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Skirt Designer – Fashionable Girls

skirt design

For today’s fashion design post, I decided to post two skirts I designed myself. I really like designing skirt and dress fashions, and these are two of my favorites!   Today I’m the skirt designer!

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The Wendy skirt.

To start this design, I used a stylized model that I have developed to show approximate body proportions while maximizing the fashion that she is ‘wearing’ 🙂 I made her with layered hair blowing in the wind, and started by free-handing a knee-length skirt using no stencil or pattern, just my imagination. When I had got the style right, I looked at it for a while and decided that it would look good pleated, so I drew pleats on the skirt. I then drew belt loops and a wide vintage belt. Since I wanted the skirt to be the focal point of the fashion, I drew her wearing a tucked in shirt the color of the belt, and a vest with decorative closings. To finish it off, I gave her a pair of casual orange flip-flops. I envision the Wendy skirt as a more sheer material, flippy and flirty!

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The Fern skirt.

To start this design, I used the same model with different arms and shorter hair. I actually redrew the model, and she turned out looking a bit older, and maybe a little larger in size than ‘Wendy,’ but I like that. I freehanded the skirt as before, making it even all the way across the bottom hemline. I wanted a little fuller skirt design when I started, so I drew it wider, but still knee-length. When I was done with the skirt I right away drew the v-neck tee and the black belt with the gold buckle. Before I drew the shoes, I analyzed the drawing. It was too…plain. The skirt and shirt combination looked too much like a dress, which I didn’t want. I didn’t want to change the shirt, but I drew two inset panels on the front, which I colored the same color as the skirt but a little lighter. I drew them lower than the skirt, and I think it gives the skirt a cute bohemian feel. I think that there are two more panels in the back, and they are lower than the hemline too! I love the feel of this outfit now! I finished it off by giving her a pair of green canvas shoes.

Always be Exiting,

Allegra.

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Beaded White Skirt – Scary to Sweet!

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For today’s refashion, we started with a denim mini!  After yesterday’s post we were itching to create using another denim mini!  This little cutie was just perfect for Aria because the waist was adjustable, you know those waistbands that include buttons and elastic?  Well, she loves those, because of her little skinny waist.  We picked it up at Goodwill for $2.00.

denim mini

We also found a gorgeous beaded white skirt.  Aria, being part tomboy, didn’t feel like she could keep a white skirt well, white for very long!  But she loved the beading, and really wanted us to do something with it.  $3.00 Salvation Army.  Sorry we didn’t get a before picture!

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Cut off top of white skirt.

Step 2: Sewed bottom of white skirt onto bottom of denim mini.

Step 3: Sewed one additional line of stitching to hold denim hem down when we wash it.

thrift store skirt refashion

Well, there you go!  Aria loves it!  She’s so happy to practice with a 1/2 white skirt, and the beading pops!

Total Cost: $5.00

Total Time: 10 minutes

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

denim mini upcycleThis is exactly the kind of refashion we love!  Good bones to start with, fast refashion, many, many days of use!

What do you think?  You get to vote in the poll and leave us your loving thoughts in the comment section!  Also be sure to spend some time browsing our site doing the same!  We are having so much fun, and we are anxious for you to join the fun!  Find us on Pinterest too!  And feel free to pin the below picture on your Pinterest boards!

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt FACTsination – Fabric Series – Denim History

Levi Strauss denim

thrift store denim skirt

We love working with denim minis so much and thought it’d be fun to research denim history.  Here’s what we found out!

During the gold rush, men couldn’t find pants strong enough to last for a good while. Their work was hard so they didn’t have much time to find a good pair of pants. In 1853, the gold rush was at its highest height and men still didn’t have pants, but that was when Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant left for San Francisco in hopes of starting a dry goods store there.

Levi Strauss denim

Soon after he started the store a miner asked him what he was selling. When Levi Strauss told him that he had rough canvas for tents and other things the miner said that Levi should have brought pants, and told him how he couldn’t find a pair of pants strong enough to last. Levi then started making pants out of the canvas. Miners liked the pants but they complained that they tended to chafe. Levi Strauss then found a good cloth. It was from France and was twilled cotton cloth. This cloth was a certain kind of cloth that had a twill weave. The shape of the weave was diagonal.  Levi made the first jeans out of this fabric and the miners were happy with their long-lasting, durable new pants.

Today, we see different kinds of denim everywhere, and (our favorite) denim skirts!  One of our favorite denim skirt sources is Style J!  They started out with all denim skirts, and have branched out into some other skirts, but all skirts!  Just our type of website!

Well, that’s today’s Skirt FACTsination!

Get flirty with (denim) skirts,

Aria!

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Flower Embroidered Formal Skirt – Potential to Powerful

black and white formal skirt

On this remake, I started with a black skirt that had beautiful blue flowers embroidered on it that had a lot of potential, but was an uncomfortable length and didn’t stand out.  We found it at Goodwill for $2.50.

Heart Soul skirt

I wanted a more formal skirt look for this one, and a floor length, so I picked out a white tiered skirt and tried to match it to the bottom of the black skirt.  We scored it at Salvation Army for $2.

white tiered skirt

It didn’t work by itself, so we went to a fabric store and bought some satiny fabric in the exact color of the flowers.

#1. I trimmed and hemmed the blue fabric and pinned it on the bottom of the black skirt.

#2. I cut off the bottom tier of the white skirt and pinned it to the bottom of the blue layer.

#3. I sewed the blue layer to the black skirt, and the white layer to the blue layer.

formal skirt

Now it looks a lot more pretty! This turned out to be a beautiful formal skirt that would be perfect to wear on a special occasion.

Total Cost: $5.50

Total Time: 1 hour

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

black and white formal skirt

I wore it with a short-sleeve ruffled blue blouse, but I would wear it with a button-down and heels or flats for a more formal occasion. We have listed this skirt on Etsy Here.

Before&After

So what do you think?  Would you have kept it with the original potential, or are you in favor of the powerful after?  Vote in the poll and leave us your thoughts below.

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Always be Exciting,
Allegra.

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Skirt Alert! – The Mullet Skirt

For today’s Skirt Alert, we have picked out three of our favorite mullet skirts.  But first we must ask ourselves why they had to name such a cute skirt after such a bad haircut?  It must be because the girls wearing them today are too young to remember the haircut.  So just as a warning…BAD HAIR DAY COMING UP!

mullet

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of our system, onto happier topics…mullet skirts!  We’ve been seeing a lot of these lately, so we’ve picked out a few definite winners.

slate mullet skirt

#1. The slate mullet skirt from Athleta.

This is a cute skirt that is made from a little thicker fabric than most mullet skirts. I would wear this with a plain athletic tee and flip-flops.

pink mullet skirt

#2. The pink ombre mullet skirt from Athleta.

I love the combination of ombre color and mullet style! The pink is sooooooo cute! Would wear this with a pink patterned tee and flats.

fawn mullet skirt

#3. The fawn-colored sheer mullet skirt from Piperlime.

This skirt is my favorite, because I think that the mullet style belongs with a sheer fabric! I would wear this with a black button-down shirt and heels.

Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Alert!  I hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of mullet skirts.  If you want to have a great day, just don’t scroll back to the top of this post and that photo!

Always be exciting,

Allegra

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Dorothy’s Wizard of Oz Dress – Hideous to Happening!

wizard of oz dress

We had so much fun with today’s refashion!  We started with a denim mini by TILT that we found at a thrift shop named Shelly’s Boutique. We are very indebted to Shelly’s Boutique because she supported what we’re doing, and it happened to be an end of summer sale, so we picked up this little cutie for $2.64!

denim mini

We knew we needed it for the foundation because a while back at Goodwill we picked up this girl’s dress for $2!

wizard of oz dress

Hideous, isn’t it?  Why would we ever buy this?  Well, the embroidery was keepable, and it completely reminded us of the Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz dress.

wizard of oz dress

Can’t you totally see it?  Well, since we have neither a dog named Toto, nor red sparkly shoes, we knew this one needed a remake!

dorothy dress upcycle

Here were our steps:

1: Cut off the bottom of the Dorothy  from the Wizard of Oz dress.

2: Sewed gather stitches around the top of what we’d just cut off.  It was so full, there was no way around this, just finger pinching pleats wasn’t going to cut it with this much fullness!

3: Pinned and sewed bottom of Dorothy dress to bottom of denim mini.

4: Fashioned a ribbon belt from some awesome vintage ribbon.

denim mini refashion

What do you think now?  “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!”

ribbon belt

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $ 4.64

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

thrift store skirt refashion

Well, let us know what you think! Vote in the poll and leave us some comment love below!

Will you please participate? Hideous before or Happening after?

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Designer – Paper Skirt Fashion

paper denim skirt

This is a cute skirt that I designed. You might notice that it is the same style as the last one I made. Well I do like the style of the skirt a lot! I was going to make the shirt pattern a little bit faded looking blue green color, but on the other side of the blue green paper was this water/bubble type design. I really liked it so I decided to go with that instead. The jean skirt, I’d really like to have this paper skirt fashion made from fabric like that myself. Maybe some day I’ll make one like that out of my brothers ripped up jeans… or maybe not.

Here is the paper fashion kit I use from Amazon.  Click on the picture to be taken to Amazon.

Klutz paper fashionsI love to use this paper fashion kit to design skirts because it’s a lot easier to try things out with paper than fabric!  And making outfits is really fun too!  They offer so many patterned papers and they are printed on both sides offering even more options!  I take immense satisfaction from finishing an outfit and hanging it on one of the itty-bitty hangers provided!

Get flirty with skirts,

Aria

 

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Ann Taylor Embroidered Skirt – Lost to Luxurious!

ann taylor embroidered skirt
Ann Taylor/denim mini refashion - Lost to Luxurious
Ann Taylor refashion – Lost to Luxurious!

On this skirt remake, I started with a short black Twenty One mini skirt I found at the thrift store St. Vincent for $2.50.  It was in great shape, and a great foundation for what I had in mind!

thrift store mini skirt

On the same trip to St. Vincent I found a pink Ann Taylor skirt for $2. The pink skirt was cute by itself, but the embroidered flowers on it didn’t stand out.  They were also starting to fade from repeated washing, and needed a little reinforcement.  Time for another Ann Taylor skirt refashion!

 ann taylor skirt

I took this picture after I started sewing on black beads in the middle of each flower, but you get an idea of the shape from this photo.  Here’s a close up of the flowers before the beading started.

embroidered flowers

So here’s what I did:

#1. I sewed black beads in the center of each embroidered flower on the pink skirt to make the pink skirt click with the black mini.

#2. I sewed the pink skirt to the black mini, then cut off the top of the pink skirt.

#3. I sewed some nice big black lace from a leftover project to the bottom to finish off the effect.

ann taylor skirt refashion

Wow! I love the after! The black beads make the pink skirt really stand out! The whole look is now so much more interesting.

ann taylor embroidered skirtTotal Time: 20 minutes

Total Cost: $5.50 (The beads cost $1)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

beaded skirt

Sometimes when we put two skirt together it looks like…well, 2 skirts put together, and we have to work with it until it looses that look!  But this skirt was totally luxurious from the beginning!  We think the black lace on the bottom completed the ensemble so well.  For the photo shoot I paired this Ann Taylor skirt refashion with black flats, Aria’s black rose trimmed sweater and my thrift store black velvet belt.  (Thanks, Aria!)

before&after

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Skirt FACTsination – Pencil Skirt (Part 2)

This is the second post about pencil skirts.  To read the first post which includes pencil skirt history click here.

The pencil skirt has been popular ever since it was introduced. The same simple skirt is worn today, as well as different variations such as the peplum skirt and the tight maxi skirt. Pencil skirts are called H-line skirts, as opposed to A-line skirts.

Most women wear modern pencil skirts in the classic way, with a fancy shirt and high heels and/or nylons for work or a party.

fancy pencil skirt

Some women wear flats and a more casual shirt for a youthful vibe.

casual pencil skirt

Other women prefer a maxi version.

tight maxi skirt

Who knows how long the pencil skirt will last! Perhaps someday in the future when we have all migrated to Mars, women will still wear pencil skirts!

Always be exciting,

Allegra

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American Eagle Mini Refashion – Pinstriped to Pristine!

On this skirt remake, I started with a pinstripe American Eagle mini skirt from Salvation army for $4.99,

Pinstriped and pretty!
Pinstriped and pretty!

and a checkered Max brand skirt for $1.25 from Goodwill.  The pinstripe skirt had a faded dirty pink ribbon belt that was literally crumbling at the touch.  The Max brand skirt was too short (sorry, I didn’t get a picture)

#1. I pinned the checkered skirt to the bottom of the pinstriped skirt.

#2. I sewed the skirts together.

#3. I cut off the top of the Max plaid skirt for later use…it’s got some really cute button and embroidery lines, so keep an eye out for it!

#4. I formed a renewed ribbon belt with vintage buckles.  We added Velcro to the back side of the ribbon, so it’s adjustable!

Perky skirt for fall!
Perky skirt for fall!

Wow!  I love it now! The sober pinstripe pattern looks good paired with the exuberant checkered pattern. I paired this with a flower-patterned shirt.

Total Time: 20 min.

Talent Level: Intermediate

Total Cost $6.24

Turning heads!
Turning heads!

If you feel like you cannot live without this cutie, we know how you feel, and we’ve listed it on Etsy for you!

What do you think? Pinstriped American Eagle before or Pristine after?

You choose!
You choose!

Vote in the poll to let us know what you think and leave your comment love for us below!

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