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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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Mommy & Me Skirts – All Alone to Awesome Duo!

Mommy & me thrift store skirts

Today’s refashion was fun, fun, fun from start to finish! Some Mommy & Me skirts are too cutsie (in our opinion) but today, we show you our version.  It’s cheap, easy, and fast!  One day I was haunting the skirt section at Goodwill and found this brown skirt for $2.00.

Mommy & Me skirts

Not too bad!

I liked the skirt with the asymmetrical lines a lot, but the length, well…not so much!  It was what my sister and I called “yuck” length when we were teenagers.  So I put it in my cart and kept shopping.  Low and behold, a few sizes away was this cutie, just what I needed to complete my refashion!  Add to the cart for $2.00 more!

before photo thrift shop skirt

Keep in mind as you are viewing this skirt that I forgot to take a before picture *before* I started and what you are seeing is the final products pieced back together.

So here’s what I did:

Step 1: Measured the bottom of the brown skirt.  Found that measurement on the embroidered tan skirt, and cut away.

Step 2: Sewed the bottom of the tan skirt to the bottom of the brown skirt.

Done with that skirt!

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Much better length, just perfect for some fall frolicin’

But as I was finishing, Annie ran up to me and squealed, “Oooooh cute, Mommy, is it for me?”  Well……no!  But I started looking at the top of the tan skirt that was left over and thinking!  So I decided to see if I could whip up something for Annie!

Step 3: Took the top of the leftover tan skirt and threaded elastic in the waist to cinch it down to Annie’s size!

Step 4: Sewed on a brown ruffle that was in my mending pile from another skirt that we got…somewhere!

Mommy & me skirts

Hey there cutie pie!

So there you have it!  What a fun little project.  Annie was so pleased and asks at every possible occasion, “Can we wear Our Skirts?”  How rewarding to sew for someone who stands at your elbow when you are sewing and thinks whatever you do is amazing!

Mommy & me skirts

You can see from Annie’s face how excited she is about this refashion!

I love how the skirts are matching, but not cloyingly identical!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $4

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress (if you already have a pre-made ruffle!  If you have to make your own ruffle and you are a beginner, just google “ruffle tutorial” and you’re good to go!)

Mommy & me thrift store skirts

Jumping for joy about these skirts!

What do you think?  Have you ever made Mommy & Me skirts?  Send us some pictures!

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Okay, now it’s your turn to do some work!  Vote in the poll and let us know your innermost skirt thoughts in the comment section!

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Guest Post: T-shirt Skirts and Tutorials!

t-shirt skirt

Do you remember E & T, the adorable girls whose Grandma made them skirts from dresses?  Well, today they are baaaaaaaaack!  Their awesome Grandma made them some skirts from T-shirts!

t-shirt skirts

E & T and sister J and little bro A!

See how each skirt is unique?  We have a feeling J is going to be the luckiest of these 3 girls as she gets to wear her big sisters’ skirts also in time!

t shirt skirt

What fun trim and comfy skirts!

Thanks for sharing girls! And remember you can visit E, T, J, A and family here!

We decided we wanted to browse the web and find out how to make skirts from t-shirts too!  We found so many tutorials and cute photos that we had a hard time narrowing it down to the one we would start with!  But here’s a few of our favorites!

t-shirt skirt

First we found a tutorial over at Suburb Mama for this cute, cute, cute ruffled skirt made from t-shirts!  It’s so awesome in white, but you could also mix up the colors, go for an ombre effect with light and dark t-shirts, or go for a color block with a different color at the very bottom ruffle.

t-shirt skirt

We found a new-sew option for all you sewing machine-less people out there!  Just visit Wobisobi for the tutorial of this one.  Just looking at the skirt, we would never have guessed it was a new sew skirt!  Love it, love it, love it!

t-shirt skirt

We found this cutie over at Makeit-loveit.com.  This one has an ombre effect (you know how we feel about ombre!)  And one thing we learned from this t-shirt skirt tutorial was that you don’t have to do any hemming with t-shirt skirts, as the knit material of the t-shirt won’t fray!  How great is that?  Because you probably know how sometimes when you are sewing and you get to the end of a project you get tired!  And sometimes the last hemming gets left for another time.  And sometimes that skirt project sits next to your machine waiting for that last hem to be completed.  And sometimes that last hem never gets put in before the wearer outgrows the skirt project!  And sometimes when you’re digging through the pile next to the sewing machine and sneezing from all the dust, you find it, and finally hem it because you have another child who can wear the skirt project now!  Not like we know anything about that, we’ve just heard rumors about other people…and stuff…okay, let’s change the subject now!

We hope you enjoyed that little t-shirt skirt tutorial tour!  Fall is the perfect time to sew up (or not sew if you’re making #2 above!) some t-shirt skirts.  They’re warm, they’re comfortable, they pair perfectly with some thick tights and boots and hot apple cider!  Just sayin’!

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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!)

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Broken Zipper Repair – Broken to Beautiful!

broken zipper repair

For today’s post we started with 2 skirts.  The first is a Charlotte Russe black ruffled mini skirt.  We picked it up at Salvation Army for $2 because we knew it was a great foundation piece.

charlotte russo mini

The next skirt we also found at Salvation Army for $2.

black and white skirt

A black and white dotted/floral beauty, it had a small issue.  The zipper was broken.  Beyond repair!  But that was okay for what we had in mind!  Time for some broken zipper repair!

broken zipper repair

Step 1: Sew zipper shut, eliminating the problem!  (Broken zipper repair magic at work!)

Step 2: Cut off waistband of black and white skirt.  (Goodbye broken zipper!)

Step 3: Let out 2 of the pleats in the black and white skirt to make it a little bigger.

Step 4: Pin and sew bottom of black and white skirt underneath ruffles of black ruffled mini.  I carefully made sure the ruffle was above the stitching where it crossed over, and under the stitching everywhere else.  If you look at the before picture, you can see how the ruffle creates this cute diagonal affect, but that created a little careful stitching.  Anyway, we figured it out!

Step 5: Took in more fabric in the back darts to accommodate the skirt for Aria’s small size.

 broken zipper refashion

Ta Da!  What do you think now?  Aria sure is happy with the results.  She plans to wear it with a white button up shirt, but she can’t decide if she should tuck it in or not!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $4

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

broken zipper repair So now it’s your turn! Vote in the poll, and leave some comment love for Aria!  Also, we don’t have very many entries in our free skirt giveaway refashion contest, and we need you to enter!  Right now your chances of winning are very good!

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Grandparent’s Theme Week – A Grandma’s Refashion for her Granddaughters!

dress to skirt remake

We are sure enjoying Grandparent’s Theme week, and hope you are too!  Today’s refashion highlights what a Grandma refashioned for her granddaughters, E & T!  What a great feature for Grandparent’s Theme Week!  Here’s what the E &T’s mom had to say.

When we got matching blue dresses for our birthday, we saw that they had a lot of twirl potential.

dress to skirt tutorial

 However, we simply couldn’t abide the little button closure at the back of the dress (it pulled the little hairs at the back of our necks no matter what we did), and they hit us about knee length.  The dresses were in the thrift store pile until we thought to ask Gramma M. to cut off the top and add elastic so we could have some broomstick dresses!  We love the way they turned out; ESPECIALLY the way she moved the embroidered daisy detail to the bottom of the skirts!  🙂

What cute dresses, E & T!  We would have been bummed about the buttons because we’ve totally experienced that before too!  How awesome that your mom had such a great idea for you!  We asked Gramma M. for a little more info about what she did! She said,

Here were my Steps:

1. Cut off top of dress just under the armpits, to get the longest length possible for the skirt.

2. Zigzag top edge of the skirt & fold over to the inside, approx an 1 1/4″ to form casing for elastic, stitch, leaving a 2″ opening.  

3. Cut 3/4″ elastic .5″ shorter than waist measurement & insert through casing.

4. Sew together ends of elastic & then sew the casing opening closed. 

5. Stitch through all layers of the waistband at the sideseams to prevent elastic from “rolling”.

6. Remove sewn embroidery flowers off discarded top & sew to bottom tier of skirt for decoration & to help a little girl know which is the “front” of the skirt! :p

 Total Time: 1.5 hours per skirt, possibly 2 hours if doing both skirts at the same time.

 Total Cost: $0 the dresses were birthday gifts!

I loved taking a dress that was “ucky” because the button closure on the neck snags your hair, into a very fun “twirl” skirts for my sweet grandaughters!

dress to skirt remake

Wow, E & T, you sure have an awesome Grandma!  What adorable skirts you ended up with!

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Well, what do you think?  Leave Gramma M. and her grandaughters E & T some comment love!  What a great Grandma!  You can visit E & T here.  Also be sure to enter our free skirt giveaway in honor of Grandparent’s Theme Week!

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Denim Mini Refashion – Washed out to Wonderful!

back pocket detail

We are so delighted with today’s refashion!  It’s simply scrumptious!  But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, so we’ll back up to the beginning.  We started with a denim mini by Hartstrings.  We picked it up at Goodwill on back to school sale week in the kids department, so ended up paying all of $1!

denim mini refashion

Annie had been begging for a denim mini refashion like her big sisters, so we grabbed a skirt from her drawer that she didn’t wear too much.  Grandma brought it the other day from a thrift store, and it fit great, but looked a little washed out.

washed out thrift store skirt

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Cut off the bottom 3 tiers from the floral skirt.  This was actually the most time consuming step.  This skirt is full!

Step 2: Pinned and sewed on tiers to the bottom of denim mini.  We decide to sew them to the outside of the denim mini because we loved the look so well.

That’s it!  So easy and so fun!

denim mini refashion

Total Cost: $

Total Time: 30 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

girls thrift store skirt refashion

If you are in love with the photography in this post, you should check out Allegra’s photo shop on ETSY.  She has an amazing eye for photography, and a cute model makes everything just right.  She recently discovered iPiccy (check it out, it’s free!) and is totally in love with Photoshop-ing!

back pocket detail

One reason we knew the washed out pink skirt would work in this denim mini refashion was the light pink stitching detail on the back pockets and skirt.  See the hearts?  So scrumptiously adorable!

Washed out to Wonderful denim mini refashion

So what do you think?  Did you prefer the Washed out before or the Wonderful after?  Vote in the poll and let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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Beaded White Skirt – Scary to Sweet!

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For today’s refashion, we started with a denim mini!  After yesterday’s post we were itching to create using another denim mini!  This little cutie was just perfect for Aria because the waist was adjustable, you know those waistbands that include buttons and elastic?  Well, she loves those, because of her little skinny waist.  We picked it up at Goodwill for $2.00.

denim mini

We also found a gorgeous beaded white skirt.  Aria, being part tomboy, didn’t feel like she could keep a white skirt well, white for very long!  But she loved the beading, and really wanted us to do something with it.  $3.00 Salvation Army.  Sorry we didn’t get a before picture!

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Cut off top of white skirt.

Step 2: Sewed bottom of white skirt onto bottom of denim mini.

Step 3: Sewed one additional line of stitching to hold denim hem down when we wash it.

thrift store skirt refashion

Well, there you go!  Aria loves it!  She’s so happy to practice with a 1/2 white skirt, and the beading pops!

Total Cost: $5.00

Total Time: 10 minutes

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

denim mini upcycleThis is exactly the kind of refashion we love!  Good bones to start with, fast refashion, many, many days of use!

What do you think?  You get to vote in the poll and leave us your loving thoughts in the comment section!  Also be sure to spend some time browsing our site doing the same!  We are having so much fun, and we are anxious for you to join the fun!  Find us on Pinterest too!  And feel free to pin the below picture on your Pinterest boards!

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Dorothy’s Wizard of Oz Dress – Hideous to Happening!

wizard of oz dress

We had so much fun with today’s refashion!  We started with a denim mini by TILT that we found at a thrift shop named Shelly’s Boutique. We are very indebted to Shelly’s Boutique because she supported what we’re doing, and it happened to be an end of summer sale, so we picked up this little cutie for $2.64!

denim mini

We knew we needed it for the foundation because a while back at Goodwill we picked up this girl’s dress for $2!

wizard of oz dress

Hideous, isn’t it?  Why would we ever buy this?  Well, the embroidery was keepable, and it completely reminded us of the Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz dress.

wizard of oz dress

Can’t you totally see it?  Well, since we have neither a dog named Toto, nor red sparkly shoes, we knew this one needed a remake!

dorothy dress upcycle

Here were our steps:

1: Cut off the bottom of the Dorothy  from the Wizard of Oz dress.

2: Sewed gather stitches around the top of what we’d just cut off.  It was so full, there was no way around this, just finger pinching pleats wasn’t going to cut it with this much fullness!

3: Pinned and sewed bottom of Dorothy dress to bottom of denim mini.

4: Fashioned a ribbon belt from some awesome vintage ribbon.

denim mini refashion

What do you think now?  “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!”

ribbon belt

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $ 4.64

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

thrift store skirt refashion

Well, let us know what you think! Vote in the poll and leave us some comment love below!

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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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