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The Eagerly-Awaited Skirt Giveaway Remake Results!

giveaway skirt remake results

Allllllllllright!  Now we apologize first of all for keeping you waiting, but yesterday we were on the go all day long, and we haven’t gotten mobile blogging down pat yet, so without further ado, we present the Skirt Giveaway Remake Results!

Just to refresh your memory, here is the before skirt once again.  We were given it by a grandma lady, and it was won by another dear Grandma.

free white stag skirt!

Here is what Grandma M. said about her remake process:

Well, I finally was able to get to this skirt!!  It took me most the day Saturday to get it done, but I enjoy sewing & love the end product!  I patterned it after one of my favorite skirts from days gone by, you maybe remember the flannel skirt in greens, maroons & creme colors?  Anyway, the giveaway skirt took longer b/c of being made from rayon, needed lots of edge finishing & since I’d cut it twice there were lots of edges to attend to. 
skirt giveaway remake results
And it’s very “full & flowing” with a bottom circumference of about 10 1/2 feet and a finished length of 41″  :O)  This skirt took lots of math & measuring, so might be in the advanced sewing bracket.  I took a close-up to show the braided pattern in the black material that I used.  It was some from (one of my daughters) projects from high-school.  :O) 
giveaway skirt remake resultsWhat a gorgeous skirt remake!  To tell the truth, we couldn’t imagine what to do with such a “grandma” skirt, and we were so excited to see the results of whoever won!  What a fabulous remake.  We are absolutely bowled over!  So now Allegra and Aria have one Grandma who they hope to inherit fashion sense from, and another Grandma who they hope to inherit sewing ability from!  What an incredible sewing talent, and such great vision.
skirt giveaway remake resultsWe love how you paired this fantastic new skirt with a coordinating sweater and black jacket and boots.  What a great autumn combination.  Bring on the falling leaves and amazing fall colors!  Grandma M. will be there right in the middle of the action, in her beautiful new skirt.
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 So now you know what to do!  Leave Grandma M. some comment love and tell her what a great seamstress she is!  For that matter, tell her what a great Grandma she is!  Tell us about one of your Grandma’s and what she sewed!  Or let us in on your latest sewing project!  How about telling us about your favorite skirt?  We’d love to hear from you!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Alert! – Skirt Costumes Theme Week

skirt costumes 2013

This week was a great one for sighting skirt costumes!  There were all sorts of skirt costumes out there, and we’re going to showcase some skirt sighting for you today!  But first a picture from last year’s skirt costumes on parade!

skirt costumes 2013

 Simply Amazing!

We weren’t sure if any skirt costume could measure up to this sighting from last year, but prepared to be a surprised as we were!  Skirt Costumes 2013 version coming up!

skirt costumes 2013

 Fairy GrandMartha!

Here we have Martha Stewart in all her pink, fairy, skirted glory!  What an amazing costume, and we love the background too.  We understand that Halloween is one of Martha’s favorite holidays, and she really goes all out for her costumes.  Hurrah for this skirt costume!

skirt costumes 2013

 Bethany Frankel & daughter

Look at the cute little fairy costume!  And we heard this little costumed cutie got picked up from school in a pink limo!

skirt costumes 2013

 Ashley Tisdale’s niece

Three cheers for the brave batgirl skirt costume!  Superhero’s in skirts are really, really, super!

skirt costumes 2013Michael Strahan’s daughters

We wonder if these two girls got their ideas from Aria and Annie?  At any rate, we sure do like their skirt costumes!

skirt costumes 2013

Denise Richards and family

It looks to us like the majority of this family decided skirt costumes were the perfect theme for 2013 also!

skirt costumes 2013

Mariah Carey’s twins

New Dress A Day

And here is one of our favorite fashion bloggers and her skirt costume.  We read Marissa’s blog, New Dress A Day, everyday for inspiration!  She takes thrift finds and remakes them into totally modern gorgeous pieces of art!  Sound familiar?  Or at least we’re trying to measure up!  (Pun intended!)

And speaking of superheros, how about this dynamic duo?  Hip hip hooray for skirt costumes 2013!

skirt costumes 2013

Although we don’t know exactly what these girls costumes represent, we thoroughly approve of their skirts!

skirt costumes 2013

Just look at all the cute little skirted costume goers!  What an awesome way to spend a fun evening…in a skirt!

And now because we always save the best for last, we present E. the hula girl!

skirt costume 2013

Don’t you just love that skirt?  And as much as we loved this skirt costume when we first saw it, we were totally head over heals when we heard she picked it up at Goodwill for 99 cents!

skirt costumes 2013

Extreme close up of the hair do!

goodwill skirtTotally twirl-worthy!

goodwill skirtTotally tuckered out from so much twirling!

What an amazing skirt costume!  Thanks for sharing it with us E.

Well, that’s this week’s Skirt Alert.  We were so pleased to see so many amazing skirt costumes this week.

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Designer – Skirt Costume Theme Week

costume skirt design

For today’s Skirt Costume Week, we are featuring a costume skirt design that I did a while ago. I was bored one day, and using the same design stencils and paper as ‘this day’s design’ made a two-sided Cinderella themed paper. On the first side, pictured below, The fairy godmother is flying, or floating, whatever you want to call it, with her wand, and just at the point of turning Cinderella into a ravishing beauty.

costume skirt design

I know that the fairy godmother is wearing her fairy dress, and Cinderella is wearing a ragged-hemmed skirt and a olive colored top. There are two coordinating green patches on her skirt, and she is wearing plain black slippers and holding a broom. Since we all know that everything is better with glitter, and I had a lot of glitter glue at that point, I used lots of it. On the fairy godmother’s dress I used silver glitter glue, and I used gold glitter glue for her wings and handle of the wand. I also used silver glitter to make it look like magic is coming out of the wand, and even put a tad of silver glitter on each patch of Cinderella’s skirt. Come to think of it, this would be an easy Cinderella last minute free costume. Just rip up the bottom of an old skirt, sew some patches on it, wear an old shirt, and some plain black shoes, and carry a broom. Fast and easy!

costume skirt design

On the back of the paper, I had some real fun, especially with the stepsister’s skirts. With the stepsister on the left, I used some bright floral paper on the skirt behind, and then covered it up with some red paper, of which the bodice is made of also. I added a large eggplant bow on the bodice, and two eggplant gloves, one of which is holding a sparkly paper lorgnette with a red feather. The stepsister on the right I used the opposite technique and used orange paper for the behind skirt and bodice, and layered some feather patterned fabric over it. I also used some of the feather paper to make three bows on the right sleeve, and added black gloves. Instead of the traditionally accepted Cinderella blue, I dressed Cinderella in pink (it happens to be my favorite color!) I made her large fluffy skirt out of pink paper with white glamour spots on it, and used a darker pink for the bodice. I finished it with sparkly paper crown and shoes, and pink lace gloves  (Ooh lala! Get me some!)

I used glitter liberally on this side too, making swirls of it on the left stepsister’s skirt, bow and feather, and on the bows and over skirt of the right stepsister. I also used it around the neck of Cinderella’s bodice, and on each white dot of her skirt.

Whew! It was a lot of work, and to tell the truth, I like the stepsister’s outfits more than anything!  This would be a fun costume set for a trio of friends attending a costume party together!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Last Minute Costume Ideas – Skirt Costume Theme Week

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Do you need some last minute costume ideas for girls?  Never fear, Skirt Fixation is here!  We have two great ideas for you that are fast, easy, FREE, and fun!  No one will know you threw them together at the last minute, and will spend hours and hours trying to copy your look next time they need a great costume.

Last Minute Costume Idea #1: Reuse an old costume, just add a skirt!

At our Egyptian Feast last year, Aria represented Cleopatra.  It was a great evening, and she was verrrrrry regal!  Unfortunately, she got a little to enthusiastic with her Masoor Dal (Egyptian Lentil Soup) but to be fair, she was sitting at a throne, not a table!

Last minute costume idea for girls! See the stain?

There were several like this stain.  But here at Skirt Fixation, we gals think a skirt can fix just about anything!  So we found a matching skirt, tossed it on over the top, and she was good to go!  It actually fixed another problem beside the stain…Aria had grown several inches since she wore this last, and adding a skirt over the top made it long enough for an Egyptian Pharaoh-ess!

Last minute costume idea for girls!

Her costume included a black wig, jewled collar and wristbands, cape, sandals and dress.  She just added the skirt.

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Pretty leaf-encrusted sandals!

Girl's Cleopatra costume

Doesn’t this look like something you’d find on the wall of a pyramid?  Ahhhhhh, yes!

 Last Minute Costume Idea #2: Rob someone else’s closet!

Since it might be hard for you to see any items in your closet that are costume worthy, you should try someone else’s closet!  You probably see your own clothes in the light of how you usually wear them, but with someone else’s item before you, no preconceived notions exist!  For Annie’s costume, she robbed her brother’s closet!  Her 8 year old brother happens to be in the cowboy phase of his childhood, and putting together a cowgirl outfit was a cinch!  (No pun intended!!)

Last minute costume idea

She started with her own long denim skirt (of course!) and added a checkered shirt, chaps, boots, a handkerchief, holster and pop gun, and cowgirl hat!  We braided her hair in two braids, and she was ready to ride.

Last minute cowgirl costume idea!Ride ’em cowgirl!

Last minute costume idea Too adorable to be dangerous!

So there you have it!  Two last minute costume ideas that are fast, easy, free, no-sew and adorable!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!  

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DIY Ballerina Costume & German Girl Costume – Skirt Costume Theme Week

DIY ballerina costume

Okay, so chances are if you have a little girl to outfit for a costume, chances are she’s going to want to be a ballerina or some variation thereof (ballerina fairy, dancing princess, etc.!)  Well, the great news is that a ballerina costume is very easy to put together, and cheap with no sewing required either!   We put together a costume for Annie with items we had on hand!

DIY ballerina costume

Ballerina happiness!

We took a suit Annie wears for her gymnastics class and added a tutu.  That’s. It.  The rest of the effect if achieved with duo ponytails, matching red ribbons and a cute smile!  If you have ballet slippers in the house, by all means add them to the ensemble too!

DIY ballerina costume

Twirl-worthy!

Lots of spins and twirls make for a totally authentic costume!  See how easy that was?  And how happy she is?  Little girls are so easy to please with a ballerina costume!

DIY ballerina costume

Pensive, vintage ballerina!

Next we travelled across the ocean for a German girl costume.  Aria willingly modeled this one for us after she helped pick out the costume and accessories.

DIY German Girl Costume Guten-tag frauline!

She wore a white shirt, black skirt and green lace-up vest.  Again, super simple and easy, cheap and completely DIY!

DIY German Girl CostumeThis look could also be Dutch, Swedish, or any Scandinavian country!

The accessories on this one make the outfit.  Long braids wrapped around her ears, flowers in a pot and flowers in the hair!  You could also put the flowers in an oversized stein or whatever you happened to have on hand!

DIY German Girl Costume

Just check out that hairdo!

We hope you enjoyed these free, easy, no-sew, DIY costumes for girls.

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!  

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Lace History – Skirt Costumes Theme Week!

lace history

Today is Skirt Factsination day, and to tie it in with Costume Week, we are doing another one of our fabric series; Lace History!  Lace is a fabric that is patterned with open holes, and is made by machine or hand. Lace-making can go back very far, but true lace, lace that is created when a thread is looped independently from a backing, was not made until the 15th and 16th centuries. In those times, lace was made from linen, silk or gold and silver threads, but now lace is most commonly made with cotton or synthetic threads, although linen and silk are still used by some. Types of lace are classified how they are made. Needle lace is consisted is made using a needle and thread, is very time consuming, and is considered my some the height of lace-making. The finest antique needle laces were made with an extremely fine thread that is not manufactured today. There is also Knotted lace, Knitted lace, Machine-made, and Bobbin Lace, of which Chantilly lace is a type. I have included three costumes that have lace incorporated in them somehow.

lace history

1. The Lace ballet skirt

I like this skirt because it is completely lace, and I like the asymmetrical design of it. I would wear this with black ballet tights and slippers, and a black leotard, or something like that, to make it tie in more as a ballerina.

lace history

2. The Maid Lace apron.

This is a pretty full apron, so I’m classifying it as a skirt! It has a beautiful long layer of lace at the bottom of the apron, and the collar is full lace. A maid costume is a good ‘easy and quick’ costume solution because all you need is a black skirt and shirt, and then a white apron and cap! Everyone knows what you are, and if you are in a pinch, it is a good costume. My mom was a maid at a Victorian tea party that we had once. She looked pretty good, because she made her own apron and cap, but it did look a little funny because she was pregnant and her apron had to have room for this bump!

lace history

3. The lace Victorian skirt.

Wowzers! This, I think, is a real lace skirt from the Victorian era. If you could make one of these, you could just wear a regular long white dress under it, and your costume would be fabulous! The thing about this skirt is that it looks so delicate that you would have to be extremely careful when wearing it. I could do that, if I could have the skirt!!!

Well, leave a comment below, and let us know if you have a costume with lace on it!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!  

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Skirt Costumes Theme Week – Free Girl Costume Ideas

free girl costume idea

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, AND include skirts!  

Today we have two free girl costume ideas we are thrilled to share you! Number one is a gypsy costume that I helped Aria put together. Aria started with a long red velvet skirt that she doesn’t wear too often because it’s too ‘flashy’. Well, all the better for a costume, right! We put one of my large square scarves tied asymmetrically on top of the skirt. We added a puffy ruffled shirt to the outfit, and accessorized with a yellow knit blanket for a shawl, a faux diamond buckle belt, and a red ribbon headband. We think that the end result is a very realistic little gypsy!

free girl costume idea

So Cute!!

That was an easy costume! The best costume is one that you can make from just an everyday essential. Of course we had to have a kitty in one picture!

free girl costume idea

Here, Kitty Kitty Kitty!

 Remember we put this costume together with no sewing, for free with items we already had!  Aaaaaand another picture to showcase my photoshopping skills!

free girl costume idea Niiiiice!

For the second costume, Annie models ‘Robin Hooda’, a little girl Robin Hood version. She also started with one of her skirts, a little camouflage number from GAP kids. We put one of Aria’s shirts over that, as we were looking for a little puffiness in the shirt to create a tunic look. I fashioned a green costume dress into a little cape that I fastened with a blue clip-on rose. Annie accessorized with a brown ribbon belt, one of her brothers’ green felt hat with a feather, and a bow.

free girl costume idea

Little Huntress!

 Isn’t she soo cute! I love that these two costumes have been put together with no cost and new sewing at all! Annie is adorable in this outfit and she loved the final version!

free girl costume idea Taking a shot!

 The best costumes are the ones that you make yourself, and they are even better if they cost nothing!  We love to sew, but this week we’ve set aside the sewing machine, just to show you some free skirt costume ideas.  How did you enjoy those free girl costume ideas?    Leave us a comment about your own costume make in the comment section.

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Skirt Alert! Cello Skirts!

cello skirt


cello skirt

So, this week I am doing a Skirt Alert post about two of my favorite things, cello and Pinterest. Yes, I am actively involved in the cello scene 🙂 I love to play the cello, whether solo or in an orchestra. Any female cello player can tell you that there’s a certain skirt required to play the cello. It has to be moderately wide, to allow for the cello to fit between the knees, but not too short, and absolutely no pencil skirts unless you are just set on hurting yourself:) I have listed below five cello skirts from my board ‘Cello Skirts’ on Pinterest!

cello skirt

  1. The Two-Tone Cello skirt.

This skirt is so cute! I love the solid black with the pure white at the bottom. The denim shirt is lovely paired with the skirt, and the pumps and belt are perfect accessories. This skirt is great for playing the cello in summer.

cello skirt

2.The Wool Cello skirt.

I adore the dark color, and the pleated style of this skirt! I would wear it with a cream long-sleeved shirt and a red vest with red or cream tights and brown boots. For a winter cello skirt, this one fits the ticket. Pleats are always good in a cello skirt because they allow for lots of width!

cello skirt

3.The Fluffy Aqua Cello skirt.

Oh. My. Goodness. It’s sooooooo fluffeh! I adore the way that this skirt looks with the skirt puffed out with petticoats! The leopard top is cute, although I might wear a shirt with a lace pattern. I like the nude shoes with this skirt, and the ensemble is perfect for an outdoor summer concert on the lawn!

 cello skirt

4. The Blue ASOS Cello skirt.

This looks like a super comfortable and feminine skirt! It has an elastic waist, and a beautiful flowy pattern. I like the shirt that it is paired with, and it would be cute with a pair of black pumps for a recital or concert.

cello skirt

5.The Purple Chiffon cello skirt.

A big bow in the back! I adore the bow! This is the perfect skirt for your first big solo recital where you want to look fabulous! I would wear this with a fancy black blouse and black heels.

Well, there you go! Based off this, you can pick and choose the perfect cello skirts to complement your wardrobe! Give me some cello love in the comment section!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

 

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Guest Post – Denim mini packin’ Grandma Round 2

denim mini packin' grandma

Do you remember our denim mini packin’ Grandma B?  Well, she had a little surprise for us the other day, and she gave us permission to share it with you!  She is a very unique lady and very, very classy!  This classy dressing woman takes great pains with her appearance and always looks awesome!  Truly, if we could get her to use a computer, we would have her on the staff at Skirt Fixation as a first class style advisor!  Awhile back she brought over a denim mini and a lovely tiered green skirt and asked for our advice on putting the two together.  We should have snapped some before shots, but alas, we didn’t even think of it!  We’re not sure of her exact steps, but if you read this denim mini refashion, or this one, or this one, you’ll get a general idea on how she did it.  One thing she did tell us was that the denim mini fit a little snug around the hips, so she sewed the pockets shut and cut out the extra pocket material on the inside!  Smarty!  Anyway, here was the result!

denim mini packin grandma

 

Fancy Lady!

Do you see what we mean about fashionable?  I mean she has the accessories down to a T!  She paired it with a cropped white sweater, a wide black belt, nude sandals, and a scarf that pops!  Amazing!  We are just hoping that being this fashionable is genetic!

denim mini packin' grandma

Check out this version in sepia!  Can’t you just see this on the cover of some magazine?  Like Mary Jane’s Farm, or something!  Allegra loves to play around with photos using iPiccy, and she hit the nail on the head with this one.  Of course she had a great model and our beloved distressed building background!

Well, leave us and our denim mini packin’ Grandma B. some comment love!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey