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Re-refashion – Grandma M’s skirt round 2!

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Remember when we refashioned this skirt for Grandma M?

dress barn skirtWell, this clever Grandma went and refashioned a refashion!  How awesome is that?

Here’s what she did:

Here’s what I did with the skirt you re-did for me.  I hope you like it even more now too.  :O)  You can say that this sassy gramma wanted to copy Allegra’s flirty re-do, (the one where she’s blowing a kiss)!  So I took the bottom skirt section back off & cut 8″ off the top.  I then zig-zagged the raw edge, put in a gather stitch & adjusted it to fit the flowered skirt & sewed it back on, probably more of an intermediate sewing project and it took me a couple hours.
Here is Allegra’s skirt she’s referring to:

Blowing kisses!

You can still pick up this skirt on ETSY by the way!
And so here’s Grandma M’s after:
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CUUUUUUUUTE!
What a nifty re-refashion by a nifty Grandma!
before&after2
We can’t decide which look we like better, can you?  Probably because it’s such a pretty Grandma modeling them both! Since we can’t decide, we put up a poll so you can decide!

Grandma M's Re-refashion! Before, After #1 or After #2

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Make it beautiful (like Grandma M. did!)
Audrey
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Skirt Alert! Pink Ribbon Skirts!

pink ribbon skirt

For this week’s Skirt Alert! we are featuring pink skirts in honor of Pink Ribbon/Breast Cancer Awareness month.  As we were searching for pink skirts, we found so many fun shades of pink and so many great options!  Get ready for some Pink Ribbon Skirts!

anthropologie pink skirt

To start with is the Fluer Field Skirt at Anthrpology by Orla Kiely.  This skirt has so much pattern and texture, we imagine the wearer would have to endure some touching and stroking of her skirt!  The shape reminds us of the bubble skirt we refashioned earlier in the week.  The folks at Anthro recommend a lacy femme blouse and raspberry pumps for a ladylike look, and we second the motion!  All in favor…

anthropologie pink skirt

Also Antro has this awesome skirt!  They call it the Calabria Pencil Skirt, but we call it amazing!  Look at that texture!  I mean really!  And the color is such an intense pink.  Wow!  We love the shoe pairing too!  Metal tipped shoes are all the rage right now.  This one’s definitely going on our Shoes & Skirts board over at Pinterest!

pink ribbon skirt

Over at Urban Outfitters we found this Sparkle & Fade Silky Ombre Maxi Skirt.  First of all, as tall females, we are always excited to find Maxi skirts long enough for us, and at 42”, this one fits the bill.  Speaking of bill, it’s on sale for $14.99, so hurry, hurry!  And then lastly, dear readers, you know we have an ombre weakness, so you just knew there was going to be one pink ombre skirt in this collection didn’t you?!

pink ribbon skirt

Isn’t this fun?  Sometimes the sound of a pink skirt seems repulsive, but this next one is here to show you how pink can be fun, fun, fun!  Over at Modcloth, we found a pink skirt aptly named Coral Centerpiece Skirt!  With the pleats and the lace inset, we’re just itching to start a new (copycat) project, but we have a post to finish!  Sigh!

pink ribbon skirt

On to JJill!  They have this great skirt Tropical Scene Easy Skirt.  It reminds me of a skirt I made one time out of toile home decorating fabric.  It was in brown tones, and I loved it so very much!  Not having worn it for a while, I might have to pull it back out into rotation!  Or even better, we could refashion it!  Oh, now my fingers are really getting itchy!  The elastic waist on this skirt makes it so very, very wearable, one to wear all day and night!

pink ribbon skirt

Last, but not least, Ann Taylor has an adorable Perforated Lace Cotton Pencil Skirt in…pink! of course!  We love the look and style!  They are calling the color Guava Juice…mmmm! Makes us thirsty, thirsty for one of these cuties!

Well that’s this week’s Skirt Alert!  Leave us some comment love and direct us to your favorite (pink) skirt!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Refashion – Scary to Skapron!

skapron

This is October!  (Just in case you hadn’t noticed!)  And in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are doing a month-long theme where we post something pink each week.  You know the Pink Ribbon Campaign and all.  And above that nod, anything we put in our ETSY shop that is pink this month (like today’s Skapron!) we will contribute 1/2 the proceeds from the sale to Breast Cancer Research!  So shop away!

This skirt remake started out like this:

old lady suit

Hello kitty photobomber!

Yes, I know. This was a very ‘old lady’ outfit gifted to us by the same dear old grandma lady who gave us the skirt for the skirt giveaway. I really didn’t see myself wearing this as is, haha, and I thought that there was more potential here than just popping the skirt onto the bottom of a denim mini. (Although that would have been cute!) This time I decided to take a skirt and turn it into…. Wait for it… (Drumroll)…. an apron!!!  Except this apron will be a little different, more…skirtish…J You might even make a new word for this design, something like Skapron, or Aprot! Here are my steps.

1. Cut the skirt along the seams on both sides.

2. Cut out the lining and hem the edges.

3. Use some of the back material to make ties for the apron, or Skapron, or Aprot, or whatever!

4.  To make the ties, fold a panel from the back in ½ right sides together, and sew.  Turn the tube right side out and sew across the bottom.

5.  Sew the ties to the apron at the top.

6.  Sew vintage ribbon to pockets.

7.  Attach the pockets, (from an old pair of my brother’s jeans!) to the front of the apron.

8.  Sew on buttons (from the jacket) onto the pockets.

skapronHello Skapron!  (Yes, I just made that word up!)

There now, what a cute apron! I was aiming for a very vintage look, which I think I achieved!

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: beginner seamstress

skapron

I felt kind of like a cook on one of those old cooking shows, so you have a picture of me holding a little pumpkin and looking like I’m saying; ‘Now halve the pumpkin…’

skapron pocket

Here I leave you with a close-up of the adorable pocket.

pintrest ready photo

We hope that we have inspired you to make or design your own Skapron. Or Aprot, for that matter! So now here are your jobs: Vote in the poll, visit our ETSY shop (yep, this Skapron is there!) & and leave us some comment love!

What do you think? Scary before or Skapron after?

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Skirt Designer – A Teddy Bear Skirt!

teddy bear skirt

This skirt designer post starts with this cute picture I found on Pinterest.

suspender girls skirt

I love suspender skirts, and I wanted to make one sort of like the ones in the picture, except for one little difference. Annie’s teddy bear, Sarah-bear (said as one word!), needed a new skirt, and I thought a suspender skirt would fit the ticket!  Time for a teddy bear skirt!

I started with some cute wide blue lace and gathered it to fit Sarah-bear’s waist. Then I added a length of white eyelet lace to make the suspenders. Usually the cross made by the suspenders is in the back, but I wanted to put the X made by the eyelet lace in the front, so I looped the eyelet lace around the back of her neck like a halter dress, and pinned the ends into the skirt so that it made an X in the front! After sewing the straps in place, I sewed two large white buttons onto the skirt where the straps met the skirt. Viola! A cute new bear skirt!

teddy bear skirt

Sarah-bear looks happy with her new skirt, and I love the way that the whole look turned out!

 teddy bear skirt

Here’s Annie holding Sarah-bear, Annie loved the skirt too!

teddy bear skirt

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Denim Mini Refashion – Sparse to Sparkly!

denim mini refashion

We are sorry for the delay in today’s post, but when you see today’s denim mini refashion (our favorite territory!) We think you’ll agree it was worth the wait!

On this adorable skirt remake we started with a cute denim pencil skirt with sparkly embroidery on the sides.  This one came from St. Vincent de Paul for $2.00!

denim mini refashion

We also had a white mini skirt that was too short for any of us to wear, so we decided to put then together to make a really really cute skirt! We found it at Goodwill for $2.50 and it is and In Gear skirt.

denim mini refashion

Here’s th’ steps!

1.  First I grabbed some fabric paint from our huge lovely stash recently gifted to us by an aunt, and went to work on the denim skirt. I took some paint that is pure silver glitter, and freehand dabbed it all over the front of the skirt. It looks really cool, and the glitter adds some wham to the skirt! I also painted a pink pearl heart on the back right pocket, and filled the heart with the same glitter as on the front!

 2.  I cut off the white mini right below the waistband and sewed it onto the bottom of the denim skirt, taking in a few tucks to make up for the width of the ruffle.

denim mini refashion

There! That was easy! I adore the way that it turned out with the addition of glitter and a ruffle. I dressed up the skirt with a fancy black blouse and a pair of black kitten heels, but it would look just as cute with a pale pink top and flip-flops.

Total Time: 20 minutes (plus 24 hours drying time for the paint!)

Total Cost: $4.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Keep and eye out for many more remakes including fabric, paint, because we had soooo much fun playing around with it!!! Just a few notes on the pictures, because of the lighting, the sparkles don’t show that much, and they look green on the close-up picture, however, you’ll have to trust me that the glitter is gorgeously sparkly in real life!

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So now you know the drill, vote in the poll and leave us some comment love!  We are listing this skirt on Etsy Here, so be sure to come check our shop that includes lots of other fun skirts.

What do you think? Sparse before or Sparkly after?

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Allegra.

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Skirt FACTsination – Fabric Series – Silk History

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For this week’s Skirt Factsination post, I decided to research the history of silk. Silk is a gorgeous fabric, with the history founded in Ancient China. Silk history is about as sumptuous as the fabric itself!  The legend goes that the Empress Leizu, who was only fourteen and the wife of the Yellow Emperor, was drinking tea when a silk-worm cocoon fell into her tea. When she pulled it out, the cocoon began to unwind from association with the hot liquid, and she got the idea to spin the cocoon. The empress became the goddess of silk in Chinese mythology. At the earliest point, only women were allowed to work with and spin silk. It was reserved to be worn by only the emperor and the highest dignitaries. Silk eventually left China with a princess who was promised to be married to a prince of Khotan, who broke the ban on silk exportation. Sericulture remained a great secret of China until it finally leaked out to Korea, Japan and India. With the rise of fabrics like nylon, silk became less prevalent throughout the world, but is now again a luxury good, although much less important than in its heyday. Silk is valued for wedding dresses, and many clothes for special occasions. We, however, prize gorgeous silk skirts, several of which we have shown below.

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  1. Long Nude Silk skirt.

I like the idea of a silk skirt with a leather jacket. I would not wear the particular jacket or scarf shown on the model, but I love the idea of the particular look.

silk history

2.  Vintage Purple skirt.

This skirt is adorable!!! I like the lace shirt and the brown leather belt. This is a particularly sumptuous looking skirt.

silk history

3.  The Pink Ruffle skirt.

Soooo cute!!! I love the ruffles on this skirt, and how they are alternated high and low on the skirt! This would be cute with a plain white blouse and black heels.

I hope you find silk history as exciting as I do!  In the very near future, we’re going to be refashioning a silk skirt, so keep your eyes peeled for it!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Sundress Refashion – Broken to Bubbly!

broken strap refashion

Today’s refashion takes a dress that totally didn’t work to a skirt (what else!) that we’re bubbling with excitement over!  We found this dress the other day at Goodwill for $4.  We’ve been keeping our eye out for some dresses since Fess refashioned this totally cute one and inspired us to try dresses more often!

broken strap refashion

It was on a mannequin, and we didn’t notice until we got it home that one strap was broken.  If we would have noticed, we could have probably talked them down to 1/2 price!

sundress before

The other problem with it?  “Bumps” where the intended wearer has none!  But that’s okay, we’re going in an un-bumpy direction with this one!

Step 1: Cut off top of dress.

Step 2: Fold over and sew a new top seam!  Because this was elastic, we simply had to pull out some of the stretch as we sewed the new seam, and it was good to go.  It bounced right back, and now look!

broken strap refashion

Isn’t that awesome!  A new bubble skirt with a very, very fun pattern.  And no more unwanted bumps!  That pesky broken strap is gone too!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $4

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress (seriously, this is a good 1st remake, if you’ve been waiting for the right one!)

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Now you get to choose!  Vote in the poll and let us know what you think in the comment section.

Your turn! Broken or Bubbly?

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Alert – Vintage Modcloth Skirts

vintage modcloth skirt

For today’s skirt alert post, we have put up four of our favorite skirts from our favorite vintage fashion site, Modcloth! We adore all of vintage Modcloth skirts, and we would have loved to feature every one of their skirts, but there are so many that we would never be able to in a million years! Be sure to check out their website for even more cute skirts!

vintage modcloth skirt

1. The Rickrack Circle skirt.

Sooooo cute and vintage even down to the rickrack edging, this skirt is perfect for a vintage ensemble for that special occasion. I can just imagine dancing or lunching in this comfortable skirt. I like the shoes and shirt that were paired with the skirt on the model, but I might wear black kitten heels instead of nude.

vintage modcloth skirt

2. The Purple Bow skirt.

This is a gorgeous cold weather skirt, as it is made of a little heavier fabric. I have a crush with bows on skirts, and the style of this skirt is so cute and simple! This is my perfect tea skirt, a cute but comfortable skirt to wear to a cafe without a worry! I would pair this with a white blouse and brown flats.

vintage modcloth skirt

3. The Math skirt.

I love this skirt!!! To me it looks very studious and comfortable to wear to school or a library. The boots on the model are a good pairing with the skirt to make it look more tomboyish, or wear a pair of tights and flats for a more feminine look.

vintage modcloth skirt

4. The Sea Green skirt.

Everybody knows that I have an obsession with mullet skirts and finding the perfect mullet skirt. I think I might have found it! This delightful skirt has just the right amount of  ‘mullet’ style without going overboard. I would pair this skirt with a plain black blouse and a pair of black heels.

 

Well, that’s today’s skirt alert. You can head over to Modcloth right away, or leave us some skirt love in the comment section!!!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Fessy’s Skirt Fixation – Yuck to Yes!

maxi dress to skirt
We are so excited to feature another guest with a Skirt Fixation today!  And this one is very special to us because she knows fashion…especially shoe fashion, that’s why we chose her to help us with our Shoes to wear with Skirts Pinterest board!  Check out how she rocks a maxi skirt to dress transformation!  So without further ado, here’s Fessy’s Skirt Fixation!
Ok here’s my skirt submission…Bought a maxi dress, which of course was not maxi on me!
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Yep, we hear your pain!  We happen to be members of the Tall Women’s Club too!
I loved when fun colors though, so bought it with the intension of making it into a maxi skirt!
colors close up
Oh, yeah, we’re with you on the colors!  And the pattern, too!
It turned out to be a very quick easy project involving 1 cut, 1 seam, and insertion of 1 piece of elastic! 
maxi dress to skirtOh wow! It was really that easy?  Because we have some (not so) maxi dresses we’ve been wanting to make into skirts!  You’ve gotten our creative juices flowing again!  We estimate that it probably took you about 10 minutes!  Why, oh why have we been delaying for 10 weeks on those (not so) maxi dress we bought with a vague idea of refashioning them into a skirt?
maxi dress to skirtWe love how you paired it with a plain white shirt and black scarf!  This really makes the skirt colors and pattern pop, and is perfect for fall weather!  Now you know why she’s on the fashion team!
Yuck to Yes? 🙂
maxi dress to skirt
Definitely a big thumbs up!
Thanks so much for sharing your Skirt Fixation with us!  It’s a total YES refashion!  We love it, and now our fingers are itching to get started on our own maxi dress to skirt refashion.  If you can’t find us in the next few hours, try our sewing studio!
Make it beautiful,
Audrey
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Skirt Designer – Drawing by Allegra

skirt designer

This week’s skirt designer post is a picture by me!!!

skirt designer

The skirt shown in the picture is a mauve-colored mermaid skirt with three ombre tiers at the bottom. I happen to love embellishments, and the funny looking things hanging down from the top of the skirt are panels inset in the top layer of the skirt in such a way that they hang down in folds. At the top of each panel is a fabric flower, with gold chains connecting the flowers to the waistband. I imagine this skirt to be silk, with the flowers made out of sheer or tulle material. There are no flowers or panels on the back because sitting would squish them:) There is a small train on the back. This skirt would be perfect for a fancy occasion, a ball maybe, or something like that! I love long flowy skirts that have lots of decoration, and this one shows my passion for that. I would wear this with a puffy satin blouse and plain black pumps, and maybe a black leather jacket, as leather and silk together are in right now. Someday maybe you will be able to buy this skirt when I’m a famous skirt designer:)

Caroline Herrera skirt

I think the skirt i designed is kind of like this skirt by Caroline Herrera in green silk. The green skirt is very expensive, I’m sure, and my skirt is a little different, but you get the idea.

If you think like I do and always try to figure out what occasion you would wear a skirt for when you spot one, you might like to check out one of our Pinterest boards.  It’s called Places To Go In Skirts and I’ve created a fun little matching game where you match the skirt to the occasion!  Don’t worry, it’s very easy, and super fun too!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.