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Will Sew For Food – T’s Skirt Fixation

sweater skirt refashion

Today we have a treat for you!  We have another Will Sew For Food customer and what a cutie it turned out to be!  We love sweater skirts for fall and winter, so a denim mini with a ruffled sweater skirt refashion is just icing on our cake!  So without further ado!

denim mini refashion

T.’s mom gave us two skirts.  First was a denim mini that fit T. well, but was not ideal for fall and winter wear.  Who wants cold legs?  Not T. (and not us either,) so it was time for a denim mini refashion!

sweater skirt refashion

Also T.’s mom gave us a sweater skirt.  Now there’s a little story behind this skirt, and we have a part!  A few years ago T. had a birthday party at our house and we gave her this skirt!  We loved it then, we loved it whenever T. wore it, and we were sad to see her getting so tall, because it meant the sweater skirt was getting too short!  Again, cold legs not needed!

Here were the steps we took to expel cold legs syndrome!

Step 1: Pin top ruffle of skirt to lining underneath.  Now some ruffle skirts are constructed so that the linings attach to each other (probably more accurately called a tiered skirt) and some ruffle skirts are made with each ruffle attached to a lining underneath.  Well, this was a lining underneath type of ruffle skirt, so that if I would have cut off that waistband of the skirt without pinning the ruffle down, the ruffle might have gone floating off into space and I would have had a difficult time lining it back up.  Well, since one of our major themes here at Skirt Fixation is F-A-S-T we decided it would just be faster to pin the ruffle about an inch down from where we planned to cut.  Hope that all makes sense!

Step 2:  Cut off the ruffled bottom of the skirt where the waistband met the first ruffle.

Step 3: Pin ruffle bottom to denim mini.  (I did iron that rolling hem first!)

Step 4:  Sew two skirt together, sweater skirt under denim mini.

Step 5: Sew another row of stitching for decorative purposes and also to hold down that rolling hem permanently!

That was easy!  Introducing our first sweater skirt refashion!  It was fun, we want to do that again soon!

sweater skirt refashionCold legs be-gone!!

Total Time: 45 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress  (Sweater material is very easy to work with, stretchy & forgiving!

DIY sweater skirt refashion

Back view

We can’t wait to see T. in her new skirt.  We’ll update and let you know what she thinks when we hear from her.  Hopefully we can get a picture or two for you too!

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Leave us a comment and let us know about your favorite sweater skirt!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Linen History

linen history

This week’s Skirt Factsination is about linen and linen history and linen skirts as part of our fabric series. Linen is famous for being wrapped around mummies. Not the most, uh, appealing fabric, considering its history of mummies, but I may be prejudiced because of this one linen skirt I had once that was the bane of my life.  Somehow I didn’t realize when I bought it that the fabric was twisted, and it always bugged me to the point that when it finally became too tight and short, I was so excited to get rid of it!  No, this was not one we could use for a refashion, and it went in the donation box!  Anyways, linen made its debut in Ancient Mesopotamia, and white linen was worn extensively in Ancient Egypt due to the heat. Linen is a textile made from the flax plant, and is labor-intensive to manufacture, but remarkable for its coolness in heat. Mummies were wrapped in linen because it was a symbol of wealth. We found four linen skirts on Pinterest that we liked.

linen history

1.The Breezy, loose linen skirt.

I like this skirt because it is really what linen is all about. I like the big pockets and the breezy looseness of the skirt. I would wear this with white or yellow flats and a yellow blouse. (I like navy blue with yellow.)

linen history

2. The linen Maxi skirt.

Linen almost always looks very fresh, especially if it is white linen. I love the style of this skirt, kind of mermaidy, as it flows out about right at knee length. This skirts seems like the perfect skirt to wear to a summer party or a beach vacation. I like the black with it, but for summer I would choose maybe red heels and a navy blue and white striped shirt.

chevron striped linen skirt

3.  The Striped linen skirt.

This sort of oversized chevron seems of be in right now, and it looks good on linen. This skirt kind of has a bit of a business feel to me for some reason, perhaps the model. I would prefer to wear this type of skirt and pattern dressed down, with black flip-flops or sandals, and white tee and a big ol’ floppy straw hat.

linen history

  • 4.  The Floral linen skirt.

The pattern and background color of this skirt is sooooo cute!!! I adore the floral pattern, and if you look closely, there’s a embroidered butterfly on the wide waistband! Two things I love – butterflies and wide waistbands, paired together! I would wear this, hmmm, with a orange or red top and sandals or espadrilles.

Let us know your take on linen, and your favorite, or least favorite linen skirt in the comment section!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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DIY Skirt Refashion on a Monday!

DIY skirt refashion

Today is Monday, right? Well, my orchestra practices on Monday, and I wanted and new cello skirt to wear today.  Time for a DIY skirt refashion!

DIY Skirt refashion

We had this really cute skirt from Salvation Army for $3.99, but it was too short for me, especially in fall and winter, and I decided to make it longer. It’s nice being a skirt fixator, because you wake up, and it’s orchestra day, or ballet day, or just stay-home day, and if you’re tired of your old skirts, you just make a new one! Like, Oh yeah, I need a new skirt to stay home in today! Here’s my steps:

1. I took the remaining layers from this brown dress and sewed them together, with the lining, into a tube.

2. I sewed the tube onto the bottom of the skirt and it fit just about perfectly!

3. I hemmed the bottom of the brown layer.

 DIY skirt refashion

Now it’s really a true cello skirt! I like the look, and how the brown tier has raised dots, which makes it kind of go with the top of the skirt. I thought about putting some lace on the bottom, but I thought that it would make it look kind of little girlish, so I left it to be more sophisticated.

DIY skirt refashion

The really cool thing about the top skirt is the way that it is ombre, but with flowers, and not just one color. Also, the top pattern was a bit distracting before, and the brown layer kind of calms it down. I wish it were that easy to calm down a crying baby, or your hair on some days. There, I’m babbling on again. I’m really prone to rambling, like, I’ll start with talking about skirts, and I’ll end up talking about how someday science might teach a banana to talk. I know, I’m sorry.

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Anyway, leave us a rambling comment about anything in general, ‘cause we’d love that!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Skirt Alert! Dancing Skirts

dancing skirts

On today’s Skirt Alert we are featuring some skirts from off of our Pinterest board, ‘Dancing Skirts’. We liked these skirts because they look like something cute to wear on the street, but able to dance in spontaneously if you heard any music. Of course some people do not wear dancing skirts because they would never think of spontaneously dancing. Ever. Never. EVER. Other people do not wear dancing skirts on the street because they would HAVE to dance if they heard music, and the non-dancing skirt keeps them from doing that. Actually, that was how the pencil skirt came to be; did you know that? Ahem. Sorry, off the point. Anyway, here are four of our favorites.

dancing skirts

1. The Gray Flamenco Skirt.

This skirt reminded us very strongly of a flamenco skirt, perfect to swish around and stomp your feet in. However, we would have to wear different shoes with this lovely mermaid flamenco skirt, because the model’s shoes do not look exactly stomp-worthy.

dancing skirts

2. The Square Dance Skirt.

The perfect skirt to go to a barn or square dance in, this skirt has the perfect country and dance style. I could wear it willingly with a white western-style shirt and cowboy boots.

dancing skirts

3. The Red Ballet Skirt.

Of course we had to add a ballet skirt, and this one is just the right style so that it doesn’t exactly stand out on the street, but still looks full enough to plie and jete in! I like the wide waistband and the narrow bow. I would wear this with a plain white tee and black …  you guessed it, ballet flats!

dancing skirts

4. The Royal Blue Anthropologie Skirt.

I loooooove this skirt! I don’t know exactly what kind of dancing you would do in it, but it looks like it would be really cool when you twirled and it spread out. I REALLY like the handkerchief hem, and I would wear this anywhere, anytime!

Well, leave us a comment telling what is your favorite kind of skirt!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Dress to Skirt Remake – Pre-teen Dress Mess to Performance Ready Skirt!

concert skirt

Today we show you how you can take a dress and adjust it for a pre-teen who doesn’t have the right…er…shape!  Yes, it’s a dress to skirt refashion!  You are going to love our pre-teen dress fix!

pre-teen dress fix

We started with this lovely dress we picked up at Goodwill for $8.  Yes, can you believe we actually paid that much?  It’s the most we’ve ever paid for an item from Goodwill that we intended to refashion, but Aria had a very special need for a fancy skirt.  We didn’t see a skirt that was going to just fit the ticket when we were out shopping, but then we saw this dress!  It was so lovely, and only had one problem…it was curvy where a pre-teen has no curves.  Never fear, the gals at Skirt Fixation have a plan!

Here’s the plan:

Step 1: Hand sew stitches on the zipper where we intend the new top to be.

Step 2: Cut off the top of the dress, leaving 1/2 inch to work with above the black bow trim.

Step 3: Cut out the padded insert across the front of the dress, which was just making it hard to fold down.

Step 4: Fold over 1/2 inch and sew down to the top of the black bow trim.

Step 5: We decided to reinforce the stitching so that the netting floral material didn’t pop up across the front.  It didn’t need to be hemmed because it’s no fray fabric, but it was slippery, and we were afraid it would pop up without the additional stitching which we did by hand.

Step 6: Reinforce the new top of the zipper so it stayed where it was supposed to.

Ready, Get set, Reveal!

pre-teen dress fix

How do you like it now?

I love how the black bow trim at the waist looks like a cummerbund on a tuxedo!  I mean it was cute before, but now it’s perfect for the occasion which is…

concert skirt

How about an encore?

Yes, Aria plays the viola and has an upcoming recital.  That is what she needs the special skirt for.  And now we think she’s going to take down the house in this amazing ensemble!

pre-teen dress fix

Getting ready to curtsy.

Total Time: 45 minutes

Total Cost: $8 (Not too bad for a special occasion skirt!)

Talent Level: Intermediate Level (Better not attack slippery material on your first few attempts!)

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We know Aria will do awesome in her recital, and there’s no question she’ll take the prize wearing this skirt!  Good luck, Aria!  Let Aria know in the comment section what your favorite music for viola is, or what she should wear with this skirt (she’s modeling two different options in the photos above) or tell us about a skirt you wore for a special occasion.  And vote in the poll too!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Designer – Sunglasses Series by Allegra

sunglasses series

Today I decided to list two more of my skirt designs. Or you could call them fashion illustrations, I guess! These two are the start of my ‘Sunglasses Series’, because in lieu of faces, they have sunglasses! Funny, I know, but I prefer plain sunglasses to the faces that I draw 🙂 Actually, whenever I used to draw fashion before, I would painstakingly draw lines that were never satisfactory, and I just gave up. So, one day I figured out that I draw most satisfactorily when I just sketch really quickly, and add details in later. For instance, I always start with the head, and go down, doing the feet and hair after everything, even the clothes. I know that its not that realistic, I mean, look at the hands, but I think that it is my best style so far.

sunglasses series

The first design is ‘Business Chic’ sunglasses girl, who looks like she is making a business deal on her phone. She is wearing a grey wool herringbone pencil skirt, and a mauve button-down blouse with ruffles around the neck and sleeves. She accessorizes with black pointed heels and shaded sunglasses.

sunglasses series

The second design is ‘Flirty Casual’ sunglasses girl, who is going shopping, apparently. She is wearing a dark red flirty satin skirt that has a nice wide shape, and a black and white polka-dotted shirt with wide sleeves. She accessorizes with a wide black leather belt, and ladybug-lookin’ handbag, red flats and (of course) shaded sunglasses. Below I have found the equivalent of my drawn fashions in real clothes!

Dolce & Gabbana

A grey herringbone pencil skirt from Dolce and Gabbana.

sunglasses series

Pink ruffled sleeveless shirt, the closest I could find!

Dorothy Perkins heels

Black pointed heels from Dorothy Perkins

Alice & Olivia

Red circle skirt from Alice&Olivia

sunglasses series

Wide sleeved shirt – same style as the one in my drawing

sunglasses series

Red flats

sunglasses series

Ah yes, the shaded sunglasses!

fashion illustration

Well, that was fun! Send us pictures of your own skirt fashion drawings or leave us some skirt fashion love in the comment section.

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

 

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Denim Mini Makeover – Large to Lavish!

goodwill diy denim mini makeover

Today’s remake starts with one of our favorite foundation pieces, a denim mini!  Yes, it’s time for another denim mini makeover!  Now we are building up quite a stash of denim minis to work with, but when we saw this one the other day at Goodwill, we couldn’t resist!  And it was only $2.50.  Now you just tell us, could you have resisted this?

denim mini makeover

Irresistible!

Here’s a closeup of that embroidered side patch.  I mean just look at this beauty!  It adds a sort of Asian influence to the whole thing!

goodwill thrift store skirt remake

Lovely embroidered patch!

Now, the blueish purple color in the center of some of those flowers is pretty hard to match, be we just happened to find a Relativity skirt at Goodwill for $2.50.  So what was it’s problem?  Just about twice the size we needed it to be!

denim mini makeover

Only about 8 sizes too big!

Alright, here’s what we did:

Step 1: Iron around bottom of denim mini to make it ready to receive the bottom half!

Step 2: Cut off top 2 inches of large blue skirt.

Step 3: Zig-zag around new top of large blue skirt.

Step 4:  Sew blue skirt to bottom of denim mini.

Step 5:  Sew additional line of stitching for decorative hem.

That’s All!  So now you can see how to take a large skirt that’s just the right color and use it in a denim mini makeover!

denim mini makeover

Look at that lovely combination!

This skirt is just perfect for some fall frolicking!  Just add a turtle and some boots.  Rake together a huge pile of leaves and get ready to jump!

Total Time: 40 minutes

Total Cost: $5

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

goodwill diy denim mini makeover

A skirt for twirling!

Since this denim mini makeover is just a tad large for Allegra, she’s agreed to list it in our Etsy shop, so you can enjoy the fruits of our labors!

denim mini makeover

Now it’s your turn!  Vote in the poll and leave us a comment before you hop over to Etsy to see all of our skirt offering there!

You Choose: Large or Lavish?

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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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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Skirt Alert! – Skirt Costumes Theme Week

skirt costumes 2013

This week was a great one for sighting skirt costumes!  There were all sorts of skirt costumes out there, and we’re going to showcase some skirt sighting for you today!  But first a picture from last year’s skirt costumes on parade!

skirt costumes 2013

 Simply Amazing!

We weren’t sure if any skirt costume could measure up to this sighting from last year, but prepared to be a surprised as we were!  Skirt Costumes 2013 version coming up!

skirt costumes 2013

 Fairy GrandMartha!

Here we have Martha Stewart in all her pink, fairy, skirted glory!  What an amazing costume, and we love the background too.  We understand that Halloween is one of Martha’s favorite holidays, and she really goes all out for her costumes.  Hurrah for this skirt costume!

skirt costumes 2013

 Bethany Frankel & daughter

Look at the cute little fairy costume!  And we heard this little costumed cutie got picked up from school in a pink limo!

skirt costumes 2013

 Ashley Tisdale’s niece

Three cheers for the brave batgirl skirt costume!  Superhero’s in skirts are really, really, super!

skirt costumes 2013Michael Strahan’s daughters

We wonder if these two girls got their ideas from Aria and Annie?  At any rate, we sure do like their skirt costumes!

skirt costumes 2013

Denise Richards and family

It looks to us like the majority of this family decided skirt costumes were the perfect theme for 2013 also!

skirt costumes 2013

Mariah Carey’s twins

New Dress A Day

And here is one of our favorite fashion bloggers and her skirt costume.  We read Marissa’s blog, New Dress A Day, everyday for inspiration!  She takes thrift finds and remakes them into totally modern gorgeous pieces of art!  Sound familiar?  Or at least we’re trying to measure up!  (Pun intended!)

And speaking of superheros, how about this dynamic duo?  Hip hip hooray for skirt costumes 2013!

skirt costumes 2013

Although we don’t know exactly what these girls costumes represent, we thoroughly approve of their skirts!

skirt costumes 2013

Just look at all the cute little skirted costume goers!  What an awesome way to spend a fun evening…in a skirt!

And now because we always save the best for last, we present E. the hula girl!

skirt costume 2013

Don’t you just love that skirt?  And as much as we loved this skirt costume when we first saw it, we were totally head over heals when we heard she picked it up at Goodwill for 99 cents!

skirt costumes 2013

Extreme close up of the hair do!

goodwill skirtTotally twirl-worthy!

goodwill skirtTotally tuckered out from so much twirling!

What an amazing skirt costume!  Thanks for sharing it with us E.

Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Alert.  We were so pleased to see so many amazing skirt costumes this week.

Make it beautiful,

Audrey