Today I did a little refashion with an Ann Taylor skirt for “Project Sewn.” Their current refashion challenge is called ‘If the Shoe Fits’, and the idea is to take a favorite pair of shoes and create an outfit around them.
I really liked this idea, and since I already did one refashion for Project Sewn (here), I thought I would go ahead and follow through on this one. Last time I embroidered cherry blossoms onto a skirt. This time, I didn’t have many ideas, but I had a pair of shoes in mind, and I found this really nice Ann Taylor Loft, size 4 wool skirt on the bottom of one of our skirt boxes.
If I remember it right, it smelled like cigarette smoke when we first got it, and it had to hang out for a bit before it smelled nice again. Sometimes when we find a great deal on a good skirt (like this one from Goodwill for $2.50,) we know that we aren’t going to let a little smell stop us. Mother Nature takes care of any off smells when you hang an item of clothing outside for a few days! Anyway, I love the pattern, and the sort of greeny-brown color of it. The ruffle at the bottom is really pretty too, but I wished that it would stand out more, to make it more feel more vintage. I took some cream lace that we bought cheap from Goodwill and sewed a layer halfway down the inside of the ruffle, so that it just peeks out the bottom. The ruffle looked weird now, kind of bent out of shape, so I sewed another layer of lace at the top of the inside of the ruffle.
I love the way that it looks now! So vintage and glam! I adore the way that the ruffle stands out, and the pretty, feminine look that the peek-out lace looks. I paired the after skirt with a puffy, ruffled vintage shirt, a vintage leather belt, and the shoes that inspired the look.
These shoes were one of my first pair of heels, they are a low, vintage-inspired heel with lovely twisted details on the tops. I really hope that I don’t grow out of them anytime soon, because they are the prettiest, most comfortable shoes that I have ever owned.
Total Time: 30 minutes
Total Cost: $2.50
Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress
Now if you want to, you can click on over to Project Sewn, and vote for my If The Shoe Fits sew along submission, I’d really appreciate it! I’m number 44.
Always be Exciting,
P.S. We shared this post over at Refashion Co-Op!