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Sundress Refashion – Hacked to Happy!

sundress refashion

On this fab remake, I started with a plaid dress that we had been gifted by Grandma B. It had been a dress, I think, but I can’t be sure because what had been the top had been hacked off or something, and just the waistband and skirt were left.

hacked off sundress Hacked-off possible sundress- large potential!

 I immediately saw the skirt potential, and started right off. Here’s the steps.

  1. Cut off a few of the waistband layers so that I wouldn’t have a MASSIVE waistband!
  2. Rolled over and sewed the top of the waistband.

sundress refashion

Fun new plaid skirt!!  Hello kitty photobomber!

 Hey!!! Wow!! I nearly had a heart attack, it was so easy! Now I have a fun skirt that I can pair with lots of shirts and shoes!

sundress refashion

Look how wide and comfortable this skirt is!!!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $0 (Thanks Grandma!)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

The sundress skirt is one of the most easy remakes in the world! I love what I ended up with, it totally reminds me of a barn dance, so you have a picture of me barn dancing it up!!

sundress refashion

Barn dancing!!

 I really recommend this as a first remake for beginners. Send us your fab sundress remake, or leave me some love in the comment section!

before&after

Vote in the poll to let us know what you think too!

What do you think? Hacked or Happy!

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Always be exciting,

Allegra.

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Skirt FACTsination – The Peplum Skirt

peplum skirt

This week’s skirt FACTsination is about one of our favorites- the peplum skirt! The peplum was worn in Ancient Greece by both men and women over their tunics, and more voluminous peplums worn by both genders in the Renaissance period. The familiar peplum of today didn’t come to be until the 1940’s, and had many pleats for volume. The peplum resurfaced in the 80’s, with the peplum resting more on the hips than the waist, and tending to have more variation in the waistline. It just recently resurfaced as a popular trend in the spring and summer of 2012. Most designs have the peplum right on the waist, like in the 40’s, and while there are fluctuations in the hight and waistline of the peplum, the basic style is worn on jackets, shirts, skirts and dresses. Guess what our favorite way to wear it is! You were right, as a skirt. We have included four of our favorite peplum skirts below!

peplum skirt

  • 1. The Piperlime mint green mini peplum skirt.

This skirt is ADORABLE!!! As well as being mint green (my personal fave,) the peplum is so fun and twirly! I would wear this with a black sheer button-down and black heels.

peplum skirt

2.  The Outblush Coral peplum skirt.

This peplum skirt is so cute! I love the way the peplum goes up in the center! This is a bit more casual of a skirt, so I would wear it with a easy white shirt and flats.

peplum skirt

  • 3. The Outblush Mustard peplum skirt.

The peplum on this skirt is very unique! I adore the little pleat on the right side that maximizes the style on this skirt. I would wear a dark blue button-down shirt and shiny dark-blue pumps.

peplum skirt

4.

  • The Stylebop Raspberry wool peplum skirt.

This skirt is incredible! The only problem with this skirt is its price ( $145, marked down from $535!) Wowzers! The sleek silhouette of this peplum skirt is accented by the pointed peplum. I would wear this with a white satin button-down and black kitten heels.

Well that’s this week’s Skirt FACTsination for you!  Watch for a peplum skirt remake coming soon!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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American Eagle Denim Mini Refashion – Asymmetrical to Ace! Ace! Ace!

mullet skirt refashion

We are so excited about today’s skirt!  We’ve sort of combined a refashion and a copycat skirt!  So hold on to your skirt…here we go!  We started with a denim mini (one of our favorite places to start.)

American Eagle denim mini

This one is an American Eagle with some teal-ish green accent stitching, perfect for what we had in mind.  We picked it up from Shelly’s Boutique for $2.64 (thank you Shelly!)

 asymmetrical green floral skirt

Next we found an asymmetrical skirt in a green floral print.  It was in good shape, but asymmetrical is not in anymore.  But mullet skirts (also known as hi-low skirts) are definitely the trend.  It’s a brand Twenty One and we picked it up at Goodwill for $1.25!

Refashion, here we come!

Step 1: Cut off self-fabric belt ties, save these for later!

Step 2: Pin Twenty One skirt to bottom of American Eagle denim mini, lining up the dip at the back.

Step 3: Sew around hem of American Eagle denim mini on the outside.

Step 4: Cut off extra material inside skirts, about 1/2 inch above stitching line.

Step 5:  Sew another row of stitching around hem of American Eagle denim mini for extra support.  We used teal-ish green thread for these last two steps, matching the already decorative stitching on the American Eagle denim mini.

Step 6: Sew self-fabric belt ties (from step 1) together, to make a cute belt for skirt.

american eagle denim mini refashion

That’s it!  What do you think?  We are so incredibly happy about this skirt!  We took it from an outdated asymmetrical shape to a total Ace! (as we used to say in volleyball.)

 mullet skirt tutorial

We love the droop down effect in the back created by both the skirt hem and the former asymmetrical shape of the skirt!  Also see the matching stitching?

mullet skirt refashion

Total Time: 40 minutes

Total Cost: $3.89

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

 American Eagle denim mini to mullet skirt refashion

Well, now it’s your turn to vote and show us what you think of this skirt!  And because we are so very, very pleased with the outcome of this skirt, we’ve decided to offer it to you on ETSY!

You choose: Asymmetrical or Ace! Ace! Ace!

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Audrey

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Skirt Alert! and Giveaway Winner!

floral skirt

Today’s Skirt Alert includes celebrity skirts!

lace skirt

First up is Beyonce in a lace coverup skirt on the beach in Brazil on September 17.  What a swimsuit coverup!  She wears this one with flair!  I think she actually wore this one to several functions during the day…must have been super comfortable!

floral skirt

Katie Holmes wore a cute floral skirt to a fashion show September 11.  She paired it with a green top, matching the foliage rather than the flowers.  Cute, cute, cute!  Looks sort of vintage, if you ask us!  Love the creamy clutch too.

olivia palermo skirt

We found a totally cute outfit that Olivia Palermo wore to a fashion show on September 16, on What She Wore, one of our favorite websites for finding celebrity skirts. This picture shows Ms. Palermo in a navy blue ensemble comprised of a skirt, shirt, and jacket. We love the shoes that she wore with this outfit, and we adore the asymmetrical zipper on her jacket.

Well, that’s this week’s skirt alert; let us know what you think of the chosen outfit in the comment section.

free white stag skirt!

And now for our free skirt giveaway winner!

The random number generator picked “Gramma Mary” who commented the following!

I have very few memories of any of my grandparents because they were all gone by the time I was 8 years old. But I do remember spending a couple weekends with my mom at her folks. I loved to sit & watch my Gramma iron. I was intrigued because she still used two old “flat-irons”, keeping one on the old cookstove to heat, while ironing with the other one – hot off the stove! But before you think this was way, way back, it took place in the 60′s. My grandparents were in their 80′s & chose not to update their home with all the “modern” inventions. :o )

This gramma was a seamstress by trade. My mom said she could look at a dress in a store & then go home & cut a pattern out of newspaper & sew it up. Maybe that’s why the women of our family like to sew & re-invent and do it so well! :O)

So be watching your mailbox Gramma Mary!  You’ll be receiving the skirt soon!  We can’t wait to see what she refashions it into!  We’ll keep everyone updated and post the end result as soon as we get it!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Guest Post – Sandy’s Skirt Fixation

Sandy's Skirt Fixation

Today’s post makes us so happy!  Sandy’s Skirt Fixation is so pretty and practical.  Here’s what Sandy wrote:

Someone gave me this Soft Surroundings skirt and I love it! However it was
SO long that I felt like I was off-to-the-prom when it wasn’t prom
occasions! Ha.
Sandy's Skirt Fixation
So (well here comes the confession, I guess I didn’t do the
remodeling, a good friend did!) I had someone who could sew take off the
bottom ruffle, remove the next “tier” up and then sew the bottom section
back on! Now its long and flowing but not getting dirty on the ground, or
making me trip!!
Sandy's Skirt Fixation
Wow Sandy!  We think that’s gorgeous!  You kept the aura of the skirt while making it work for you!  We totally support your Skirt Fixation!   Congratulations on a pretty, practical skirt makeover.  Keep us up to date with all your skirt adventures!  To all our readers, send us your story and photos so we can share in your Skirt Fixation!  Also, just a reminder, today and tomorrow are the last days to enter the free skirt giveaway!
Make it beautiful,
Audrey
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Skirt Designer – Juli Lynne Charlot revisited

Juli Lynne Charlot

A while ago, I did a post on Juli Lynne Charlot, the designer of the poodle skirt. Well, I have been seeing so many of her skirts on Pinterest that I just HAD to do another post on her! This time I will focus on four of her skirts that I found.

juli lynn charlot

1.The Black Bouquet skirt.

I ADORE this skirt!!! Ms. Charlot was such a talented designer, and I love the appliques! I think that I could even pull this skirt off today with a button-down and black flats.

juli lynn charlot

2.The Horse Race skirt.

I believe this skirt is one of her first designs. Again, I love the design. I read somewhere that Juli had a story for each of her skirts, and that she made sure that the stores that sold them knew each skirt’s story, so that they would be successful sellers.

juli lynn charlot

3.The Two-piece velvet.

This is sooo sumptuous! The design is amazing, and even though the top matches to the skirt, it doesn’t look ‘old lady’. I think that this outfit was definitely worn with something other than boat shoes! You would need some pretty fab heels to accessorize this gorgeous outfit!

juli lynn charlot

4.The Daffodil skirt.

Yes, you know me, I always save my favorite for last! I cannot get over this skirt! It looks like its floor-length or thereabouts, and the green edging around the bottom and the underskirt that peeks through are lovely. I also love the daffodils, they look like they’re made of felt!!!

 

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

P.S.  Only 3 days left until the winner is drawn in the free skirt giveaway!  Enter now!  We have confidence in your refashioning abilities!

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Broken Zipper Repair – Broken to Beautiful!

broken zipper repair

For today’s post we started with 2 skirts.  The first is a Charlotte Russe black ruffled mini skirt.  We picked it up at Salvation Army for $2 because we knew it was a great foundation piece.

charlotte russo mini

The next skirt we also found at Salvation Army for $2.

black and white skirt

A black and white dotted/floral beauty, it had a small issue.  The zipper was broken.  Beyond repair!  But that was okay for what we had in mind!  Time for some broken zipper repair!

broken zipper repair

Step 1: Sew zipper shut, eliminating the problem!  (Broken zipper repair magic at work!)

Step 2: Cut off waistband of black and white skirt.  (Goodbye broken zipper!)

Step 3: Let out 2 of the pleats in the black and white skirt to make it a little bigger.

Step 4: Pin and sew bottom of black and white skirt underneath ruffles of black ruffled mini.  I carefully made sure the ruffle was above the stitching where it crossed over, and under the stitching everywhere else.  If you look at the before picture, you can see how the ruffle creates this cute diagonal affect, but that created a little careful stitching.  Anyway, we figured it out!

Step 5: Took in more fabric in the back darts to accommodate the skirt for Aria’s small size.

 broken zipper refashion

Ta Da!  What do you think now?  Aria sure is happy with the results.  She plans to wear it with a white button up shirt, but she can’t decide if she should tuck it in or not!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $4

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

broken zipper repair So now it’s your turn! Vote in the poll, and leave some comment love for Aria!  Also, we don’t have very many entries in our free skirt giveaway refashion contest, and we need you to enter!  Right now your chances of winning are very good!

pinterest ready before & after photo

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Shoes & Skirts and No Internet!

Our internet has been either out or super, super slow all day!  Since we’d rather be sewing that sitting at a computer waiting for a page to load for 45 minutes, we suggest that in lieu of today’s post you visit our Shoes & Skirts board at Pinterest.  We have to admit that I am not a Shoe Person, so Allegra and my favorite Shoe Person in the whole world are the main pinners on this board!  Go see what I’m talking about, you won’t regret it!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Cato Women’s Skirt Refashion – Frumpy to Fresh!

cato women's skirt

We’ve been hearing some rumblings about refashioning so many skirts in extra small sizes!  Well, we like to work with the models we have, but we want to keep our readers happy too, so today’s refashion is a little larger size.   We started with a Cato women’s skirt (it’s size 20W) that we picked up from our friend Shelly’s Boutique.  We got it for that amazing price of $2.64!

cato women's skirt

Next we found this brown dotted dress at Goodwill.

goodwill dress

It was missing a button or two on the top, fit none of us, and was a little shabby in itself, but for $2, we knew we could use it.  The dots are raised and really add some fun texture.

Here were our steps:

Step 1: Cut off bottom tier of brown dress.

Step 2: Pin and sew brown tier to lining of Cato women’s skirt.

cato women's skirt

That was it!  Isn’t refashioning skirts so fun, fast and easy?  We love the look, it reminds of a Chevron pattern, but looser and more fun!  Be aware that the model is holding the skirt pinched in the back, it is still a size 20W.  By attaching the brown ruffle tier to the lining, we achieved a look so professional and adorable!

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $4.64

Talent Level: Beginner.  (I mean really, if you’ve been waiting for an easy one to try, this is it!  Your wait is over!)

cato women's skirt

So what do you think?  Frumpy or fresh?  If this skirt is now on your must have list, you can find it in our Etsy shop here.  Vote in the poll, and let us know what you think in the comment section.  Also, don’t forget about our free skirt giveaway that ends Saturday.  It’s your chance to shine!  We want you to visit us on Pinterest too.  The before & after picture is ready to pin, and we’ve been having so much fun with skirts over there too!

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Audrey

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Skirt Alert – Celebrity Grandmas – Grandparent’s Theme Week

martha stewart grandmother

For the final post in Grandparent’s Theme Week, we are alerting you to some celebrity Grandmas who really wear a skirt with class!

martha stewart grandmother

First up, Martha Stewart, entrepreneur.  She often produces articles involving her granddaughter, Jude.  Here is a video they made during a photo shoot with Jude for her June Martha Stewart Living magazine.  The article contained information and patterns for turning vintage tea towels into dresses and clothes for young girls.  If she’d have thought of it, we bet she’d have included a skirt like the one in the tutorial here.  She wears this animal print with ease, and like everything she does, makes it beautiful!

celebrity grandmother

Next we have Sarah Palin, politician.  She wore so many skirts, and suit skirts, she truly brought to the presidential race what no other candidate could…femininity!  Her grandson in named Tripp, and a granddaughter named Kyla.

celebrity grandmas

On stage next is Emmylou Harris, singer, but she’s used to being on stage.  Often she accessorizes her guitar with a skirt.  Or is it the other way around?!  We think it’d be great to have a grandma like this to croon us to sleep!

celebrity grandmas

One Grandma who’s really in the spotlight right now is Carole Middleton.  We know where her daughter gets her ability to grace a skirt when we see Carole in one like this blue dotted number!  Congrats on that new grandbaby!

celebrity grandmas Our last Grandma is Kris Jenner, actress.  There are ups and down in the life of this reality show Grandma, but one thing that we give a thumbs up is Kris in this pencil skirt.

Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Alert!  We’re so glad you tuned in to see these stylish Grandmas.  Be sure to enter our free skirt giveaway in honor of Grandparent’s Theme Week.

Make it beautiful,

Audrey