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Grandparent’s Theme Week – Grandma M’s Dress Barn skirt refashion

dress barn skirt

Recently our Grandma M was visiting us.  We had such a blast taking her through our skirt stash and she picked out some skirts for us to work with.  This was so fun!  We started with a Dress Barn skirt we found at Goodwill for $1.25.  Nothing wrong with it, we just loved the ribbon trim and the bright colors!

dress barn skirt

Next we found another skirt at Goodwill, this one an Old Navy linen skirt for $1.50.   It had a few issues!

old navy linen skirt

Ummmm, yeah!  When we put it in our cart, we thought it was a girls skirt, but when we got it home we realized it was a women’s size, but with the ties, it clotted up at the waist when tightened to a smaller size.  One would constantly be straightening out the wrinkles if they were a smaller size and tried to wear this skirt.

Here were our steps:

Step 1: Sew shut split up the side of the Dress Barn skirt.

Step 2: Cut off top of Old Navy skirt.

Step 3: Pin and sew Old Navy skirt to the bottom of the Dress Barn skirt so it measured 38″ Grandma M.’s requested finish length.

Step 4: Sew additional line of decorative stitching around bottom of Dress Barn skirt for reinforcement.

thrift store refashion

There it is, what a young-looking, pretty Grandma!  She paired it with a green top, white shrug and black heels!

Total Cost: $2.75

Total Time: 20 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

To tell you the truth, I was a little nervous sewing a refashion for the lady who taught me to sew!  But she seemed really happy about her new skirt, and didn’t mention any crooked seams or anything!

dress barn skirtSo now let us know what you think in the comment section.  And be sure to enter our skirt giveaway in honor of Grandparents week!  We can’t wait to see what you can do with a skirt to refashion!
pinterest ready picture Thanks for your help Grandma M. and thanks for sending us such awesome after pictures!
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Brown Thrift Store Skirt Refashion – Color Block to Color POP!

thrift store skirt refashion

On this remake, I started with a brown and white color block skirt from Goodwill for $2.50.

Goodwill skirt
Looking a little tired!

It was very cute and stylish with two pleats in the back and front. Color block skirts are really in now, and so I knew that even though it was tired, I could work with it.  The skirt reminded me of this skirt from Old Navy

old navy color-block skirt

or this skirt from Piperlime.

lime colorblock piperlime skirt

The only problem was that it wasn’t all that eye-catching, kind of boring, actually. I had this cute stash of three-layered lace from St. Vincent that I had been wanting to use, and this was the perfect opportunity.

Here’s what I did:

  1. I sewed the pink lace around the bottom of the skirt.
  2. I sewed two matching pink bows at the top of each of the pleats in the front.
thrift store skirt refashion
Ta Da!

There! This is a really easy remake to do to spice up a boring skirt! I love the way the ribbon and lace pair to make a cuter and more flirty skirt.

Kickin' up my heels for joy!
Kickin’ up my heels for joy!

I paired the skirt with a ruffled white button-down blouse and brown pumps. It could also be paired with a casual pink or white tee and sandals or flip-flops for a more casual look.

Worn out no more!
Worn out no more!

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $3.50 (Picked up the matching ribbon for $1)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Color Block to Color POP!
Color Block to Color POP!

So what do you think?  Did you prefer the Color Block before or the Color POP after? Vote in the poll and leave us some love in the comments below!  Since my closet is getting a little stuffed, I am selling this skirt on Etsy here.

What do you think? Color Block or Color POP!

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Always be exciting,

Allegra

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90s Theme Week – Plaid Librarian Remake – Unbearable to Updated!

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.

Look, look! We found almost the exact skirt pattern from Allegra’s skirt design post!  We lucked upon this doozy from Studio C at Goodwill and it was 1/2 price for a total of $1.25!

Quiet in the stacks!
Quiet in the stacks!

The problem? It looks like something a 90’s librarian would wear. For another, it’s polyester/spandex, and a little of that goes a long way!  This is not working.

Icky back split!
Icky back split!

Here are my steps.

  1. Cut the skirt off right at the slit.
  2. Hemmed the skirt.
Hello 21st Century, nice to meet you!
Hello 21st Century, nice to meet you!

Well, that was easy! In the after pictures I tried to dress somewhat like Allegra’s drawing, but  turned out more fall than winter.

Total Time: 20 minutes

Total Cost: $1.25

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Modern edition of a 90s skirt
Modern edition of a 90s skirt

If you really like this skirt, we have put it up for sale in our Etsy shop here.

90s Librarian Plaid - Unbearable to Updated
90s Librarian Plaid – Unbearable to Updated

What do you think?  It’s your turn to vote in the poll and leave your comments with us letting us know your thoughts!

What do you think? Unbearable or Updated?

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Abercrombie Mini Skirt Makeover – Short to Shining

Today, we have a skirt refashion for you that will knock your socks off!  We found a super cute mini skirt by Abercrombie at Salvation Army for $2.00.  Can’t beat that!  The problem wasn’t the price or the fantastic details, it was the length.  When you are 6 feet tall with a 36″ inseam, your legs are so long they look scrawny when sticking out of the bottom of a mini skirt!  Either that or like you are trying to squeeze into your daughter’s clothing!

Just look at the detail on those pockets!
Just look at the detail on those pockets!

If it wasn’t the chunky buttons we fell in love with, it was the pockets for sure!

So here’s what we did:

Step 1: Measure bottom of Abercrombie mini skirt.

Step 2: Use that measurement to create a tube from this fantastic fabric I found at JoAnn’s Fabrics.  It was one of those fabrics that when I saw it I knew I had to have it, and would figure out some use for it later!  I mean check out those sequins and that embroidery!  I simply cannot resist corduroy! But I digress!

Step 3: Sew fabric tube onto bottom of Abercrombie mini.

Step 4: Cut out denim strips, sew them together, gather, then sew to bottom of brown layer.

How about that for a good looking skirt makeover?

Kicking up my heels with delight!
Kicking up my heels with delight!

Total cost: $2.00  (Not counting the cost of the fabric…I don’t remember what it cost, and since it was part of my stash, I’m not counting it!)

Total time: Approximately 1 hour

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

Abercrombie Mini Skirt - Short to Shining
Abercrombie Mini Skirt – Short to Shining

I can’t wait for fall to wear this denim/corduroy combo!  As cool as the summer has been, maybe I can get by with it sooner!  So what do you think?  Did you prefer the short mini before, or the shining, sparkling, superb after?  Vote and then let us know why you chose that one in the comments section.

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