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Brown Floral Skirt – Lackluster to Linen Loveliness!

On this skirt remake, I started with two pieces with potential that just weren’t cutting it yet. The first was a tan corduroy mini skirt.

Mini mess!
Mini mess!

I don’t like that length, so the miniskirt wasn’t working.  Cost $2.50 at a thrift store.

See the ruffle with potential?
See the ruffle with potential?

The second was a knee length brown floral skirt – a linen piece with tiny wooden beads. The length was ok, and I loved the ruffle underneath, but I thought it would be much nicer paired with the mini.  Cost $2.00 again, a thrift store.

Pretty beads that need a little work.
Pretty beads that need a little work.

1. I pinned the brown floral skirt to the underneath of the corduroy one.

2. I sewed the brown florta skirt in place, and cut off the waistband.

Hello cute, cute combo!
Hello cute, cute combo!

Look at it now! This is my favorite kind of thrift store remake skirt, a ten-minute, easy winner that is doubly cute afterwards. It is adorable dressed up with a button-down top and heels, or dressed down with a plain blouse and flats.

See the adorable corduroy embroidery pocket deal!
See the adorable corduroy embroidery pocket detail?

Total time: 10minutes

Total cost $4.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Lackluster to Linen Loveliness!
Lackluster to Linen Loveliness!

Now it’s your turn!  What do you think?  Lackluster before or linen loveliness after?  Vote in the poll and then let us know in the comments below.

Lackluster before or linen loveliness after? You choose!

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Allegra.

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90s Theme Week – Skirt Alert…Yes you can go back (if you want to!)

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

We got so nostalgic for the 90s this week, we thought you might too!  And so we scoured high and low for some vintage 90s skirts for sale that you could wear today, if you wanted!  Who knows, maybe you’ll buy one and choose to remake it for an updated look.  Be sure to share photos with us if you do!

Click on each photo and it’ll take you to the Etsy shop where you can buy your own little piece of the 90s!

green riding skirt

This suede green number oozes 90s aura from the suede covered buttons to the high waisted fit!

short abstract print

 Remember the one size fits most skirts?  Yep, that’s what we have here!  And the crazy abstract print…remember that?  I think I wore one of these in the 90s, and wore it out!

black iris

This skirt’s floral pattern is so very, very 90s.  I’m sure my mom had one almost exactly like it.  And it was rayon too, of course!

red swing

Twirly skirts, here we come…all the way back to the 90s and swing class!  Swing class?  Well that’s certainly a blast from the past!  And the denim vest…yep, had one of them too!

silk

As a 100% silk skirt, this one slithers and slides its way into our 90s recollections just nicely!  The snakeskin print is oh so 90s too!

Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Alert!  What do you think…wanna go back, or glad to be in the 21st century?  Let us know in the comments!  Until next week,

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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90s Theme Week – Another 8th grade graduation dress – Obsolete to Out of this World!

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

My mom (Audrey) wore this dress for her eighth-grade graduation ceremony.

Way back in the 90s!
Way back in the 90s!

Awful, isn’t it? Sooooooooo 90’s from the HUGE glasses to the clip-on shoe bows. It had been hanging in my closet for a few months before I decided to make it into something more…wearable, shall we say?

Here are the steps.

#1. I cut the waistband off of a skirt that was too small and too short. (Sorry I haven’t got a before picture)

#2. I cut the top off of the dress, and gathered what was left until it fit the waistband that I had cut off.

#3. I sewed the dress bottom to the skirt waistband.

Welcome to the 21st Century!
Welcome to the 21st Century!

Now doesn’t it look nice? It still looks vintage, but it doesn’t look old anymore.

Vintage and cute!
Vintage and cute!

Total cost: $0!

Total time: 2 hours  (It was my first ever remake!)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

A whole new lease on life!
A whole new lease on life!

This is a great way to keep and enjoy and outdated but memorable piece of clothing.

So what do you think?  Past or present?  Obsolete or Out of this World?  Vote in the poll and then comment to let us know what you think!

Can you guess which is which?
Can you guess which is which?

Past or present? Obsolete or Out of this World? Your choice!

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Always be exciting,

Allegra.

This is Audrey popping in to say…that dress was pretty cool when I was wearing it, and the 90s don’t feel like all that long ago!  But Allegra did a beautiful job here, don’t you think so too?!

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90s Theme Week – Popular 90s clothing designers

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

For 90’s week, I decided to post a few pics of skirts from 90s designers. Hold on to your seat belts!!!

Tie-Dye!
Tie-Dye!

1. Dolce and Gabbana skirt

This fun tie-dye skirt looks best high on the waist.  I think that it would be cute with a fun tucked-in button-down shirt and wedges.

High waists was a 90s thing!
High waists was a 90s thing!

2. Jean Paul Gaultier pencil skirt.

I love this design, and the colors chosen. The stripes help to accentuate the curves and make one look long and slender. I would wear this with a short-sleeve button-up shirt with ruffles at the neck and yellow pumps.

Suit skirt combo!
Suit skirt combo!

3. Jil Sander suit.

This is a stunning cold-weather suit that looks good with the Prada pumps on the model.

Remember wrap skirts?
Remember wrap skirts?

4. Jil Sander wrap skirt.

This chestnut wrap skirt is perfect for cooler weather and is easily dressed up or down. It would be eye-catching with a white turtleneck and flats.

Bet this one cost a pretty penny!
Bet this one cost a pretty penny!

5. Silver chain mail Versace skirt.

This skirt is very unique in design. I personally would not wear this flashy of a skirt, but the chain-mail design is very intriguing.

Bright, bright skirt!
Bright, bright skirt!

6. Versace pencil skirt.

This is my favorite of all of them. I find print on a skirt very fun; I think that we tend to get into the print-on-the-shirt-and-only-on-the-shirt rut too often. This rare ‘Miami Florida USA’ print is exciting on a pencil skirt.

These skirts show that a good design can be timeless. Even a 90s design!!!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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90s Theme Week – 8th Grade graduation dress – Shudder to Chic!

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

This was my aunt’s eighth-grade graduation dress.

Look at those 90s girls!
Look at those 90s girls!

Uhhhhhhh…yeah. This is the peplum at it’s very worst.  (Sorry Auntie!)  There was no way I was being seen in public with THIS on!!! Anyway, the fabric is almost a silk, a really nice fabric with roses woven into the pattern. Here are the steps I used in this remake process.

#1. I cut the white peplum shoulder padded awfulness off of the black skirt part.

#2. I sewed the black skirt part onto a sparkly silver-trimmed denim mini I picked up at Goodwill for $2.50.

Sparkly!
Sparkly!

#3. I sewed a heart made out of the white fabric onto one of the back pockets.

Pocket close up!
Pocket close up!

Tada!  That was easy and fast!

Never would've guessed something so chic could come from...that!
Never would’ve guessed something so chic could come from…that!

Hey, how easy was that?!?!?! I love the way that this looks now! I wear this in public a lot now. It is so chic and stylish!  I paired it with a grey ruffle shirt and black velvet belt for the photo shoot.

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: $2.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

An improvement, no question!
An improvement, no question!

Every time I wear this skirt out, I get so many complements!

Before&After
90s Graduation Dress – Shudder to Chic!

So what are your thoughts?  Please vote in the poll and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

 

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90s Theme Week – Skirt FACTsination – 90s fashion icon Princess Diana

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

Today we are posting facts about a huge fashion icon from the 90s.  Back then everyone had their eyes on Princess Diana.

Mondi white red polka dot skirt

This fun white Mondi skirt with red polka dots started a craze when Princess Diana wore it with matching red polka dotted ankle socks. The skirt cost $100, socks $10.

white military outfitPrincess Diana wore this to review a military academy. Queen Elizabeth wore a similar blue one earlier, and Princess Kate recently wore a navy blue one by Alexander McQueen.

 

diana pink suitThis pink skirt and suit like top look very elegant.  I enjoy her choice of hat.  Coordinating hats seems to be a big thing for royal women!

princess di pleatedDiana wore this long blue-green gorgeous skirt paired with a  floral top for a polo match.

green suit skirtDiana enjoyed wearing short skirts with suit tops. This one’s color looked good on her.  It’s interesting to see how her style evolved through the 90s.

Well, that’s this week’s Skirt FACTsination!

Get flirty with skirts,

Aria

 

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90s Theme Week – Plaid Librarian Remake – Unbearable to Updated!

This week we are stepping back into time back to the 90s!  We’re bringing you some vintage skirt remakes, and lots more skirt fun from the 90s.

Look, look! We found almost the exact skirt pattern from Allegra’s skirt design post!  We lucked upon this doozy from Studio C at Goodwill and it was 1/2 price for a total of $1.25!

Quiet in the stacks!
Quiet in the stacks!

The problem? It looks like something a 90’s librarian would wear. For another, it’s polyester/spandex, and a little of that goes a long way!  This is not working.

Icky back split!
Icky back split!

Here are my steps.

  1. Cut the skirt off right at the slit.
  2. Hemmed the skirt.
Hello 21st Century, nice to meet you!
Hello 21st Century, nice to meet you!

Well, that was easy! In the after pictures I tried to dress somewhat like Allegra’s drawing, but  turned out more fall than winter.

Total Time: 20 minutes

Total Cost: $1.25

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Modern edition of a 90s skirt
Modern edition of a 90s skirt

If you really like this skirt, we have put it up for sale in our Etsy shop here.

90s Librarian Plaid - Unbearable to Updated
90s Librarian Plaid – Unbearable to Updated

What do you think?  It’s your turn to vote in the poll and leave your comments with us letting us know your thoughts!

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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