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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

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Mommy & Me Skirts – All Alone to Awesome Duo!

Mommy & me thrift store skirts

Today’s refashion was fun, fun, fun from start to finish! Some Mommy & Me skirts are too cutsie (in our opinion) but today, we show you our version.  It’s cheap, easy, and fast!  One day I was haunting the skirt section at Goodwill and found this brown skirt for $2.00.

Mommy & Me skirts

Not too bad!

I liked the skirt with the asymmetrical lines a lot, but the length, well…not so much!  It was what my sister and I called “yuck” length when we were teenagers.  So I put it in my cart and kept shopping.  Low and behold, a few sizes away was this cutie, just what I needed to complete my refashion!  Add to the cart for $2.00 more!

before photo thrift shop skirt

Keep in mind as you are viewing this skirt that I forgot to take a before picture *before* I started and what you are seeing is the final products pieced back together.

So here’s what I did:

Step 1: Measured the bottom of the brown skirt.  Found that measurement on the embroidered tan skirt, and cut away.

Step 2: Sewed the bottom of the tan skirt to the bottom of the brown skirt.

Done with that skirt!

thrift store refashion

Much better length, just perfect for some fall frolicin’

But as I was finishing, Annie ran up to me and squealed, “Oooooh cute, Mommy, is it for me?”  Well……no!  But I started looking at the top of the tan skirt that was left over and thinking!  So I decided to see if I could whip up something for Annie!

Step 3: Took the top of the leftover tan skirt and threaded elastic in the waist to cinch it down to Annie’s size!

Step 4: Sewed on a brown ruffle that was in my mending pile from another skirt that we got…somewhere!

Mommy & me skirts

Hey there cutie pie!

So there you have it!  What a fun little project.  Annie was so pleased and asks at every possible occasion, “Can we wear Our Skirts?”  How rewarding to sew for someone who stands at your elbow when you are sewing and thinks whatever you do is amazing!

Mommy & me skirts

You can see from Annie’s face how excited she is about this refashion!

I love how the skirts are matching, but not cloyingly identical!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $4

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress (if you already have a pre-made ruffle!  If you have to make your own ruffle and you are a beginner, just google “ruffle tutorial” and you’re good to go!)

Mommy & me thrift store skirts

Jumping for joy about these skirts!

What do you think?  Have you ever made Mommy & Me skirts?  Send us some pictures!

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Okay, now it’s your turn to do some work!  Vote in the poll and let us know your innermost skirt thoughts in the comment section!

What do you think? All Alone before or Awesome Duo after?

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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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!

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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!

re-refashion

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!
maxi dress to skirt
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!