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Skirt Alert! Celebrity Skirt Sightings

Ashley Olsen

Well, we haven’t done a Skirt Alert on celebrity skirts for a while, so I picked out the two most recent celebrity skirt sightings. Since I do not know anything about celebrities (literally anything) and I am not going to disgrace myself trying to explain where these celebrities were when the photos were taken, I will only attempt to explain the skirts. And the outfit. And the accessories. You get the picture.Well, actually like the idea, not the picture, aaaaaaaaaaaaand I’m rambling. AGAIN. So sorry, this just kind of happens. At first when the blog was new, I was kind of uncomfortable and polite and all stiff, but now I’m comfortable with it, so you’re gonna have to bear me rambling from time to time.

Ashley Olsen

Aaaanyways, the first skirt is on Ashley Olsen, and she chose to wear only black at this function, which makes it a bit hard to tell what she is wearing, but if you look closely is looks like the skirt she has on is a midi peplum skirt. She is also wearing a collared black shirt and a black coat, handbag and shoes. The all black look is pretty stylish, and I like the way that the skirt works with the ensemble.

celebrity skirt sightings

The second skirt is on Olivia Palermo, and it is an asymmetrical number with half of it being solid fabric, and half being covered in fringe. I like the kind of country look, and she solidified it with a western-style plaid button-down pullover. She accessorized with red strappy sandals and a fur handbag. The red sandals are actually pulled into the outfit with the help of a red shirt under the button-down. The fringe look is actually kind of flapper, but it works looking more western. Maybe we will have to try to make a fringed skirt sometime soon!

Well, leave us a comment telling us something, anything, for goodness sakes, about skirts!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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DIY Hole Repair – A Skirt that’d been clawed received a makeover!

DIY hole repair

Today we show you how you can take a skirt with a little problem in a very conspicuous area and make it useable again.  This is DIY hole repair at it’s best and prettiest!  But here, let me show you what I’m talking about!

DIY hole repair

On this remake, I started with this REALLY cute skirt that I had been waiting to work on for a while. It was a Liz Claiborne from St. Vincent de Paul for $2. I knew that Liz Claiborne is a pretty nice brand, so I thought that it would be worthwhile to work on it.

Steps:

  • 1.  My first step was to sew some really pretty lace in a corresponding blue color on the inside slip. That was going to be my only step, and yes, it did look good after the lace had been sewn on. Buuuuuut, I was ironing the skirt, and guess what I found. Yep, a bunch of little slits in the skirt.

DIY hole repair

So, you can’t imagine my disappointment. I was like, ‘here Mom, I’m so done with this.’ Mom, however, started brainstorming, because she didn’t want to waste this really cute skirt. We thought about just sewing the holes together, but we’d only have gotten awkward puckers. Patches weren’t an option, until Mom had this great idea of making denim patches in the shape of birdcages, stenciling them, and sewing them onto the skirt! This idea totally worked, because the little slits were on the back right part, and the birdcages could artfully wrap all the way around the right side!

So Step two is: Mom cut out  and sewed a bunch of birdcage-shaped denim patches over the slits.  She left the edges raw so as this skirt ages and is washed, they will acquire a lovely, soft-edged look.

Step 3:

  • I stenciled them with a bunch of birdcage designs. I attached the ‘birdcages’ to chains, which disappear into the pleats at the top of the skirt. There are lovely pink birds in each cage, and even one bird that escaped onto the skirt!

DIY hole repair

Wow! That is called resourcefulness, I think! The only question I have is about those slits! I was thinking at first that some poor woman got slashed by a bear, and her grieving relatives donated the skirt she had been wearing to St. Vincent de Paul, not knowing that the skirt had marks of her bear attack on it! Haha, just kidding! But really, was she playing with an Exacto knife?!?!

DIY hole repair

 Fly away little birdie!

birdcage skirt

There are many bird and birdcage skirts out there, but this one reminds us of our version the most!

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: $2

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Anyway, we love the after-effect that the stencils on the denim bring, it makes us feel like thinking up an occasion for a party!

throwing a leaf party!

 Throwing a leaf party!

We hope you love this skirt too, ‘cause we have listed it in our Etsy shop here!

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Well, leave a comment telling us about the time you were attacked by a bear while you were wearing a skirt! 🙂   And don’t forget to vote in the poll and visit our Etsy shop too!

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Skirt Designer – Aria’s Style Studio App Skirts

Style Studio app

Today we are going to present more skirts from the Style Studio app. I love this app because you can click on a skirt make it as short or as long as you want it, and then get ready to decorate it!

style studio app

Our first skirt today is this cute pink snakeskin patterned skirt. First, I chose the skirt that I wanted. Then I decided how long I wanted it to be, I decided on the longest length that I could get it. Then I went on to the next stage. This stage is choosing the pattern, I decided on a snakeskin design. The next step is choosing the color. I could have left it the green color it began with, but that wasn’t as chic, so I made it this lovely pink. For decoration, I only used this little pink bow, because I thought with the right clothes, too many decorations wouldn’t look the best. Speaking of clothes what would I wear with this?

pink fleece vest

I think I would wear a pink fleece vest with purple trim like this one.  My Mom has a vest like this, and it is so warm and comfortable.

tall brown boots

On the bottom I would add brown tights, and brown boots.  Mom promised me a pair of boots for my birthday, and I’ve been keeping my eye out for just the right pair.  I think something like this would be very versatile and stylish.

Now for our second skirt!

Style Studio app

This one is a light and dark green floral pattern that reminds me of the rainforest. I made this one like the other one, choosing the skirt, length, pattern and color but I added an extra accessory, pockets! I love skirts with pockets, especially my purple pocket skirt that was a remake for me!

style studio app

I would wear this skirt with a green turtleneck because who wants a cold neck when the wind starts blowing in fall?  Not me!  A scarf is another great way to keep your neck warm and scarves are really “in” this season!

Style Studio App

Underneath this skirt I would add black tights and black leather flats.

Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Designer!  Send us photos of something you’ve designed, tell us how you keep your neck warm in winter, if pockets in skirts are a thumbs up or a thumbs down, or anything in the comment section!

Get flirty with skirts,

Aria

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Will Sew For Food – T’s Skirt Fixation

sweater skirt refashion

Today we have a treat for you!  We have another Will Sew For Food customer and what a cutie it turned out to be!  We love sweater skirts for fall and winter, so a denim mini with a ruffled sweater skirt refashion is just icing on our cake!  So without further ado!

denim mini refashion

T.’s mom gave us two skirts.  First was a denim mini that fit T. well, but was not ideal for fall and winter wear.  Who wants cold legs?  Not T. (and not us either,) so it was time for a denim mini refashion!

sweater skirt refashion

Also T.’s mom gave us a sweater skirt.  Now there’s a little story behind this skirt, and we have a part!  A few years ago T. had a birthday party at our house and we gave her this skirt!  We loved it then, we loved it whenever T. wore it, and we were sad to see her getting so tall, because it meant the sweater skirt was getting too short!  Again, cold legs not needed!

Here were the steps we took to expel cold legs syndrome!

Step 1: Pin top ruffle of skirt to lining underneath.  Now some ruffle skirts are constructed so that the linings attach to each other (probably more accurately called a tiered skirt) and some ruffle skirts are made with each ruffle attached to a lining underneath.  Well, this was a lining underneath type of ruffle skirt, so that if I would have cut off that waistband of the skirt without pinning the ruffle down, the ruffle might have gone floating off into space and I would have had a difficult time lining it back up.  Well, since one of our major themes here at Skirt Fixation is F-A-S-T we decided it would just be faster to pin the ruffle about an inch down from where we planned to cut.  Hope that all makes sense!

Step 2:  Cut off the ruffled bottom of the skirt where the waistband met the first ruffle.

Step 3: Pin ruffle bottom to denim mini.  (I did iron that rolling hem first!)

Step 4:  Sew two skirt together, sweater skirt under denim mini.

Step 5: Sew another row of stitching for decorative purposes and also to hold down that rolling hem permanently!

That was easy!  Introducing our first sweater skirt refashion!  It was fun, we want to do that again soon!

sweater skirt refashionCold legs be-gone!!

Total Time: 45 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress  (Sweater material is very easy to work with, stretchy & forgiving!

DIY sweater skirt refashion

Back view

We can’t wait to see T. in her new skirt.  We’ll update and let you know what she thinks when we hear from her.  Hopefully we can get a picture or two for you too!

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Leave us a comment and let us know about your favorite sweater skirt!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Linen History

linen history

This week’s Skirt Factsination is about linen and linen history and linen skirts as part of our fabric series. Linen is famous for being wrapped around mummies. Not the most, uh, appealing fabric, considering its history of mummies, but I may be prejudiced because of this one linen skirt I had once that was the bane of my life.  Somehow I didn’t realize when I bought it that the fabric was twisted, and it always bugged me to the point that when it finally became too tight and short, I was so excited to get rid of it!  No, this was not one we could use for a refashion, and it went in the donation box!  Anyways, linen made its debut in Ancient Mesopotamia, and white linen was worn extensively in Ancient Egypt due to the heat. Linen is a textile made from the flax plant, and is labor-intensive to manufacture, but remarkable for its coolness in heat. Mummies were wrapped in linen because it was a symbol of wealth. We found four linen skirts on Pinterest that we liked.

linen history

1.The Breezy, loose linen skirt.

I like this skirt because it is really what linen is all about. I like the big pockets and the breezy looseness of the skirt. I would wear this with white or yellow flats and a yellow blouse. (I like navy blue with yellow.)

linen history

2. The linen Maxi skirt.

Linen almost always looks very fresh, especially if it is white linen. I love the style of this skirt, kind of mermaidy, as it flows out about right at knee length. This skirts seems like the perfect skirt to wear to a summer party or a beach vacation. I like the black with it, but for summer I would choose maybe red heels and a navy blue and white striped shirt.

chevron striped linen skirt

3.  The Striped linen skirt.

This sort of oversized chevron seems of be in right now, and it looks good on linen. This skirt kind of has a bit of a business feel to me for some reason, perhaps the model. I would prefer to wear this type of skirt and pattern dressed down, with black flip-flops or sandals, and white tee and a big ol’ floppy straw hat.

linen history

  • 4.  The Floral linen skirt.

The pattern and background color of this skirt is sooooo cute!!! I adore the floral pattern, and if you look closely, there’s a embroidered butterfly on the wide waistband! Two things I love – butterflies and wide waistbands, paired together! I would wear this, hmmm, with a orange or red top and sandals or espadrilles.

Let us know your take on linen, and your favorite, or least favorite linen skirt in the comment section!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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DIY Skirt Refashion on a Monday!

DIY skirt refashion

Today is Monday, right? Well, my orchestra practices on Monday, and I wanted and new cello skirt to wear today.  Time for a DIY skirt refashion!

DIY Skirt refashion

We had this really cute skirt from Salvation Army for $3.99, but it was too short for me, especially in fall and winter, and I decided to make it longer. It’s nice being a skirt fixator, because you wake up, and it’s orchestra day, or ballet day, or just stay-home day, and if you’re tired of your old skirts, you just make a new one! Like, Oh yeah, I need a new skirt to stay home in today! Here’s my steps:

1. I took the remaining layers from this brown dress and sewed them together, with the lining, into a tube.

2. I sewed the tube onto the bottom of the skirt and it fit just about perfectly!

3. I hemmed the bottom of the brown layer.

 DIY skirt refashion

Now it’s really a true cello skirt! I like the look, and how the brown tier has raised dots, which makes it kind of go with the top of the skirt. I thought about putting some lace on the bottom, but I thought that it would make it look kind of little girlish, so I left it to be more sophisticated.

DIY skirt refashion

The really cool thing about the top skirt is the way that it is ombre, but with flowers, and not just one color. Also, the top pattern was a bit distracting before, and the brown layer kind of calms it down. I wish it were that easy to calm down a crying baby, or your hair on some days. There, I’m babbling on again. I’m really prone to rambling, like, I’ll start with talking about skirts, and I’ll end up talking about how someday science might teach a banana to talk. I know, I’m sorry.

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Anyway, leave us a rambling comment about anything in general, ‘cause we’d love that!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Skirt Alert! Dancing Skirts

dancing skirts

On today’s Skirt Alert we are featuring some skirts from off of our Pinterest board, ‘Dancing Skirts’. We liked these skirts because they look like something cute to wear on the street, but able to dance in spontaneously if you heard any music. Of course some people do not wear dancing skirts because they would never think of spontaneously dancing. Ever. Never. EVER. Other people do not wear dancing skirts on the street because they would HAVE to dance if they heard music, and the non-dancing skirt keeps them from doing that. Actually, that was how the pencil skirt came to be; did you know that? Ahem. Sorry, off the point. Anyway, here are four of our favorites.

dancing skirts

1. The Gray Flamenco Skirt.

This skirt reminded us very strongly of a flamenco skirt, perfect to swish around and stomp your feet in. However, we would have to wear different shoes with this lovely mermaid flamenco skirt, because the model’s shoes do not look exactly stomp-worthy.

dancing skirts

2. The Square Dance Skirt.

The perfect skirt to go to a barn or square dance in, this skirt has the perfect country and dance style. I could wear it willingly with a white western-style shirt and cowboy boots.

dancing skirts

3. The Red Ballet Skirt.

Of course we had to add a ballet skirt, and this one is just the right style so that it doesn’t exactly stand out on the street, but still looks full enough to plie and jete in! I like the wide waistband and the narrow bow. I would wear this with a plain white tee and black …  you guessed it, ballet flats!

dancing skirts

4. The Royal Blue Anthropologie Skirt.

I loooooove this skirt! I don’t know exactly what kind of dancing you would do in it, but it looks like it would be really cool when you twirled and it spread out. I REALLY like the handkerchief hem, and I would wear this anywhere, anytime!

Well, leave us a comment telling what is your favorite kind of skirt!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Dress to Skirt Remake – Pre-teen Dress Mess to Performance Ready Skirt!

concert skirt

Today we show you how you can take a dress and adjust it for a pre-teen who doesn’t have the right…er…shape!  Yes, it’s a dress to skirt refashion!  You are going to love our pre-teen dress fix!

pre-teen dress fix

We started with this lovely dress we picked up at Goodwill for $8.  Yes, can you believe we actually paid that much?  It’s the most we’ve ever paid for an item from Goodwill that we intended to refashion, but Aria had a very special need for a fancy skirt.  We didn’t see a skirt that was going to just fit the ticket when we were out shopping, but then we saw this dress!  It was so lovely, and only had one problem…it was curvy where a pre-teen has no curves.  Never fear, the gals at Skirt Fixation have a plan!

Here’s the plan:

Step 1: Hand sew stitches on the zipper where we intend the new top to be.

Step 2: Cut off the top of the dress, leaving 1/2 inch to work with above the black bow trim.

Step 3: Cut out the padded insert across the front of the dress, which was just making it hard to fold down.

Step 4: Fold over 1/2 inch and sew down to the top of the black bow trim.

Step 5: We decided to reinforce the stitching so that the netting floral material didn’t pop up across the front.  It didn’t need to be hemmed because it’s no fray fabric, but it was slippery, and we were afraid it would pop up without the additional stitching which we did by hand.

Step 6: Reinforce the new top of the zipper so it stayed where it was supposed to.

Ready, Get set, Reveal!

pre-teen dress fix

How do you like it now?

I love how the black bow trim at the waist looks like a cummerbund on a tuxedo!  I mean it was cute before, but now it’s perfect for the occasion which is…

concert skirt

How about an encore?

Yes, Aria plays the viola and has an upcoming recital.  That is what she needs the special skirt for.  And now we think she’s going to take down the house in this amazing ensemble!

pre-teen dress fix

Getting ready to curtsy.

Total Time: 45 minutes

Total Cost: $8 (Not too bad for a special occasion skirt!)

Talent Level: Intermediate Level (Better not attack slippery material on your first few attempts!)

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We know Aria will do awesome in her recital, and there’s no question she’ll take the prize wearing this skirt!  Good luck, Aria!  Let Aria know in the comment section what your favorite music for viola is, or what she should wear with this skirt (she’s modeling two different options in the photos above) or tell us about a skirt you wore for a special occasion.  And vote in the poll too!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Designer – Sunglasses Series by Allegra

sunglasses series

Today I decided to list two more of my skirt designs. Or you could call them fashion illustrations, I guess! These two are the start of my ‘Sunglasses Series’, because in lieu of faces, they have sunglasses! Funny, I know, but I prefer plain sunglasses to the faces that I draw 🙂 Actually, whenever I used to draw fashion before, I would painstakingly draw lines that were never satisfactory, and I just gave up. So, one day I figured out that I draw most satisfactorily when I just sketch really quickly, and add details in later. For instance, I always start with the head, and go down, doing the feet and hair after everything, even the clothes. I know that its not that realistic, I mean, look at the hands, but I think that it is my best style so far.

sunglasses series

The first design is ‘Business Chic’ sunglasses girl, who looks like she is making a business deal on her phone. She is wearing a grey wool herringbone pencil skirt, and a mauve button-down blouse with ruffles around the neck and sleeves. She accessorizes with black pointed heels and shaded sunglasses.

sunglasses series

The second design is ‘Flirty Casual’ sunglasses girl, who is going shopping, apparently. She is wearing a dark red flirty satin skirt that has a nice wide shape, and a black and white polka-dotted shirt with wide sleeves. She accessorizes with a wide black leather belt, and ladybug-lookin’ handbag, red flats and (of course) shaded sunglasses. Below I have found the equivalent of my drawn fashions in real clothes!

Dolce & Gabbana

A grey herringbone pencil skirt from Dolce and Gabbana.

sunglasses series

Pink ruffled sleeveless shirt, the closest I could find!

Dorothy Perkins heels

Black pointed heels from Dorothy Perkins

Alice & Olivia

Red circle skirt from Alice&Olivia

sunglasses series

Wide sleeved shirt – same style as the one in my drawing

sunglasses series

Red flats

sunglasses series

Ah yes, the shaded sunglasses!

fashion illustration

Well, that was fun! Send us pictures of your own skirt fashion drawings or leave us some skirt fashion love in the comment section.

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

 

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Denim Mini Makeover – Large to Lavish!

goodwill diy denim mini makeover

Today’s remake starts with one of our favorite foundation pieces, a denim mini!  Yes, it’s time for another denim mini makeover!  Now we are building up quite a stash of denim minis to work with, but when we saw this one the other day at Goodwill, we couldn’t resist!  And it was only $2.50.  Now you just tell us, could you have resisted this?

denim mini makeover

Irresistible!

Here’s a closeup of that embroidered side patch.  I mean just look at this beauty!  It adds a sort of Asian influence to the whole thing!

goodwill thrift store skirt remake

Lovely embroidered patch!

Now, the blueish purple color in the center of some of those flowers is pretty hard to match, be we just happened to find a Relativity skirt at Goodwill for $2.50.  So what was it’s problem?  Just about twice the size we needed it to be!

denim mini makeover

Only about 8 sizes too big!

Alright, here’s what we did:

Step 1: Iron around bottom of denim mini to make it ready to receive the bottom half!

Step 2: Cut off top 2 inches of large blue skirt.

Step 3: Zig-zag around new top of large blue skirt.

Step 4:  Sew blue skirt to bottom of denim mini.

Step 5:  Sew additional line of stitching for decorative hem.

That’s All!  So now you can see how to take a large skirt that’s just the right color and use it in a denim mini makeover!

denim mini makeover

Look at that lovely combination!

This skirt is just perfect for some fall frolicking!  Just add a turtle and some boots.  Rake together a huge pile of leaves and get ready to jump!

Total Time: 40 minutes

Total Cost: $5

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

goodwill diy denim mini makeover

A skirt for twirling!

Since this denim mini makeover is just a tad large for Allegra, she’s agreed to list it in our Etsy shop, so you can enjoy the fruits of our labors!

denim mini makeover

Now it’s your turn!  Vote in the poll and leave us a comment before you hop over to Etsy to see all of our skirt offering there!

You Choose: Large or Lavish?

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey