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Copycat Anthropologie Skirt {Buy or DIY ~ Skirt}

Copycat Anthropologie Skirt

Today we have another Buy or DIY skirt for you! This time we’re showing you how you can make a perfect skirt for holiday events on the cheap. Our skirt pick of the day is a lace skirt from Anthropologie.

Copycat Anthropologie Skirt

Copycat Anthropologie Skirt Details:

Skirt: Anthropologie Lacy Pencil Skirt

Fabric Recommendation: Emerald Green Metallic Lace  & Emerald Green Poplin from Cali Fabrics

Pattern Recommendation: Nita Wrap Skirt by Sew DIY

Copycat Anthropologie Skirt Math:

Anthropologie Lacy Pencil Skirt: $228 retail price.

Fabric needed: 1 1/8 of each

Pattern: $12

Fabric: $6.75 & $2.99 per yard

Notions: $2 for d rings

Total Cost: $24.96 for DIY

Total Savings: $203.04

Copycat Anthropologie Skirt How To:

The recommended pattern is not intended to make a double layer skirt, but you can’t wear the lace we recommend without a lining!  Simply cut out each pattern piece from both fabrics and baste them together around the edges before sewing the pattern.

In summary:

Wow, the DIY wins again!!  Are you seeing a pattern here?  Perfect for the holidays at a fraction of the price. Be sure to check out all our Buy or DIY ~ Skirt posts, you’ll be inspired and amazed at how much money you can save!

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Tilly Circle Skirt {All The Skirts: SLPco & Phat Quarters}

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I know you’re not supposed to have favorites, but oh Tilly!  This little twirly circle skirt is next in our All The Skirts series and is what brought me to Simple Life Pattern Company in the first place.  My thinking went like this, “What’s better than a circle skirt? A layered circle skirt!”

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Tilly Circle Skirt can be made in 9 sizes from 2T to 12.  It has 3 waistband options, woven, yoga or fold over yoga waistband.  The circle skirt itself can be made from knit or woven fabrics.  Or lace, like we did.  The skirt can be made with a single or a double layer.  Or triple, like we did!

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

There is a pattern piece for the circle part of the skirt.  This makes it super easy to lengthen or shorten.  We made a size 5 at the top, but cut the longest lengths for the top and bottom layers.  For the lace layer we added, we just cut it to a length in-between the two.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The Tilly Circle Skirt pattern is illustrated with photographs.  If you’ve never made a circle skirt before, start with this pattern.  You won’t be sorry, and neither will the recipient.  She might be a little dizzy, though because apparently it’s impossible to stop swishing and twirling when you’re wearing the Tilly Circle Skirt.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The top fabric in the Tilly Circle Skirt is from Phat Quarters.  It is organic Cloud 9 fabric called Leafscape.  Currently Phat Quarters is sold out of this colorway, but they have it in brown.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

The next layer is a lace curtain.  I think it would be amazing to find a round lace tablecloth and use that!  The bottom layer is an Andover Chambray in bluegrass.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

I failed to read the pattern instructions correctly, so my Tilly Skirt has side seams on the top and bottom layers.  This is the way you would cut it out if you had a directional print however.  Because if you were having, say kitties, on your skirt, you wouldn’t want 1/2 of them to end up upside down.  So you’d cut two 1/2 circles and sew them together.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Annie needed a new white top to model skirts, so of course you know what pattern I turned to.  The Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns.  We’re going to pretend the pretty ribbon flower accent on the neckband was an intended design feature and not a late-night-sewing-the-neckband-on-wrong mistake.  Annie slipped it on and sighed in pleasure.

Tilly Circle Skirt sewn by Skirt Fixation

Alright, now it’s your time to play along.  Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below, or link up to the Inlinkz!  There are going to be 2 winners, one random winner from the Rafflecopter giveaway, and one (crowd favorite) from the Inlinkz link up.  Each winner will receive $30 to spend in the Simple Life Pattern Company store, AND $20 to spend in the Phat Quarters Etsy shop.

So the first thing you need to do is get shopping at Phat Quarters with the exclusive discount code PHATSKIRTS at checkout for a 10% discount.  Then add your creation (or anything you’ve made in 2016 with a SLPco pattern or fabric from Phat Quarters) in the link up below.

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Ellie Skirt {All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads & Raspberry Creek Fabrics}

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The next skirt in All The Skirts: Violette Field Threads and Raspberry Creek Fabrics delights and rewards the creator. When you make the Ellie skirt you will end up with a true tulle skirt. While you can add a tulle layer to many skirts (like we did yesterday) a true tulle skirt has layers and layers and layers of tulle and yards and yards and yards of fabric!

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Ellie skirt took me 4 hours to make, but just like is the case with all the Violette Field Threads skirts we’ve made so far, it was totally worth it. Besides many layers and yards of tulle, the Ellie skirt has an underlayer and waistband. It can be made in 7 sizes from 2T to 10.

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Even though the Ellie skirt took quite a while to construct, I’ve never had an easier time working with tulle! The directions made this skirt simple to sew and it has a very professional finish. We love that there is no exposed tulle on the inside – perfect for a child with sensory issues. Who likes scratchy tulle against their skin anyway?

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation

There are so many different colors of tulle available, you could make many different Ellie skirts.   We settled on charcoal gray tulle because it seems perfect for the upcoming holiday season paired with black lace leggings and a bright red cardigan.  I do want to make one note about the amount of tulle required to make the Ellie Skirt.  On the pattern, 58″-60″ tulle is called for, but I was unable to find that width anywhere.  So my recommendation is to figure your amount of yardage you will need based on the length of tulle skirt you want and the width of tulle you are able to purchase instead of the yardage recommended on the pattern.

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of those black lace leggings, they are included in the Ellie skirt pattern. They use stretch lace (which also comes in so many different colors) and can be made in sizes 2T to 10 also.  Here is a similar stretch lace to the one we used: Darling Lace Black Fabric  (affiliate link)  The leggings can also be made in Capri length or have ruffles on the bottom (or both!) While the Ellie skirt took quite a while to make, the leggings were fast and easy and required less than an hour to construct.

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation

We encourage you to use the Ellie skirt pattern if you want a REAL tulle skirt!

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For this photo shoot, Annie wanted to look like a real ballerina, so we looked up images of the 5 basic positions and she tried to mimic them.

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation
First Position

 

Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation
Second Position
Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation
Third Position
Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation
Fourth Position
Tulle Ellie skirt reviewed by Skirt Fixation
Fifth Position

Raspberry Creek Fabric doesn’t carry tulle or stretch lace, so this week’s fabric was sourced elsewhere. You can get 54” Wide Tulle Charcoal Fabric here.  (affiliate link)  But they do have so many other neat fabrics and are having a pre Thanksgiving sale right now, so be sure to click through and check them out.  Next week we will have a skirt with fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

We’re so delighted to see so many people getting involved with this edition of All The Skirts. Have you linked up your entry yet? How about the Rafflecopter giveaway?  Do so below…

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This skirt is available for purchase in our Etsy shop.

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Lauren Jeans Co. Denim Skirt Refashion

Lauren Jeans Co. denim skirt refashion

For today’s skirt refashion, I started with this Lauren Jeans Co. Size 10, 22-inch long skirt.  We picked it up at Goodwill for $2.50, knowing that a Lauren Jeans Co. denim skirt was a great buy for $2.50 and this one was is great shape.

Lauren Jeans Co denim skirt

It was a nice plain skirt, kind of blah, a little outdated, and as I didn’t want to add on new fabric, or take off some of the length, I started thinking about embellishing it. I picked out some non-gathered lace from our lace box and laid it out in patterns until I got the pattern that I wanted.

 Step by Step Lauren Jeans Co. Denim Skirt Refashion Instructions

1. Sewed a piece of lace on either side of the slit.

2. Sewed a brown ribbon onto the top of the piece of lace.

3. Repeated steps 1 and 2 three more times.

4. Sewed a pink bow onto the top layer of ribbon.

Lauren Jeans Co. denim skirt refashion

I really like how this turned out!

Lauren Jeans Co. denim skirtHere you can see how the back has no lace on it, but I was using scraps of lace, and I didn’t have enough lace to go around the back, so the lace and ribbon are just on the front.  This produces a sort of cool, split-personality effect!  It’s a different skirt coming and going!  But then again, a bunch of lace on the back might have been uncomfortable to sit on…or would it have produced a completed look?  Hmmm, I might have to find another skirt like this and do an experiment!

denim skirt by lauren jeans co.This is definitely a warm-weather skirt, so you’ll have to excuse my cold-weather outfit and hunched-up expression. Hey, when it’s negative degrees outside, I just wanna get back inside!  I paired this skirt with a navy blue tee under my brown-pocketed jacket, and wore white tights and my favorite brown boots.

Lauren Skirt Co. denim skirt refashion

Since this skirt is a bit too large and a bit too short for me we are selling this skirt on Etsy here. I sewed the lace on so that it lifts up on the bottom and is only attached on the top, and I think that it is a really cute look overall. I had a lot of fun with this skirt, so I hope that maybe I can do another remake like this sometime soon. Lemme know what you think of my newest skirt remake!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Lace History – Skirt Costumes Theme Week!

lace history

Today is Skirt Factsination day, and to tie it in with Costume Week, we are doing another one of our fabric series; Lace History!  Lace is a fabric that is patterned with open holes, and is made by machine or hand. Lace-making can go back very far, but true lace, lace that is created when a thread is looped independently from a backing, was not made until the 15th and 16th centuries. In those times, lace was made from linen, silk or gold and silver threads, but now lace is most commonly made with cotton or synthetic threads, although linen and silk are still used by some. Types of lace are classified how they are made. Needle lace is consisted is made using a needle and thread, is very time consuming, and is considered my some the height of lace-making. The finest antique needle laces were made with an extremely fine thread that is not manufactured today. There is also Knotted lace, Knitted lace, Machine-made, and Bobbin Lace, of which Chantilly lace is a type. I have included three costumes that have lace incorporated in them somehow.

lace history

1. The Lace ballet skirt

I like this skirt because it is completely lace, and I like the asymmetrical design of it. I would wear this with black ballet tights and slippers, and a black leotard, or something like that, to make it tie in more as a ballerina.

lace history

2. The Maid Lace apron.

This is a pretty full apron, so I’m classifying it as a skirt! It has a beautiful long layer of lace at the bottom of the apron, and the collar is full lace. A maid costume is a good ‘easy and quick’ costume solution because all you need is a black skirt and shirt, and then a white apron and cap! Everyone knows what you are, and if you are in a pinch, it is a good costume. My mom was a maid at a Victorian tea party that we had once. She looked pretty good, because she made her own apron and cap, but it did look a little funny because she was pregnant and her apron had to have room for this bump!

lace history

3. The lace Victorian skirt.

Wowzers! This, I think, is a real lace skirt from the Victorian era. If you could make one of these, you could just wear a regular long white dress under it, and your costume would be fabulous! The thing about this skirt is that it looks so delicate that you would have to be extremely careful when wearing it. I could do that, if I could have the skirt!!!

Well, leave a comment below, and let us know if you have a costume with lace on it!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

This week is Skirt Costume Week!  At Skirt Fixation, we’ve been known to throw themed costume parties any time of year!  There was the November Egyptian Feast, the Victorian Tea Party in March (you should have seen the awesome hats!) and the Medieval Feast in September.  One Dad came dressed as a knight!  We know a lot of people are thinking about costumes this week, and perhaps some of you are searching for some free costume ideas you can throw together yourself with minimum time and zero cost!!  So this week that’s our treat for you!  Some costume samples that are free and easy, and include skirts!