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Skirt to Silhouette – Day 10 – 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts

skirt to silhouette

We are participating in a 10 Day blogging series: 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts!  We are so excited to produce some gifts, and you’ve probably guessed, we’re going to start from skirts all 10 days!  Also, we are very anxious to see what others produce too!  If you want to join in or follow along, visit A Homespun Country Life to get started.

For our grand finale in 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts, we have a wonderful Gift for you to make!   And since it’s fast, easy and produces stunning results, you will be able to whip out a few of these in no time at all.  So now we present Day 10 – Skirt to Silhouette.

skirt to silhouette

Remember this skirt?  We used it in one of our first refashions, and had a little bit left over to work with.  And we chose for a silhouette shape our beautiful lady in a skirt logo!  For your silhouette, you go ahead and choose whatever shape you wish.

Skirt to Silhouette Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Print out shape you are going to silhouette onto cardstock.

Step 2: Using an X-Acto knife or very sharp scissors, cut out your shape, preserving the outside, rather than inside.  We decided to cut out just the skirt!

Step 3: Tape a piece of skirt to back of silhouette opening.

Step 4: Frame it!

skirt to silhouette

Now isn’t that gorgeous?   We are so very pleased with this!  It’s a sort of a reverse silhouette.  Now here are some other ideas we played with before we settled on this one.  You could cut out an animal (say a giraffe) and mount it over spotted giraffe fabric.  You could cut out a city name and mount it over the city’s skyline.  You could cut out a barn and mount it over a sunset.  You could use an instrument shape mounted over sheet music.  Really you are only limited by your imagination!

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: No-Sew project!

Skirt to skirt silhouette!

Here is a glimpse at the final projects for our upcoming eBook.

Way to preserve a special skirt!

This one you could use some skirt that was worn for a special occasion and a silhouette of the wearer at the event!  In this case, this was Annie’s favorite play skirt when she was 5!

2 skirts made into a silhouette photo!

This silhouette is two skirts combined to make a stunning silhouette!  We think it looks very vintage and modern at the same time…is that possible?

Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming eBook.  We plan on using the holiday to whip it into shape.  We ended up with 25 skirt transformations!  We’ll be sure to keep you informed.

Leave us a comment about the most thoughtful, handmade gift you made this year!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt to Lampshade – Day 9 – 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts

We are participating in a 10 Day blogging series: 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts!  We are so excited to produce some gifts, and you’ve probably guessed, we’re going to start from skirts all 10 days!  Also, we are very anxious to see what others produce too!  If you want to join in or follow along, visit A Homespun Country Life to get started.

Thoughtful Skirt to Lampshade Gift

 We are so excited with Day 9 – Skirt to Lampshade, of 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts.  Each day, and each project in our eBook, we have selected projects that take advantage of the unique shape, size, style, or some other attribute of a skirt.  And today’s project is no exception.

skirt to lampshade

As we showed you yesterday, here is the skirt we started with.  This gorgeous skirt is a Banana Republic silk skirt.  We were so in love with this skirt when we found it at Goodwill with a price tag of $2.50!  Silk skirt for $2.50!  And we love the gauzy middle ruffle.  So why didn’t we wear this skirt as it was?  Well, it was a size 12, and no one here wears a size 12.  But have we ever let that stop us?  NO!

broken lampshade

And then there was the lampshade.  This thing we rescued from a boys’ room, and we are quite sure they were playing basketball with it, but we’re not sure if they were using it as the basket or the ball!

 Step by Step Skirt to Lampshade Instructions

Step 1: Drape skirt over existing lampshade to determine best fit.  In our case, we wanted to take advantage of those lovely ruffling layers.

Step 2: Sew together layers where new top of the lampshade was going to be.

Step 3: Use clothespins to hold skirt to lampshade while making little pleats around the rest and gluing them in place.  This step is actually easy to show!

clothespins

Step 4: After the glue has dried, glue ribbon around top.

Step 5: If the bottom of the skirt hangs too far down, cut it off with pinking shears.

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Finished!  Isn’t that one of the prettiest lampshades you’ve ever seen?   Definitely better that one that’s imitating a basketball hoop!

skirt to lampshade after 3

See the pretty gauzy middle layer?  It actually lets more light through!

Total Time: 3 hours (most of that was glue drying time!)

Total Cost: $4.79 Skirt + Tacky Glue

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

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A much better choice for a girls’ bedroom lampshade!

Skirt to Lampshade before&after

Now I’ll just bet you are walking around your house looking at your lampshades!  Send us a photo when you get done!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt to Cover Up – Day 8 – 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts

skirt to cover up

We are participating in a 10 Day blogging series: 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts!  We are so excited to produce some gifts, and you’ve probably guessed, we’re going to start from skirts all 10 days!  Also, we are very anxious to see what others produce too!  If you want to join in or follow along, visit A Homespun Country Life to get started.

Today, we have a super fun, super easy skirt to cover up tutorial for you!  And guess what, this time your sewing machine is going to receive a little care!  You see, we already have a cover for our sewing machine, but it’s huge, clunky, heavy, and well, just not cute!  So today we show you how to make a skirt to cover up for your sewing machine.

skirt to cover up

We started with this skirt.  It’s a Studio Y brand that we found at Goodwill for $2.50.  Nothing wrong with it really, but destined for so much greater use!

Step 1: Fold over the waistband to form a top.

Step 2:  Sew this top shut.

skirt to cover up

That’s it!  Now we have a very cute, very light, very easy to use cover up for our sewing machine.  Why does one need a sewing machine cover anyway?  Well, once upon a time we didn’t cover up our sewing machine, thinking we’d be right back to it…eventually!  Well at this time, our sewing area shared a space in the laundry room, and if there is a dust-generating room of your home, that’s it!  Lint, dirt, dust, you name it.  So one day our sewing machine quit working.  Just wouldn’t go when we pressed the petal.  So over $100 to a cleaning specialist later, we learned that our machine was clogged with dust, lint, fabric and thread scraps, etc.  (We’d also just completed making 3 quiet books with lots of felt pieces, but that’s a story for another day.)

skirt to cover up

Cute pocket close-up!

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost:  $2.50 (Which happens to be a whole lot less than a $100 cleaning fee!)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

DIY skirt to sewing machine cover up tutorial

Top view, you can see how the former waistband is folded over to become the top.

DIY skirt to sewing machine cover up tutorial

And here’s a glimpse at another cover up from the upcoming ebook!  It’s a swimsuit coverup that started as a garish maxi with just too much hot pink!

DIY skirt to swim suit cover up tutorial

Well, leave us a comment and tell us what you use to cover your sewing machine!  And if you don’t (gasp!) hurry and make one of these!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Suits – Skirt FACTSination

A classy skirt suit

For today’s Skirt Factsination post, we have decided to feature Skirt Suits! Also known as power suits, these feminine versions of the classic male suit combine a tailored suit jacket with a pencil skirt to make a chic ensemble for a businesswoman.  Pretty much, something every business woman has to have, but endless variations are possible, which is more that can be said for a man’s suit…they only have a few options to vary.  So even though every business woman has one, each one is unique and can be personalized in a variety of ways, as you will see as we go through the four we choose to feature today.

skirt suit

1. This is the classic skirt suit; a two-buttoned plain jacket, not-too-tight pencil skirt, and a chic understated pair of heels. Often this classic plain kind of skirt suit can be used to maximize your shoes! Try a bright colored or patterned pair of heels, or go for something a little higher to add a bit of pop to your otherwise plain suit!

skirt suit

2. This skirt suit stirs things up a little with a more form-fitting pencil skirt, and a unique jacket. The jacket has three buttons, an asymmetrical kind of closure, and an almost fluffy round neck. Some classic heels in a contrasting color are a good choice to go with this kind of outfit.  A scarf would also fit nicely in that rounded neck and add more personalization.

skirt suit

3. An exciting choice, this skirt suit has a classic jacket, and a very unique skirt. The fabric on the skirt is sewn in layers, with one half of the front being folded up to present an eye-catching look. This suit is a great choice for those days that you just want to show off your skirt! Similar-colored pointed pumps are paired with this suit on the model.  This suit could definitely leave the office and go out on the town, so keep in mind evening engagements when picking out your suit in the morning!

A classy skirt suit

4. Ah yes, my favorite! Whereas the other three suits are all in the same color and fabric, this gorgeous number has a pale pink wool felt-like jacket  (love pink!) with a faux-leather skirt that is awesomely divided into four panels. The three buttons on the jacket really tie this together, and I love the gloves, which are super chic! I would personally wear pink shoes, but you know me, pink pink pink all the time!

Leave us a comment if you are a snazzy businesswoman and love your power suits, or just a power-suit loving skirt girl 😉

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Skirt to Headband – Day 7 – 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts

DIY skirt to headband tutorial

We are participating in a 10 Day blogging series: 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts!  We are so excited to produce some gifts, and you’ve probably guessed, we’re going to start from skirts all 10 days!  Also, we are very anxious to see what others produce too!  If you want to join in or follow along, visit A Homespun Country Life to get started.

Today we have a great, frugal tutorial for you.  It’s a skirt to headband transformation.  As you have probably noticed, when you refashion clothes, often times you have scraps, waistbands, etc. left over.  Well!  Today we show you a few very good reasons not to just throw those in the trash!

Let’s get started!  For this tutorial you want to start with one of THOSE skirts.

skirt to headband

Yes, you know the kind; everyone has one for travel because they don’t wrinkle.  This particular one was made of acetate and spandex.  And another cool side note is that you’re probably going to be able to pick one of these up very cheaply at a thrift store because everyone has one, and they’re sort of indestructible!  We got ours from a friend, and it was too big to fit anyone here, but never fear, that never stopped us from accepting a skirt!

 Step by Step Skirt to Headband Instructions

Step 1: Cut off around the hem.

Step 2: Cut in ½ so you have 2 pieces.

Step 3: Thread the ends through each other to make an “x” in the middle.

Step 4: Sew all the ends together.

DIY skirt to headband tutorial

See, wasn’t that easy?  And gorgeous?  This headband is so comfortable, that you’ll forget you have it on your head…really!

skirt to headband

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

DIY skirt to headband tutorial

And now a sneak preview at the additional skirt to headband tutorials that are in the ebook.

DIY skirt to headband tutorial

This one is made from the decorative stitching from around the bottom of a linen skirt.

DIY skirt to headband tutorial

This one is made from the waistband of a girl’s skirt (and it’s a no-sew!)

DIY skirt to headband tutorial

This one also starts with a waistband of a skirt, and has some felt flowers added for pure prettiness!

Let us know, are you a headband wearer or not?

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Alert! Pet Skirts!!

pet skirts

Pet Skirts on Pinterest

We had so much fun making a new board on Pinterest called Pet Skirts!!!  To celebrate our newly created board, this week’s Skirt Alert is going to be… Pet Skirts!!!

sugarbush squirrel pet skirts

Our first skirt is the Sugar Bush Squirrel Cheerleader skirt! We had never heard of Sugar Bush, the most photographed squirrel before we started searching for pet skirts on Pinterest, but then we found the little cutie!  This skirt is SO cute. The short sort of ruffled style is adorable and it goes perfectly with the purple shirt with red trimmings, a red neck bow and red, white and purple pom-poms. I love the way the tail sticks out of the back, and it also makes you wonder if this skirt has Velcro on in the back that keeps the skirt together. This comment that Sugar Bush’s trainer posted with this picture is really cute, it says: Sugar Bush Squirrel here, rah, rah, rah…while you’re all posting football photos on my Pin Pals board, I’m going to post my cheerleader shot.

pet skirts

And now we will present… the tutu kitty skirt. This cute kitty looks like a pro! I really like the layered tulle because it makes it look so extremely like a real ballet skirt, although you can tell that the flowers are not, real ones wouldn’t have looked right. The way this kitty is posing on the little bar makes it look like kitty ballet class! I totally agree with the comment, Tutu kitty, off the cute chart.

pet skirts

And our last skirt for the day is this adorable little pug skirt! This skirt is also made of tulle but that doesn’t affect me, I like tulle, plus the color is awesome. I really enjoy the way these flowers are attached and they are also just the right color. It seems it has maybe a bit of a white fringe and perhaps a design on the back of it. I really like the way it is paired with the black vest with the red bow on the back with tiny whit dots on the shoulders. Visit our Pet Skirts!!! board at Pinterest, and you’ll be smiling too!

Get flirty with skirts,

Aria

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Skirt to Gift Wrap – Day 6 – 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts

skirt to gift wrap

We are participating in a 10 Day blogging series: 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts!  We are so excited to produce some gifts, and you’ve probably guessed, we’re going to start from skirts all 10 days!  Also, we are very anxious to see what others produce too!  If you want to join in or follow along, visit A Homespun Country Life to get started.

Today we have a luxurious, super easy, fast tutorial for you.  We love to give gifts, and we love to try out new things for gift wrap!  A gift box is basically a blank palate waiting to be created upon, right?  In the past we have given baby gifts wrapped in baby blankets, gag gifts wrapped in the Sunday funnies and bridal shower gifts wrapped in table linens.  So naturally we thought of a skirt for today’s post!  The recipient of a skirt to gift wrapped gift is going to feel so special.  And you don’t even have to tell them how fun and simple it was for you!

skirt to gift wrap

A skirt.  That’s about all we can say!

So we started with a skirt that we were gifted from one of our dear older friends.  Now to be fair, she gifted it to us, not to wear, but for something to refashion!  So it works out perfect, a gifted skirt to gift wrap transformation!

Step by Step Instructions:

Step 1: Determine the desired size for the box you are wrapping.  In our case, we needed a rectangle about the size of the front of the skirt.

Step 2: Cut out rectangle from skirt.

Step 3: Wrap fabric around box, using tape to secure.

Step 4: Bunch up fabric on sides and use a ribbon to tie them off in the middle.

Step 5: Use a ribbon and flower to decorate the top of the box.

skirt to gift wrap

 

We love the button detail and centered it down the center of the fabric.  Isn’t this an awesome vintage-y gift?

Total Time: 5 minutes

Total Cost: $0  (This project is really perfect for a skirt that doesn’t fit, has a huge rip or stain, or some other unwearable defect!)

Talent Level: No-sew!  Beginner seamstress

DIY skirt to gift wrap tutorialAnd here’s a gift for you…a glimpse at 2 other skirt to gift projects from our ebook!

DIY skirt as gift wrapThis one uses the whole skirt as part of the gift!

Furoshiki gift wrap from a skirt!This tutorial uses some more fabric from the same skirt and the Japanese art of furoshiki – fabric folding/tying.  All three of these are no-sew projects, take about 5 minutes each and make such a huge splash!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

 

 

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Skirt Design: Fashion Illustration: Winter Dayz

fashion illustration

I’m featuring a fashion illustration of an outfit that I did quite a while back, but that is finally relevant because it’s a cold-weather outfit.

fashion illustration

Here’s another fashion design I did; this time using a model that I modified from a fashion design book. I drew this model wearing a short gray and red plaid skirt, a white button down under a gray vest, and gray tights and black boots. I do like this drawing except for the feet and hands, which are notsogood. The model was drawn sketchily with a pencil first, and then outlined in black ink marker, which gave the hair a really cool layered curly look. As usual, I drew her without a face, because as a drawn model she doesn’t really need a face or personality. I also found some similar pieces to the outfit on Pinterest, which I like to do because it kind of makes the outfit real to me.

red plaid skirt

This red skater skirt.

Can you believe that this was the closest that I could find?!?! Yeah, its not that close, because there’s too much red, and the skater style is wider than the kind of pencil-ish skirt that I drew.

white button shirtThe gray sweater vest and white button down shirt.

Of course, any cute matching shirt would do with this ensemble, but I picked just a plain white shirt because the shirt in my picture has more of a casual vibe.

grey vest

I was thinking more like some kind of school uniform vest, but this one is really cute and would work just as well. I really like the raised pattern and the zipper.  If I had this I’d be wearing it right now!  Brrrr!

black boots Oh yeah, the boots.

This pair that I found on Pinterest were just exactly what I had in mind! I love the stylishness of them, and the way that they would work with my outfit.

If you decide to put together a cute winter outfit like this, either a fashion illustration or otherwise, send us a picture!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Skirt to Cape – Day 5 – 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts

Skirt to cape DIY tutorial

We are participating in a 10 Day blogging series: 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts!  We are so excited to produce some gifts, and you’ve probably guessed, we’re going to start from skirts all 10 days!  Also, we are very anxious to see what others produce too!  If you want to join in or follow along, visit A Homespun Country Life to get started.

 For today’s post, I remade a skirt into a cape!

skirt to cape

I started with this patchwork skirt in shades of dark blue that had a side zipper, and seemed like the best candidate to be turned into a cape. It had been gifted from a dear grandma lady, and it was a bit too large for me.

 Step by Step Skirt to Cape Instructions

1. I cut down the side seam from the bottom of the zipper, and cut out the zipper.

2. I hemmed the raw edges of the skirt and the lining, keeping them separate.

3. I sewed a snap on both sides of the waistband, and mounted a silver button over the snap for decoration.

Skirt to cape DIY tutorial

There! I knew right away that I wanted the waistband to go around the neck, and I didn’t want to do a buttonhole, so I measured where it would close, and sewed a snap on!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

DIY skirt to cape tutorial

It is really cute now, and the patchwork pattern makes it so that there’s a diamond on the back! The button also looks really cute and helps you to know where the snap is. It was a super easy project,  and a super cape for fall and spring as this is a bit lighter of a cape.  A thick wool or sweater skirt underneath would be a good option for this cape.   For a winter cape, I would find a velvet circle skirt or a full wool skirt to start with.  And I would probably add a fur collar or a sumptuous hood!

Before and after photos of skirt to cape tutorial.

A lot of women wear capes as an alternative to a coat!  Personally, I love to wear a cape for just the right occasion because it make me feel like Maid Marian riding out to visit Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest!

Maid Marian's cape!

Leave us a comment telling if you prefer a cape or a coat?

Always be Exciting,

Allegra