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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.

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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.

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Aqua Blue Skirt Remake – Languid to Lovely

Today we started with two skirts and combined them to make an awesome fashion statement.  The first skirt was a khaki mini skirt with rear zip pockets.  Nothing really wrong with it, except it was just a tad too loose in the waist.  We picked it up at a second hand store for $2.00.

Not too thrilled with this skirt...yet!
Not too thrilled with this skirt…yet!

Our next skirt was a cute aqua blue number.  This skirt had a very cute ribbon belt the same aqua color.  Great idea, but it looked a bit languid against all the background aqua.  Also we love the ribbon trim inlaid around the bottom of the skirt, but they just look like sort of an afterthought.  No poppin’…yet.  Again, cost $2.00.

Now where is that cute belt?
Now where is that cute belt?

Here was the process:

Step 1: Cut off bottom of aqua skirt at seam where bottom ruffles start.

Step 2: Pull out ribbon belt from waistband of aqua skirt.

Step 3: Sew ruffles to bottom of khaki mini skirt.  (These happened to be almost exactly the same measurements!)

Step 4: Thread ribbon belt into belt loops of khaki mini skirt.  This totally took in the extra width of the skirt, and it fits perfectly now!

Look at that belt pop out now!
Look at that belt pop out now!

Total Cost: $4.00

Total Time: 20 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Cute zipper back pockets
Cute zipper back pockets

We just adore the way this turned out!  Aria has gotten so many compliments on this skirt.  The aqua bottom of the skirt is unlined, and so perfect for hot summer weather while maintaining the longer length she prefers.

One more look at the front!
One more look at the front!

Doesn’t the ribbon trim around the bottom just pop now too?

What do you think?
What do you think?

So now it’s your turn to chime in.  What do you think?  Do you prefer the languid before skirt or the lovely remake?  Vote in the poll and then leave your comment about why you chose that skirt.

Which skirt is your favorite? Languid Before or Lovely After?

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Skirt Design: Fashion Star Boutique

Red Floral Skirt
Red Floral Skirt

This is a skirt design I made from an app named Fashion Star from iTunes.  We cannot say enough about how much we love this app and how it inspires our creativity. What I did for this skirt was pick the skirt to design from a row of pictures of skirts and bottoms. Then I went to the colors and designs that you can choose for your fabric and I decided to do the little flower pattern. It was a different color so I changed the fashion a little bit and I liked it better. I then put the red border on the bottom of the skirt and I was finished. It was so cute and fun to do!

 

Purple pansy patterned skirt
Purple pansy patterned skirt

This skirt I adore !  All the way from the bow and belt to the purple pansy design.  I did this one with just the same steps as above but with a different pattern and different shaped skirt.  Then at the end I added another step.  I went to the accessories that you can put on your skirt and I added the bow.  I changed the color of the bow so it would match with skirt.  Then I was finished!  I so love this skirt!

This skirt was brought to you by Aria.  It is part of the series about skirt design and skirt designers.

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Abercrombie Mini Skirt Makeover – Short to Shining

Today, we have a skirt refashion for you that will knock your socks off!  We found a super cute mini skirt by Abercrombie at Salvation Army for $2.00.  Can’t beat that!  The problem wasn’t the price or the fantastic details, it was the length.  When you are 6 feet tall with a 36″ inseam, your legs are so long they look scrawny when sticking out of the bottom of a mini skirt!  Either that or like you are trying to squeeze into your daughter’s clothing!

Just look at the detail on those pockets!
Just look at the detail on those pockets!

If it wasn’t the chunky buttons we fell in love with, it was the pockets for sure!

So here’s what we did:

Step 1: Measure bottom of Abercrombie mini skirt.

Step 2: Use that measurement to create a tube from this fantastic fabric I found at JoAnn’s Fabrics.  It was one of those fabrics that when I saw it I knew I had to have it, and would figure out some use for it later!  I mean check out those sequins and that embroidery!  I simply cannot resist corduroy! But I digress!

Step 3: Sew fabric tube onto bottom of Abercrombie mini.

Step 4: Cut out denim strips, sew them together, gather, then sew to bottom of brown layer.

How about that for a good looking skirt makeover?

Kicking up my heels with delight!
Kicking up my heels with delight!

Total cost: $2.00  (Not counting the cost of the fabric…I don’t remember what it cost, and since it was part of my stash, I’m not counting it!)

Total time: Approximately 1 hour

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

Abercrombie Mini Skirt - Short to Shining
Abercrombie Mini Skirt – Short to Shining

I can’t wait for fall to wear this denim/corduroy combo!  As cool as the summer has been, maybe I can get by with it sooner!  So what do you think?  Did you prefer the short mini before, or the shining, sparkling, superb after?  Vote and then let us know why you chose that one in the comments section.

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Skirt FACTsination: Audrey Hepburn’s Commoner Outfit

This week’s Skirt FACTsination post (Facts about  skirts from the past) spotlights Audrey Hepburn’s Classic Commoner Outfit in Roman Holiday!

Look at the fullness of that skirt!
Look at the fullness of that skirt!

Audrey wore this for her ‘commoner’ outfit in Roman Holiday, her first black and white Hollywood movie that won her an Oscar. The simple, full long skirt is cinched with a wide belt and worn with a white button-up shirt. The designer for the movie, Edith Head, thought that Hepburn’s arms were too long and skinny, and that her neck was too long. Head designed the shirt with long sleeves to cover up Audrey’s arms, and also gave the actress a satin neck scarf to cover her ‘too-long neck.’ Hepburn, however, thought that she looked just fine, and rolled up the long sleeves to cope with Rome’s heat. She also discarded the scarf in several scenes. The outfit was originally paired with heels, but they were thrown away in favor of ballet- style sandals.

I think he loves her skirt, too!
I think he loves her skirt, too!

Love the classic timelessness of this outfit!

Always be exciting!

Allegra

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Ann Taylor LOFT skirt remake – Fine to Fetching

For today’s skirt refashion, we started with two thrifted skirts.  Skirt number 1: A cute Ann Taylor Loft selection, just a little too short and plain for our taste. Cost $2.00

The skirt - fine, the expression - funny!
The skirt – fine, the expression – funny!

We also found a skirt in the girl’s section in the exact same shade of lime green!

Fine also, just fine, but nuthin’ special…yet.  Cost? $3.00

Plain with potential!
Plain with potential!

So here’s what we did:

Step 1:  Cut top off of lime green skirt.

Step 2: Pin and then sew on top of green ruffles to bottom of Ann Taylor skirt. (They were almost exactly the same measurement!

Step 3:  Sew 3 additional decorative stitching lines below hem.

How about that skirt now?  Try that one on for some immediate bounce in your step!

Mighty fetching skirt you've got there!
Mighty fetching skirt you’ve got there!

Total Cost: $5.00

Total Time: 20 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Blowing kisses!
Blowing kisses!

Do you love this refashion as much as we do, so much that you can’t live without it?  Well, it is currently for sale in our Etsy shop along with some other things we’ve created!  Just click through to complete the sale and look fetching, too!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/158123301/refashioned-ann-taylor-loft-pink-floral?ref=shop_home_active

 

Fine or Fetching?
Fine or Fetching?

Your turn!  What do you think?  Do you prefer the Fine before or the Fetching after?  Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts on your choice in the comments section.

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Skirt Alert: Princess Kate Skirt Review

Today’s post is in honor of the newest English heir apparent, and third in line to the throne, baby Prince George Alexander Louis. Being BIG fans of Kate and her fashion sense, we decided to display some of our favorite skirts that Kate has worn.

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#1 White, woodsy number

#1

Casual and slightly woodsy, this outfit shows just how good Kate is at fitting clothes to the occasion. This white skirt was paired with a white shirt and navy sweater for an equine event in 2006. I love the brown belt and slouch boots paired with the navy and white combination; so classic!

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#2 Dark blue suit

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This dark blue Amanda Wakely suit is amazing on my favorite princess. The color is a fave, making Kate look so elegant!  Keeping it simple, she paired this businesslike ensemble with LK Bennett ‘Art’ heels in navy blue, and carried a navy clutch.

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#3 Flirty red floral skirt

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Eeeeee!!! We adore this cute flirty skirt. This outfit is all about fun! Loooove the way Kate paired this skirt with the light top. The shoes? Speechless.

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#4 Red plaid skirt

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Princess Kate rocks this winter ensemble! The short, red and black tartan skirt is paired with a black shirt, cardigan, and scarf. Knee-high heeled boots keep Kate cozy, with black hose completing the look. Wearing the black accents assures that the skirt is the center focus; we love it!

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#5 Black & white lace skirt

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Stunning!! Kate looks amaze in black and white! The skirt is super feminine with the lace accents. I like the blazer and the pointed black heels. Dig the fascinator!

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#6 Sparkly blue tweed skirt

#6

Only Kate outshines this incredible Rebecca Taylor sparkle tweed skirt and jacket!  Is that the same clutch from outfit #2? Those are some gorgeous Prada pumps!!!

 

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#7 White eyelet skirt

#7

This is an extremely elegant and light outfit, with the white eyelet skirt paired with a blouse of the same material. The black cork wedges are a satisfactory finish

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#8 Navy military skirt

#8

Goooooorgeous!!! We know Kate loves Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and she shines in this outfit. This is a navy blue skirt with brass buttons, matched with a white blouse with dark blue accents and brass buttons. The military feel looks stunning on Kate, yet her curvy figure gives it an undeniable feminine side. Again, she rocks the Prada heels.

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#9 Olive tweed skirt

#9

My second favorite, I am stunned by this Harris Tweed green-brown tweed suit with a long flowy skirt. Kate wears a pale blue blouse under the fitted jacket. Now normally, I’m not a huge fan of pointed toes, but Kate looks so GOOD in these knee-high heeled boots!!!

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#10 White pleated skirt

#10

My number one favorite Princess Kate skirt EVER, I cannot get over how elegant she looks in it. This is a ‘Whistles’ pleated white skirt, and crocheted dark blue top. I love the way her hair is done for this ensemble. I think that the Prada heels must be her go-to shoes; love it!!!

 

 

I ADORE Kate’s fashion sense! Everything about her is tres chic!!! Show your love and vote in the poll. Then comment below and tell us why you voted for that awesome skirt!  Which outfit do you think is most fashion-savvy, elegant, adorable, or just plain best?

What is your favorite Kate skirt?

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Brown Dot Skirt – Meh to Marvelous!

For this cute skirt refashion we started with a cute brown skirt with a ribbon belt.  It was a gift from a friend, so as we possessed it already, no cost!

Cute, but outgrown!
Cute, but outgrown!

Really cute, right?  So what was the problem?  Well, due to fact she has a 6-foot tall mother, Aria had outgrown this skirt lengthwise before it stopped fitting around! She still loved the way it fit and the fun dot fabric even though she wasn’t happy with the length, so asked for a refashion.

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Take apart a white-layered skirt to use one layer for the contrast trim.

Step 2: Pin and sew trim onto bottom of brown dot skirt.

Happy to be able to wear this skirt again!
Happy to be able to wear this skirt again!

Total Cost: $0.00

Total Time: Approximately 10 minutes (once the white-layered skirt was apart!)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Now here’s something she’ll be able to wear again for a while!

What do you think?
What do you think?

Your turn!  What do you think?  Do you like the Meh before or Marvelous after?  Vote in the poll and leave your thoughts on your choice below.

You choose: Meh or Marvelous?

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