In honor of their 20th anniversary, Anthropologie has reissued an archival collection of 20 items. Three of these items are skirts, and are featured in today’s Skirt Alert.
The first is the Sightseer Pencil skirt. The folks at Anthropologie recommend wearing it with pointy heels and a moto jacket. Sounds like a perfect outfit for mid-morning tea! It was originally issued in 2004 with an A-line shape, but reissued with a pencil shape.
The second skirt in the collection is the Duck Cord Skirt. Reissued from 2004, it clearly is made for a tourist to wear on the streets of Europe…with a light cardigan and some comfortable low walking boots.
The last skirt in the Archival collection is certainly not the least! No…I’ve saved the best for last! Presenting the ruffle skirt. Have I ever mentioned how much I love ruffles? This one makes my heart flutter! Just look at the variety and flow of those ruffles. While the Anthropologie people suggest a casual sweater, I can’t imagine anything this wouldn’t look good with! I also can’t imagine where I’m going to find $188 to buy it. Maybe it’s time for the gals at Skirt Fixation to try a copycat version?
One thing Anthropologie archival skirts prove is that skirts can be timeless, updated and beautiful! Sounds like what we’re all about at Skirt Fixation! Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Alert! Until next week…
Today’s skirt refashion was a learning process, but ended up so much better than expected! We started with a plain No Boundaries denim mini. This was actually the first mini refashion we did, so we’re reaching back a few months here, but just didn’t get around to posting it until today! Back to the mini, it cost $2.00 from Salvation Army.
Here’s what we did!
Step 1: We took some pink, embroidered fabric we had in our stash and sewed it into a tube. The problem was (being our first mini refashion) we forgot to allow extra width at the bottom for walking and stuff. Now we just recently did a post on the hobble skirt, but that was not the idea here! Also the look was too “little girl” for the intended wearer, Allegra.
Step 2: To fix the problem we cut out 4 triangle shapes for the godet panels in the bottom of the pink fabric, two in front, two in back.
Step 3: Inserted lace panels from an old curtain.
Step 4: Zig-zag around bottom of skirt for slightly jagged/unhemmed look.
I have to admit when I was done remaking this skirt, I left the sewing room, threw the skirt at Allegra saying, “There! And I hope I never see that thing again!” Unabashed, she put the skirt on, came running to show me, and we both loved it! How about that look now? She can walk, and it’s sophisticated enough for her taste!
Total cost: $2.00
Total time: 1 hour (due to the mistakes and backtracking!)
Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress
Now it’s your turn! What did you think? Did you prefer the awful before (and during!) or the attractive after? Vote in the poll and comment to let us know why you chose that skirt!
Fall will be here soon! Keeping that in mind, I designed this skirt for late fall/winter.
The skirt is a thicker woolish material in a red and tan plaid pattern. My drawing is more for winter, so I paired it with a red turtleneck sweater with a green vest over it. Accessories include high-heeled black leather knee boots, a green designer bag, and a tan scarf. A cooler autumn look would be brown tights, brown vest over white long-sleeve shirt, and brown flats. I plan to keep my eye out for a skirt with a pattern like this to remake into this fashion. I loooooove the classic-ness of the design, sort of like something princess Kate would wear!
For today’s skirt refashion we started with 2 great skirts we thought we could improve on! First skirt, a linen Old Navy number.
It was just alright! It was a tad too big, and there was some cute embroidery around the bottom, which wasn’t working for Aria, but we are saving it for another refashion! We found this skirt at a thrift store for $1.50.
Next we picked up a little black floral skirt. Cute, but Aria has a secret to confess. She doesn’t like to wear short skirts because they show all the blemishes on her legs. She’s a bit of a tomboy, and has bumps, bruises, scabs, bug bites, scrapes, and so on to prove it! In photos, sometimes Allegra photo edits out these trophies for Aria, but in real life, no editing available! This skirt was on sale for $1.00 at a thrift store.
So here’s what we did:
Step 1: Cut off floral pattern from waistband leaving lining with waistband as the linen skirt already had a lining.
Step 2: Cut of overskirt only of blue linen skirt, leaving top 10 inches with and all the lining.
Step 3: Sewed black floral skirt to blue linen overskirt, right sides together.
Step 4: Turned skirt right side out and sewed decorative stitching near seam where the 2 skirts join to hold them in place better.
Step 5: Pinned and sewed on lace. This is a really great lace we found at a Trader Baker’s store for $7.99 for a humongous roll, so we’ll just add $1.00 to the price since we didn’t use anywhere near the whole thing! It is a triple strand of lace that has an ombre effect to it.
Step 6: Took a small tuck in each side of the waist as it was a little too big.
Isn’t that gorgeous now?
Aria is in love with this skirt, and we are in love with her in this skirt! We love the look of putting a straight skirt with a flared skirt for the mermaid look!
Total cost: $4.50
Total time: about 45 minutes
Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress
What do you think? Did you prefer the Alright before or the Awesome after?
Vote in the poll and then leave us a comment to let us know your thoughts.
This week’s Skirt FACTsination post is about the hobble skirt. In 1908, Wilbur and Orville Wright decided to ask a woman by the name of Mrs. Berg to be the first female airplane passenger. She accepted. As the machine roared, her skirt flapped in the wind, almost being torn to threads by the turbulence. One of the Wright brothers tied a rope above her ankles to make her skirt stay in one spot. The rope worked and the flight was historic.
The rope above Mrs. Berg’s ankles was made famous! Designers in Paris, France loved and adopted it! This new design was called the hobble skirt. The hobble skirt didn’t last long because it took a long time to learn to walk in, and even then it was hard! But its influence can still be seen in the Hollywood-type mermaid skirt.
Well, that’s this week’s skirt FACTsination for your information!
On this skirt remake, I started with a ‘Mossimo Supply Co.’ skirt in brown, tan, and white.
There were two big pockets, which I totally LOVED, but they kind of got lost in the skirt and the decorative ties for the pockets were major BLAH!!! The ties were made of some kind of cloth fabricky stuff, and they were a kind of military olive greenish color.
I dig military on some skirts, but this feminine skirt was totally made to go a different way. I got this skirt for $2.00
Here are my steps.
Step 1. I ironed the skirt and sewed a flowered vintage cream lace around the bottom.
Step 2. I took out the gross military ties from the pockets and sewed in some pretty satin ribbon in a brown that matched the skirt color.
Step 3. I edged the pockets in a thin frilly white and pale yellow lace.
Oooooh!!! Look at it now! The pockets totally stand out with the ribbon ties and the lace edging. The lace around the bottom helps it to not look so worn out now too!!!
For the after photos, I paired this with a dark brown ‘Candies’ blouse, a vintage cream sweater, leather ‘Land’s End’ slouch boots, brown tights, and a vintage leather handbag!
Total Cost: $4.00 (The ribbon cost $2)
Total Time: 30 minutes
Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress
How cute is this now?!?! I mean, the perfect fall outfit, right? In case you can’t live without this skirt, we have decided to put it up on Etsy here.
So what do you think? Did you prefer the flat before or the fabulous after? Vote in the poll and comment to let us know what you think!
When I was surfing ‘I want her style’, a celebrity fashion website that often has celebrity skirt treasures, I found this Emma Watson outfit.
The Harry Potter actor paired this cute black and beige flower print skirt with black leather greek style strappy sandals. I love how she paired the skirt with a short-sleeved black top to make the outfit simple and sober yet summery. This outfit also called to mind this white flirty skirt that Olivia Palermo wore earlier this month.
Palermo paired the skirt with nude cutout heels and a leopard print shirt. I love the waistband on this skirt, which gives it a fresh look. I wish that I had Emma Watson’s skirt. I think that I might add it to the bottom of a denim miniskirt for a completely new look.
Today we started with two skirts and combined them to make an awesome fashion statement. The first skirt was a khaki mini skirt with rear zip pockets. Nothing really wrong with it, except it was just a tad too loose in the waist. We picked it up at a second hand store for $2.00.
Our next skirt was a cute aqua blue number. This skirt had a very cute ribbon belt the same aqua color. Great idea, but it looked a bit languid against all the background aqua. Also we love the ribbon trim inlaid around the bottom of the skirt, but they just look like sort of an afterthought. No poppin’…yet. Again, cost $2.00.
Here was the process:
Step 1: Cut off bottom of aqua skirt at seam where bottom ruffles start.
Step 2: Pull out ribbon belt from waistband of aqua skirt.
Step 3: Sew ruffles to bottom of khaki mini skirt. (These happened to be almost exactly the same measurements!)
Step 4: Thread ribbon belt into belt loops of khaki mini skirt. This totally took in the extra width of the skirt, and it fits perfectly now!
Total Cost: $4.00
Total Time: 20 minutes
Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress
We just adore the way this turned out! Aria has gotten so many compliments on this skirt. The aqua bottom of the skirt is unlined, and so perfect for hot summer weather while maintaining the longer length she prefers.
Doesn’t the ribbon trim around the bottom just pop now too?
So now it’s your turn to chime in. What do you think? Do you prefer the languid before skirt or the lovely remake? Vote in the poll and then leave your comment about why you chose that skirt.