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Skirt Giveaway! Grandparents Theme Week

free white stag skirt!

free white stag skirtThis week we are so excited for all the fun to come! Yesterday was Grandparents Day, and we sure think Grandparents are wonderful!  We were blessed with some really awesome Grandparents and great-Grandparents!  We thought that each of us would share a little grandparent love, and then we have a way for you to join in!

To start off the week with a bang, we’re holding a skirt giveaway!  We’re offering the Grandma skirt pictured above.  We got this skirt from a dear grandma lady, and we’re going to share it with you!  It is a White Stag size 8 women’s skirt.  We’re quite sure you could come up with a really cute refashion for it!  Will you attach it to the bottom of a denim mini?  Will you make it into a pillow?  Will you add some purple lace to the bottom and go?  Will you cut it into strips and incorporate it into a quilt?  Will you shorten it to a mini?  We can’t wait to see what the winner refashions!  Here’s how it works; Leave a comment, and tell us something about one of your grandparents.  Agree to send us a photo of the (re)finished product if you’re the winner of the random drawing!  That’s it!  On September 21, we will draw the winner, and send the lucky person the skirt!  So without further ado, here are our Grandparent memories:

Audrey:

My Grandma is the greatest lady in the world!  If I turn out to be even 1/2 the woman she is, I’ll be blessed!  I love the way she laughs so hard tears come leaking out the corner of her eyes.  When I walk into her kitchen, the smell brings tears to my eyes…there is no better smell, and no matter how hard I try, I cannot replicate that smell!  One year Grandma gave me some blackberry jam she’d made from the berries in her garden, and I savored each and every bite!  Since this is a skirt blog, I must mention my Grandma’s sense of style!  I covet her timeless, classy style.  A smart lady, she was the secret behind my Grandpa’s business success.  Quiet, soft, strong, and steady, my Grandma loves to feed the birds and discuss ways to outwit the squirrels.  One thing I wish she would teach me is how to fold fitted sheets neatly.  I’m convinced she irons them although she laughingly protests she doesn’t!  One of my goals in life is to become as much of a lady as she is.

Allegra:

My Grandma M. is a big encouragement to me. I am thankful that she is such a loving grandmother that really likes to sew as much as I do. I love it when she helps me on sewing projects- I learn so much!  One time she showed me how to make a renaissance costume!  I loved it! I am also thankful that she taught my mom to sew, otherwise I wouldn’t know how!!! She has a very comfortable style, and she wears a lot of skirts! She likes denim skirts, which is something that we share in common:)

Aria:

My Grandmother is so nice, as all Grandmas’ should be. She goes to Goodwill once or twice a week, and sometimes brings us the cutest things. It really was her who introduced us to Shelly, at Shelly’s Boutique. Sometime she’ll take Allegra and me to the mall as a birthday present. Sometimes, when we go to a second-hand store, we’ll see a skirt that looks like her style. We always see if she wants it before we remake it. I wonder if there is a best grandma award, I think if there was, I would give it to her.

Annie:

I like my Grandma because she came to our house and she’s my mom’s Mom.  She read me Mary Poppins.  I like my other Grandma because she comes on Wednesday and helps us clean the house.  My great-Grandma has lots of toys in her basement, a bunch and I wish we could go there more often to play with them.  I like all my Grandma’s skirts!

Well, that’s our memories and Grandparent love!  Be sure to enter the skirt giveaway by leaving us a comment about one of your grandparents!

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Skirt Alert! Soft Surroundings Skirts – Inspired by India

We think Soft Surroundings really does skirts right.  I mean, if you’re going to wear a skirt, you are probably trying to look feminine, and it doesn’t get much more feminine than Soft Surroundings skirts.  This summer they’ve had a line of India inspired skirts that we really love.  Soft, flowing, swishy…capturing the essence of India.

soft surrounding skirt

This skirt is a stunner in deep blues and brilliant aquamarines.  We can smell the curry, hear the music and feel the humidity in this skirt.  Except the fine female wearing this jewel would be ultimately cool!

bali skirt

The next stunner is called the Bali skirt – perfect name!  It combines ombre, beading, embroidered border, and flowers without going over the top into gaudy!  An eye-catcher to be sure!  Wearing this one, you would have to hold onto the outdoor table to keep your seat and not get up to join the belly dancers!

peacock

Something about birds on skirts always stops us in our tracks!  So this peacock print just floored us!  Although there would be no blending in, this Soft Surrounding skirt would launch the wearer to the top of the list!  Teal never looked so good!  And with an elastic waist, you could wear it all day long!

black&white

The last Soft Surroundings skirt we’re featuring today doesn’t really hold with the India theme, but sigh…who could resist?  Definitely a work of art, the marbled pen-and-ink design could hang in a gallery!  This skirt has elastic in the back, for comfort, and could be dressed down (if you had to!) with sandals and a black t-skirt!

Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Alert!  Come back next week for more skirt fun, and visit us on Pinterest, where we are having so much fun with skirts, of course!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Denim Mini Refashion – Washed out to Wonderful!

back pocket detail

We are so delighted with today’s refashion!  It’s simply scrumptious!  But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, so we’ll back up to the beginning.  We started with a denim mini by Hartstrings.  We picked it up at Goodwill on back to school sale week in the kids department, so ended up paying all of $1!

denim mini refashion

Annie had been begging for a denim mini refashion like her big sisters, so we grabbed a skirt from her drawer that she didn’t wear too much.  Grandma brought it the other day from a thrift store, and it fit great, but looked a little washed out.

washed out thrift store skirt

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Cut off the bottom 3 tiers from the floral skirt.  This was actually the most time consuming step.  This skirt is full!

Step 2: Pinned and sewed on tiers to the bottom of denim mini.  We decide to sew them to the outside of the denim mini because we loved the look so well.

That’s it!  So easy and so fun!

denim mini refashion

Total Cost: $

Total Time: 30 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

girls thrift store skirt refashion

If you are in love with the photography in this post, you should check out Allegra’s photo shop on ETSY.  She has an amazing eye for photography, and a cute model makes everything just right.  She recently discovered iPiccy (check it out, it’s free!) and is totally in love with Photoshop-ing!

back pocket detail

One reason we knew the washed out pink skirt would work in this denim mini refashion was the light pink stitching detail on the back pockets and skirt.  See the hearts?  So scrumptiously adorable!

Washed out to Wonderful denim mini refashion

So what do you think?  Did you prefer the Washed out before or the Wonderful after?  Vote in the poll and let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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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!

skirt design

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!

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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