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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

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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!

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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.