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Skirt FACTSination: Wool History: Fabric Series

wool history

To continue our ‘Fabric’ series, today’s Skirt Factsination post is titled Fabric: Wool. Wool history is hard to track down since wool has been around as long as animals have!  Wool is a fiber that we most commonly associate with coming from sheep, but can come from many different animals. For example; cashmere and mohair from goats, qiviut from musk oxen, angora from rabbits, etc, etc. Wool is special because it is crimped, elastic, and grows in clusters. These qualities make it easy to spin, and make the finished products retain heat and have a larger bulk than other fabrics. This makes wool a great winter skirt fabric! Other kinds of fabric also come from wool, such as felt and tweed. We found four great wool skirts on Pinterest that we wish we had now – its been snowing lately!

wool history

1.  The wool maxi skirt.

Tartan and plaid seem to be trends on wool skirts, possibly stemming from kilts………..??? Anyway, this is a really cute skirt, looks very holiday/wintery without looking so ‘Christmasy’ that you can’t wear it at any other time 🙂 We love maxi skirts, and wool ones are the best! I think that this would be cute with a red sweater and black boots for the holidays.

wool history

2.  The wool midi skirt.

Yep, you know me, I had to add one vintage skirt 🙂 Gray also seems to be a trend among wool skirts, and I love the style on this very chicly vintage skirt! I feels kind of sailorish to me, what with the buttons on the side, the high waist, and the big pleats! I would wear this with a blousy white shirt, a red narrow belt, and black vintage heels.

wool history

3.  The classic pleated wool skirt.

This skirt is just an ordinary pleated wool skirt, but it differs from others of the species in its coloring. I like the more summery colors on the gray background, which gives it a kind of unique air. A white large-ribbed sweater and some Keds would look good with this.

wool history

4.  The wool pencil skirt.

Ooooh! I just love this skirt! The pencil-striped pattern give it a very business-woman air, but the asymmetricalness gives it a cute unexpected pop! I would wear black heels, and a white shirt with a black sweater to complement this lovely skirt!

Hope you enjoyed our wool history!  Leave us a comment regarding your favorite wool skirt, or your planned holiday outfit!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Eyelet skirt DIY remake – Fancy to Functional

eyelet skirt DIY remake

Today we have a denim mini refashion for you with a little twist thrown in!  We’ll show you how to take a fancy skirt and tone it down a little bit to make it functional for everyday use.  So today we show you an eyelet skirt DIY remake.  You see, Aria had all the fancy skirts she needed right now, but she wanted more everyday skirts for more functional use.  Here, let us show you.

eyelet skirt DIY remake

See, isn’t that fancy?

Well, just ignore how cold Aria is and look at the skirt for now!  We got this gorgeous number from Goodwill for $6!  We absolutely adore the dark brown layer under the creamy white eyelet.  In fact, if we come across the right foundation pieces, we might do a little something like this!  Think about how awesome a neon green layer would look under pure white eyelet!  Or how about navy blue layer under an orange eyelet!

eyelet skirt DIY remake

Jumping up and down for warmth!

Alright, let’s relieve this poor girl from the cold and make her a functional skirt!

Step 1: Cut off waistband of eyelet skirt, leaving bottom for remake.

Step 2: Zig-zag top of eyelet skirt and brown under layer together to prevent fraying and to hold them together while attaching to denim mini.

Step 3: Pin and sew to bottom of denim mini, sewing 2 lines of stitching.  (The denim mini is by Blue Asphalt and we got it at Goodwill for $2.50.)

eyelet skirt DIY remake

Now there’s something she can wear everyday!  It is a perfect cross between fancy and functional, and she is so excited to have another skirt to add the her casual collection.  What do you think of that eyelet skirt DIY remake?

eyelet skirt DIY remake

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $8.50 (More expensive than most of our remakes, but still, try buying a skirt this cute for $8.50 retail!)

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

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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.

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Skirt Alert! Thanksgiving Skirts

thanksgiving skirt

With Thanksgiving coming up shortly, we decided to do this week’s Skirt Alert about Thanksgiving skirts. More particularly, four Thanksgiving skirts for each one of the Skirtfixation gals! We may not be wearing the actual skirts for Thanksgiving, but these are our dream Thanksgiving skirts that we would wear without a doubt if they were in our closets!

thanksgiving skirt

1.  Annie’s Thanksgiving Skirt.

This is the cutest little skirt ever! The orange and brown are classic Thanksgiving colors, and the chevron and dots complement each other very well. The shirt shown on the stand has a little turkey applique in matching dots and chevron, which is a cute idea for a skirt too! The skirt looks very easy to make, so we might have to try to replicate it!

thanksgiving skirt

2. Aria’s Thanksgiving Skirt.

Soooo cute! Aria really likes this vintage print Thanksgiving skirt, and its muted tones suit her personality very well. Aria said that she would wear this skirt with a white shirt and a fleece vest, and some black boots.

thanksgiving skirt

3. Allegra’s Thanksgiving Skirt.

When I was picking out my skirt I wanted something a little more vintage, and this skirt was so cute that I could not pass it by! It is slanted orange and brown plaid, and very vintage chic, you can imagine a 1970’s or 80’s girl wearing it to Thanksgiving! I would wear a brown ruffled shirt and brown vintage heels or boots.

thanksgiving skirt

  • 4. Audrey’s Thanksgiving Skirt.

Mom looooooooved this skirt, she wanted it so bad because it looks long enough for her, and the pleats are so cute! She said she would wear a white turtle-neck shirt with it, and a hip-length denim jacket and a brown scarf and ballet flats.

Well, leave us a comment telling us about your planned Thanksgiving skirt, are you going to match the turkey or the dressing!?!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Skirt Designer – Fashion Illustrations – The Green Skirt

green skirt

green skirt

Today’s fashion design post is the second in my ‘The Skirt’ series, and is titled ‘The Green Skirt. As opposed to my ‘The Red Skirt’ design, this drawing is more casual. The focal point of the illustration is the skirt, as it is the only thing colored in.  That’s one main feature of “The Skirt” series! I also drew her wearing a crop shirt and canvas shoes, and a large tote bag. I went onto Pinterest and found the accessories to the skirt, but I couldn’t find a match to the skirt. Guess I’ll just have to start factory producing them!

crop shirt

For fashion illustration purposes, I made the model wear a crop shirt, but in real life I thought that something like this graphic tee was a little nicer.

green skirt accessory

I also deviated from the model, because these black Cordones seemed like they would go better with the real-life skirt.

green skirt accessory

Finally here is the big black tote bag!  Don’t you just love a big tote bag some days?  I mean you can just throw in everything you need and think you might need for the day.  For example, if there suddenly comes up an opportunity to go for a run, pull out the running shoes!  Or if it gets chilly in the evening, pull out that sweater you rolled up and stuck in one corner earlier!

red skirt

This is a fashion illustration I recently pinned to our Skirt Art board on Pinterest.  It too, has the skirt as the focal point of the illustration.  Be sure to visit that board for some motivation for your own fashion illustrations!

I really enjoy drawing these pictures, and I hope that you can get the picture of what I am trying to convey, even though the models are not in the least realistic. Leave me some comments on how I can improve my fashion illustration.

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Allegra

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Summer to Fall Skirt – Cursory to Cutie Pie!

summer to fall skirt

Today we have a season extending summer to fall skirt refashion for you!  We took a lightweight dress for a little girl and transformed it into a skirt that is perfect for fall weather!  Let us show you what we are talking about!

summer to fall skirt

Hey, you sassy thing!

This little sundress we picked up at Goodwill for $1.50 is a toddler size.  It didn’t really fit Annie, or rather was great for the hot summer, but cooler fall temperatures just were leaving her a bit chilled!  Also, it was getting small!  So naturally we thought of refashioning it into a skirt for fall.  Taking it straight from skirt to dress worked size wise, but it didn’t add any warmth to the thin material.  Our next idea was to add some sort of under layer that would ruffle out the bottom.  But alas, we could find no brown skirts to match the exact brown of this little dress.  What to do, what to do?  We know that manufacturers change color and dyes from year to year, but it was getting ridiculous!  I even spent one evening in Jo-Ann Fabrics, haunting the aisles, not being distracted at all by the gorgeous new patterns and colors!  Ahem, so anyway, I just happened to lay the little dress I’d brought along up next to a brown bolt of fabric I thought might work, when it hit me!  Purple!  On the other side of the brown bolt was a purple that made this little dress pop!  So it was back to the drawing board, or rather back to Annie’s closet at home!

summer to fall skirt

Hello, baby!

We found in Annie’s very copious stash of skirt this purple number.  Now there was nothing wrong with it, and she enjoyed wearing it just like this, but we needed to repurpose it to work with the little Cherokee dress we had begun refashioning!

Step 1: Cut off straps on brown Cherokee dress.

Step 2: Cut off waistband of purple skirt and zigzag top of remaining skirt bottom.

Step 3: Sew purple skirt underneath Cherokee dress.

Step 4: Cut off buttons from top of former Cherokee dress and sew them and some purple and brown ones along the hem of the former Cherokee dress.

summer to fall skirt

Ta-da!

Annie loves this new combination although she was unsure at first if she wanted to sacrifice her purple skirt for the project!

button detail

Close up of the button detail!

Now this skirt will keep Annie warm for all her planned fall activities.  She wants to visit a pumpkin patch, go for a hayride, go to the zoo, try out a corn maze, jump in the leaf piles, and so on!  Good thing she has a warm skirt to keep her covered through all that!

summer to fall skirt

Thankful for a summer to fall skirt refashion!

Total Time: 1 hour (seriously it wouldn’t have taken Allegra this long, but I’m a very slow at sewing by hand, and those buttons took way longer than they should have!  It could also have been Annie bumping my elbow as she jumped up and down saying, “Is it ready yet?  Can I try it on now?  What’s taking you so long, Mom?”)

Total Cost: $1.50

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

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Tulle History – Fabric Series – Skirt FACTsination

tulle history

For this week’s Skirt Factsination post, we continue our series with Fabric: Tulle! Tulle is a lightweight, extremely fine netting that is made of various fibers. Tulle is most well known for being used in ballerina’s tutus. It is also used for petticoats, wedding dresses, and other things. It is used in veils because it obscures the features, but allows the wearer to see. Here is some tulle history for you!  Tulle originated in France, probably in a town named…wait for it…Tulle! Tulle is able to be starched easily, and creates a lacy, floating look when used in clothes. Several tulle petticoats under a skirt make a very puffy look. We found some tulle skirts on Pinterest, and chose four of our favorite.

tulle history1.  Your Not-So-Average Ballet Skirt

This is a tulle skirt that has rose petals sewn on it, and a cute pink bow on the waistband. The tulle of this skirt has a jagged edge, and the tulle itself is crumpled and wrinkled, all of which lends to the romance of a skirt that the star of a ‘Corp de Ballet’ would be proud to wear.

tulle history2.  The Tulle Maxi Skirt.

Another beautiful number, this skirt is not meant for the street. I think it would probably be a candidate for a wedding skirt! You know, as opposed to a wedding dress? 🙂 Again, I love the bow, and I think that there is a lot of potential here (Mentally pinning this on my wedding mind-board) 🙂

tulle history3. The Wide Tulle Skirt.

These last two skirts are a bit more streetstyle, and this is a typical tulle skirt. The width makes it something that not everyone can pull off, but the accessories on the model in the picture do a pretty good job of making it look almost office chic!

tulle history4. The Paris Tulle Skirt.

Yeah, I called it the Paris skirt because I can’t imagine wearing anything else in Paris! The skirt is adorable because only the outside layer is tulle, and it is thin enough for every day fashion. (Every day fashion in Paris, that is) I ADORE how the skirt is paired with a ruffled shirt, a olive coat, and burgundy flats in the picture.

Leave us a comment about tulle skirts, or some such tomfoolery.

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Allegra.

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Fall Plaid DIY Skirt Makeover – Pitiful to Pleasing!

schoolgirl skirt refashion

Eeeeeeee! This remake is soooo cute, and I’m so exited about it! We started with a skirt that was gifted from a dear grandma lady.

plaid DIY skirt makeover

It was very… should we say… grandma-ish! It came about mid-calf on me, (sorry we didn’t get a before pic outside, but it was raining) and as it was it was just too much plaid. Waaaaaaaay too much plaid. To me it looked like some kind of golf shirt gone wrong, or something destined to be passed along forever until someone craftier than me turned it into a tree skirt or something along those lines! I actually had to think a bit before I came up with a good remake idea, but I saw that it had pleats, and a lightbulb went on over my head!  It was time for a plaid DIY skirt makeover!

1. I cut off about a foot of the awful plaid.

2. I re-hemmed the bottom to the now about-knee-length skirt.

3. I sewed red grosgrain ribbons on the bottoms of the two front belt loops.

4. I hemmed the cut off part into an infinity scarf!

DIY plaid skirt makeover

Yep, that’s it! It is the cutest thing in the WHOLE WORLD now! It is a size ten, but it has such a tight elastic waist that it fit Aria perfectly, and it was too short for me. I thought that it looked like something ‘English Schoolgirl’ with the pleats and all, so I played up on that.

schoolgirl skirt refashion

Aria wore a white button-down shirt with the skirt, and accessorized with white tights, black shoes, and a red ribbon bow. Doesn’t she look so much like a schoolgirl!?!?!

Total Time: 15 minutes for both skirt and scarf!

Total Cost: $0!

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

DIY infinity scarf

We are putting this up for sale on Etsy here, and if you buy this skirt before December 1, you get the scarf shown in this last picture thrown in for FREE! I think it is a perfect skirt for holiday parties and other functions, as well as for costumes.

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Be sure to vote in the poll, visit Etsy and also, please leave us a comment about a skirt you wore in your schoolgirl days!

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Skirt Alert! Celebrity Skirt Sightings

Ashley Olsen

Well, we haven’t done a Skirt Alert on celebrity skirts for a while, so I picked out the two most recent celebrity skirt sightings. Since I do not know anything about celebrities (literally anything) and I am not going to disgrace myself trying to explain where these celebrities were when the photos were taken, I will only attempt to explain the skirts. And the outfit. And the accessories. You get the picture.Well, actually like the idea, not the picture, aaaaaaaaaaaaand I’m rambling. AGAIN. So sorry, this just kind of happens. At first when the blog was new, I was kind of uncomfortable and polite and all stiff, but now I’m comfortable with it, so you’re gonna have to bear me rambling from time to time.

Ashley Olsen

Aaaanyways, the first skirt is on Ashley Olsen, and she chose to wear only black at this function, which makes it a bit hard to tell what she is wearing, but if you look closely is looks like the skirt she has on is a midi peplum skirt. She is also wearing a collared black shirt and a black coat, handbag and shoes. The all black look is pretty stylish, and I like the way that the skirt works with the ensemble.

celebrity skirt sightings

The second skirt is on Olivia Palermo, and it is an asymmetrical number with half of it being solid fabric, and half being covered in fringe. I like the kind of country look, and she solidified it with a western-style plaid button-down pullover. She accessorized with red strappy sandals and a fur handbag. The red sandals are actually pulled into the outfit with the help of a red shirt under the button-down. The fringe look is actually kind of flapper, but it works looking more western. Maybe we will have to try to make a fringed skirt sometime soon!

Well, leave us a comment telling us something, anything, for goodness sakes, about skirts!

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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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Allegra.