Continuing to show you what we did during Challenge Create: Adult Edition, Allegra and I have a refashion to show you today. We decided to write this post ala Becca & Suzanne style, for a little fun twist! So I’ll let Allegra start:
Well, I had a situation lately. I had cleaned out my closet because of some moving around of clothes, and after it was all said and done, all of my clothes fit in one basket and a twelve-inch rod. I had only five skirts. FIVE SKIRTS. Do you actually realize how few skirts that is for a girl that only ever wears skirts? You can only wear five skirts in so many different combinations until people start (hem) talking. I had/ have in mind exactly what I wanted, long, plain skirts that aren’t patterned, as most of my shirts happen to be patterned.
I wanted this one from Style J, but mom said…well, here, I’ll let her tell you:
N.O. in no uncertain terms! $52 for a skirt when we have a whole stack of skirts waiting to be refashioned? What are you thinking? Go and look through the stash and bring me back some possibilities, something we can refashion, some skirts that inspire you! And she came back with…nothing! Said she wasn’t in the right mood, or something. So after I said some more motherly things about doing things to build character even when you didn’t feel like it, I took a venture through the skirt stack myself and came back with these two:
Aharharharhar. I swear, summa’ this character building is goin’ to kill me some day, no offense. (Help mom, my arm’s cut off! ‘Oh that’s okay, it’ll build character!’) Ahem. Anyway, I was surprised with these skirts and found that I really actually liked them. I DID NOT see that skirt when I was looking. I am 100% sure that mom hid it just to be able to gloat. The denim skirt fit when I tried it on, and so I measured how long I wanted it to be and mom started sewing!
I promise, I hid nothing! I just am talented (like every Mom out there!) at finding things. Why is it when anything is missing Mom is the one that finds it every time? As I tell my kids, “I just don’t give myself permission to NOT find it!” Okay, enough Mom lecture! Here’s what I did:
Step 1: Cut off 6 inches from top of ombre skirt.
Step 2: Gather top of ombre skirt.
Step 3: Sew ombre skirt to bottom of denim mini.
Step 4: Since ombre skirt was very translucent, I cut off the old, worn out elastic top from one of my under-slips I tried to stretch through my pregnancy, and it did just that…stretch out!
Step 5: Sew slip to underside of denim mini.
Step 6: Cut off the back pocket flaps which were placed in a really awkward spot & stuck out!
Step 7: Hand new skirt to Allegra and hold my breath hoping she likes it!
I dooooooo like it!!! I really love the swishiness, the shinyness, and the overall blue-ness. I paired it with my china-patterned shirt, and I love the effect. I’ll probably even be able to play the cello in it.
So there you go, a joint-ish effort that turned out well.
(I still think I need more clothes.)
We lined this post up to Simple Simon’s Saturday Sewing party!