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American Eagle Mini Refashion – Pinstriped to Pristine!

On this skirt remake, I started with a pinstripe American Eagle mini skirt from Salvation army for $4.99,

Pinstriped and pretty!
Pinstriped and pretty!

and a checkered Max brand skirt for $1.25 from Goodwill.  The pinstripe skirt had a faded dirty pink ribbon belt that was literally crumbling at the touch.  The Max brand skirt was too short (sorry, I didn’t get a picture)

#1. I pinned the checkered skirt to the bottom of the pinstriped skirt.

#2. I sewed the skirts together.

#3. I cut off the top of the Max plaid skirt for later use…it’s got some really cute button and embroidery lines, so keep an eye out for it!

#4. I formed a renewed ribbon belt with vintage buckles.  We added Velcro to the back side of the ribbon, so it’s adjustable!

Perky skirt for fall!
Perky skirt for fall!

Wow!  I love it now! The sober pinstripe pattern looks good paired with the exuberant checkered pattern. I paired this with a flower-patterned shirt.

Total Time: 20 min.

Talent Level: Intermediate

Total Cost $6.24

Turning heads!
Turning heads!

If you feel like you cannot live without this cutie, we know how you feel, and we’ve listed it on Etsy for you!

What do you think? Pinstriped American Eagle before or Pristine after?

You choose!
You choose!

Vote in the poll to let us know what you think and leave your comment love for us below!

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Brown Floral Skirt – Lackluster to Linen Loveliness!

On this skirt remake, I started with two pieces with potential that just weren’t cutting it yet. The first was a tan corduroy mini skirt.

Mini mess!
Mini mess!

I don’t like that length, so the miniskirt wasn’t working.  Cost $2.50 at a thrift store.

See the ruffle with potential?
See the ruffle with potential?

The second was a knee length brown floral skirt – a linen piece with tiny wooden beads. The length was ok, and I loved the ruffle underneath, but I thought it would be much nicer paired with the mini.  Cost $2.00 again, a thrift store.

Pretty beads that need a little work.
Pretty beads that need a little work.

1. I pinned the brown floral skirt to the underneath of the corduroy one.

2. I sewed the brown florta skirt in place, and cut off the waistband.

Hello cute, cute combo!
Hello cute, cute combo!

Look at it now! This is my favorite kind of thrift store remake skirt, a ten-minute, easy winner that is doubly cute afterwards. It is adorable dressed up with a button-down top and heels, or dressed down with a plain blouse and flats.

See the adorable corduroy embroidery pocket deal!
See the adorable corduroy embroidery pocket detail?

Total time: 10minutes

Total cost $4.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Lackluster to Linen Loveliness!
Lackluster to Linen Loveliness!

Now it’s your turn!  What do you think?  Lackluster before or linen loveliness after?  Vote in the poll and then let us know in the comments below.

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Always be exciting,

Allegra.

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90s Theme Week – Another 8th grade graduation dress – Obsolete to Out of this World!

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

My mom (Audrey) wore this dress for her eighth-grade graduation ceremony.

Way back in the 90s!
Way back in the 90s!

Awful, isn’t it? Sooooooooo 90’s from the HUGE glasses to the clip-on shoe bows. It had been hanging in my closet for a few months before I decided to make it into something more…wearable, shall we say?

Here are the steps.

#1. I cut the waistband off of a skirt that was too small and too short. (Sorry I haven’t got a before picture)

#2. I cut the top off of the dress, and gathered what was left until it fit the waistband that I had cut off.

#3. I sewed the dress bottom to the skirt waistband.

Welcome to the 21st Century!
Welcome to the 21st Century!

Now doesn’t it look nice? It still looks vintage, but it doesn’t look old anymore.

Vintage and cute!
Vintage and cute!

Total cost: $0!

Total time: 2 hours  (It was my first ever remake!)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

A whole new lease on life!
A whole new lease on life!

This is a great way to keep and enjoy and outdated but memorable piece of clothing.

So what do you think?  Past or present?  Obsolete or Out of this World?  Vote in the poll and then comment to let us know what you think!

Can you guess which is which?
Can you guess which is which?

Past or present? Obsolete or Out of this World? Your choice!

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Always be exciting,

Allegra.

This is Audrey popping in to say…that dress was pretty cool when I was wearing it, and the 90s don’t feel like all that long ago!  But Allegra did a beautiful job here, don’t you think so too?!

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90s Theme Week – 8th Grade graduation dress – Shudder to Chic!

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

This was my aunt’s eighth-grade graduation dress.

Look at those 90s girls!
Look at those 90s girls!

Uhhhhhhh…yeah. This is the peplum at it’s very worst.  (Sorry Auntie!)  There was no way I was being seen in public with THIS on!!! Anyway, the fabric is almost a silk, a really nice fabric with roses woven into the pattern. Here are the steps I used in this remake process.

#1. I cut the white peplum shoulder padded awfulness off of the black skirt part.

#2. I sewed the black skirt part onto a sparkly silver-trimmed denim mini I picked up at Goodwill for $2.50.

Sparkly!
Sparkly!

#3. I sewed a heart made out of the white fabric onto one of the back pockets.

Pocket close up!
Pocket close up!

Tada!  That was easy and fast!

Never would've guessed something so chic could come from...that!
Never would’ve guessed something so chic could come from…that!

Hey, how easy was that?!?!?! I love the way that this looks now! I wear this in public a lot now. It is so chic and stylish!  I paired it with a grey ruffle shirt and black velvet belt for the photo shoot.

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: $2.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

An improvement, no question!
An improvement, no question!

Every time I wear this skirt out, I get so many complements!

Before&After
90s Graduation Dress – Shudder to Chic!

So what are your thoughts?  Please vote in the poll and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

 

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No Boundaries denim mini – Awful to Attractive!

Today’s skirt refashion was a learning process, but ended up so much better than expected!  We started with a plain No Boundaries denim mini.  This was actually the first mini refashion we did, so we’re reaching back a few months here, but just didn’t get around to posting it until today!  Back to the mini, it cost $2.00 from Salvation Army.

Here's the denim mini bones!
Here’s the denim mini bones!

Here’s what we did!

Step 1: We took some pink, embroidered fabric we had in our stash and sewed it into a tube.  The problem was (being our first mini refashion) we forgot to allow extra width at the bottom for walking and stuff.  Now we just recently did a post on the hobble skirt, but that was not the idea here!  Also the look was too “little girl” for the intended wearer, Allegra.

Step 2: To fix the  problem we cut out 4 triangle shapes for the godet panels in the bottom of the pink fabric, two in front, two in back.

Step 3: Inserted lace panels from an old curtain.

Step 4: Zig-zag around bottom of skirt for slightly jagged/unhemmed look.

Now that's better!
Now that’s better!

I have to admit when I was done remaking this skirt, I left the sewing room, threw the skirt at Allegra saying, “There!  And I hope I never see that thing again!”  Unabashed, she put the skirt on, came running to show me, and we both loved it!  How about that look now?  She can walk, and it’s sophisticated enough for her taste!

Would you have guessed that used to be a curtain?
Would you have guessed that used to be a curtain?

 

Total cost: $2.00

Total time: 1 hour (due to the mistakes and backtracking!)

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

Rose Lace skirt - Awful to Attractive!
Rose Lace skirt – Awful to Attractive!

Now it’s your turn!  What did you think?  Did you prefer the awful before (and during!) or the attractive after?  Vote in the poll and comment to let us know why you chose that skirt!

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Mossimo Supply Co. Skirt Remake – Flat to Fabulous

On this skirt remake, I started with a ‘Mossimo Supply Co.’ skirt in brown, tan, and white.

Do I want to remake this skirt?  Yes!
Do I want to remake this skirt? Yes!

 

There were two big pockets, which I totally LOVED, but they kind of got lost in the skirt and the decorative ties for the pockets were major BLAH!!! The ties were made of some kind of cloth fabricky stuff, and they were a kind of military olive greenish color.

Icky pocket ties
Icky pocket ties

I dig military on some skirts, but this feminine skirt was totally made to go a different way.   I got this skirt for $2.00

 

Here are my steps.

Step 1. I ironed the skirt and sewed a flowered vintage cream lace around the bottom.

Step 2. I took out the gross military ties from the pockets and sewed in some pretty satin ribbon in a brown that matched the skirt color.

Step 3. I edged the pockets in a thin frilly white and pale yellow lace.

See the lace!
See the lace!

 

Oooooh!!! Look at it now! The pockets totally stand out with the ribbon ties and the lace edging. The lace around the bottom helps it to not look so worn out now too!!!

Look at that pretty skirt now!
Look at that pretty skirt now!

For the after photos, I paired this with a dark brown ‘Candies’ blouse, a vintage cream sweater, leather ‘Land’s End’ slouch boots, brown tights, and a vintage leather handbag!

Total Cost: $4.00 (The ribbon cost $2)

Total Time:  30 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Just in time for the fall wardrobe!
Just in time for the fall wardrobe!

How cute is this now?!?! I mean, the perfect fall outfit, right? In case you can’t live without this skirt, we have decided to put it up on Etsy here.

Your turn to choose!
Your turn to choose!

So what do you think?  Did you prefer the flat before or the fabulous after?  Vote in the poll and comment to let us know what you think!

Which skirt did you like better Flat or Fabulous?

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Ann Taylor LOFT skirt remake – Fine to Fetching

For today’s skirt refashion, we started with two thrifted skirts.  Skirt number 1: A cute Ann Taylor Loft selection, just a little too short and plain for our taste. Cost $2.00

The skirt - fine, the expression - funny!
The skirt – fine, the expression – funny!

We also found a skirt in the girl’s section in the exact same shade of lime green!

Fine also, just fine, but nuthin’ special…yet.  Cost? $3.00

Plain with potential!
Plain with potential!

So here’s what we did:

Step 1:  Cut top off of lime green skirt.

Step 2: Pin and then sew on top of green ruffles to bottom of Ann Taylor skirt. (They were almost exactly the same measurement!

Step 3:  Sew 3 additional decorative stitching lines below hem.

How about that skirt now?  Try that one on for some immediate bounce in your step!

Mighty fetching skirt you've got there!
Mighty fetching skirt you’ve got there!

Total Cost: $5.00

Total Time: 20 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Blowing kisses!
Blowing kisses!

Do you love this refashion as much as we do, so much that you can’t live without it?  Well, it is currently for sale in our Etsy shop along with some other things we’ve created!  Just click through to complete the sale and look fetching, too!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/158123301/refashioned-ann-taylor-loft-pink-floral?ref=shop_home_active

 

Fine or Fetching?
Fine or Fetching?

Your turn!  What do you think?  Do you prefer the Fine before or the Fetching after?  Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts on your choice in the comments section.

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Mermaid Skirt Remake – Oofda to Oooh La La!

For this stunning skirt refashion we started with 2 pieces that had great bones, but could use some pick-me-up.  We started with a plain denim mini.  Plain, but with potential for so much more! Cost $2.50

Sort of boring?
Sort of boring?

Next we found a blue polka dot skirt with colors that popped…a few sizes too large. Cost $2.00

Look at those bubbles!
Look at those bubbles!

That thing is so big, I think we could…hey come here model #2!

Not quite town-ready yet!
Not quite town-ready yet!

Verrrry funny, but a little hard to go out in public like that!

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Measure bottom of mini.

Step 2: Fold in one section of polka dot skirt until it fits same measurement.

Step 3: Sew together sections of polka dot skirt, cut off excess on inside.

Step 4: Sew top of polka dot skirt inside bottom of mini.

Presenting….oooh la la!  We call this our mermaid skirt, with it’s flirty tail.

Can you say pretty?
Can you say pretty?

Total Cost: $4.50

Total Time: Approximately 30 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Hello fun, new skirt!
Hello fun, new skirt!

Now that’s something she’ll be wearing in public…often!

What do you think?
What do you think?

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

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American Eagle Mini Skirt Ragged to Ravishing!

For this fantastic skirt fix, we started with 2 pieces that had a lot of potential, but didn’t work on their own.  First off, there was the American Eagle green mini skirt.  It was in great shape except for the hem, which had seen better days.  We paid $2.50 for it.

green mini before
Used to be really cute, I’m sure!

The next item we chose was a fun, bright skirt.  The greens in the skirt were the same exact color as the green mini.  The problem?  A few sizes too large!  We paid $2.50.

blue florals before
Just a smidge too big?

 

So here’s what we did:

Step 1: Detach bottom 1/2 of pockets from green mini.

Step 2: Remove ragged hem portion from green mini.

Step 3: Measure bottom width of remaining top piece of green mini.

Step 4: Find same measurement across width of blue floral skirt.

Step 5: Trim off top of blue floral skirt.

Step 6: Sew top of green mini and bottom of blue floral skirts together.

Step 7: Reattach bottom 1/2 of pockets to blue floral skirt.

 blue florals after 1

Total Cost: $5

Total Time: 30 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Level

blue florals after 2
Fun pockets on the back!

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

Before&After

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