Posted on

Summertime Swim Suit Coverup Skirt – Yes we’re tired of winter!

swim skirt coverup

Have we mentioned that we are ready for warmer weather?  We have?  Oh, well, just to be clear…WE’RE READY!  And today’s skirt refashion reflects that desire.  We present you a swim suit coverup skirt refashion.  We started with a skirt that we got from St. Vincent de Paul for $1.50.

swim suit cover up skirtThis skirt is make of that great stretchy combination of about 80% polyester and 20% spandex.  Which is comfortable to wear, but also great material for a swim suit.  In fact, that was our first idea, to make a swim suit out of this skirt.  But never having made one before, and not having a pattern, we decided to go with a swim suit coverup skirt.

Step by step swim suit coverup skirt instructions

Step 1: Decided what the finished length should be and then measured the skirt to figure out where it would be best to get the needed 14” from.  We decided to keep the waistband (because it fits Allegra perfectly, and she is in need of a new swim suit anyway!) and also use the cute ruffles at the hem.

Step 2:  Cut the skirt in 3 pieces; 5 inches at waist, 9 inches at hem, and the rest in the middle section.  Actually we took the “before” picture at this point, having forgotten earlier!!

Step 3: Pinned ruffled hem section to waist section, gathering in excess around width.

Step 4: Sewed the hem section to the waist section using the knit stitch (also called the overlock stitch) to retain the stretchy properties we wanted in a swim suit coverup skirt.

swim skirt coverupThere you have it!  It was easy, fast, cheap, and looks so gorgeous!  Now we don’t have the after pictures modeled on Allegra, because as we mentioned earlier, she needs a new suit!  But we checked out a few options for her and these are our suggestions:

vintage modcloth suit This navy blue cutie can be found at Modcloth.  It has cute, vintage touches, a flattering fit due to the side rouching, and modest bust line.  But adding our cute swim suit coverup skirt will make it just awesome!

athleta swim suitThis aqua swim suit from Athleta would be another great option!  One thing about Athleta swim suits is they are made for active women, so you could be assured this one would stay right where you wanted it to!  Just throw on our swim suit coverup skirt and you’ve got a comfy, all-day, beach volleyball ensemble!

Land's End floral swim suit

 

This last swim suit can be found over at Land’s End.  It would be a daring splash of color with our coverup in the same colors, but different pattern!  The only thing wilder would be the waves!  This suit is also flattering with the cross body fabric panels.  These would be echoed in the asymmetrical hemline ruffles of our swim suit coverup skirt.  The bust line on this one looks a little low, but since we are refashionistas, we would add either a navy piece of fabric, or better yet, some of that middle section of the skirt we started with!  Go bold!

swim suit coverup skirt refashion

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $1.50

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress (The fabric is a little tricky to work with…it wants to slip and slide…hey, that’s perfect for a swim suit coverup skirt!)

Swim suit coverup skirt refashion

Collaborating today,

Audrey & Aria

Posted on

Skirt to Bag – Day 2 – 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts

skirt to tote bag

We are participating in a 10 Day blogging series: 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts!  We are so excited to produce some gifts, and you’ve probably guessed, we’re going to start from skirts all 10 days!  Also, we are very anxious to see what others produce too!  If you want to join in or follow along, visit A Homespun Country Life to get started.

Skirt to Bag DIY Tutorial!

We are so happy with today’s handmade gift, and are excited to share today’s DIY tutorial with you!  And be sure to stick around until the end of the post where we make an exciting announcement!

Today we started with a Banana Republic size 0 skirt we found at Goodwill for $2.50.

skirt to bagCute, but tiny!

So maybe you’ve been skipping the teeny-tiny sizes at the thrift stores because they won’t fit you, and you can’t refashion them into anything useful.  Well, today you are about to have a whole new section of the thrift store opened up to you!  You could even go in the children’s section for today’s project!  If you already shop those eensy-weensy size, why don’t you take a break and go eat something? more power to you!

Skirt to Bag Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Cut off 2 strips from bottom of skirt for making self-fabric handles.

Step 2: Cut these circle strips open, and sew them together on each long side, leaving one short end open.  Turn right sides out and iron.

Step 3: Set these aside for now, and turn skirt wrong side out.  Sew seam across bottom.

Step 4: Box the corners.  (You can either google this for better instruction, or wait for our announcement at the end of this post!  Obviously, we are bursting!)

Step 5: Sew the handles you made in steps 1 & 2 to the top of the bag on each side.

skirt to bag

Yep, that’s what I’m talking about!  Perfect little cutie for carrying all sorts of things!

DIY music bag tote

Carrying music books just became stylish!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $2.50

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

skirt to tote bag

Lovin’ my new tote bag!

pinterest ready pinOkay, now for our announcement, we simply can’t wait any longer to share our good new with you!  We are writing an ebook that we will offer just as soon as it is finished which should be shortly after this 10 days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts series is finished!  It is going to be all about skirts, of course!  And include fun projects like the one you just read about, as well as some simple, easy variations on each project with step by step PHOTOGRAPHS and instructions for each project!

Ebook Variation Examples

Here are some examples of variations for today’s project.

skirt to tote bag tutorial

Mini skirt to bag with ribbon handles.

denim mini skirt to bag

Denim mini skirt to tote bag with single handle and pockets.

Well, that’s it for today!  Leave us some comment love, and be sure to check out the whole 10 day series!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

Posted on

Eyelet skirt DIY remake – Fancy to Functional

eyelet skirt DIY remake

Today we have a denim mini refashion for you with a little twist thrown in!  We’ll show you how to take a fancy skirt and tone it down a little bit to make it functional for everyday use.  So today we show you an eyelet skirt DIY remake.  You see, Aria had all the fancy skirts she needed right now, but she wanted more everyday skirts for more functional use.  Here, let us show you.

eyelet skirt DIY remake

See, isn’t that fancy?

Well, just ignore how cold Aria is and look at the skirt for now!  We got this gorgeous number from Goodwill for $6!  We absolutely adore the dark brown layer under the creamy white eyelet.  In fact, if we come across the right foundation pieces, we might do a little something like this!  Think about how awesome a neon green layer would look under pure white eyelet!  Or how about navy blue layer under an orange eyelet!

eyelet skirt DIY remake

Jumping up and down for warmth!

Alright, let’s relieve this poor girl from the cold and make her a functional skirt!

Step 1: Cut off waistband of eyelet skirt, leaving bottom for remake.

Step 2: Zig-zag top of eyelet skirt and brown under layer together to prevent fraying and to hold them together while attaching to denim mini.

Step 3: Pin and sew to bottom of denim mini, sewing 2 lines of stitching.  (The denim mini is by Blue Asphalt and we got it at Goodwill for $2.50.)

eyelet skirt DIY remake

Now there’s something she can wear everyday!  It is a perfect cross between fancy and functional, and she is so excited to have another skirt to add the her casual collection.  What do you think of that eyelet skirt DIY remake?

eyelet skirt DIY remake

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $8.50 (More expensive than most of our remakes, but still, try buying a skirt this cute for $8.50 retail!)

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

before&after

Now it’s your turn!  Vote in the poll, and leave us some comment love!  Talk to us about skirts or sewing or whatever is on your mind!

Your turn to participate! Fancy or Functional?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

Posted on

Dress to Skirt Remake – Pre-teen Dress Mess to Performance Ready Skirt!

concert skirt

Today we show you how you can take a dress and adjust it for a pre-teen who doesn’t have the right…er…shape!  Yes, it’s a dress to skirt refashion!  You are going to love our pre-teen dress fix!

pre-teen dress fix

We started with this lovely dress we picked up at Goodwill for $8.  Yes, can you believe we actually paid that much?  It’s the most we’ve ever paid for an item from Goodwill that we intended to refashion, but Aria had a very special need for a fancy skirt.  We didn’t see a skirt that was going to just fit the ticket when we were out shopping, but then we saw this dress!  It was so lovely, and only had one problem…it was curvy where a pre-teen has no curves.  Never fear, the gals at Skirt Fixation have a plan!

Here’s the plan:

Step 1: Hand sew stitches on the zipper where we intend the new top to be.

Step 2: Cut off the top of the dress, leaving 1/2 inch to work with above the black bow trim.

Step 3: Cut out the padded insert across the front of the dress, which was just making it hard to fold down.

Step 4: Fold over 1/2 inch and sew down to the top of the black bow trim.

Step 5: We decided to reinforce the stitching so that the netting floral material didn’t pop up across the front.  It didn’t need to be hemmed because it’s no fray fabric, but it was slippery, and we were afraid it would pop up without the additional stitching which we did by hand.

Step 6: Reinforce the new top of the zipper so it stayed where it was supposed to.

Ready, Get set, Reveal!

pre-teen dress fix

How do you like it now?

I love how the black bow trim at the waist looks like a cummerbund on a tuxedo!  I mean it was cute before, but now it’s perfect for the occasion which is…

concert skirt

How about an encore?

Yes, Aria plays the viola and has an upcoming recital.  That is what she needs the special skirt for.  And now we think she’s going to take down the house in this amazing ensemble!

pre-teen dress fix

Getting ready to curtsy.

Total Time: 45 minutes

Total Cost: $8 (Not too bad for a special occasion skirt!)

Talent Level: Intermediate Level (Better not attack slippery material on your first few attempts!)

pinterest ready photo

We know Aria will do awesome in her recital, and there’s no question she’ll take the prize wearing this skirt!  Good luck, Aria!  Let Aria know in the comment section what your favorite music for viola is, or what she should wear with this skirt (she’s modeling two different options in the photos above) or tell us about a skirt you wore for a special occasion.  And vote in the poll too!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

Posted on

Flower Embroidered Formal Skirt – Potential to Powerful

black and white formal skirt

On this remake, I started with a black skirt that had beautiful blue flowers embroidered on it that had a lot of potential, but was an uncomfortable length and didn’t stand out.  We found it at Goodwill for $2.50.

Heart Soul skirt

I wanted a more formal skirt look for this one, and a floor length, so I picked out a white tiered skirt and tried to match it to the bottom of the black skirt.  We scored it at Salvation Army for $2.

white tiered skirt

It didn’t work by itself, so we went to a fabric store and bought some satiny fabric in the exact color of the flowers.

#1. I trimmed and hemmed the blue fabric and pinned it on the bottom of the black skirt.

#2. I cut off the bottom tier of the white skirt and pinned it to the bottom of the blue layer.

#3. I sewed the blue layer to the black skirt, and the white layer to the blue layer.

formal skirt

Now it looks a lot more pretty! This turned out to be a beautiful formal skirt that would be perfect to wear on a special occasion.

Total Cost: $5.50

Total Time: 1 hour

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

black and white formal skirt

I wore it with a short-sleeve ruffled blue blouse, but I would wear it with a button-down and heels or flats for a more formal occasion. We have listed this skirt on Etsy Here.

Before&After

So what do you think?  Would you have kept it with the original potential, or are you in favor of the powerful after?  Vote in the poll and leave us your thoughts below.

What do you think? Potential before or Powerful after?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Always be Exciting,
Allegra.

Posted on

Dorothy’s Wizard of Oz Dress – Hideous to Happening!

wizard of oz dress

We had so much fun with today’s refashion!  We started with a denim mini by TILT that we found at a thrift shop named Shelly’s Boutique. We are very indebted to Shelly’s Boutique because she supported what we’re doing, and it happened to be an end of summer sale, so we picked up this little cutie for $2.64!

denim mini

We knew we needed it for the foundation because a while back at Goodwill we picked up this girl’s dress for $2!

wizard of oz dress

Hideous, isn’t it?  Why would we ever buy this?  Well, the embroidery was keepable, and it completely reminded us of the Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz dress.

wizard of oz dress

Can’t you totally see it?  Well, since we have neither a dog named Toto, nor red sparkly shoes, we knew this one needed a remake!

dorothy dress upcycle

Here were our steps:

1: Cut off the bottom of the Dorothy  from the Wizard of Oz dress.

2: Sewed gather stitches around the top of what we’d just cut off.  It was so full, there was no way around this, just finger pinching pleats wasn’t going to cut it with this much fullness!

3: Pinned and sewed bottom of Dorothy dress to bottom of denim mini.

4: Fashioned a ribbon belt from some awesome vintage ribbon.

denim mini refashion

What do you think now?  “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!”

ribbon belt

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $ 4.64

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

thrift store skirt refashion

Well, let us know what you think! Vote in the poll and leave us some comment love below!

Will you please participate? Hideous before or Happening after?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

Posted on

American Eagle Mini Refashion – Pinstriped to Pristine!

On this skirt remake, I started with a pinstripe American Eagle mini skirt from Salvation army for $4.99,

Pinstriped and pretty!
Pinstriped and pretty!

and a checkered Max brand skirt for $1.25 from Goodwill.  The pinstripe skirt had a faded dirty pink ribbon belt that was literally crumbling at the touch.  The Max brand skirt was too short (sorry, I didn’t get a picture)

#1. I pinned the checkered skirt to the bottom of the pinstriped skirt.

#2. I sewed the skirts together.

#3. I cut off the top of the Max plaid skirt for later use…it’s got some really cute button and embroidery lines, so keep an eye out for it!

#4. I formed a renewed ribbon belt with vintage buckles.  We added Velcro to the back side of the ribbon, so it’s adjustable!

Perky skirt for fall!
Perky skirt for fall!

Wow!  I love it now! The sober pinstripe pattern looks good paired with the exuberant checkered pattern. I paired this with a flower-patterned shirt.

Total Time: 20 min.

Talent Level: Intermediate

Total Cost $6.24

Turning heads!
Turning heads!

If you feel like you cannot live without this cutie, we know how you feel, and we’ve listed it on Etsy for you!

What do you think? Pinstriped American Eagle before or Pristine after?

You choose!
You choose!

Vote in the poll to let us know what you think and leave your comment love for us below!

Pinstriped before or Pristine after? You decide!

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
Posted on

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!

Your Turn! Pathetic before or Purple Perfection after?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
Posted on

No Boundaries denim mini – Awful to Attractive!

Today’s skirt refashion was a learning process, but ended up so much better than expected!  We started with a plain No Boundaries denim mini.  This was actually the first mini refashion we did, so we’re reaching back a few months here, but just didn’t get around to posting it until today!  Back to the mini, it cost $2.00 from Salvation Army.

Here's the denim mini bones!
Here’s the denim mini bones!

Here’s what we did!

Step 1: We took some pink, embroidered fabric we had in our stash and sewed it into a tube.  The problem was (being our first mini refashion) we forgot to allow extra width at the bottom for walking and stuff.  Now we just recently did a post on the hobble skirt, but that was not the idea here!  Also the look was too “little girl” for the intended wearer, Allegra.

Step 2: To fix the  problem we cut out 4 triangle shapes for the godet panels in the bottom of the pink fabric, two in front, two in back.

Step 3: Inserted lace panels from an old curtain.

Step 4: Zig-zag around bottom of skirt for slightly jagged/unhemmed look.

Now that's better!
Now that’s better!

I have to admit when I was done remaking this skirt, I left the sewing room, threw the skirt at Allegra saying, “There!  And I hope I never see that thing again!”  Unabashed, she put the skirt on, came running to show me, and we both loved it!  How about that look now?  She can walk, and it’s sophisticated enough for her taste!

Would you have guessed that used to be a curtain?
Would you have guessed that used to be a curtain?

 

Total cost: $2.00

Total time: 1 hour (due to the mistakes and backtracking!)

Talent Level: Intermediate Seamstress

Rose Lace skirt - Awful to Attractive!
Rose Lace skirt – Awful to Attractive!

Now it’s your turn!  What did you think?  Did you prefer the awful before (and during!) or the attractive after?  Vote in the poll and comment to let us know why you chose that skirt!

Which do you prefer? Awful before or Attractive after?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
Posted on

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.

What do you think? Short or Shining?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...