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Jocole A-Line Skirt {Kids Clothes Week Day 3}

jocole A-line yoga skirt

Jocole A-Line Yoga Skirt

Kids Clothes Week Day 3

Back when I made the Jocole A-line yoga skirt for Aria and I, Allegra was a bit jealous.  She saw how comfortable they are and how often we wear them, she requested one for herself.  And then there was this super comfortable knit fabric we got from Imagine Gnats.  (I’ve seen this fabric over in the Imagine Gnats link up where you can enter to win Imagine Gnats fabric for yourself!  Have you linked up?)  So for Allegra’s day of Kid’s Clothes Week, I made her a Jocole A-Line Skirt.  It went very smoothly, and I whipped it up after everyone had gone to bed for the night.  This skirt really is a very fast and easy sew.  You can read more about my review of this pattern here.  So, of course there was a problem!  I made the skirt just one size too small for her!  Arrrrgh!

jocole A-line yoga skirt

But since I’d also ordered a coordinating grey fabric from Imagine Gnats, I added grey tuxedo stripes to each side.  This mistake may actually be my favorite part!  But if I intend to add tuxedo stripes to the Jocole A-Line Yoga skirt again, I will definitely do it at the first, not pick apart the side seams and piece in a skinny strip later.  That was much harder!

jocole A-line yoga skirt

Aria took these photos for us.

jocole A-line yoga skirt

Here you can see the back.  I was so glad Allegra wanted a skirt from this fabric, because that is exactly what I had in mind when I ordered the fabric!  I toyed with the idea of making another raglan tee for myself, but the skirt just works!

jocole A-line yoga skirt

Three projects down, four to go…

You can see the others here:

Kids Clothes Week Day 1 {Kimono}

Kids Clothes Week Day 2 {Mask}

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Quick Skirt Refashion for a Tween

Finished Skirt Refashion

Today we have a really quick skirt refashion for you. Several years ago, Allegra got two skirts, one black and one brown. They were really comfortable, and she wore them a lot. One of them got passed on to Aria, and one did not because the zipper had gotten broken. But we hung onto the skirt so we could do a skirt refashion!

Broken zipper skirt refashion

You can see the broken zipper in this photo. Aria loves the black version of this skirt and thinks it’s a good go to skirt to wear with so many different tops. She found the brown one, zipperless, the other day and asked if I could refashion it for her.

Yoga waistband skirt refashion

I found this skirt in our stash of skirts. It was given to us, but the waistband was so comfy looking that I hung onto it. So it came in handy for this skirt refashion. Here’s what I did:

Skirt Refashion Instructions:

Step 1: Cut off top tier of brown skirt.

Step 2: Cut off yoga waistband about 1.5 inches from where the waistband meets the skirt.

Step 3: Sew the two together.

Finished Skirt Refashion

Easy-peasy! And so comfortable too! It really doesn’t get much more comfortable than a yoga waistband on a maxi skirt. We are really getting a lot of wear out of the Jocole Yoga A-Line skirts we made, and now Aria has another super comfy skirt to wear too.

Yoga waistband skirt refashion

This extra tall waistband is sort of unique, but the same refashion could be done with any yoga waistband. It doesn’t have to be super tall!

Before & After Skirt Refashion

We are cross posting this skirt refashion over at Refashion Co-op.   If you look around the blog, you’ll find lots and lots of skirt refashions.   Here is my current favorite for me. And here’s one I see Allegra wearing all the time. We’ve even refashioned some skirts for Annie. Not all of them were into superhero costumes either! Have you refashioned anything lately?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Look What Escaped the Zoo! Project Run & Play Week 1 Challenge

zebra and flamingo zoo outfits

The theme for the first week of Project Run & Play is “Put Me in the Zoo.”  They described this challenge as, “Take inspiration from your favorite (or your child’s favorite animal) and design and construct an outfit.  Remember to make it “inspired by” and not a literal costume.”  So I began by asking Annie what was her favorite animal at the zoo.  She didn’t even take a second to think about it and cried, “Flamingo!”  I know that it’s the flamingo because it’s the only PINK animal at the zoo, and pink is her favorite color.  So with that in mind I started thinking.  Now almost all my inspiration for this zoo outfit came from Frances Suzanne.  They have some reverse appliqué on their Pinterest board and I’ve been wanting to try it for a while.  Also, they host Flip This Pattern, and for the month of April, the pattern to be flipped is Heidi & Finn’s color block dress.  Since Challenge Create: Adult Edition will be running during the month of April, we decided to get a little jump start.  But like the Spring Break challenge, I wasn’t ready to dive right in, so enter David’s zoo outfit!  I asked David what was his favorite animal at the zoo, and he too knew right what he liked, “Zebra!”  I started by downloading the free toddler t-shirt pattern from Melly Sews.

daddy's old tshirt refashion Then I gathered a zebra silhouette, some zebra striped fabric, black knit fabric, and an old t-shirt of Daddy’s.  Put them together and you get…

zebra hoodieThere were only two ways that I modified this pattern.  I added a hood, and made the neckline larger.

zebra zoo outfitWell, truth be told, first I added the hood wrong, and sewed the neck the exact size on the pattern.  Then it wouldn’t fit over his (very large) head, so I modified the neck when I took apart the top of the shirt to fix the hood.  I would have given up and thrown the whole thing in the mending (read: never to be touched again!) pile, but David had already seen it and was talking about wearing it and asking me if it was ready yet!

zoo outfit hoodieBut I’m so glad I took time to fix the shirt for him because he looks so cute in it!  

zebra zoo outfit hoodieI lined the underside of the front with Daddy’s old white t-shirt to encase the zebra print fabric because it was a heavier, scratchier home decorating type fabric, and I didn’t want it to itch David.  

zebra hoodie zoo outfitI also lined the inside of the hood with Daddy’s white t-shirt to keep up the black and white theme.  

zoo outfitAnd I stitched around the reverse appliqué zebra again with white thread both to stabilize the fabric underneath and keep up that black and white theme!

For Annie’s flamingo zoo outfit, I started with the Heidi & Finn color block dress, but felt free to “flip” it.  Although this PDF pattern is so cute, we may just make it again exactly as printed!

girl's skirt refashionI gathered a flamingo silhouette, some pink fabric, some contrasting fabric, and an old skirt of Annie’s that was not wearable as it was.  And a pink feather boa and Allegra’s embroidery skills!  Put all those together and you get…

zoo outfit for girlI made the top and middle sections of the color block dress pretty much with no flip, but added the flutter sleeves from the Josephine blouse.  For the bottom block, we used the bottom tiers of Annie’s skirt, after we fixed a few holes!  

flamingo zoo outfitI found some flamingo patterned fabric in my stash, but ended up not using it because the print was too big for the top tier and the reverse appliqué, where I intended to use it.  

flamingo zoo dressSince this pattern is fully lined, it was very easy to add some reverse appliqué between the two layers before sewing them together.  I love how the floral accent from the top color block section is echoed behind the flamingo.  Allegra embroidered the flamingo’s legs, beak and eye.  

feather boa flamingoAnd even though pink is not MY favorite color, I think Annie is pretty pleased with how this turned out!

zoo outfitsSince I am only a few weeks away from giving birth, and the zoo with zebras and flamingos is a couple of hours away, we opted for letting these animals out of the zoo at a park instead of going to the real zoo!  

zebra and flamingo zoo outfitsI really don’t think they minded their afternoon outing!

zoo outfitsAnd I love how the reverse appliqué ties their outfits together without being too matchy-matchy!

ice cream rewardFor being such good models of their zoo outfits and to thank Allegra for her awesome photography skills, we stopped by an ice cream shop on the way home!

flamingo dressAnnie was all set on the (pink) bubblegum ice cream, but changed her mind at the last minute to chocolate!  Hard decision!

reverse applique zebra hoodieDavid had to get whatever Annie did, including the gummy bear on top!  A yummy reward for a job well done!

Now go over to Project Run & Play to see all the great zoo outfits!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

We will also be linking this post up to Frances Suzanne’s Flip This Pattern later in April!

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A Denim Mini Makeover For Annie!

denim mini makeover

Well, we haven’t done a refashion for Annie for a while, so I thought that I would do one for her today, and make it a bit of a surprise. The only problem was, when I went to look for stuff for her to wear, the only things that I could find were very spring-y. The weather right now is anything but spring-y, but I decided that it might be good if Annie had some spring outfits, so I went ahead and made the little skirt anyway. denim mini makeoverI started with this cute denim mini from Goodwill for $2.50. It has little hearts on it, and rhinestones, and sprinkles of color. The back pockets have alternating pink and green thread stitched across them.  Time for a denim mini makeover!

green skirt repairI found a little green skirt that was just the color of the green on the denim mini in the mending box.  Why was it in the mending box?  Well, do you see a gaping hole in the front of it? Big problem there, folks. Also, the skirt had an ombre effect that, with the green color of the skirt, made it look mucho washed out.

 Step by Step denim mini makeover instructions:

First I cut off the bottom three tiers of the skirt, just below the tear, and cut and re-sewed the resulting tube so that it wasn’t so big.

Secondly, I gathered the top of the skirt and

Thirdly sewed it to the bottom of the denim mini.

denim mini makeover refashionSuch a cute little skirt now! I surprised Annie, and threw it down in front of her, and she couldn’t believe that it was hers. I feel kind of proud of myself, because I didn’t have any help from Mom, and the gathering was slightly difficult.

denim mini makeoverAlso, I sewed the green layers to the denim the wrong way – twice – before I got it right, but forget that I said that, it can be our little secret!

back pocket detailDo you see the cute back pocket stitching detail?  It helped me decide exactly what color to add to the bottom of the skirt!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $2.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Denim mini makeover refashionWell, I had fun making this, and Annie will have fun wearing it, whenever there’s no more ice and snow on the ground!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Sequined Skirt Fix

sequined skirt fix

Today we show you what to do with a skirt that needs no major overhaul, just a little fix here and there to make it wearable again.

sequined skirt

For today’s post I decided to do this sequined skirt with a little problem. We found it at Salvation Army for $1.69!  It had good “bones” as we like to say, and is a Limited Too skirt.  All of the flowers except in the top row had once had a sequin in the middle of it, that is, once upon a time. But now it had sequins in about every third flower and strings hanging out of the ones that didn’t. So it really didn’t look that great, actually with the strings hanging out of it, it looked pretty bad. And I might have added more sequins, but I mean, after all sequins are only some kind of plastic, and someday they will break. So this is what is did to make a not so sequined skirt a lot better!

Step 1. I tore out all of the sequins (except the ones in the border around the hem) and the loose threads with a seam ripper.

Step 2. I then picked out the beads that I wanted.

Step 3. I sewed all the beads in the pattern I wanted them.

sequined skirt fixThree easy steps, although every step took extra time, that was for a couple reasons. First, I had to pull a thread out of about fifty little flower things; I didn’t take the time to count them all. And then, it is a little time taking to sew a bead in the middle of the flower, knot it, and cut it off. But I think that it paid off. One of the reasons that I decided to do beads was because they aren’t too flashy. The pattern that I did was on the bottom row I did every other bead blue and all the other ones gold. Now I only sewed beads on the front of the skirt because beads are rather uncomfortable to sit on!  I skipped a row and did the third one. On this one I did every other flower gold and left the other ones clear.

gold bead skirt

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: $1.69

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

On the top row I sewed every other flower with a blue bead.

blue bead

We have decided to sell this skirt because it is a little tight on me, and as I am having a growth spurt right now, in a few months it would be unwearable. And would sit in the closet for about three years before Annie could wear it. So now we will put this skirt on Etsy, and I am hoping that some person will enjoy wearing this skirt.

sequined skirt fix

 

You can’t really tell too much of a difference, but not too much was needed to make this cutie wearable again!  Let us know what you think in the comment section.

Get flirty with skirts,

Aria

We linked this post to the We Made That Wednesday!

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Last Minute Costume Ideas – Skirt Costume Theme Week

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Do you need some last minute costume ideas for girls?  Never fear, Skirt Fixation is here!  We have two great ideas for you that are fast, easy, FREE, and fun!  No one will know you threw them together at the last minute, and will spend hours and hours trying to copy your look next time they need a great costume.

Last Minute Costume Idea #1: Reuse an old costume, just add a skirt!

At our Egyptian Feast last year, Aria represented Cleopatra.  It was a great evening, and she was verrrrrry regal!  Unfortunately, she got a little to enthusiastic with her Masoor Dal (Egyptian Lentil Soup) but to be fair, she was sitting at a throne, not a table!

Last minute costume idea for girls! See the stain?

There were several like this stain.  But here at Skirt Fixation, we gals think a skirt can fix just about anything!  So we found a matching skirt, tossed it on over the top, and she was good to go!  It actually fixed another problem beside the stain…Aria had grown several inches since she wore this last, and adding a skirt over the top made it long enough for an Egyptian Pharaoh-ess!

Last minute costume idea for girls!

Her costume included a black wig, jewled collar and wristbands, cape, sandals and dress.  She just added the skirt.

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Pretty leaf-encrusted sandals!

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Doesn’t this look like something you’d find on the wall of a pyramid?  Ahhhhhh, yes!

 Last Minute Costume Idea #2: Rob someone else’s closet!

Since it might be hard for you to see any items in your closet that are costume worthy, you should try someone else’s closet!  You probably see your own clothes in the light of how you usually wear them, but with someone else’s item before you, no preconceived notions exist!  For Annie’s costume, she robbed her brother’s closet!  Her 8 year old brother happens to be in the cowboy phase of his childhood, and putting together a cowgirl outfit was a cinch!  (No pun intended!!)

Last minute costume idea

She started with her own long denim skirt (of course!) and added a checkered shirt, chaps, boots, a handkerchief, holster and pop gun, and cowgirl hat!  We braided her hair in two braids, and she was ready to ride.

Last minute cowgirl costume idea!Ride ’em cowgirl!

Last minute costume idea Too adorable to be dangerous!

So there you have it!  Two last minute costume ideas that are fast, easy, free, no-sew and adorable!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!  

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Sundress Refashion – Hacked to Happy!

sundress refashion

On this fab remake, I started with a plaid dress that we had been gifted by Grandma B. It had been a dress, I think, but I can’t be sure because what had been the top had been hacked off or something, and just the waistband and skirt were left.

hacked off sundress Hacked-off possible sundress- large potential!

 I immediately saw the skirt potential, and started right off. Here’s the steps.

  1. Cut off a few of the waistband layers so that I wouldn’t have a MASSIVE waistband!
  2. Rolled over and sewed the top of the waistband.

sundress refashion

Fun new plaid skirt!!  Hello kitty photobomber!

 Hey!!! Wow!! I nearly had a heart attack, it was so easy! Now I have a fun skirt that I can pair with lots of shirts and shoes!

sundress refashion

Look how wide and comfortable this skirt is!!!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $0 (Thanks Grandma!)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

The sundress skirt is one of the most easy remakes in the world! I love what I ended up with, it totally reminds me of a barn dance, so you have a picture of me barn dancing it up!!

sundress refashion

Barn dancing!!

 I really recommend this as a first remake for beginners. Send us your fab sundress remake, or leave me some love in the comment section!

before&after

Vote in the poll to let us know what you think too!

What do you think? Hacked or Happy!

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Always be exciting,

Allegra.

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Guest Post – Sandy’s Skirt Fixation

Sandy's Skirt Fixation

Today’s post makes us so happy!  Sandy’s Skirt Fixation is so pretty and practical.  Here’s what Sandy wrote:

Someone gave me this Soft Surroundings skirt and I love it! However it was
SO long that I felt like I was off-to-the-prom when it wasn’t prom
occasions! Ha.
Sandy's Skirt Fixation
So (well here comes the confession, I guess I didn’t do the
remodeling, a good friend did!) I had someone who could sew take off the
bottom ruffle, remove the next “tier” up and then sew the bottom section
back on! Now its long and flowing but not getting dirty on the ground, or
making me trip!!
Sandy's Skirt Fixation
Wow Sandy!  We think that’s gorgeous!  You kept the aura of the skirt while making it work for you!  We totally support your Skirt Fixation!   Congratulations on a pretty, practical skirt makeover.  Keep us up to date with all your skirt adventures!  To all our readers, send us your story and photos so we can share in your Skirt Fixation!  Also, just a reminder, today and tomorrow are the last days to enter the free skirt giveaway!
Make it beautiful,
Audrey