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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!

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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

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Audrey

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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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Old Navy blue linen skirt – Alright to Awesome!

For today’s skirt refashion we started with 2 great skirts we thought we could improve on!  First skirt, a linen Old Navy number.

Well, okay then!
Well, okay then!

It was just alright!  It was a tad too big, and there was some cute embroidery around the bottom, which wasn’t working for Aria, but we are saving it for another refashion!  We found this skirt at a thrift store for $1.50.

Not lovin' this skirt...yet!
Not lovin’ this skirt…yet!

Next we picked up a little black floral skirt.  Cute, but Aria has a secret to confess.  She doesn’t like to wear short skirts because they show all the blemishes on her legs.  She’s a bit of a tomboy, and has bumps, bruises, scabs, bug bites, scrapes, and so on to prove it!  In photos, sometimes Allegra photo edits out these trophies for Aria, but in real life, no editing available!   This skirt was on sale for $1.00 at a thrift store.

So here’s what we did:

Step 1: Cut off floral pattern from waistband leaving lining with waistband as the linen skirt already had a lining.

Step 2: Cut of overskirt only of blue linen skirt, leaving top 10 inches with and all the lining.

Step 3:  Sewed black floral skirt to blue linen overskirt, right sides together.

Step 4:  Turned skirt right side out and sewed decorative stitching near seam where the 2 skirts join to hold them in place better.

Step 5:  Pinned and sewed on lace.  This is a really great lace we found at a Trader Baker’s store for $7.99 for a humongous roll, so we’ll just add $1.00 to the price since we didn’t use anywhere near the whole thing!  It is a triple strand of lace that has an ombre effect to it.

Step 6: Took a small tuck in each side of the waist as it was a little too big.

Absolutely stunning!

Can you say P-R-E-T-T-Y?
Can you say P-R-E-T-T-Y?

Isn’t that gorgeous now?

Defiantly twirl-ready!
Defiantly twirl-ready!

Aria is in love with this skirt, and we are in love with her in this skirt!  We love the look of putting a straight skirt with a flared skirt for the mermaid look!

Total cost: $4.50

Total time: about 45 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Ready to attend something fancy!
Ready to attend something fancy!

What do you think?  Did you prefer the Alright before or the Awesome after?

Old Navy linen skirt - Alright to Awesome!
Old Navy linen skirt – Alright to Awesome!

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Aqua Blue Skirt Remake – Languid to Lovely

Today we started with two skirts and combined them to make an awesome fashion statement.  The first skirt was a khaki mini skirt with rear zip pockets.  Nothing really wrong with it, except it was just a tad too loose in the waist.  We picked it up at a second hand store for $2.00.

Not too thrilled with this skirt...yet!
Not too thrilled with this skirt…yet!

Our next skirt was a cute aqua blue number.  This skirt had a very cute ribbon belt the same aqua color.  Great idea, but it looked a bit languid against all the background aqua.  Also we love the ribbon trim inlaid around the bottom of the skirt, but they just look like sort of an afterthought.  No poppin’…yet.  Again, cost $2.00.

Now where is that cute belt?
Now where is that cute belt?

Here was the process:

Step 1: Cut off bottom of aqua skirt at seam where bottom ruffles start.

Step 2: Pull out ribbon belt from waistband of aqua skirt.

Step 3: Sew ruffles to bottom of khaki mini skirt.  (These happened to be almost exactly the same measurements!)

Step 4: Thread ribbon belt into belt loops of khaki mini skirt.  This totally took in the extra width of the skirt, and it fits perfectly now!

Look at that belt pop out now!
Look at that belt pop out now!

Total Cost: $4.00

Total Time: 20 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Cute zipper back pockets
Cute zipper back pockets

We just adore the way this turned out!  Aria has gotten so many compliments on this skirt.  The aqua bottom of the skirt is unlined, and so perfect for hot summer weather while maintaining the longer length she prefers.

One more look at the front!
One more look at the front!

Doesn’t the ribbon trim around the bottom just pop now too?

What do you think?
What do you think?

So now it’s your turn to chime in.  What do you think?  Do you prefer the languid before skirt or the lovely remake?  Vote in the poll and then leave your comment about why you chose that skirt.

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Brown Dot Skirt – Meh to Marvelous!

For this cute skirt refashion we started with a cute brown skirt with a ribbon belt.  It was a gift from a friend, so as we possessed it already, no cost!

Cute, but outgrown!
Cute, but outgrown!

Really cute, right?  So what was the problem?  Well, due to fact she has a 6-foot tall mother, Aria had outgrown this skirt lengthwise before it stopped fitting around! She still loved the way it fit and the fun dot fabric even though she wasn’t happy with the length, so asked for a refashion.

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Take apart a white-layered skirt to use one layer for the contrast trim.

Step 2: Pin and sew trim onto bottom of brown dot skirt.

Happy to be able to wear this skirt again!
Happy to be able to wear this skirt again!

Total Cost: $0.00

Total Time: Approximately 10 minutes (once the white-layered skirt was apart!)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Now here’s something she’ll be able to wear again for a while!

What do you think?
What do you think?

Your turn!  What do you think?  Do you like the Meh before or Marvelous after?  Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts on your choice below.

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