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Lauren Jeans Co. Denim Skirt Refashion

Lauren Jeans Co. denim skirt refashion

For today’s skirt refashion, I started with this Lauren Jeans Co. Size 10, 22-inch long skirt.  We picked it up at Goodwill for $2.50, knowing that a Lauren Jeans Co. denim skirt was a great buy for $2.50 and this one was is great shape.

Lauren Jeans Co denim skirt

It was a nice plain skirt, kind of blah, a little outdated, and as I didn’t want to add on new fabric, or take off some of the length, I started thinking about embellishing it. I picked out some non-gathered lace from our lace box and laid it out in patterns until I got the pattern that I wanted.

 Step by Step Lauren Jeans Co. Denim Skirt Refashion Instructions

1. Sewed a piece of lace on either side of the slit.

2. Sewed a brown ribbon onto the top of the piece of lace.

3. Repeated steps 1 and 2 three more times.

4. Sewed a pink bow onto the top layer of ribbon.

Lauren Jeans Co. denim skirt refashion

I really like how this turned out!

Lauren Jeans Co. denim skirtHere you can see how the back has no lace on it, but I was using scraps of lace, and I didn’t have enough lace to go around the back, so the lace and ribbon are just on the front.  This produces a sort of cool, split-personality effect!  It’s a different skirt coming and going!  But then again, a bunch of lace on the back might have been uncomfortable to sit on…or would it have produced a completed look?  Hmmm, I might have to find another skirt like this and do an experiment!

denim skirt by lauren jeans co.This is definitely a warm-weather skirt, so you’ll have to excuse my cold-weather outfit and hunched-up expression. Hey, when it’s negative degrees outside, I just wanna get back inside!  I paired this skirt with a navy blue tee under my brown-pocketed jacket, and wore white tights and my favorite brown boots.

Lauren Skirt Co. denim skirt refashion

Since this skirt is a bit too large and a bit too short for me we are selling this skirt on Etsy here. I sewed the lace on so that it lifts up on the bottom and is only attached on the top, and I think that it is a really cute look overall. I had a lot of fun with this skirt, so I hope that maybe I can do another remake like this sometime soon. Lemme know what you think of my newest skirt remake!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Updated Black Circle Skirt

circle skirt with ruffles

I didn’t have a huge inspired skirt planned for today, and to tell the truth, I didn’t even have the faintest idea what to do. It’s one of those days where the extended cold weather just sort of has everyone feeling uninspired!  A good day to whip out an updated black circle skirt in a few minutes, and then spend the rest of the day curled up in that skirt with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book!  So, I just went and looked in our growing skirt box and found this skirt that was gifted to us by a dear grandma lady.

updated black circle skirtThe skirt’s tag must have been scratchy (hate that!) because it had been cut off. So, I can’t tell what the skirt’s brand is, but the size must be about a 10 or so, but the elastic waist makes it stretch over several different sizes. I liked the way that the skirt was separated into panels, and some of the panels were outlined with little black ruffles, which was a bonus.

Updated Black Circle Skirt DIY Instructions:

1. I cut off about five or six inches from the bottom of the skirt, and hemmed it, folding it over twice.

updated black circle skirtThere! This is a great example of a one-step skirt remake. I like the way that the skirt is no longer yuck-length, but is now below-the-knee length. This is a great cello skirt now, and with a bit of dressing up, will be perfect for lessons and orchestra rehearsals.

circle skirt with rufflesI actually thought about adding some white lace to the black fabric ruffles, but I like it just like it is right now. Actually, you might want to keep watching for part two, because if I wear this enough and get tired of the plain blackness, I might just fancy it up a bit!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

One Step Updated Circle SkirtWell, comment and tell me where you wear plain black skirts.  Bye now, I’m off to curl up with that book!

 Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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No-Sew Denim Mini Upcycle – Dull to Darling!

easy upcycle project for girls

Today I pulled this NY Jeans brand skirt we found at St. Vincent for $2.00 out of the mini skirt box. Yes, we have a box for them now!  Today we venture forth on a no-sew denim mini upcycle project!  This is a perfect project for a first time refashioned or a girl who want to get started in a fun way!

no-sew denim mini upcycleWe didn’t have a plan for it anytime soon, so I figured I could do what I wanted with it. I had wanted to use fabric markers or paint again, so I looked at the design and figured that fabric markers would be the best choice. There weren’t really any steps, so I’ll just tell you exactly what I did. Starting on the upper left pocket, I drew a heart with a blue fabric marker. Continuing downward diagonally, I drew more hearts of varying sizes. I almost let it go at that, but something seemed missing. I kind of doodled, and drew different decorations in some of the hearts, filled some of them in, and left some as they were. I had a little crystal iron-on hummingbird that I had been waiting to use, and this was the perfect opportunity! I drew some green hearts to compliment the hummingbird, and followed the instructions to iron on the hummingbird. The trouble was, only some of the crystals stuck on, and most of the rest of them peeled away with the paper! So, what was probably a ten-minute job turned into a thirty-minute job because I had to glue on every. Single. One. Of. The. Crystals. Whew!!!

easy upcycle project for girlsActually, it looks really nice now; I like the kind of girly artsy way that the hearts and the hummingbird look together.

denim mini upcycleIt was Waaaaaaay too cold to wear this outside today, but I would wear it with a fun one-color tee or turtleneck, and tights and boots. Actually it might be better until summer to wear it, because all I can think about right now is tights and boots and blankets and hot chocolate.

hummingbird crystal studsHello there, little cute hummingbird!  Right now all the hummingbirds have flown south for the winter, but we have a token one for this skirt!

An easy way for a girl to upcycle a denim mini.The skirt is for sale on Etsy here, and now I’m going to go drink some hot chocolate and wear a blanket like a cape for the rest of the day!!!  It’s a good day to stay indoors and work on fun things like a no-sew denim mini upcycle!  Leave us a comment and tell us what art you would have doodled on this khaki denim mini!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Pencil Skirt Refashion – Waddle to Wowzers!

pencil skirt ensemble

Oh, I am soooo excited about this remake, which I did all by myself for myself.

pencil skirt refashion

I started with this awful skirt (I mean really awful). This skirt was the whole deal, yuck length, too tight, (you should’ve seen me waddle,) and a horrible knee-length slit that didn’t help anything. I have wanted a pencil skirt for while, and when I pulled out this monster, I knew that it was perfect for what I wanted. Here are the steps that I used to turn this terrible specimen into a nice khaki pencil skirt refashion.

Pencil Skirt Refashion Step by Step Instructions

1. I cut off 5 & 1/2 inches off of the bottom, leaving about a 27-inch long skirt.

2. I ironed the bottom of the hem over about an inch- a nice large hem.

3. I sewed the hem.

pencil skirt ensemble

Yeahhhhhhh, that only took me about ten minutes total, and I am soooo impressed with the after effect! It is now a cute, not-too-tight pencil skirt that I can wear a lot of ways. I have been seeing a lot of pictures on Pinterest of pencil skirts dressed with belted cardigans over blouses, and I wanted to kind of create that look, so here is my look that I created with the after skirt.

khaki skirt outfit I wore my cream lace-front cardigan over a bright blue button-down shirt with a brown leather belt over both of them. I accessorized with a pair of patterned tights, brown low heels, and an infinity scarf. I really like the effect that this makes, and I can’t wait to pair my new pencil skirt many more different ways. To me, this remake is a really great example of how we use ugly or old skirts and make them more pretty and modern. The thing I really love is taking an old skirt that nobody wants to wear and in just ten or fifteen minutes making it into a pretty, stylish skirt that anybody would be proud to wear!

khaki skirt ensemble

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $0 (an existing skirt from my closet that I didn’t wear!)

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

Turned a yucky skirt into a modern cutie!

Well, you know what to do next!  Vote in the poll, and let us know in the comments how you wear pencil skirts!

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Old Navy Green Denim Mini Refashion – Plain to Pretty Lace-y!

old navy skirt

Today’s skirt remake was hardly a remake! It was so easy that it was almost unbelievable, but it still looked professional and cute when I was done! I started out with a cute Old Navy green denim mini skirt from St. Vincent for $2.50.

old navy green denim mini

We thought of using this like we’ve used other denim minis, and putting another skirt or some fabric on the bottom, but that didn’t work out. It had sat in the denim mini box for a long time when I decided to go through the box today, and there it was, just waiting to be used! I had an idea as soon as I saw it, and this idea was a particularly good one because it used lace, which I love. I thought that it would be cool to have slanting layers of lace all around a skirt! I put my idea into action and…….

Step 1: I started with a thick white lace, and a thin white lace. I pinned them on, making both layers wrap around diagonally.

Step 2: I sewed the lace on, tucking the end of the wide lace under the bottom of the skirt.

old navy green denim mini

Yep, that’s right! Two steps to make this baby into a brand-new skirt! I love the way that the different styles of lace look together, and the way that the slantiness of the lace make the skirt kind of edgy!

green denim mini

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $2.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

anthropologie skirts

It actually looks like these two skirts from Anthropologie, which is kind of cool!  Anthropologie has a lot of cute skirts!

old navy skirt

I wore a black dolmen sleeve shirt, and black leggings to model this skirt. If I had them, I would’ve worn black Keds too!

back view

Here is the back view, you can see how the lace wraps around for a sort of half chevron look!  I am just in love with this easy-peasy Old Navy green denim mini refashion!

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We are putting this skirt on Etsy here, so we can share the skirt love! This is a cute skirt for going to the library, having a special brunch, or just hanging out! Well, I have Black Friday plans, so I gotta go!

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Don’t get Trampled,

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Be first in Line (with a skirt in your basket of course!,)

Allegra

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Will Sew For Food – U2 Skirt remake!

will sew for food

Well, we’ve had a repeat Will Sew For Food customer!  U. was so happy with the remake we did for her, she brought us two more skirts!

will sew for food

 

The first piece was a denim mini!  Our very favorite place to start!  This one had all the ingredients we look for in a foundation piece, in good condition, a wide hem, a good brand.  (This one is a CATO.)

tiered skirt

A lovely tiered piece in shades of red, white and blue.  Just the right thing to pair with a denim mini!  Now the refashioning of these skirts was like so many others that we’ve done before, that if you want to skip the step by step directions, we certainly won’t be offended!

Step 1:  Cut off top tier of the tiered skirt.  U. requested again that this skirt be a super long 40 inches, so that’s where the mark came to when we laid them out together.

Step 2: Pin and sew tiered skirt to bottom of denim mini.

Step 3: Sew 2 additional lines of stitching around hem to secure tiered skirt and add decoration!

will sew for food

 

There you have it!  Another fantastic denim mini refashion.  Fast, fun, easy and cute!

back view

 

See the cute pocket detail on the back?  We always like to work with contrast stitching on our denim minis because they are like a little hint about what colors the denim mini would pair the best with.  U. must have know that because this one has navy and tan stitching!

will sew for food

We love how full these tiered skirts are that U. brings us!  She says she liked this skirt, but felt it was too short before!  She also told us before we refashioned these two skirts for her she didn’t really like wearing skirts because it felt like something was wrong with them!  But now she says everything has changed and she loves these two!  Glad to be of assistance!  Helping everyone love skirts more, getting more people focused on skirts and femininity is our mission!

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Well, there’s your daily Skirt Fixation!  Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!  And whenever you are ready to submit your own skirt remake, or request that we  will sew for food for you, just pick one of the buttons on the right sidebar!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

 

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Dress to Skirt Remake – Baby Doll to Beautiful!

dress to skirt refashion

On Today’s refashion, we started with this dress.

dress to skirt refashion

Yes.

This Dress.

I mean No.

Not this dress.

Ack.

It was a Fire brand dress from St. Vincent which we picked up for a whole $0.75!  Talk about breaking the bank!  It made me feel very much like a baby doll, hence the picture below.

dress to skirt refashion

Yes, that is me trying to look like a baby doll. This picture pretty much sums up the dress. Babyish feeling, and too cutesy for me. AAAAAAAnyway, as it was, this dress was too summery, and was not going to work for me atall. Atall. AT ALL!  I knew that if I just fixed it, the colors would be great for fall.  Mustard is soooo in right now!

So here’s the plan if you want to do a dress to skirt remake!

Step 1: I cut off the triangle thingies at the top front, leaving a nice wide waist. (Yay for wide waistbands!!!)

Step 2:

  • I cut the back off about an inch, and fixed it so that the zipper is still functional, just shorter.  To do this you fold over the top of the new zipper ends and tack them down by hand.

Step 3: The back of the skirt was shorter than the front, so I shortened the front of the skirt just a bit.

dress to skirt refashion

This is really cute now! It is a very fall skirt, and even though it’s lighter weight, you can pair it with warmer accessories to make it autumnal.

wide waistband

I love the waistband, and the big ties in the back. I paired this with a red shirt and cream sweater, and brown tights and slouchy boots. To make it more winter, I would add a red turtleneck sweater, and a brown peacoat.

DIY dress to skirt refashion

Actually, thinking about it, I might wear this for Thanksgiving! It has good Thanksgiving colors in it, and the pattern is kind of vintage. It is also a good cello skirt, which is a very big plus as far as I am concerned. “Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen” concerning cello skirts. Buuuut, I won’t go into that now. People generally do not like to hear about my cello skirt tribulations. Okay, I have rambled on long enough.

before&after

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Cello Skirts Take the Turkey,

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Thanksgiving Skirts Rock,

Allegra.

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DIY Hole Repair – A Skirt that’d been clawed received a makeover!

DIY hole repair

Today we show you how you can take a skirt with a little problem in a very conspicuous area and make it useable again.  This is DIY hole repair at it’s best and prettiest!  But here, let me show you what I’m talking about!

DIY hole repair

On this remake, I started with this REALLY cute skirt that I had been waiting to work on for a while. It was a Liz Claiborne from St. Vincent de Paul for $2. I knew that Liz Claiborne is a pretty nice brand, so I thought that it would be worthwhile to work on it.

Steps:

  • 1.  My first step was to sew some really pretty lace in a corresponding blue color on the inside slip. That was going to be my only step, and yes, it did look good after the lace had been sewn on. Buuuuuut, I was ironing the skirt, and guess what I found. Yep, a bunch of little slits in the skirt.

DIY hole repair

So, you can’t imagine my disappointment. I was like, ‘here Mom, I’m so done with this.’ Mom, however, started brainstorming, because she didn’t want to waste this really cute skirt. We thought about just sewing the holes together, but we’d only have gotten awkward puckers. Patches weren’t an option, until Mom had this great idea of making denim patches in the shape of birdcages, stenciling them, and sewing them onto the skirt! This idea totally worked, because the little slits were on the back right part, and the birdcages could artfully wrap all the way around the right side!

So Step two is: Mom cut out  and sewed a bunch of birdcage-shaped denim patches over the slits.  She left the edges raw so as this skirt ages and is washed, they will acquire a lovely, soft-edged look.

Step 3:

  • I stenciled them with a bunch of birdcage designs. I attached the ‘birdcages’ to chains, which disappear into the pleats at the top of the skirt. There are lovely pink birds in each cage, and even one bird that escaped onto the skirt!

DIY hole repair

Wow! That is called resourcefulness, I think! The only question I have is about those slits! I was thinking at first that some poor woman got slashed by a bear, and her grieving relatives donated the skirt she had been wearing to St. Vincent de Paul, not knowing that the skirt had marks of her bear attack on it! Haha, just kidding! But really, was she playing with an Exacto knife?!?!

DIY hole repair

 Fly away little birdie!

birdcage skirt

There are many bird and birdcage skirts out there, but this one reminds us of our version the most!

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: $2

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Anyway, we love the after-effect that the stencils on the denim bring, it makes us feel like thinking up an occasion for a party!

throwing a leaf party!

 Throwing a leaf party!

We hope you love this skirt too, ‘cause we have listed it in our Etsy shop here!

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Well, leave a comment telling us about the time you were attacked by a bear while you were wearing a skirt! 🙂   And don’t forget to vote in the poll and visit our Etsy shop too!

What do you think? Hole-y or Holy Cow!

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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The Eagerly-Awaited Skirt Giveaway Remake Results!

giveaway skirt remake results

Allllllllllright!  Now we apologize first of all for keeping you waiting, but yesterday we were on the go all day long, and we haven’t gotten mobile blogging down pat yet, so without further ado, we present the Skirt Giveaway Remake Results!

Just to refresh your memory, here is the before skirt once again.  We were given it by a grandma lady, and it was won by another dear Grandma.

free white stag skirt!

Here is what Grandma M. said about her remake process:

Well, I finally was able to get to this skirt!!  It took me most the day Saturday to get it done, but I enjoy sewing & love the end product!  I patterned it after one of my favorite skirts from days gone by, you maybe remember the flannel skirt in greens, maroons & creme colors?  Anyway, the giveaway skirt took longer b/c of being made from rayon, needed lots of edge finishing & since I’d cut it twice there were lots of edges to attend to. 
skirt giveaway remake results
And it’s very “full & flowing” with a bottom circumference of about 10 1/2 feet and a finished length of 41″  :O)  This skirt took lots of math & measuring, so might be in the advanced sewing bracket.  I took a close-up to show the braided pattern in the black material that I used.  It was some from (one of my daughters) projects from high-school.  :O) 
giveaway skirt remake resultsWhat a gorgeous skirt remake!  To tell the truth, we couldn’t imagine what to do with such a “grandma” skirt, and we were so excited to see the results of whoever won!  What a fabulous remake.  We are absolutely bowled over!  So now Allegra and Aria have one Grandma who they hope to inherit fashion sense from, and another Grandma who they hope to inherit sewing ability from!  What an incredible sewing talent, and such great vision.
skirt giveaway remake resultsWe love how you paired this fantastic new skirt with a coordinating sweater and black jacket and boots.  What a great autumn combination.  Bring on the falling leaves and amazing fall colors!  Grandma M. will be there right in the middle of the action, in her beautiful new skirt.
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 So now you know what to do!  Leave Grandma M. some comment love and tell her what a great seamstress she is!  For that matter, tell her what a great Grandma she is!  Tell us about one of your Grandma’s and what she sewed!  Or let us in on your latest sewing project!  How about telling us about your favorite skirt?  We’d love to hear from you!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Guest Post – Denim mini packin’ Grandma Round 2

denim mini packin' grandma

Do you remember our denim mini packin’ Grandma B?  Well, she had a little surprise for us the other day, and she gave us permission to share it with you!  She is a very unique lady and very, very classy!  This classy dressing woman takes great pains with her appearance and always looks awesome!  Truly, if we could get her to use a computer, we would have her on the staff at Skirt Fixation as a first class style advisor!  Awhile back she brought over a denim mini and a lovely tiered green skirt and asked for our advice on putting the two together.  We should have snapped some before shots, but alas, we didn’t even think of it!  We’re not sure of her exact steps, but if you read this denim mini refashion, or this one, or this one, you’ll get a general idea on how she did it.  One thing she did tell us was that the denim mini fit a little snug around the hips, so she sewed the pockets shut and cut out the extra pocket material on the inside!  Smarty!  Anyway, here was the result!

denim mini packin grandma

 

Fancy Lady!

Do you see what we mean about fashionable?  I mean she has the accessories down to a T!  She paired it with a cropped white sweater, a wide black belt, nude sandals, and a scarf that pops!  Amazing!  We are just hoping that being this fashionable is genetic!

denim mini packin' grandma

Check out this version in sepia!  Can’t you just see this on the cover of some magazine?  Like Mary Jane’s Farm, or something!  Allegra loves to play around with photos using iPiccy, and she hit the nail on the head with this one.  Of course she had a great model and our beloved distressed building background!

Well, leave us and our denim mini packin’ Grandma B. some comment love!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey