lovely layers?

What do you think of it now?  Aria loves it for sure!

This skirt was really full to begin with and adding the extra layers made it positively twirl worthy!

Time to twirl!
Time to twirl!

Total Time: 2 hours

Total Cost: $3.50

Talent level: Intermediate seamstress

Pretty purple perfection!
Breaking all the material rules!

With this refashion, we wanted to show you how you can use other fabrics that are unusable and breathe new life into them, not just skirts!

Thrift Store refashion

So what do you think?  Did you prefer the pathetic before or the purple perfection after?  Vote in the poll, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Skirt FACTsination – The Pencil Skirt (Part 1)

WWI had an effect on fashion because of the fabric shortage.  A shorter calf length skirt replaced the hobble skirt.

Pencil-Skirt-1

In 1940, Christian Dior designed the first pencil skirt, which is like a knee length hobble skirt. The women welcomed this after the shapeless flapper skirt, because it showed their curves. Corsets became stylish again because they enhanced the pencil skirts shape. Tunics were also fashionable to wear with pencil skirts. Pencil skirts were also very fashionable with celebrities, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly are a few of the many who loved them. In fact pencil skirts were so fashionable that they are still worn today.

Get flirty with skirts,

Aria

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Brown Floral Skirt – Lackluster to Linen Loveliness!

On this skirt remake, I started with two pieces with potential that just weren’t cutting it yet. The first was a tan corduroy mini skirt.

Mini mess!
Mini mess!

I don’t like that length, so the miniskirt wasn’t working.  Cost $2.50 at a thrift store.

See the ruffle with potential?
See the ruffle with potential?

The second was a knee length brown floral skirt – a linen piece with tiny wooden beads. The length was ok, and I loved the ruffle underneath, but I thought it would be much nicer paired with the mini.  Cost $2.00 again, a thrift store.

Pretty beads that need a little work.
Pretty beads that need a little work.

1. I pinned the brown floral skirt to the underneath of the corduroy one.

2. I sewed the brown florta skirt in place, and cut off the waistband.

Hello cute, cute combo!
Hello cute, cute combo!

Look at it now! This is my favorite kind of thrift store remake skirt, a ten-minute, easy winner that is doubly cute afterwards. It is adorable dressed up with a button-down top and heels, or dressed down with a plain blouse and flats.

See the adorable corduroy embroidery pocket deal!
See the adorable corduroy embroidery pocket detail?

Total time: 10minutes

Total cost $4.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Lackluster to Linen Loveliness!
Lackluster to Linen Loveliness!

Now it’s your turn!  What do you think?  Lackluster before or linen loveliness after?  Vote in the poll and then let us know in the comments below.

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Always be exciting,

Allegra.

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90s Theme Week – Skirt Alert…Yes you can go back (if you want to!)

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

We got so nostalgic for the 90s this week, we thought you might too!  And so we scoured high and low for some vintage 90s skirts for sale that you could wear today, if you wanted!  Who knows, maybe you’ll buy one and choose to remake it for an updated look.  Be sure to share photos with us if you do!

Click on each photo and it’ll take you to the Etsy shop where you can buy your own little piece of the 90s!

green riding skirt

This suede green number oozes 90s aura from the suede covered buttons to the high waisted fit!

short abstract print

 Remember the one size fits most skirts?  Yep, that’s what we have here!  And the crazy abstract print…remember that?  I think I wore one of these in the 90s, and wore it out!

black iris

This skirt’s floral pattern is so very, very 90s.  I’m sure my mom had one almost exactly like it.  And it was rayon too, of course!

red swing

Twirly skirts, here we come…all the way back to the 90s and swing class!  Swing class?  Well that’s certainly a blast from the past!  And the denim vest…yep, had one of them too!

silk

As a 100% silk skirt, this one slithers and slides its way into our 90s recollections just nicely!  The snakeskin print is oh so 90s too!

Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Alert!  What do you think…wanna go back, or glad to be in the 21st century?  Let us know in the comments!  Until next week,

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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90s Theme Week – Another 8th grade graduation dress – Obsolete to Out of this World!

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

My mom (Audrey) wore this dress for her eighth-grade graduation ceremony.

Way back in the 90s!
Way back in the 90s!

Awful, isn’t it? Sooooooooo 90’s from the HUGE glasses to the clip-on shoe bows. It had been hanging in my closet for a few months before I decided to make it into something more…wearable, shall we say?

Here are the steps.

#1. I cut the waistband off of a skirt that was too small and too short. (Sorry I haven’t got a before picture)

#2. I cut the top off of the dress, and gathered what was left until it fit the waistband that I had cut off.

#3. I sewed the dress bottom to the skirt waistband.

Welcome to the 21st Century!
Welcome to the 21st Century!

Now doesn’t it look nice? It still looks vintage, but it doesn’t look old anymore.

Vintage and cute!
Vintage and cute!

Total cost: $0!

Total time: 2 hours  (It was my first ever remake!)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

A whole new lease on life!
A whole new lease on life!

This is a great way to keep and enjoy and outdated but memorable piece of clothing.

So what do you think?  Past or present?  Obsolete or Out of this World?  Vote in the poll and then comment to let us know what you think!

Can you guess which is which?
Can you guess which is which?

Past or present? Obsolete or Out of this World? Your choice!

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Always be exciting,

Allegra.

This is Audrey popping in to say…that dress was pretty cool when I was wearing it, and the 90s don’t feel like all that long ago!  But Allegra did a beautiful job here, don’t you think so too?!

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90s Theme Week – Popular 90s clothing designers

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

For 90’s week, I decided to post a few pics of skirts from 90s designers. Hold on to your seat belts!!!

Tie-Dye!
Tie-Dye!

1. Dolce and Gabbana skirt

This fun tie-dye skirt looks best high on the waist.  I think that it would be cute with a fun tucked-in button-down shirt and wedges.

High waists was a 90s thing!
High waists was a 90s thing!

2. Jean Paul Gaultier pencil skirt.

I love this design, and the colors chosen. The stripes help to accentuate the curves and make one look long and slender. I would wear this with a short-sleeve button-up shirt with ruffles at the neck and yellow pumps.

Suit skirt combo!
Suit skirt combo!

3. Jil Sander suit.

This is a stunning cold-weather suit that looks good with the Prada pumps on the model.

Remember wrap skirts?
Remember wrap skirts?

4. Jil Sander wrap skirt.

This chestnut wrap skirt is perfect for cooler weather and is easily dressed up or down. It would be eye-catching with a white turtleneck and flats.

Bet this one cost a pretty penny!
Bet this one cost a pretty penny!

5. Silver chain mail Versace skirt.

This skirt is very unique in design. I personally would not wear this flashy of a skirt, but the chain-mail design is very intriguing.

Bright, bright skirt!
Bright, bright skirt!

6. Versace pencil skirt.

This is my favorite of all of them. I find print on a skirt very fun; I think that we tend to get into the print-on-the-shirt-and-only-on-the-shirt rut too often. This rare ‘Miami Florida USA’ print is exciting on a pencil skirt.

These skirts show that a good design can be timeless. Even a 90s design!!!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra