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Sundress Refashion – Broken to Bubbly!

broken strap refashion

Today’s refashion takes a dress that totally didn’t work to a skirt (what else!) that we’re bubbling with excitement over!  We found this dress the other day at Goodwill for $4.  We’ve been keeping our eye out for some dresses since Fess refashioned this totally cute one and inspired us to try dresses more often!

broken strap refashion

It was on a mannequin, and we didn’t notice until we got it home that one strap was broken.  If we would have noticed, we could have probably talked them down to 1/2 price!

sundress before

The other problem with it?  “Bumps” where the intended wearer has none!  But that’s okay, we’re going in an un-bumpy direction with this one!

Step 1: Cut off top of dress.

Step 2: Fold over and sew a new top seam!  Because this was elastic, we simply had to pull out some of the stretch as we sewed the new seam, and it was good to go.  It bounced right back, and now look!

broken strap refashion

Isn’t that awesome!  A new bubble skirt with a very, very fun pattern.  And no more unwanted bumps!  That pesky broken strap is gone too!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $4

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress (seriously, this is a good 1st remake, if you’ve been waiting for the right one!)

pinterest ready picture

 

Now you get to choose!  Vote in the poll and let us know what you think in the comment section.

Your turn! Broken or Bubbly?

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Audrey

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Skirt Alert – Vintage Modcloth Skirts

vintage modcloth skirt

For today’s skirt alert post, we have put up four of our favorite skirts from our favorite vintage fashion site, Modcloth! We adore all of vintage Modcloth skirts, and we would have loved to feature every one of their skirts, but there are so many that we would never be able to in a million years! Be sure to check out their website for even more cute skirts!

vintage modcloth skirt

1. The Rickrack Circle skirt.

Sooooo cute and vintage even down to the rickrack edging, this skirt is perfect for a vintage ensemble for that special occasion. I can just imagine dancing or lunching in this comfortable skirt. I like the shoes and shirt that were paired with the skirt on the model, but I might wear black kitten heels instead of nude.

vintage modcloth skirt

2. The Purple Bow skirt.

This is a gorgeous cold weather skirt, as it is made of a little heavier fabric. I have a crush with bows on skirts, and the style of this skirt is so cute and simple! This is my perfect tea skirt, a cute but comfortable skirt to wear to a cafe without a worry! I would pair this with a white blouse and brown flats.

vintage modcloth skirt

3. The Math skirt.

I love this skirt!!! To me it looks very studious and comfortable to wear to school or a library. The boots on the model are a good pairing with the skirt to make it look more tomboyish, or wear a pair of tights and flats for a more feminine look.

vintage modcloth skirt

4. The Sea Green skirt.

Everybody knows that I have an obsession with mullet skirts and finding the perfect mullet skirt. I think I might have found it! This delightful skirt has just the right amount of  ‘mullet’ style without going overboard. I would pair this skirt with a plain black blouse and a pair of black heels.

 

Well, that’s today’s skirt alert. You can head over to Modcloth right away, or leave us some skirt love in the comment section!!!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Fessy’s Skirt Fixation – Yuck to Yes!

maxi dress to skirt
We are so excited to feature another guest with a Skirt Fixation today!  And this one is very special to us because she knows fashion…especially shoe fashion, that’s why we chose her to help us with our Shoes to wear with Skirts Pinterest board!  Check out how she rocks a maxi skirt to dress transformation!  So without further ado, here’s Fessy’s Skirt Fixation!
Ok here’s my skirt submission…Bought a maxi dress, which of course was not maxi on me!
maxi dress to skirt
Yep, we hear your pain!  We happen to be members of the Tall Women’s Club too!
I loved when fun colors though, so bought it with the intension of making it into a maxi skirt!
colors close up
Oh, yeah, we’re with you on the colors!  And the pattern, too!
It turned out to be a very quick easy project involving 1 cut, 1 seam, and insertion of 1 piece of elastic! 
maxi dress to skirtOh wow! It was really that easy?  Because we have some (not so) maxi dresses we’ve been wanting to make into skirts!  You’ve gotten our creative juices flowing again!  We estimate that it probably took you about 10 minutes!  Why, oh why have we been delaying for 10 weeks on those (not so) maxi dress we bought with a vague idea of refashioning them into a skirt?
maxi dress to skirtWe love how you paired it with a plain white shirt and black scarf!  This really makes the skirt colors and pattern pop, and is perfect for fall weather!  Now you know why she’s on the fashion team!
Yuck to Yes? 🙂
maxi dress to skirt
Definitely a big thumbs up!
Thanks so much for sharing your Skirt Fixation with us!  It’s a total YES refashion!  We love it, and now our fingers are itching to get started on our own maxi dress to skirt refashion.  If you can’t find us in the next few hours, try our sewing studio!
Make it beautiful,
Audrey
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Skirt Designer – Drawing by Allegra

skirt designer

This week’s skirt designer post is a picture by me!!!

skirt designer

The skirt shown in the picture is a mauve-colored mermaid skirt with three ombre tiers at the bottom. I happen to love embellishments, and the funny looking things hanging down from the top of the skirt are panels inset in the top layer of the skirt in such a way that they hang down in folds. At the top of each panel is a fabric flower, with gold chains connecting the flowers to the waistband. I imagine this skirt to be silk, with the flowers made out of sheer or tulle material. There are no flowers or panels on the back because sitting would squish them:) There is a small train on the back. This skirt would be perfect for a fancy occasion, a ball maybe, or something like that! I love long flowy skirts that have lots of decoration, and this one shows my passion for that. I would wear this with a puffy satin blouse and plain black pumps, and maybe a black leather jacket, as leather and silk together are in right now. Someday maybe you will be able to buy this skirt when I’m a famous skirt designer:)

Caroline Herrera skirt

I think the skirt i designed is kind of like this skirt by Caroline Herrera in green silk. The green skirt is very expensive, I’m sure, and my skirt is a little different, but you get the idea.

If you think like I do and always try to figure out what occasion you would wear a skirt for when you spot one, you might like to check out one of our Pinterest boards.  It’s called Places To Go In Skirts and I’ve created a fun little matching game where you match the skirt to the occasion!  Don’t worry, it’s very easy, and super fun too!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Sundress Refashion – Hacked to Happy!

sundress refashion

On this fab remake, I started with a plaid dress that we had been gifted by Grandma B. It had been a dress, I think, but I can’t be sure because what had been the top had been hacked off or something, and just the waistband and skirt were left.

hacked off sundress Hacked-off possible sundress- large potential!

 I immediately saw the skirt potential, and started right off. Here’s the steps.

  1. Cut off a few of the waistband layers so that I wouldn’t have a MASSIVE waistband!
  2. Rolled over and sewed the top of the waistband.

sundress refashion

Fun new plaid skirt!!  Hello kitty photobomber!

 Hey!!! Wow!! I nearly had a heart attack, it was so easy! Now I have a fun skirt that I can pair with lots of shirts and shoes!

sundress refashion

Look how wide and comfortable this skirt is!!!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $0 (Thanks Grandma!)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

The sundress skirt is one of the most easy remakes in the world! I love what I ended up with, it totally reminds me of a barn dance, so you have a picture of me barn dancing it up!!

sundress refashion

Barn dancing!!

 I really recommend this as a first remake for beginners. Send us your fab sundress remake, or leave me some love in the comment section!

before&after

Vote in the poll to let us know what you think too!

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Always be exciting,

Allegra.

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Skirt FACTsination – The Peplum Skirt

peplum skirt

This week’s skirt FACTsination is about one of our favorites- the peplum skirt! The peplum was worn in Ancient Greece by both men and women over their tunics, and more voluminous peplums worn by both genders in the Renaissance period. The familiar peplum of today didn’t come to be until the 1940’s, and had many pleats for volume. The peplum resurfaced in the 80’s, with the peplum resting more on the hips than the waist, and tending to have more variation in the waistline. It just recently resurfaced as a popular trend in the spring and summer of 2012. Most designs have the peplum right on the waist, like in the 40’s, and while there are fluctuations in the hight and waistline of the peplum, the basic style is worn on jackets, shirts, skirts and dresses. Guess what our favorite way to wear it is! You were right, as a skirt. We have included four of our favorite peplum skirts below!

peplum skirt

  • 1. The Piperlime mint green mini peplum skirt.

This skirt is ADORABLE!!! As well as being mint green (my personal fave,) the peplum is so fun and twirly! I would wear this with a black sheer button-down and black heels.

peplum skirt

2.  The Outblush Coral peplum skirt.

This peplum skirt is so cute! I love the way the peplum goes up in the center! This is a bit more casual of a skirt, so I would wear it with a easy white shirt and flats.

peplum skirt

  • 3. The Outblush Mustard peplum skirt.

The peplum on this skirt is very unique! I adore the little pleat on the right side that maximizes the style on this skirt. I would wear a dark blue button-down shirt and shiny dark-blue pumps.

peplum skirt

4.

  • The Stylebop Raspberry wool peplum skirt.

This skirt is incredible! The only problem with this skirt is its price ( $145, marked down from $535!) Wowzers! The sleek silhouette of this peplum skirt is accented by the pointed peplum. I would wear this with a white satin button-down and black kitten heels.

Well that’s this week’s Skirt FACTsination for you!  Watch for a peplum skirt remake coming soon!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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American Eagle Denim Mini Refashion – Asymmetrical to Ace! Ace! Ace!

mullet skirt refashion

We are so excited about today’s skirt!  We’ve sort of combined a refashion and a copycat skirt!  So hold on to your skirt…here we go!  We started with a denim mini (one of our favorite places to start.)

American Eagle denim mini

This one is an American Eagle with some teal-ish green accent stitching, perfect for what we had in mind.  We picked it up from Shelly’s Boutique for $2.64 (thank you Shelly!)

 asymmetrical green floral skirt

Next we found an asymmetrical skirt in a green floral print.  It was in good shape, but asymmetrical is not in anymore.  But mullet skirts (also known as hi-low skirts) are definitely the trend.  It’s a brand Twenty One and we picked it up at Goodwill for $1.25!

Refashion, here we come!

Step 1: Cut off self-fabric belt ties, save these for later!

Step 2: Pin Twenty One skirt to bottom of American Eagle denim mini, lining up the dip at the back.

Step 3: Sew around hem of American Eagle denim mini on the outside.

Step 4: Cut off extra material inside skirts, about 1/2 inch above stitching line.

Step 5:  Sew another row of stitching around hem of American Eagle denim mini for extra support.  We used teal-ish green thread for these last two steps, matching the already decorative stitching on the American Eagle denim mini.

Step 6: Sew self-fabric belt ties (from step 1) together, to make a cute belt for skirt.

american eagle denim mini refashion

That’s it!  What do you think?  We are so incredibly happy about this skirt!  We took it from an outdated asymmetrical shape to a total Ace! (as we used to say in volleyball.)

 mullet skirt tutorial

We love the droop down effect in the back created by both the skirt hem and the former asymmetrical shape of the skirt!  Also see the matching stitching?

mullet skirt refashion

Total Time: 40 minutes

Total Cost: $3.89

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

 American Eagle denim mini to mullet skirt refashion

Well, now it’s your turn to vote and show us what you think of this skirt!  And because we are so very, very pleased with the outcome of this skirt, we’ve decided to offer it to you on ETSY!

You choose: Asymmetrical or Ace! Ace! Ace!

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Audrey

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Skirt Alert! and Giveaway Winner!

floral skirt

Today’s Skirt Alert includes celebrity skirts!

lace skirt

First up is Beyonce in a lace coverup skirt on the beach in Brazil on September 17.  What a swimsuit coverup!  She wears this one with flair!  I think she actually wore this one to several functions during the day…must have been super comfortable!

floral skirt

Katie Holmes wore a cute floral skirt to a fashion show September 11.  She paired it with a green top, matching the foliage rather than the flowers.  Cute, cute, cute!  Looks sort of vintage, if you ask us!  Love the creamy clutch too.

olivia palermo skirt

We found a totally cute outfit that Olivia Palermo wore to a fashion show on September 16, on What She Wore, one of our favorite websites for finding celebrity skirts. This picture shows Ms. Palermo in a navy blue ensemble comprised of a skirt, shirt, and jacket. We love the shoes that she wore with this outfit, and we adore the asymmetrical zipper on her jacket.

Well, that’s this week’s skirt alert; let us know what you think of the chosen outfit in the comment section.

free white stag skirt!

And now for our free skirt giveaway winner!

The random number generator picked “Gramma Mary” who commented the following!

I have very few memories of any of my grandparents because they were all gone by the time I was 8 years old. But I do remember spending a couple weekends with my mom at her folks. I loved to sit & watch my Gramma iron. I was intrigued because she still used two old “flat-irons”, keeping one on the old cookstove to heat, while ironing with the other one – hot off the stove! But before you think this was way, way back, it took place in the 60′s. My grandparents were in their 80′s & chose not to update their home with all the “modern” inventions. :o )

This gramma was a seamstress by trade. My mom said she could look at a dress in a store & then go home & cut a pattern out of newspaper & sew it up. Maybe that’s why the women of our family like to sew & re-invent and do it so well! :O)

So be watching your mailbox Gramma Mary!  You’ll be receiving the skirt soon!  We can’t wait to see what she refashions it into!  We’ll keep everyone updated and post the end result as soon as we get it!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Guest Post – Sandy’s Skirt Fixation

Sandy's Skirt Fixation

Today’s post makes us so happy!  Sandy’s Skirt Fixation is so pretty and practical.  Here’s what Sandy wrote:

Someone gave me this Soft Surroundings skirt and I love it! However it was
SO long that I felt like I was off-to-the-prom when it wasn’t prom
occasions! Ha.
Sandy's Skirt Fixation
So (well here comes the confession, I guess I didn’t do the
remodeling, a good friend did!) I had someone who could sew take off the
bottom ruffle, remove the next “tier” up and then sew the bottom section
back on! Now its long and flowing but not getting dirty on the ground, or
making me trip!!
Sandy's Skirt Fixation
Wow Sandy!  We think that’s gorgeous!  You kept the aura of the skirt while making it work for you!  We totally support your Skirt Fixation!   Congratulations on a pretty, practical skirt makeover.  Keep us up to date with all your skirt adventures!  To all our readers, send us your story and photos so we can share in your Skirt Fixation!  Also, just a reminder, today and tomorrow are the last days to enter the free skirt giveaway!
Make it beautiful,
Audrey
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Skirt Designer – Juli Lynne Charlot revisited

Juli Lynne Charlot

A while ago, I did a post on Juli Lynne Charlot, the designer of the poodle skirt. Well, I have been seeing so many of her skirts on Pinterest that I just HAD to do another post on her! This time I will focus on four of her skirts that I found.

juli lynn charlot

1.The Black Bouquet skirt.

I ADORE this skirt!!! Ms. Charlot was such a talented designer, and I love the appliques! I think that I could even pull this skirt off today with a button-down and black flats.

juli lynn charlot

2.The Horse Race skirt.

I believe this skirt is one of her first designs. Again, I love the design. I read somewhere that Juli had a story for each of her skirts, and that she made sure that the stores that sold them knew each skirt’s story, so that they would be successful sellers.

juli lynn charlot

3.The Two-piece velvet.

This is sooo sumptuous! The design is amazing, and even though the top matches to the skirt, it doesn’t look ‘old lady’. I think that this outfit was definitely worn with something other than boat shoes! You would need some pretty fab heels to accessorize this gorgeous outfit!

juli lynn charlot

4.The Daffodil skirt.

Yes, you know me, I always save my favorite for last! I cannot get over this skirt! It looks like its floor-length or thereabouts, and the green edging around the bottom and the underskirt that peeks through are lovely. I also love the daffodils, they look like they’re made of felt!!!

 

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

P.S.  Only 3 days left until the winner is drawn in the free skirt giveaway!  Enter now!  We have confidence in your refashioning abilities!