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Skirt Alert! Anthropologie Archival Collection Skirts

In honor of their 20th anniversary, Anthropologie has reissued an archival collection of 20 items.  Three of these items are skirts, and are featured in today’s Skirt Alert.

Sightseer Pencil Skirt

The first is the Sightseer Pencil skirt.  The folks at Anthropologie recommend wearing it with pointy heels and a moto jacket.  Sounds like a perfect outfit for mid-morning tea!  It was originally issued in 2004 with an A-line shape, but reissued with a pencil shape.

Duck cord skirt

The second skirt in the collection is the Duck Cord Skirt.  Reissued from 2004, it clearly is made for a tourist to wear on the streets of Europe…with a light cardigan and some comfortable low walking boots.

Ruffle skirt

The last skirt in the Archival collection is certainly not the least!  No…I’ve saved the best for last!  Presenting the ruffle skirt.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love ruffles?  This one makes my heart flutter!  Just look at the variety and flow of those ruffles.  While the Anthropologie people suggest a casual sweater, I can’t imagine anything this wouldn’t look good with!  I also can’t imagine where I’m going to find $188 to buy it.  Maybe it’s time for the gals at Skirt Fixation to try a copycat version?

One thing Anthropologie archival skirts prove is that skirts can be timeless, updated and beautiful!  Sounds like what we’re all about at Skirt Fixation!  Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Alert!  Until next week…

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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No Boundaries denim mini – Awful to Attractive!

Today’s skirt refashion was a learning process, but ended up so much better than expected!  We started with a plain No Boundaries denim mini.  This was actually the first mini refashion we did, so we’re reaching back a few months here, but just didn’t get around to posting it until today!  Back to the mini, it cost $2.00 from Salvation Army.

Here's the denim mini bones!
Here’s the denim mini bones!

Here’s what we did!

Step 1: We took some pink, embroidered fabric we had in our stash and sewed it into a tube.  The problem was (being our first mini refashion) we forgot to allow extra width at the bottom for walking and stuff.  Now we just recently did a post on the hobble skirt, but that was not the idea here!  Also the look was too “little girl” for the intended wearer, Allegra.

Step 2: To fix the  problem we cut out 4 triangle shapes for the godet panels in the bottom of the pink fabric, two in front, two in back.

Step 3: Inserted lace panels from an old curtain.

Step 4: Zig-zag around bottom of skirt for slightly jagged/unhemmed look.

Now that's better!
Now that’s better!

I have to admit when I was done remaking this skirt, I left the sewing room, threw the skirt at Allegra saying, “There!  And I hope I never see that thing again!”  Unabashed, she put the skirt on, came running to show me, and we both loved it!  How about that look now?  She can walk, and it’s sophisticated enough for her taste!

Would you have guessed that used to be a curtain?
Would you have guessed that used to be a curtain?

 

Total cost: $2.00

Total time: 1 hour (due to the mistakes and backtracking!)

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

Rose Lace skirt - Awful to Attractive!
Rose Lace skirt – Awful to Attractive!

Now it’s your turn!  What did you think?  Did you prefer the awful before (and during!) or the attractive after?  Vote in the poll and comment to let us know why you chose that skirt!

Which do you prefer? Awful before or Attractive after?

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Skirt Design – Fall will be here soon!

Fall will be here soon! Keeping that in mind, I designed this skirt for late fall/winter.

Thinking about cooler weather.
Thinking about cooler weather.

The skirt is a thicker woolish material in a red and tan plaid pattern. My drawing is more for winter, so I paired it with a red turtleneck sweater with a green vest over it. Accessories include high-heeled black leather knee boots, a green designer bag, and a tan scarf. A cooler autumn look would be brown tights, brown vest over white long-sleeve shirt, and brown flats. I plan to keep my eye out for a skirt with a pattern like this to remake into this fashion. I loooooove the classic-ness of the design, sort of like something princess Kate would wear!

 

Always be exciting,

Allegra

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Old Navy blue linen skirt – Alright to Awesome!

For today’s skirt refashion we started with 2 great skirts we thought we could improve on!  First skirt, a linen Old Navy number.

Well, okay then!
Well, okay then!

It was just alright!  It was a tad too big, and there was some cute embroidery around the bottom, which wasn’t working for Aria, but we are saving it for another refashion!  We found this skirt at a thrift store for $1.50.

Not lovin' this skirt...yet!
Not lovin’ this skirt…yet!

Next we picked up a little black floral skirt.  Cute, but Aria has a secret to confess.  She doesn’t like to wear short skirts because they show all the blemishes on her legs.  She’s a bit of a tomboy, and has bumps, bruises, scabs, bug bites, scrapes, and so on to prove it!  In photos, sometimes Allegra photo edits out these trophies for Aria, but in real life, no editing available!   This skirt was on sale for $1.00 at a thrift store.

So here’s what we did:

Step 1: Cut off floral pattern from waistband leaving lining with waistband as the linen skirt already had a lining.

Step 2: Cut of overskirt only of blue linen skirt, leaving top 10 inches with and all the lining.

Step 3:  Sewed black floral skirt to blue linen overskirt, right sides together.

Step 4:  Turned skirt right side out and sewed decorative stitching near seam where the 2 skirts join to hold them in place better.

Step 5:  Pinned and sewed on lace.  This is a really great lace we found at a Trader Baker’s store for $7.99 for a humongous roll, so we’ll just add $1.00 to the price since we didn’t use anywhere near the whole thing!  It is a triple strand of lace that has an ombre effect to it.

Step 6: Took a small tuck in each side of the waist as it was a little too big.

Absolutely stunning!

Can you say P-R-E-T-T-Y?
Can you say P-R-E-T-T-Y?

Isn’t that gorgeous now?

Defiantly twirl-ready!
Defiantly twirl-ready!

Aria is in love with this skirt, and we are in love with her in this skirt!  We love the look of putting a straight skirt with a flared skirt for the mermaid look!

Total cost: $4.50

Total time: about 45 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Ready to attend something fancy!
Ready to attend something fancy!

What do you think?  Did you prefer the Alright before or the Awesome after?

Old Navy linen skirt - Alright to Awesome!
Old Navy linen skirt – Alright to Awesome!

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Skirt FACTsination – The Hobble Skirt

This week’s Skirt FACTsination post is about the hobble skirt.  In 1908, Wilbur and Orville Wright decided to ask a woman by the name of Mrs. Berg to be the first female airplane passenger.  She accepted.  As the machine roared, her skirt flapped in the wind, almost being torn to threads by the turbulence.  One of the Wright brothers tied a rope above her ankles to make her skirt stay in one spot.  The rope worked and the flight was historic.

hobble-skirt-1

The rope above Mrs. Berg’s ankles was made famous!  Designers in Paris, France loved and adopted it!  This new design was called the hobble skirt.  The hobble skirt didn’t last long because it took a long time to learn to walk in, and even then it was hard!   But its influence can still be seen in the Hollywood-type mermaid skirt.

hobble-skirt-2Well, that’s this week’s skirt FACTsination for your information!

Get flirty with skirts,

Aria

 

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Mossimo Supply Co. Skirt Remake – Flat to Fabulous

On this skirt remake, I started with a ‘Mossimo Supply Co.’ skirt in brown, tan, and white.

Do I want to remake this skirt?  Yes!
Do I want to remake this skirt? Yes!

 

There were two big pockets, which I totally LOVED, but they kind of got lost in the skirt and the decorative ties for the pockets were major BLAH!!! The ties were made of some kind of cloth fabricky stuff, and they were a kind of military olive greenish color.

Icky pocket ties
Icky pocket ties

I dig military on some skirts, but this feminine skirt was totally made to go a different way.   I got this skirt for $2.00

 

Here are my steps.

Step 1. I ironed the skirt and sewed a flowered vintage cream lace around the bottom.

Step 2. I took out the gross military ties from the pockets and sewed in some pretty satin ribbon in a brown that matched the skirt color.

Step 3. I edged the pockets in a thin frilly white and pale yellow lace.

See the lace!
See the lace!

 

Oooooh!!! Look at it now! The pockets totally stand out with the ribbon ties and the lace edging. The lace around the bottom helps it to not look so worn out now too!!!

Look at that pretty skirt now!
Look at that pretty skirt now!

For the after photos, I paired this with a dark brown ‘Candies’ blouse, a vintage cream sweater, leather ‘Land’s End’ slouch boots, brown tights, and a vintage leather handbag!

Total Cost: $4.00 (The ribbon cost $2)

Total Time:  30 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Just in time for the fall wardrobe!
Just in time for the fall wardrobe!

How cute is this now?!?! I mean, the perfect fall outfit, right? In case you can’t live without this skirt, we have decided to put it up on Etsy here.

Your turn to choose!
Your turn to choose!

So what do you think?  Did you prefer the flat before or the fabulous after?  Vote in the poll and comment to let us know what you think!

Which skirt did you like better Flat or Fabulous?

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Skirt Alert: Emma Watson and Olivia Palermo

When I was surfing ‘I want her style’, a celebrity fashion website that often has celebrity skirt treasures, I found this Emma Watson outfit.

Struttin' her stuff in that skirt!
Struttin’ her stuff in that skirt!

The Harry Potter actor paired this cute black and beige flower print skirt with black leather greek style strappy sandals. I love how she paired the skirt with a short-sleeved black top to make the outfit simple and sober yet summery. This outfit also called to mind this white flirty skirt that Olivia Palermo wore earlier this month.

olivia palermo in leopard print blouse with white july 2flip mini skirt and beige sand suede cutout open toe sandals on july 2 2013 in paris what she wore
Little white skirt

Palermo paired the skirt with nude cutout heels and a leopard print shirt. I love the waistband on this skirt, which gives it a fresh look. I wish that I had Emma Watson’s skirt. I think that I might add it to the bottom of a denim miniskirt for a completely new look.

 

Well, that’s this week’s skirt alert

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Aqua Blue Skirt Remake – Languid to Lovely

Today we started with two skirts and combined them to make an awesome fashion statement.  The first skirt was a khaki mini skirt with rear zip pockets.  Nothing really wrong with it, except it was just a tad too loose in the waist.  We picked it up at a second hand store for $2.00.

Not too thrilled with this skirt...yet!
Not too thrilled with this skirt…yet!

Our next skirt was a cute aqua blue number.  This skirt had a very cute ribbon belt the same aqua color.  Great idea, but it looked a bit languid against all the background aqua.  Also we love the ribbon trim inlaid around the bottom of the skirt, but they just look like sort of an afterthought.  No poppin’…yet.  Again, cost $2.00.

Now where is that cute belt?
Now where is that cute belt?

Here was the process:

Step 1: Cut off bottom of aqua skirt at seam where bottom ruffles start.

Step 2: Pull out ribbon belt from waistband of aqua skirt.

Step 3: Sew ruffles to bottom of khaki mini skirt.  (These happened to be almost exactly the same measurements!)

Step 4: Thread ribbon belt into belt loops of khaki mini skirt.  This totally took in the extra width of the skirt, and it fits perfectly now!

Look at that belt pop out now!
Look at that belt pop out now!

Total Cost: $4.00

Total Time: 20 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Cute zipper back pockets
Cute zipper back pockets

We just adore the way this turned out!  Aria has gotten so many compliments on this skirt.  The aqua bottom of the skirt is unlined, and so perfect for hot summer weather while maintaining the longer length she prefers.

One more look at the front!
One more look at the front!

Doesn’t the ribbon trim around the bottom just pop now too?

What do you think?
What do you think?

So now it’s your turn to chime in.  What do you think?  Do you prefer the languid before skirt or the lovely remake?  Vote in the poll and then leave your comment about why you chose that skirt.

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Skirt Design: Fashion Star Boutique

Red Floral Skirt
Red Floral Skirt

This is a skirt design I made from an app named Fashion Star from iTunes.  We cannot say enough about how much we love this app and how it inspires our creativity. What I did for this skirt was pick the skirt to design from a row of pictures of skirts and bottoms. Then I went to the colors and designs that you can choose for your fabric and I decided to do the little flower pattern. It was a different color so I changed the fashion a little bit and I liked it better. I then put the red border on the bottom of the skirt and I was finished. It was so cute and fun to do!

 

Purple pansy patterned skirt
Purple pansy patterned skirt

This skirt I adore !  All the way from the bow and belt to the purple pansy design.  I did this one with just the same steps as above but with a different pattern and different shaped skirt.  Then at the end I added another step.  I went to the accessories that you can put on your skirt and I added the bow.  I changed the color of the bow so it would match with skirt.  Then I was finished!  I so love this skirt!

This skirt was brought to you by Aria.  It is part of the series about skirt design and skirt designers.

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Abercrombie Mini Skirt Makeover – Short to Shining

Today, we have a skirt refashion for you that will knock your socks off!  We found a super cute mini skirt by Abercrombie at Salvation Army for $2.00.  Can’t beat that!  The problem wasn’t the price or the fantastic details, it was the length.  When you are 6 feet tall with a 36″ inseam, your legs are so long they look scrawny when sticking out of the bottom of a mini skirt!  Either that or like you are trying to squeeze into your daughter’s clothing!

Just look at the detail on those pockets!
Just look at the detail on those pockets!

If it wasn’t the chunky buttons we fell in love with, it was the pockets for sure!

So here’s what we did:

Step 1: Measure bottom of Abercrombie mini skirt.

Step 2: Use that measurement to create a tube from this fantastic fabric I found at JoAnn’s Fabrics.  It was one of those fabrics that when I saw it I knew I had to have it, and would figure out some use for it later!  I mean check out those sequins and that embroidery!  I simply cannot resist corduroy! But I digress!

Step 3: Sew fabric tube onto bottom of Abercrombie mini.

Step 4: Cut out denim strips, sew them together, gather, then sew to bottom of brown layer.

How about that for a good looking skirt makeover?

Kicking up my heels with delight!
Kicking up my heels with delight!

Total cost: $2.00  (Not counting the cost of the fabric…I don’t remember what it cost, and since it was part of my stash, I’m not counting it!)

Total time: Approximately 1 hour

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

Abercrombie Mini Skirt - Short to Shining
Abercrombie Mini Skirt – Short to Shining

I can’t wait for fall to wear this denim/corduroy combo!  As cool as the summer has been, maybe I can get by with it sooner!  So what do you think?  Did you prefer the short mini before, or the shining, sparkling, superb after?  Vote and then let us know why you chose that one in the comments section.

What do you think? Short or Shining?

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