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Skirt to Apron Refashion

DIY skirt to apron tutorial

For a Wednesday refashion, we made another skirt to apron transformation!  For this one we started with two skirts, and you may recognize them as being the same ones we used for the fabric silhouette in our ebook.  (Don’t worry, it’s coming soon!  We’re in the editing process, then we’ll have some beta testers try it on for size, then we’ll get it published!  Try it on for size…get it?  Every project in the ebook starts with a skirt!  Sometimes we just crack ourselves up!)  Okay, where were we before we starting making punny jokes?  Oh yes, today’s refashion!

skirt to apron

This one was a cute Old Navy girl’s skirt we got from Goodwill for $1.25.

skirt to apron tutorialAnd the coordinating purple Gap skirt we got from St. Vincent for $2.

Step by step skirt to apron tutorial instructions:

Step 1: Cut off from of flowered skirt.

Step 2: Iron over 1/4 inch on edges.

Step 3: Cut out rectangle of contrasting skirt.

Step 4: Sew lace onto pocket in V shape.  (We wanted to mimic the shape of the existing trim around the hem.)

Step 5: Iron over 1/4 inch on edges of pocket

Step 6: Sew pocket onto flowered skirt.

Step 7: Sew edges of apron, sewing in ribbon ties at top edges!

DIY skirt to apronNow what do you think?  Isn’t that just the sweetest apron ever?  We love the pocket, and we love the vintage look of it.  You can’t see the ribbon ties in the photos, but they are a sweet, gauzy ribbon about 1/4 inch wide.  Maybe we should go into making aprons full time!  Nah, skirts are too fun, but an apron is a good variation every once in a while.

DIY skirt to apron tutorial

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $3.25

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

DIY skirts to apron tutorialWe decided to list this apron on Etsy, so you can snap it up by clicking through this link.

Leave us a comment about what you’d be inspired to cook up in this pint-sized apron!  Sorry, another horrible pun!  We’d better sign off now!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

We linked this refashion at Nap-Time Creations Create, Link, Inspire party.

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Sweater to Skirt Refashion – Swallowed to Sweet

For today’s post we are so excited to finally have tried something we’ve been contemplating for a long time…a sweater to skirt refashion. Sweater skirts are really in right now, as we posted about recently in a Skirt Alert! Post.. So we had an idea about how to make a sweater to skirt refashion in general, and after reading some online tutorials, we decided to take the plunge!

20140113-193315.jpgWe started with a sweater of Allegra’s. We thought it would be cute and funny to have Annie model it! You could make one for yourself with your own sweater as long as it fits comfortably over your hips, or you could use an oversize men’s sweater. Anyway, Allegra Loved this sweater and wore it and wore it and wore it! By the time it didn’t fit her any longer, it was too stained and out of shape to pass on to Aria. In fact, truth be told, Allegra’s Dad kindly suggested she quit wearing it in public a long time before that! But you know how it is with a favorite sweater! (By the way, Dad is the ultimate fashion consultant in our house, he sees colors more accurately than any one else we know, and has an eye for style that’s dead on!). So here were our steps:
Step 1: Cut off sweater just beneath arms.
Step 2: Fold over top of cut off sweater 1 inch and zigzag edge, leaving opening to insert elastic at end.
Step 3: Insert elastic and sew opening shut.
Step 4: Sew on decorative ribbon just above former waistband.20140113-194056.jpg

Worn out sweater no more! Now we are on the hunt for more sweaters to refashion into skirts! The rest of us all want one in our size!
Total Time: 30 minutes
Total Cost: $0 (but we may owe Allegra a new sweater!)
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Doesn’t Annie look just soooo cute? We are so in love with her new skirt, and so is she! In fact she is insisting on going shopping to find a shirt that matches it better, she wants a brown t-shirt! Better get moving!!

Fun sweater to skirt refashion.

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Well, leave us a comment about your favorite sweater or sweater skirt!
Make it beautiful,
Audrey

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Girl’s Land’s End Skirt Refashion – Plain to Pretty-fied!

Today Aria tried her hand at her first refashion!  We are so excited to have her join the sewing team here at Skirt Fixation!  Now she’s sewn up some pretty nice reusable shopping bags in the past, and even sold (and is preparing to sell some more) on Etsy, but until today, she didn’t feel ready to try a skirt refashion.  We think she did awesome with her Land’s End skirt refashion!  Here’s what she has to say:

I just love today’s refashion.  It is so cute and spring/summery but I’m a little sad since I’ll have to wait until spring to start wearing it. It was also very easy.

girl's Land's End skirtI started out with a Girls Land’s End pink floral skirt we found at Goodwill for $1.25. We love Land’s end skirts because they are extremely good quality and last long, (and are cute!). I thought about putting several layers on the bottom of the skirt, and that would have been cute but I like what I decided to do better.

Step 1: I used some medium light pink lace and pinned a circle around the hem of the skirt.

Step 2: I sewed the lace.

Step 3: I pinned the lace on the diagonal layers. This was made extra easy because there were already lines.

Step 4: I sewed the diagonal lace, and clipped all loose strings!

girl's Land's End skirt refashionOnly four easy steps to make the cutest skirt in the world! And I have never sewn much more than handbags out of dishtowels! But this was still pretty easy and anything that most beginners could do!

Land's End girl's skirt refashionTotal Time: 20 minutes (once I decided what to do!)

Total Cost: $1.25

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Land's End girl's skirt remake

Well, I think every girl should try to play around with her clothes!  This was so easy and gave the skirt a new, updated look!  I can’t wait to start wearing this one!

Easy Land's End girl's skirt refashion.

 

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Get flirty with skirt,

Aria

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Sailor Skirt Upcycle – Embarrassing to Ecstatic!

sailor skirt upcycle

Today’s sailor skirt upcycle/remake (It sorely needed remaking) before was a bit… odd.

sailor skirt upcycleIt was this dress, belonging to who knows what poor child in some olden day. As you can see from the picture, I was totally grossed out and embarrassed that I had to model this awful dress. In addition to being extremely ugly, it had this sailor collar thing with a (NON-MATCHING) pink flower detail in one corner. Alsooooo, it did not even begin to button up in the back.

sailor skirt upcyleSoooo, yeah. I actually pulled this out of our box of costumes, and I was not even sure that anything could be done with it. This dress might still be a costume if I hadn’t gotten an idea. A supercalifragilistic… you get it!  Sailor skirt upcycle time!

Anyway, here’s my process.

Step 1: Cut off the top of the dress, just above the waistband.

Step 2: Apply fray stop to cut off fabric.

sailor skirt after 2

I know!!!! How easy was that! Not a stitch was sewn, and the after item is this cute, light gray pinstripe pleated mini skirt! I also love how the bows on either side look.

sailor skirt upcycle

To model the after look, I wore this skirt with a white button-down under a ¾ length sweater, black tights, and black lace-up shoes. It reminds me a little bit of a schoolgirl skirt with the pleats.

Quick and easy refashion!

We are putting this skirt up on Etsy here, and just so you’re warned, it has no stretch in the waist, so it is a woman’s extra small, or a girl’s 14-16. The size can be slightly regulated by how tight you tie the bows on each side. Well, we hope you liked this remake as much as we did. Leave us a comment telling me what you think of my job.

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Summer to Fall Skirt – Cursory to Cutie Pie!

summer to fall skirt

Today we have a season extending summer to fall skirt refashion for you!  We took a lightweight dress for a little girl and transformed it into a skirt that is perfect for fall weather!  Let us show you what we are talking about!

summer to fall skirt

Hey, you sassy thing!

This little sundress we picked up at Goodwill for $1.50 is a toddler size.  It didn’t really fit Annie, or rather was great for the hot summer, but cooler fall temperatures just were leaving her a bit chilled!  Also, it was getting small!  So naturally we thought of refashioning it into a skirt for fall.  Taking it straight from skirt to dress worked size wise, but it didn’t add any warmth to the thin material.  Our next idea was to add some sort of under layer that would ruffle out the bottom.  But alas, we could find no brown skirts to match the exact brown of this little dress.  What to do, what to do?  We know that manufacturers change color and dyes from year to year, but it was getting ridiculous!  I even spent one evening in Jo-Ann Fabrics, haunting the aisles, not being distracted at all by the gorgeous new patterns and colors!  Ahem, so anyway, I just happened to lay the little dress I’d brought along up next to a brown bolt of fabric I thought might work, when it hit me!  Purple!  On the other side of the brown bolt was a purple that made this little dress pop!  So it was back to the drawing board, or rather back to Annie’s closet at home!

summer to fall skirt

Hello, baby!

We found in Annie’s very copious stash of skirt this purple number.  Now there was nothing wrong with it, and she enjoyed wearing it just like this, but we needed to repurpose it to work with the little Cherokee dress we had begun refashioning!

Step 1: Cut off straps on brown Cherokee dress.

Step 2: Cut off waistband of purple skirt and zigzag top of remaining skirt bottom.

Step 3: Sew purple skirt underneath Cherokee dress.

Step 4: Cut off buttons from top of former Cherokee dress and sew them and some purple and brown ones along the hem of the former Cherokee dress.

summer to fall skirt

Ta-da!

Annie loves this new combination although she was unsure at first if she wanted to sacrifice her purple skirt for the project!

button detail

Close up of the button detail!

Now this skirt will keep Annie warm for all her planned fall activities.  She wants to visit a pumpkin patch, go for a hayride, go to the zoo, try out a corn maze, jump in the leaf piles, and so on!  Good thing she has a warm skirt to keep her covered through all that!

summer to fall skirt

Thankful for a summer to fall skirt refashion!

Total Time: 1 hour (seriously it wouldn’t have taken Allegra this long, but I’m a very slow at sewing by hand, and those buttons took way longer than they should have!  It could also have been Annie bumping my elbow as she jumped up and down saying, “Is it ready yet?  Can I try it on now?  What’s taking you so long, Mom?”)

Total Cost: $1.50

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Fall Plaid DIY Skirt Makeover – Pitiful to Pleasing!

schoolgirl skirt refashion

Eeeeeeee! This remake is soooo cute, and I’m so exited about it! We started with a skirt that was gifted from a dear grandma lady.

plaid DIY skirt makeover

It was very… should we say… grandma-ish! It came about mid-calf on me, (sorry we didn’t get a before pic outside, but it was raining) and as it was it was just too much plaid. Waaaaaaaay too much plaid. To me it looked like some kind of golf shirt gone wrong, or something destined to be passed along forever until someone craftier than me turned it into a tree skirt or something along those lines! I actually had to think a bit before I came up with a good remake idea, but I saw that it had pleats, and a lightbulb went on over my head!  It was time for a plaid DIY skirt makeover!

1. I cut off about a foot of the awful plaid.

2. I re-hemmed the bottom to the now about-knee-length skirt.

3. I sewed red grosgrain ribbons on the bottoms of the two front belt loops.

4. I hemmed the cut off part into an infinity scarf!

DIY plaid skirt makeover

Yep, that’s it! It is the cutest thing in the WHOLE WORLD now! It is a size ten, but it has such a tight elastic waist that it fit Aria perfectly, and it was too short for me. I thought that it looked like something ‘English Schoolgirl’ with the pleats and all, so I played up on that.

schoolgirl skirt refashion

Aria wore a white button-down shirt with the skirt, and accessorized with white tights, black shoes, and a red ribbon bow. Doesn’t she look so much like a schoolgirl!?!?!

Total Time: 15 minutes for both skirt and scarf!

Total Cost: $0!

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

DIY infinity scarf

We are putting this up for sale on Etsy here, and if you buy this skirt before December 1, you get the scarf shown in this last picture thrown in for FREE! I think it is a perfect skirt for holiday parties and other functions, as well as for costumes.

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Be sure to vote in the poll, visit Etsy and also, please leave us a comment about a skirt you wore in your schoolgirl days!

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Always be exciting,

Allegra

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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

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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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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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Last Minute Costume Ideas – Skirt Costume Theme Week

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Do you need some last minute costume ideas for girls?  Never fear, Skirt Fixation is here!  We have two great ideas for you that are fast, easy, FREE, and fun!  No one will know you threw them together at the last minute, and will spend hours and hours trying to copy your look next time they need a great costume.

Last Minute Costume Idea #1: Reuse an old costume, just add a skirt!

At our Egyptian Feast last year, Aria represented Cleopatra.  It was a great evening, and she was verrrrrry regal!  Unfortunately, she got a little to enthusiastic with her Masoor Dal (Egyptian Lentil Soup) but to be fair, she was sitting at a throne, not a table!

Last minute costume idea for girls! See the stain?

There were several like this stain.  But here at Skirt Fixation, we gals think a skirt can fix just about anything!  So we found a matching skirt, tossed it on over the top, and she was good to go!  It actually fixed another problem beside the stain…Aria had grown several inches since she wore this last, and adding a skirt over the top made it long enough for an Egyptian Pharaoh-ess!

Last minute costume idea for girls!

Her costume included a black wig, jewled collar and wristbands, cape, sandals and dress.  She just added the skirt.

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Pretty leaf-encrusted sandals!

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Doesn’t this look like something you’d find on the wall of a pyramid?  Ahhhhhh, yes!

 Last Minute Costume Idea #2: Rob someone else’s closet!

Since it might be hard for you to see any items in your closet that are costume worthy, you should try someone else’s closet!  You probably see your own clothes in the light of how you usually wear them, but with someone else’s item before you, no preconceived notions exist!  For Annie’s costume, she robbed her brother’s closet!  Her 8 year old brother happens to be in the cowboy phase of his childhood, and putting together a cowgirl outfit was a cinch!  (No pun intended!!)

Last minute costume idea

She started with her own long denim skirt (of course!) and added a checkered shirt, chaps, boots, a handkerchief, holster and pop gun, and cowgirl hat!  We braided her hair in two braids, and she was ready to ride.

Last minute cowgirl costume idea!Ride ’em cowgirl!

Last minute costume idea Too adorable to be dangerous!

So there you have it!  Two last minute costume ideas that are fast, easy, free, no-sew and adorable!

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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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!