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DIY Ballerina Costume & German Girl Costume – Skirt Costume Theme Week

DIY ballerina costume

Okay, so chances are if you have a little girl to outfit for a costume, chances are she’s going to want to be a ballerina or some variation thereof (ballerina fairy, dancing princess, etc.!)  Well, the great news is that a ballerina costume is very easy to put together, and cheap with no sewing required either!   We put together a costume for Annie with items we had on hand!

DIY ballerina costume

Ballerina happiness!

We took a suit Annie wears for her gymnastics class and added a tutu.  That’s. It.  The rest of the effect if achieved with duo ponytails, matching red ribbons and a cute smile!  If you have ballet slippers in the house, by all means add them to the ensemble too!

DIY ballerina costume

Twirl-worthy!

Lots of spins and twirls make for a totally authentic costume!  See how easy that was?  And how happy she is?  Little girls are so easy to please with a ballerina costume!

DIY ballerina costume

Pensive, vintage ballerina!

Next we travelled across the ocean for a German girl costume.  Aria willingly modeled this one for us after she helped pick out the costume and accessories.

DIY German Girl Costume Guten-tag frauline!

She wore a white shirt, black skirt and green lace-up vest.  Again, super simple and easy, cheap and completely DIY!

DIY German Girl CostumeThis look could also be Dutch, Swedish, or any Scandinavian country!

The accessories on this one make the outfit.  Long braids wrapped around her ears, flowers in a pot and flowers in the hair!  You could also put the flowers in an oversized stein or whatever you happened to have on hand!

DIY German Girl Costume

Just check out that hairdo!

We hope you enjoyed these free, easy, no-sew, DIY costumes for girls.

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!  

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Lace History – Skirt Costumes Theme Week!

lace history

Today is Skirt Factsination day, and to tie it in with Costume Week, we are doing another one of our fabric series; Lace History!  Lace is a fabric that is patterned with open holes, and is made by machine or hand. Lace-making can go back very far, but true lace, lace that is created when a thread is looped independently from a backing, was not made until the 15th and 16th centuries. In those times, lace was made from linen, silk or gold and silver threads, but now lace is most commonly made with cotton or synthetic threads, although linen and silk are still used by some. Types of lace are classified how they are made. Needle lace is consisted is made using a needle and thread, is very time consuming, and is considered my some the height of lace-making. The finest antique needle laces were made with an extremely fine thread that is not manufactured today. There is also Knotted lace, Knitted lace, Machine-made, and Bobbin Lace, of which Chantilly lace is a type. I have included three costumes that have lace incorporated in them somehow.

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1. The Lace ballet skirt

I like this skirt because it is completely lace, and I like the asymmetrical design of it. I would wear this with black ballet tights and slippers, and a black leotard, or something like that, to make it tie in more as a ballerina.

lace history

2. The Maid Lace apron.

This is a pretty full apron, so I’m classifying it as a skirt! It has a beautiful long layer of lace at the bottom of the apron, and the collar is full lace. A maid costume is a good ‘easy and quick’ costume solution because all you need is a black skirt and shirt, and then a white apron and cap! Everyone knows what you are, and if you are in a pinch, it is a good costume. My mom was a maid at a Victorian tea party that we had once. She looked pretty good, because she made her own apron and cap, but it did look a little funny because she was pregnant and her apron had to have room for this bump!

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3. The lace Victorian skirt.

Wowzers! This, I think, is a real lace skirt from the Victorian era. If you could make one of these, you could just wear a regular long white dress under it, and your costume would be fabulous! The thing about this skirt is that it looks so delicate that you would have to be extremely careful when wearing it. I could do that, if I could have the skirt!!!

Well, leave a comment below, and let us know if you have a costume with lace on it!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!  

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Skirt Costumes Theme Week – Free Girl Costume Ideas

free girl costume idea

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, AND include skirts!  

Today we have two free girl costume ideas we are thrilled to share you! Number one is a gypsy costume that I helped Aria put together. Aria started with a long red velvet skirt that she doesn’t wear too often because it’s too ‘flashy’. Well, all the better for a costume, right! We put one of my large square scarves tied asymmetrically on top of the skirt. We added a puffy ruffled shirt to the outfit, and accessorized with a yellow knit blanket for a shawl, a faux diamond buckle belt, and a red ribbon headband. We think that the end result is a very realistic little gypsy!

free girl costume idea

So Cute!!

That was an easy costume! The best costume is one that you can make from just an everyday essential. Of course we had to have a kitty in one picture!

free girl costume idea

Here, Kitty Kitty Kitty!

 Remember we put this costume together with no sewing, for free with items we already had!  Aaaaaand another picture to showcase my photoshopping skills!

free girl costume idea Niiiiice!

For the second costume, Annie models ‘Robin Hooda’, a little girl Robin Hood version. She also started with one of her skirts, a little camouflage number from GAP kids. We put one of Aria’s shirts over that, as we were looking for a little puffiness in the shirt to create a tunic look. I fashioned a green costume dress into a little cape that I fastened with a blue clip-on rose. Annie accessorized with a brown ribbon belt, one of her brothers’ green felt hat with a feather, and a bow.

free girl costume idea

Little Huntress!

 Isn’t she soo cute! I love that these two costumes have been put together with no cost and new sewing at all! Annie is adorable in this outfit and she loved the final version!

free girl costume idea Taking a shot!

 The best costumes are the ones that you make yourself, and they are even better if they cost nothing!  We love to sew, but this week we’ve set aside the sewing machine, just to show you some free skirt costume ideas.  How did you enjoy those free girl costume ideas?    Leave us a comment about your own costume make in the comment section.

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Skirt Alert! Cello Skirts!

cello skirt


cello skirt

So, this week I am doing a Skirt Alert post about two of my favorite things, cello and Pinterest. Yes, I am actively involved in the cello scene 🙂 I love to play the cello, whether solo or in an orchestra. Any female cello player can tell you that there’s a certain skirt required to play the cello. It has to be moderately wide, to allow for the cello to fit between the knees, but not too short, and absolutely no pencil skirts unless you are just set on hurting yourself:) I have listed below five cello skirts from my board ‘Cello Skirts’ on Pinterest!

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  1. The Two-Tone Cello skirt.

This skirt is so cute! I love the solid black with the pure white at the bottom. The denim shirt is lovely paired with the skirt, and the pumps and belt are perfect accessories. This skirt is great for playing the cello in summer.

cello skirt

2.The Wool Cello skirt.

I adore the dark color, and the pleated style of this skirt! I would wear it with a cream long-sleeved shirt and a red vest with red or cream tights and brown boots. For a winter cello skirt, this one fits the ticket. Pleats are always good in a cello skirt because they allow for lots of width!

cello skirt

3.The Fluffy Aqua Cello skirt.

Oh. My. Goodness. It’s sooooooo fluffeh! I adore the way that this skirt looks with the skirt puffed out with petticoats! The leopard top is cute, although I might wear a shirt with a lace pattern. I like the nude shoes with this skirt, and the ensemble is perfect for an outdoor summer concert on the lawn!

 cello skirt

4. The Blue ASOS Cello skirt.

This looks like a super comfortable and feminine skirt! It has an elastic waist, and a beautiful flowy pattern. I like the shirt that it is paired with, and it would be cute with a pair of black pumps for a recital or concert.

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5.The Purple Chiffon cello skirt.

A big bow in the back! I adore the bow! This is the perfect skirt for your first big solo recital where you want to look fabulous! I would wear this with a fancy black blouse and black heels.

Well, there you go! Based off this, you can pick and choose the perfect cello skirts to complement your wardrobe! Give me some cello love in the comment section!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

 

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Guest Post – Denim mini packin’ Grandma Round 2

denim mini packin' grandma

Do you remember our denim mini packin’ Grandma B?  Well, she had a little surprise for us the other day, and she gave us permission to share it with you!  She is a very unique lady and very, very classy!  This classy dressing woman takes great pains with her appearance and always looks awesome!  Truly, if we could get her to use a computer, we would have her on the staff at Skirt Fixation as a first class style advisor!  Awhile back she brought over a denim mini and a lovely tiered green skirt and asked for our advice on putting the two together.  We should have snapped some before shots, but alas, we didn’t even think of it!  We’re not sure of her exact steps, but if you read this denim mini refashion, or this one, or this one, you’ll get a general idea on how she did it.  One thing she did tell us was that the denim mini fit a little snug around the hips, so she sewed the pockets shut and cut out the extra pocket material on the inside!  Smarty!  Anyway, here was the result!

denim mini packin grandma

 

Fancy Lady!

Do you see what we mean about fashionable?  I mean she has the accessories down to a T!  She paired it with a cropped white sweater, a wide black belt, nude sandals, and a scarf that pops!  Amazing!  We are just hoping that being this fashionable is genetic!

denim mini packin' grandma

Check out this version in sepia!  Can’t you just see this on the cover of some magazine?  Like Mary Jane’s Farm, or something!  Allegra loves to play around with photos using iPiccy, and she hit the nail on the head with this one.  Of course she had a great model and our beloved distressed building background!

Well, leave us and our denim mini packin’ Grandma B. some comment love!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Designer – Style Studio App with Aria

style studio app

Today  we are featuring some skirts Aria designed using the Style Studio app.

style studio app

For the first skirt, I started with simple skirt design, with no pattern or decorations.  I picked a pattern I liked and colored it blue.  Then I took a plain belt from accessories and colored it a lighter blue.  I like the clasp on the belt because it looks vintage.  I would wear this with a light blue shirt with ruffled sleeves.

style studio app

Look at this one by Ralph Lauren!  Who could wear this and not feel feminine?  I know the color clashes a little bit with the skirt, I’m just using this one for an example!  I wouldn’t really wear these two blues together!

style studio app

Black boots would look awesome too!  These are Gabor Astoria Knee High Leather boots.  They have a low heel for riding, and two adjustable metal buckles.  These are a perfect idea!  I mean how many times have you tried on just the cutest boot ever, but the calf was too big or too small?  Problem eliminated!  I think this outfit would be perfect for horse riding!  Seriously, have you see our board on Pinterest featuring horse riding skirts?

style studio app

Next I designed a knee-length, fun skirt!  I started with a ruffled skirt and added the cute, vintage floral design.  I then decided to add the pink flower to the top ruffle.

style studio app

I might wear this with a light blue turtleneck sweater, tucked in so you could see the flower.  Turtleneck sweaters and fall are like apples and pie, like the Fourth of July and fireworks, like Mom and Dad!  To keep warm below the knee, I would add pink leggings or thick tights.

style studio app

You could throw on a hat and gloves like these for added warmth!

style studio app

These cuties are from Land’s End, and if you’ve ever bought from Land’s End, you know that name is synonymous with good quality, warmth and good price.

style studio app

For shoes, clogs would be perfect!  These clogs are by Dansko in the color raisin.  They are a little more polished than their regular clogs, with a more tapered silhouette.  My Mom had a pair of Dansko Mary Jane clogs that she bought about 10 years ago, and they are still cute, comfortable, and in good condition!  I think this outfit would be perfect for a fall nature walk to look at all the gorgeous tree colors, followed by roasted marshmallows around a campfire just as it got dusk!

Get flirty with skirts!

Aria

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Denim Mini Makeover – Shaggy to Superb!

denim mini makeover

Today we have another denim mini makeover for you!  There’s nothing like finding a good denim mini to use as bones in a refashion to get our creative juices flowing!  This one we found at Goodwill for $1.25.  It is by Younique.  We just loved the studded detail around the waistband, and have been saving it for something special!  It only needed a trim around the bottom as it was getting kind of shaggy.  The rest of it was in great shape!  Well, today is the day for this one to come back into production!

denim mini makeover

 See the studs?

Next we found this really cute XL patterned dress by Rue 21.  It’s lovely blues and browns stir something in our blood, and we had to have it.  The price didn’t make it too hard to refuse either!  $3 at Salvation Army means it’s coming home with us!

denim mini makeover

No work-ey in this condition, but just you wait and see!

Here’s the steps!

Step 1:  Cut off shaggy bottom edges around bottom of denim mini.

Step 2: Cut off dress below brown trim.  Originally we hoped that this brown trim would work around the bottom of the denim mini, but it was elastic and too small.

Step 3: Pin and sew bottom of dress to bottom of (newly shaved!) denim mini.

Step 4: Cut a slit in underskirt of dress to ease it for walking purposes.  After all hobble skirts have gone out of style!

Step 5:  Hem slit in underskirt.

denim mini makeover

Ta-Da!  Here are the results of the denim mini makeover!  Aria loves this skirt and feels it’s perfect for fall weather.  She would suggest wearing it to a pumpkin patch to be inspired while picking out the perfect pumpkin!  Or for staying warm while roasting marshmallows over a bonfire after a hayride!

denim mini makeover

The cat thinks it’s a winner too!

Total Time: 40 minutes

Total Cost: $4.25

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

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Aria decided she could let this skirt go (with a sniff!) and it’s listed on ETSY for your favorite preteen to look superb this fall!  So now we need you to vote in the poll and leave us some comment love before you pop on over to our ETSY shop to see all the fabulous skirts listed there!

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Corduroy History

corduroy history

Today we continue our tour of fabric types and their history with some corduroy history and styles.  Legend has it that the term corduroy came from a 17th century English corruption of the French phrase  “corde du roi” or “cloth of the king!”  Corduroy is composed of twisted fibers that lie parallel to one another to form the distinct ‘cord’ pattern.  Corduroy is, in essence, a ridged form of velvet. Corduroy, however, is considered a durable cloth, and is commonly found in trousers, jackets, shirts, and skirts. In Europe, corduroy is commonly know simply as ‘Manchester’, or ‘Cord.’ I tend to think of corduroy in terms of horse riding, or pheasant hunting, a sportswoman’s fabric. Corduroy is enjoyable to wear in winter, as it is a heavier fabric, and comfortable and warm. Corduroy skirts tend to be made most prevalently in midi length, with pencil style as an overall trend. I found some cute corduroy skirts on Pinterest to list as examples.

corduroy history

1. The Olive corduroy skirt.

This is the classic corduroy skirt, businesslike, sleek, and warm. The nature of the fabric gives the pencil shape a bit of modesty, and the skirt looks professional enough for work, yet casual enough for hanging at home. I adore the way that corduroy looks with clogs, like shown on the model, but patterned tights and pumps would work for a business look.

corduroy history

2. The Caslon corduroy skirt.

Cute cute cute! I love the less fitted style of this skirt, and the flirty look of the pleat. I also like the large pockets and defined waistline, and the way that this skirt looks with the boots. Corduroy and boots are a definite winning pairing. This skirt’s shape makes it a bit more casual than the previous skirt, a perfect ingredient for a relaxing winter day.

corduroy history

3. The Holly Hills corduroy skirt.

Corduroy skirts tend to be made in darker and earthier colors that other fabrics, and this skirt is no exception. This skirt is almost an elongated version of the olive skirt, but with a bit looser shape. The skirt would be a good choice for lengthening your shape, and paired with burgundy tights and brown boots like those shown in the picture, you could be a stunning winter knockout!

corduroy history

4. The Long corduroy skirt.

I like this style of skirt, a very warm feeling color and style, almost along the lines of a denim maxi, with warmth that is perfect for chilly climates. Boots are a definite win with all corduroy skirts, but a pair of well-chosen clogs would be darling with this style.

I love corduroy skirts because of the warm feeling that they give me when I wear them or even look at them! We hope you enjoyed this little tour of corduroy history!  Share the love (of corduroy skirts) and leave us a comment in the comment section about what you love about corduroy skirts!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

 

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Will Sew For Food – U’s Skirt Update

will sew for food update

Okay, as promised, here is the update to our 1st Will Sew For Food customer!  Remember how we made U. a skirt from 2 that didn’t work for her?  And we promised to let you know what she thought?  Well, all that as promised today!  Here is our Will Sew For Food update!

So here was the original before and after photo.

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Well, the day I made this I got to thinking!  The skirts that U. saw and was hoping to replicate were these two.

denim mini copycat refashion

And something these two skirts have that U’s remake lacked is a denim ruffle around the bottom.  And here on my sewing table was sitting a whole bunch of remnant material that we’d cut off from the robot skirt!

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You’d probably already figured this out, but we took that leftover denim skirt and made a ruffle for the bottom of U’s skirt!  Also since she’d requested the skirt be really long, like 40 inches, and the after was sitting at about 38.5 inches, we just wanted to go the extra…inch! (or 2)  So we cut the bottom of the skirt into 3 inch strips, hemmed one side, pinned and sewed it on the bottom of the red skirt as a ruffle.  The results, you ask?

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Introducing…the ruffle!

We think this makes the skirt complete!  Before it was cute, but now it’s simply smashing!  So the ruffle added about 30 more minutes, bringing the total time up to 1.5 hours.  Part of the time constraints with this skirt was the sheer diameter around the bottom of the skirt!  This thing really has some twirl potential!

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Ready, set, twirl!

But we promised to give you U’s reaction, and so without further ado, here she is modeling her skirt for you!

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See that smile?

U. was so excited with this remake!  She couldn’t say enough nice things about our sewing abilities!  Awwwww!  We are so glad you liked it!  Someone else we know saw U. wearing this the other day and absolutely loved the results!

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So now it’s your turn to participate!  Part of the reason we ask you to vote is to help us fine tune our design abilities.  We don’t always get it right the first time, or did we?  Comment and let us know all your thoughts!

Your turn to choose! Remake #1 or #2?

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Alert! – Style J skirts

Style J skirts

Today we’d like to introduce you to one of our VERY favorite skirt websites, Style J!  This website is all skirts (sound familiar?!)  When they first started, their sole focus was denim skirts, which you can see reflected in their domain name www.denimskirts.com.  Since they began, they have branched out and offer other skirts too.  Come along, we’ll take you on a tour!

Let’s start where they did, with denim skirts!  They offer many, many denim skirts, sorted by length.  There is Extra Tall (we love you, Style J skirts!) Tall skirts, Regular skirts, Petite skirts, Calf Length, Knee Length, Plus size Long & Plus size (shorter) and 100% Cotton denim skirts!

Style J skirts

Here is one of their Regular Denim skirts.  They call it the Sweet Mermaid Denim Skirt, and we can totally agree with the sweet part!  We have ordered, worn and worn out several of their denim skirts, and we can recommend this company with confidence!  The skirts last, and last, and last, and are very well made.  Only one time did we encounter a problem with a skirt we’d ordered.  The button on one of the pockets came off the first time we washed it, and because this was so unusual, we called the company.  They were very friendly, had us send them the skirt, and they replaced the button and shipped it back to us, no charge!  I’m actually still wearing that skirt!  One word of advise, when you figure out your size, be sure to check if the fabric on the skirt you are ordering is stretch denim, because we have found those Style J skirts to run a little tighter, so you might want to size up!

Style J skirts

Next they offer Khaki skirts.  These come in all sizes and lengths.  This particular one is called Career Long Khaki Skirt, and wearing it would definitely enhance your career!

Style J skirts review

The next section is for Girls!  My girls have had better luck with Style J skirts with elastic waists, because they like to wear them really long.  On this particular skirt we love the back pocket details!

style J skirts Next up is Trendy Skirts. We love this Cloudy Monet Flowing Skirt.  It really is darling, and we’d wear it often if we were in possession!

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The next section of the Style Jskirts website is Comfy Casual Skirts.  They are sorted into two categories, Regular and Plus Size.  These skirts are mostly knit skirts, and look sooooo comfortable!  This Misty Morning Long Comfy Skirt looks perfect for lounging around on a Saturday morning!

style j skirts

The Office Skirts section is sorted into lengths with categories for Long, Calf Length, Knee Length, and Plus Size.  We don’t own one of these, but we know two different ladies who do, and they wear them so elegantly, that we are certain the next skirt we buy from Style J is going to be from this section!  Specifically I have my eye on this Plain Blue Long Skirt!  Oh, the places I’d go!

style j skirts

There is a section just for Maternity skirt, and believe me, finding good quality maternity skirts is worth every penny!  This cutie is called the Brush Maternity Long Denim Skirt.

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The last section is Final Sale.  These skirts are included in all the other sections, but here you can see them all at rock bottom prices!  This In Bleached Denim Skirt looks perfect for fall with a pair of thick tights and tall boots!  And speaking of sale prices, while you’re over at Style J, be sure to sign up for their emails.  (It’s in the left side bar, underneath the categories list.)  Style J frequently has great sales (up to 40% off we’ve gotten emails for) and these sales make their great, comfortable, affordable skirts even more awesome!

We hope you enjoyed your tour and this week’s Skirt Alert!  Leave us some comment love telling us about your favorite Style J skirts!  See you next time!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey