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Black & White Thrift Store Skirt Refashion – Pathetic to Purple Perfection

Thrift store skirt

We picked up this little black & white floral number at a thrift store for $2.00.  It was cute on its own, but when Aria tried it on she felt it was rather pathetic!  See this post for a reminder on why she and her legs don’t like above-the-knee skirts!  But she loved the fit of the super wide elastic waistband, and wanted us to expand it into something she loved!   Time for a thrift store skirt refashion!

She loved it until she put it on!
She loved it until she put it on!

Step 1: Aria’s favorite color is purple, and she saw a hint of that in this skirt and wanted to really bring it out, so we kept that in mind.  First we added an eyelet layer leftover from a white tiered skirt.

Step 2: From my fabric stash, we found a black fabric embroidered with purple designs, so we cut out a strip and sewed it to the bottom of the white eyelet layer.

Step 3: We had an old dressing table skirt in just the exact shade of light purple we needed, and cut out a strip, sewed it on taking tucks as we went to ease the fullness.

Step 4: Sewed on some black lace leftover from a bridesmaid dress sewing project!

Step 5:  Added 2 lines of light purple lace that we picked up at a different thrift store that happened to be our exact shade!  We got a whole bag of lace scraps for $1.50!

Thrift store skirt refashion!
See all those lovely layers?

What do you think of it now?  Aria loves it for sure!

This skirt was really full to begin with and adding the extra layers made it positively twirl worthy!

Time to twirl!
Time to twirl!

Total Time: 2 hours

Total Cost: $3.50

Talent level: Intermediate seamstress

Pretty purple perfection!
Breaking all the material rules!

With this refashion, we wanted to show you how you can use other fabrics that are unusable and breathe new life into them, not just skirts!

Thrift Store refashion

So what do you think?  Did you prefer the pathetic before or the purple perfection after?  Vote in the poll, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Skirt FACTsination – The Pencil Skirt (Part 1)

WWI had an effect on fashion because of the fabric shortage.  A shorter calf length skirt replaced the hobble skirt.

Pencil-Skirt-1

In 1940, Christian Dior designed the first pencil skirt, which is like a knee length hobble skirt. The women welcomed this after the shapeless flapper skirt, because it showed their curves. Corsets became stylish again because they enhanced the pencil skirts shape. Tunics were also fashionable to wear with pencil skirts. Pencil skirts were also very fashionable with celebrities, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly are a few of the many who loved them. In fact pencil skirts were so fashionable that they are still worn today.

Get flirty with skirts,

Aria

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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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Always be exciting,

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