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Dress to Maxi Skirt Refashion

dress to maxi skirt refashion

Well, I wasn’t very inspired today. You might know the feeling if you’re a seamstress like me. I kind of have flashes of inspiration once in a while, and then have to push myself the rest of the time. Today I had to push myself, but anyway I went and rummaged in the Refashion stack and found this dress.  We got it at Plato’s Closet for $6.00.

dress to maxi skirt refashion Goodness knows how long that it had been sitting in the pile, but I remember thinking that it would have made a good skirt last summer, I just never got around to it. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, except it wasn’t my style, and I didn’t like the shape of the bust part. This year I’m trying to be a bit more on the ball with my wardrobe, so I figured that this would be a good skirt for summer.

 Dress to Maxi Skirt Refashion Instructions:

Step 1: I cut off the top part of the dress close to the large band below the bust cups.

And Step 2:  Re-sewed the zipper so it was shorter.

dress to maxi skirt refashion I loooooooove easy refashions! This is probably the easiest skirt refashion ever. Have you got a maxi dress that is too short or has other shortcomings (pun intended, hahahaha)? Just do a really quick, easy few steps and you have a great new maxi skirt! I know that I’ve done at least this one other dress to maxi skirt refashion, and I’ll be wearing both of them this summer.

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $6.00

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

dress to maxi skirt refashionThis skirt is quite long now, mom will even probably be able to wear it, and very comfortable. I paired it with a plain white shirt, black shoes with rosettes on the toes and a denim jacket! The perfect usual maxi outfit! I really like the way that this looks, and I hope that this will inspire you to do your own dress to maxi skirt refashion!

Easy dress to maxi skirt refashionAlways be Exciting,

Allegra

This post can also be seen over at Refashion Co-op!

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A Denim Mini Makeover For Annie!

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Well, we haven’t done a refashion for Annie for a while, so I thought that I would do one for her today, and make it a bit of a surprise. The only problem was, when I went to look for stuff for her to wear, the only things that I could find were very spring-y. The weather right now is anything but spring-y, but I decided that it might be good if Annie had some spring outfits, so I went ahead and made the little skirt anyway. denim mini makeoverI started with this cute denim mini from Goodwill for $2.50. It has little hearts on it, and rhinestones, and sprinkles of color. The back pockets have alternating pink and green thread stitched across them.  Time for a denim mini makeover!

green skirt repairI found a little green skirt that was just the color of the green on the denim mini in the mending box.  Why was it in the mending box?  Well, do you see a gaping hole in the front of it? Big problem there, folks. Also, the skirt had an ombre effect that, with the green color of the skirt, made it look mucho washed out.

 Step by Step denim mini makeover instructions:

First I cut off the bottom three tiers of the skirt, just below the tear, and cut and re-sewed the resulting tube so that it wasn’t so big.

Secondly, I gathered the top of the skirt and

Thirdly sewed it to the bottom of the denim mini.

denim mini makeover refashionSuch a cute little skirt now! I surprised Annie, and threw it down in front of her, and she couldn’t believe that it was hers. I feel kind of proud of myself, because I didn’t have any help from Mom, and the gathering was slightly difficult.

denim mini makeoverAlso, I sewed the green layers to the denim the wrong way – twice – before I got it right, but forget that I said that, it can be our little secret!

back pocket detailDo you see the cute back pocket stitching detail?  It helped me decide exactly what color to add to the bottom of the skirt!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $2.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Denim mini makeover refashionWell, I had fun making this, and Annie will have fun wearing it, whenever there’s no more ice and snow on the ground!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Maternity Sweater Skirt Refashion

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What does a pregnant woman do when she only has 6 weeks of pregnancy left?  Sew up a storm, of course!  (Remember, good logic leaves her brain when the baby enters the womb!)  So I rationalized that I’d better do something with those maternity skirts that I never wore for one reason or another.  Enter the maternity sweater skirt refashion!

motherhood maternity skirtI started with this long black skirt from Motherhood Maternity.  The problem?  Well, there were many!  It wasn’t made for a 6 foot tall woman…no maternity clothes are, thus it was yuck length!  The second problem was that the material was so lightweight that it was almost immodest to wear (read: see-through) not to mention terribly cold!  Which lead to a third problem; the slit was ripped, fixed, ripped again, fixed again, etc.  Yeah, so basically not wearable!

sweaterThen there was this sweater.  Yep!  For real!  But the person who gifted it to us intended for us to refashion it, not wear it.  Too big for anyone in this house, too scratchy to wear without anything underneath, too thin to be refashioned into a sweater skirt without a layer underneath.  (If you are a regular refashion-er, you immediately see where to go with these two things!)

 Step by step maternity sweater skirt refashion instructions:

Step 1:  Pin bottom of sweater to outside of maternity skirt, just below maternity panel.

Step 2: Sew 2 layers together.

Step 3: Cut off sleeves and across shoulders/neck opening.

Step 4: Sew former sleeve openings shut and hem around bottom of skirt.

Step 5: Cut off maternity skirt just above hemline of sweater and zig zag edge.

maternity sweater skirt refashionAnd because I never have, but have seen so many cute boot socks photos, I thought I’d give it a whirl!

Step by step matching boot sock instructions:

Step 1: Cut tops even.

Step 2: Zig zag edge.

maternity sweater skirtWell, do you think that’s an improvement?  Those items are definitely more wearable now!  And the matching boot socks were so easy, it’s a shame we didn’t try it earlier!  Annie will very soon have matching boot socks for her sweater skirt!  

maternity sweater skirt and matching boot socksTotal Time: 1 hour (The socks took 10, the skirt 50!)

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

ruffled edge on maternity skirtOne thing I did was to pull tension on the sweater as I hemmed it to create the lettuce edged ruffle you see.

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And I love the buckles at the top, rather than at the bottom.

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Leaving the underskirt adds warmth (Go away winter, go away!) and prevents the itchy sweater issue.

maternity sweater skirtWe’re linking this post to Project Sewn!  This week’s theme is signature style.  What more defines my style than a maternity skirt refashion?  (Now in a 6 weeks my signature style will dramatically change, but that’s part of the fun, right?)

maternity sweater skirt refashionMake it beautiful,

Audrey

This maternity sweater skirt refashion can also be seen over at Refashion Co-op.

P.S. Did you notice the new tab at the top of our blog?  Stay tuned for some VERY exciting news later this week!

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Summer to Fall Skirt – Cursory to Cutie Pie!

summer to fall skirt

Today we have a season extending summer to fall skirt refashion for you!  We took a lightweight dress for a little girl and transformed it into a skirt that is perfect for fall weather!  Let us show you what we are talking about!

summer to fall skirt

Hey, you sassy thing!

This little sundress we picked up at Goodwill for $1.50 is a toddler size.  It didn’t really fit Annie, or rather was great for the hot summer, but cooler fall temperatures just were leaving her a bit chilled!  Also, it was getting small!  So naturally we thought of refashioning it into a skirt for fall.  Taking it straight from skirt to dress worked size wise, but it didn’t add any warmth to the thin material.  Our next idea was to add some sort of under layer that would ruffle out the bottom.  But alas, we could find no brown skirts to match the exact brown of this little dress.  What to do, what to do?  We know that manufacturers change color and dyes from year to year, but it was getting ridiculous!  I even spent one evening in Jo-Ann Fabrics, haunting the aisles, not being distracted at all by the gorgeous new patterns and colors!  Ahem, so anyway, I just happened to lay the little dress I’d brought along up next to a brown bolt of fabric I thought might work, when it hit me!  Purple!  On the other side of the brown bolt was a purple that made this little dress pop!  So it was back to the drawing board, or rather back to Annie’s closet at home!

summer to fall skirt

Hello, baby!

We found in Annie’s very copious stash of skirt this purple number.  Now there was nothing wrong with it, and she enjoyed wearing it just like this, but we needed to repurpose it to work with the little Cherokee dress we had begun refashioning!

Step 1: Cut off straps on brown Cherokee dress.

Step 2: Cut off waistband of purple skirt and zigzag top of remaining skirt bottom.

Step 3: Sew purple skirt underneath Cherokee dress.

Step 4: Cut off buttons from top of former Cherokee dress and sew them and some purple and brown ones along the hem of the former Cherokee dress.

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Ta-da!

Annie loves this new combination although she was unsure at first if she wanted to sacrifice her purple skirt for the project!

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Close up of the button detail!

Now this skirt will keep Annie warm for all her planned fall activities.  She wants to visit a pumpkin patch, go for a hayride, go to the zoo, try out a corn maze, jump in the leaf piles, and so on!  Good thing she has a warm skirt to keep her covered through all that!

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Thankful for a summer to fall skirt refashion!

Total Time: 1 hour (seriously it wouldn’t have taken Allegra this long, but I’m a very slow at sewing by hand, and those buttons took way longer than they should have!  It could also have been Annie bumping my elbow as she jumped up and down saying, “Is it ready yet?  Can I try it on now?  What’s taking you so long, Mom?”)

Total Cost: $1.50

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

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Audrey

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DIY Hole Repair – A Skirt that’d been clawed received a makeover!

DIY hole repair

Today we show you how you can take a skirt with a little problem in a very conspicuous area and make it useable again.  This is DIY hole repair at it’s best and prettiest!  But here, let me show you what I’m talking about!

DIY hole repair

On this remake, I started with this REALLY cute skirt that I had been waiting to work on for a while. It was a Liz Claiborne from St. Vincent de Paul for $2. I knew that Liz Claiborne is a pretty nice brand, so I thought that it would be worthwhile to work on it.

Steps:

  • 1.  My first step was to sew some really pretty lace in a corresponding blue color on the inside slip. That was going to be my only step, and yes, it did look good after the lace had been sewn on. Buuuuuut, I was ironing the skirt, and guess what I found. Yep, a bunch of little slits in the skirt.

DIY hole repair

So, you can’t imagine my disappointment. I was like, ‘here Mom, I’m so done with this.’ Mom, however, started brainstorming, because she didn’t want to waste this really cute skirt. We thought about just sewing the holes together, but we’d only have gotten awkward puckers. Patches weren’t an option, until Mom had this great idea of making denim patches in the shape of birdcages, stenciling them, and sewing them onto the skirt! This idea totally worked, because the little slits were on the back right part, and the birdcages could artfully wrap all the way around the right side!

So Step two is: Mom cut out  and sewed a bunch of birdcage-shaped denim patches over the slits.  She left the edges raw so as this skirt ages and is washed, they will acquire a lovely, soft-edged look.

Step 3:

  • I stenciled them with a bunch of birdcage designs. I attached the ‘birdcages’ to chains, which disappear into the pleats at the top of the skirt. There are lovely pink birds in each cage, and even one bird that escaped onto the skirt!

DIY hole repair

Wow! That is called resourcefulness, I think! The only question I have is about those slits! I was thinking at first that some poor woman got slashed by a bear, and her grieving relatives donated the skirt she had been wearing to St. Vincent de Paul, not knowing that the skirt had marks of her bear attack on it! Haha, just kidding! But really, was she playing with an Exacto knife?!?!

DIY hole repair

 Fly away little birdie!

birdcage skirt

There are many bird and birdcage skirts out there, but this one reminds us of our version the most!

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: $2

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Anyway, we love the after-effect that the stencils on the denim bring, it makes us feel like thinking up an occasion for a party!

throwing a leaf party!

 Throwing a leaf party!

We hope you love this skirt too, ‘cause we have listed it in our Etsy shop here!

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Well, leave a comment telling us about the time you were attacked by a bear while you were wearing a skirt! 🙂   And don’t forget to vote in the poll and visit our Etsy shop too!

What do you think? Hole-y or Holy Cow!

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Allegra.

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Denim Mini Makeover – Large to Lavish!

goodwill diy denim mini makeover

Today’s remake starts with one of our favorite foundation pieces, a denim mini!  Yes, it’s time for another denim mini makeover!  Now we are building up quite a stash of denim minis to work with, but when we saw this one the other day at Goodwill, we couldn’t resist!  And it was only $2.50.  Now you just tell us, could you have resisted this?

denim mini makeover

Irresistible!

Here’s a closeup of that embroidered side patch.  I mean just look at this beauty!  It adds a sort of Asian influence to the whole thing!

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Lovely embroidered patch!

Now, the blueish purple color in the center of some of those flowers is pretty hard to match, be we just happened to find a Relativity skirt at Goodwill for $2.50.  So what was it’s problem?  Just about twice the size we needed it to be!

denim mini makeover

Only about 8 sizes too big!

Alright, here’s what we did:

Step 1: Iron around bottom of denim mini to make it ready to receive the bottom half!

Step 2: Cut off top 2 inches of large blue skirt.

Step 3: Zig-zag around new top of large blue skirt.

Step 4:  Sew blue skirt to bottom of denim mini.

Step 5:  Sew additional line of stitching for decorative hem.

That’s All!  So now you can see how to take a large skirt that’s just the right color and use it in a denim mini makeover!

denim mini makeover

Look at that lovely combination!

This skirt is just perfect for some fall frolicking!  Just add a turtle and some boots.  Rake together a huge pile of leaves and get ready to jump!

Total Time: 40 minutes

Total Cost: $5

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

goodwill diy denim mini makeover

A skirt for twirling!

Since this denim mini makeover is just a tad large for Allegra, she’s agreed to list it in our Etsy shop, so you can enjoy the fruits of our labors!

denim mini makeover

Now it’s your turn!  Vote in the poll and leave us a comment before you hop over to Etsy to see all of our skirt offering there!

You Choose: Large or Lavish?

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Audrey

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Denim Mini Makeover – Shaggy to Superb!

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Today we have another denim mini makeover for you!  There’s nothing like finding a good denim mini to use as bones in a refashion to get our creative juices flowing!  This one we found at Goodwill for $1.25.  It is by Younique.  We just loved the studded detail around the waistband, and have been saving it for something special!  It only needed a trim around the bottom as it was getting kind of shaggy.  The rest of it was in great shape!  Well, today is the day for this one to come back into production!

denim mini makeover

 See the studs?

Next we found this really cute XL patterned dress by Rue 21.  It’s lovely blues and browns stir something in our blood, and we had to have it.  The price didn’t make it too hard to refuse either!  $3 at Salvation Army means it’s coming home with us!

denim mini makeover

No work-ey in this condition, but just you wait and see!

Here’s the steps!

Step 1:  Cut off shaggy bottom edges around bottom of denim mini.

Step 2: Cut off dress below brown trim.  Originally we hoped that this brown trim would work around the bottom of the denim mini, but it was elastic and too small.

Step 3: Pin and sew bottom of dress to bottom of (newly shaved!) denim mini.

Step 4: Cut a slit in underskirt of dress to ease it for walking purposes.  After all hobble skirts have gone out of style!

Step 5:  Hem slit in underskirt.

denim mini makeover

Ta-Da!  Here are the results of the denim mini makeover!  Aria loves this skirt and feels it’s perfect for fall weather.  She would suggest wearing it to a pumpkin patch to be inspired while picking out the perfect pumpkin!  Or for staying warm while roasting marshmallows over a bonfire after a hayride!

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The cat thinks it’s a winner too!

Total Time: 40 minutes

Total Cost: $4.25

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

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Aria decided she could let this skirt go (with a sniff!) and it’s listed on ETSY for your favorite preteen to look superb this fall!  So now we need you to vote in the poll and leave us some comment love before you pop on over to our ETSY shop to see all the fabulous skirts listed there!

Denim Mini Makeover - Shaggy or Superb?

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Audrey

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Will Sew For Food – Our First Customer!

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We are excited to let you in on a new section of our website!  We hope you are enjoying our skirt refashions as much as we are enjoying refashioning them!  We sell some skirts on Etsy, but maybe they are not your size, style, whatever!  So what do you do if you have an idea you want us to execute on?

A friend of ours cannot sew, but has been admiring our refashions in person.  She’s the kind of person who oooohhhs and aaaaaahhhhhhs over our work and makes us feel so special!  So one day she showed up with 2 skirts and asked us to refashion them for her telling us exactly what she wanted.  So we had this lightbulb go on!  We’re quite sure there are others of you out there who would like to take advantage of our handy sewing skills!  Keep your eyes glued to the right margin of this website, because in the next few days, an opt-in box will appear (we’re working on it, but we have to stop sewing long enough!) and you will be able to submit your requests to us!  We’ve christened it Will Sew For Food!

So now onto our friend’s request!  Here is the first skirt she gave us.

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She loves the fit of this skirt, but her complaint was that it was too tight around the bottom hem, and “I have to walk like a robot!”  We also noticed when we were working with this skirt that there was an unflattering brown stain on the, well, rear.

On to skirt #2:

will sew for food

The problem with this one?  It is just her style, color and pattern, but too short!  She requested we combine the two and the final product be close to 40 inches long!  Okay, here we go!

Step 1: Figure out how to combine the 2 to the best advantage of both!  Eliminating the robot walk, of course!

Step 2: Cut 11 inches off the top of the red, and all but 12 inches off the top of the denim skirt.  (Remember the unflattering brown stain?  Goodbye! ~ It was below the 12 inch mark!

Step 3: Hem the new top of the red skirt and new bottom of the denim skirt.

Step 4: Pin and sew the 2 skirt together.

Step 5: Top stitch again around where the 2 skirt connect to reinforce and make it look like a denim seam.

Okey-dokey!  What do you think now?

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We simply cannot wait to show this to our friend!

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Back view – notice: no unflattering brown stain!

Total Time: 45 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

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Twirl ready!  Look at that fullness!

We’ll be sure to update this post after we give this back to our friend, and let you all know what she thinks of it!

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By the way, what do you think of it?  Let us know in the comment section!  And since we’re getting hungry to do more sewing…keep your eyes peeled for that box, ‘cuz when we put it up, we Will Sew For Food!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Not-so-maxi Dress – Icky to Invigorating!

not-so-maxi dress

Project Sewn’s week 2 challenge is Floral Frenzy.  We think this dress to skirt refashion qualifies in a gorgeous, watercolor way!

We finally found courage to refashion a dress into a skirt!  And now we’re kicking ourselves for waiting so long!  It was so easy!  Plus now we have an extra section to explore when we go to thrift stores!  Thanks again, Fess, for the inspiration!  We knew it could be done, we just needed to see it modeled so fashionably!

not-so-maxi dress

Icky factor at work!  I mean look at that (lack of) length!

So we started with a not-so-maxi dress in gorgeous patterns of aqua and pink.  One thing about being tall…we find lots and lots of maxi dresses that aren’t!  Oh well, more material for Skirt Fixation, right?  And the ties just looked like they were in the wrong place when the dress didn’t even reach our ankles!  Also, the shape left a little to be desired.  I mean Allegra is very slender, but this dress makes her look like her hips are verrrrrrry large!  We found this beauty at Plato’s Closet and payed $6.00.

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Cut off top of skirt, leaving about 1 inch above where we wanted the final top of the skirt to be.

Step 2: Folded over the top of the skirt twice and stitched in place.  This is slippery material, and the back of the not-so-maxi dress was elasticized, so it didn’t end up as the prettiest top seam in the whole world, but no worries, we plan to wear it as shown below!

not-so-maxi dress

Ta da!  Isn’t that something to see!

Allegra plans to wear heels with this, so she wanted it extra long, and extra long she got!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $6.00

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

not-so-maxi dress Fabulous length now!

So now we encourage you to try a dress to skirt transformation!  It’s easy, fun and oh-so-beautiful!  We just love how this one turned out.  The dress could only be worn for certain occasions, but the skirt can be tossed on and worn just about anywhere!  What a great use of a not-so-maxi dress!

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Well, now it’s your turn, so vote in the poll and leave some comment love!  We’d really appreciate it.  And if you do decide to make a dress to skirt transformation, send us some pictures!  And if you already have, we’re waaaaaaaiting!

Which is your favorite? Icky or Invigorating?

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

P.S.  Have you checked out Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition, yet?  Are you up for the challenge?  Great prizes are going to be awarded!

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Skirt Refashion – Scary to Skapron!

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This is October!  (Just in case you hadn’t noticed!)  And in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are doing a month-long theme where we post something pink each week.  You know the Pink Ribbon Campaign and all.  And above that nod, anything we put in our ETSY shop that is pink this month (like today’s Skapron!) we will contribute 1/2 the proceeds from the sale to Breast Cancer Research!  So shop away!

This skirt remake started out like this:

old lady suit

Hello kitty photobomber!

Yes, I know. This was a very ‘old lady’ outfit gifted to us by the same dear old grandma lady who gave us the skirt for the skirt giveaway. I really didn’t see myself wearing this as is, haha, and I thought that there was more potential here than just popping the skirt onto the bottom of a denim mini. (Although that would have been cute!) This time I decided to take a skirt and turn it into…. Wait for it… (Drumroll)…. an apron!!!  Except this apron will be a little different, more…skirtish…J You might even make a new word for this design, something like Skapron, or Aprot! Here are my steps.

1. Cut the skirt along the seams on both sides.

2. Cut out the lining and hem the edges.

3. Use some of the back material to make ties for the apron, or Skapron, or Aprot, or whatever!

4.  To make the ties, fold a panel from the back in ½ right sides together, and sew.  Turn the tube right side out and sew across the bottom.

5.  Sew the ties to the apron at the top.

6.  Sew vintage ribbon to pockets.

7.  Attach the pockets, (from an old pair of my brother’s jeans!) to the front of the apron.

8.  Sew on buttons (from the jacket) onto the pockets.

skapronHello Skapron!  (Yes, I just made that word up!)

There now, what a cute apron! I was aiming for a very vintage look, which I think I achieved!

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: beginner seamstress

skapron

I felt kind of like a cook on one of those old cooking shows, so you have a picture of me holding a little pumpkin and looking like I’m saying; ‘Now halve the pumpkin…’

skapron pocket

Here I leave you with a close-up of the adorable pocket.

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We hope that we have inspired you to make or design your own Skapron. Or Aprot, for that matter! So now here are your jobs: Vote in the poll, visit our ETSY shop (yep, this Skapron is there!) & and leave us some comment love!

What do you think? Scary before or Skapron after?

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Allegra.