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A Girly Skirt Grows Up!

a girly skirt grows up

Once upon a time there was a lady that had a date with her boyfriend. She wanted to look pretty, so she decided to buy herself a new outfit. She started off with buying a new pair of black heels, and then found a pretty white sweater. The only thing missing was a pretty skirt. So she went to a big department store, and found a beautiful green skirt with a pink rose pattern that would be delightful with the rest of the outfit and she bought it for an exorbitant price. She wore it out to a nice restaurant that evening, and had a nice date – she was happy with the skirt. But, the next day, there came an evil witch that planted the seed of doubt in her brain. Over and over the next day, she heard in her head: “You look like a toddler, you look like a toddler.” Driven almost crazy with the evil insinuations, she gave the skirt to a second-hand store, hoping that the curse would not spread to the next wearer. We bought the skirt two weeks later, and broke the curse- read on to find out how!

a girly skirt grows up

Yep, pretty girly!

On this remake, I started with a pretty floral First Issue skirt from our friend Shelly’s for $3 that we had gotten a while back. I really liked the A-line style, and the pattern was very pretty, but the rickrack around the bottom made it look kind of little-girlish. Rick-rack is cute on some skirts, especially toddler skirts, but I wanted to put this one on Etsy, and it needed to grow up a little bit first!

1.  First, I seam-ripped the rickrack off of the bottom.

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  • Then I sewed on some pretty black lace leftover from another project.

a girly skirt grows up

A girly skirt grows up!

Cool! I like this as a pretty, more grown-up skirt now!

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $3

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

If this skirt fit me, I would wear it with some black heels and a white cardi, or vice versa! You know me, I like to focus on the skirt, when I match together an outfit! This is a very easy project to do just to spice up an old skirt that needs more life! This skirt is a women’s size 16, and we are listing it on Etsy here.

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Now you know what to do!  Vote, comment and pop on over to Etsy!

Cast your vote! Girly before or Grown Up after?

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

P.S. I love Allegra’s story-weaving ability, don’t you? ~Audrey

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Will Sew For Food – Our First Customer!

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We are excited to let you in on a new section of our website!  We hope you are enjoying our skirt refashions as much as we are enjoying refashioning them!  We sell some skirts on Etsy, but maybe they are not your size, style, whatever!  So what do you do if you have an idea you want us to execute on?

A friend of ours cannot sew, but has been admiring our refashions in person.  She’s the kind of person who oooohhhs and aaaaaahhhhhhs over our work and makes us feel so special!  So one day she showed up with 2 skirts and asked us to refashion them for her telling us exactly what she wanted.  So we had this lightbulb go on!  We’re quite sure there are others of you out there who would like to take advantage of our handy sewing skills!  Keep your eyes glued to the right margin of this website, because in the next few days, an opt-in box will appear (we’re working on it, but we have to stop sewing long enough!) and you will be able to submit your requests to us!  We’ve christened it Will Sew For Food!

So now onto our friend’s request!  Here is the first skirt she gave us.

will sew for food

She loves the fit of this skirt, but her complaint was that it was too tight around the bottom hem, and “I have to walk like a robot!”  We also noticed when we were working with this skirt that there was an unflattering brown stain on the, well, rear.

On to skirt #2:

will sew for food

The problem with this one?  It is just her style, color and pattern, but too short!  She requested we combine the two and the final product be close to 40 inches long!  Okay, here we go!

Step 1: Figure out how to combine the 2 to the best advantage of both!  Eliminating the robot walk, of course!

Step 2: Cut 11 inches off the top of the red, and all but 12 inches off the top of the denim skirt.  (Remember the unflattering brown stain?  Goodbye! ~ It was below the 12 inch mark!

Step 3: Hem the new top of the red skirt and new bottom of the denim skirt.

Step 4: Pin and sew the 2 skirt together.

Step 5: Top stitch again around where the 2 skirt connect to reinforce and make it look like a denim seam.

Okey-dokey!  What do you think now?

will sew for food

We simply cannot wait to show this to our friend!

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Back view – notice: no unflattering brown stain!

Total Time: 45 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

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Twirl ready!  Look at that fullness!

We’ll be sure to update this post after we give this back to our friend, and let you all know what she thinks of it!

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By the way, what do you think of it?  Let us know in the comment section!  And since we’re getting hungry to do more sewing…keep your eyes peeled for that box, ‘cuz when we put it up, we Will Sew For Food!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Re-refashion – Grandma M’s skirt round 2!

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Remember when we refashioned this skirt for Grandma M?

dress barn skirtWell, this clever Grandma went and refashioned a refashion!  How awesome is that?

Here’s what she did:

Here’s what I did with the skirt you re-did for me.  I hope you like it even more now too.  :O)  You can say that this sassy gramma wanted to copy Allegra’s flirty re-do, (the one where she’s blowing a kiss)!  So I took the bottom skirt section back off & cut 8″ off the top.  I then zig-zagged the raw edge, put in a gather stitch & adjusted it to fit the flowered skirt & sewed it back on, probably more of an intermediate sewing project and it took me a couple hours.
Here is Allegra’s skirt she’s referring to:

Blowing kisses!

You can still pick up this skirt on ETSY by the way!
And so here’s Grandma M’s after:
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CUUUUUUUUTE!
What a nifty re-refashion by a nifty Grandma!
before&after2
We can’t decide which look we like better, can you?  Probably because it’s such a pretty Grandma modeling them both! Since we can’t decide, we put up a poll so you can decide!

Grandma M's Re-refashion! Before, After #1 or After #2

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Make it beautiful (like Grandma M. did!)
Audrey
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Fessy’s Skirt Fixation – Yuck to Yes!

maxi dress to skirt
We are so excited to feature another guest with a Skirt Fixation today!  And this one is very special to us because she knows fashion…especially shoe fashion, that’s why we chose her to help us with our Shoes to wear with Skirts Pinterest board!  Check out how she rocks a maxi skirt to dress transformation!  So without further ado, here’s Fessy’s Skirt Fixation!
Ok here’s my skirt submission…Bought a maxi dress, which of course was not maxi on me!
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Yep, we hear your pain!  We happen to be members of the Tall Women’s Club too!
I loved when fun colors though, so bought it with the intension of making it into a maxi skirt!
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Oh, yeah, we’re with you on the colors!  And the pattern, too!
It turned out to be a very quick easy project involving 1 cut, 1 seam, and insertion of 1 piece of elastic! 
maxi dress to skirtOh wow! It was really that easy?  Because we have some (not so) maxi dresses we’ve been wanting to make into skirts!  You’ve gotten our creative juices flowing again!  We estimate that it probably took you about 10 minutes!  Why, oh why have we been delaying for 10 weeks on those (not so) maxi dress we bought with a vague idea of refashioning them into a skirt?
maxi dress to skirtWe love how you paired it with a plain white shirt and black scarf!  This really makes the skirt colors and pattern pop, and is perfect for fall weather!  Now you know why she’s on the fashion team!
Yuck to Yes? 🙂
maxi dress to skirt
Definitely a big thumbs up!
Thanks so much for sharing your Skirt Fixation with us!  It’s a total YES refashion!  We love it, and now our fingers are itching to get started on our own maxi dress to skirt refashion.  If you can’t find us in the next few hours, try our sewing studio!
Make it beautiful,
Audrey
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Cato Women’s Skirt Refashion – Frumpy to Fresh!

cato women's skirt

We’ve been hearing some rumblings about refashioning so many skirts in extra small sizes!  Well, we like to work with the models we have, but we want to keep our readers happy too, so today’s refashion is a little larger size.   We started with a Cato women’s skirt (it’s size 20W) that we picked up from our friend Shelly’s Boutique.  We got it for that amazing price of $2.64!

cato women's skirt

Next we found this brown dotted dress at Goodwill.

goodwill dress

It was missing a button or two on the top, fit none of us, and was a little shabby in itself, but for $2, we knew we could use it.  The dots are raised and really add some fun texture.

Here were our steps:

Step 1: Cut off bottom tier of brown dress.

Step 2: Pin and sew brown tier to lining of Cato women’s skirt.

cato women's skirt

That was it!  Isn’t refashioning skirts so fun, fast and easy?  We love the look, it reminds of a Chevron pattern, but looser and more fun!  Be aware that the model is holding the skirt pinched in the back, it is still a size 20W.  By attaching the brown ruffle tier to the lining, we achieved a look so professional and adorable!

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $4.64

Talent Level: Beginner.  (I mean really, if you’ve been waiting for an easy one to try, this is it!  Your wait is over!)

cato women's skirt

So what do you think?  Frumpy or fresh?  If this skirt is now on your must have list, you can find it in our Etsy shop here.  Vote in the poll, and let us know what you think in the comment section.  Also, don’t forget about our free skirt giveaway that ends Saturday.  It’s your chance to shine!  We want you to visit us on Pinterest too.  The before & after picture is ready to pin, and we’ve been having so much fun with skirts over there too!

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Grandparent’s Theme Week – A denim mini packin’ Grandma!

denim mini refashion

We have another very special Grandma B. that we want to feature this week.  When she saw this skirt that I’d refashioned, she went right out and found herself a denim mini.  Yes, we have our first copycat refashion!

denim mini

Then we had a “girls only” trip to Jo-Ann’s where we hunted and hunted until we found just the right fabric.  She turned them over to me and here’s what I did:

Step 1: Measure bottom of denim mini skirt.

Step 2: Use that measurement to create a tube from the fabric she’d selected.

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

Step 4: Cut out denim strips (we cut up a pair of men’s jeans!) sew them together, gather, then sew to bottom of brown layer.

denim mini refashion

Ta da!  That’s it!  And there you have our first denim mini copycat makeover! But maybe it’s the model making this one look so good!  She slipped it on for a quick picture, but said she plans to wear it with a blue top, when she finds the perfect shade, and brown heeled boots!  How stylish, Grandma B!

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: Well, you’d have to ask Grandma B., we only did the sewing!

Talent Level: Intermediate

denim mini copycat refashion

Leave Grandma B. some comment love, and let us know what you think.  By the way, this before & after picture is pinnable to Pinterest, so pin it and let all the world see our refashions!  Be sure to enter our free skirt giveaway so we can see your refashioning talent too!

Updated to add: Grandma B. changed her mind on the length of this skirt, so it’s now available on ETSY!  Lucky you!

Make it beautiful,
Audrey
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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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