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Sailor Skirt Upcycle – Embarrassing to Ecstatic!

sailor skirt upcycle

Today’s sailor skirt upcycle/remake (It sorely needed remaking) before was a bit… odd.

sailor skirt upcycleIt was this dress, belonging to who knows what poor child in some olden day. As you can see from the picture, I was totally grossed out and embarrassed that I had to model this awful dress. In addition to being extremely ugly, it had this sailor collar thing with a (NON-MATCHING) pink flower detail in one corner. Alsooooo, it did not even begin to button up in the back.

sailor skirt upcyleSoooo, yeah. I actually pulled this out of our box of costumes, and I was not even sure that anything could be done with it. This dress might still be a costume if I hadn’t gotten an idea. A supercalifragilistic… you get it!  Sailor skirt upcycle time!

Anyway, here’s my process.

Step 1: Cut off the top of the dress, just above the waistband.

Step 2: Apply fray stop to cut off fabric.

sailor skirt after 2

I know!!!! How easy was that! Not a stitch was sewn, and the after item is this cute, light gray pinstripe pleated mini skirt! I also love how the bows on either side look.

sailor skirt upcycle

To model the after look, I wore this skirt with a white button-down under a ¾ length sweater, black tights, and black lace-up shoes. It reminds me a little bit of a schoolgirl skirt with the pleats.

Quick and easy refashion!

We are putting this skirt up on Etsy here, and just so you’re warned, it has no stretch in the waist, so it is a woman’s extra small, or a girl’s 14-16. The size can be slightly regulated by how tight you tie the bows on each side. Well, we hope you liked this remake as much as we did. Leave us a comment telling me what you think of my job.

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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DIY Ballerina Costume & German Girl Costume – Skirt Costume Theme Week

DIY ballerina costume

Okay, so chances are if you have a little girl to outfit for a costume, chances are she’s going to want to be a ballerina or some variation thereof (ballerina fairy, dancing princess, etc.!)  Well, the great news is that a ballerina costume is very easy to put together, and cheap with no sewing required either!   We put together a costume for Annie with items we had on hand!

DIY ballerina costume

Ballerina happiness!

We took a suit Annie wears for her gymnastics class and added a tutu.  That’s. It.  The rest of the effect if achieved with duo ponytails, matching red ribbons and a cute smile!  If you have ballet slippers in the house, by all means add them to the ensemble too!

DIY ballerina costume

Twirl-worthy!

Lots of spins and twirls make for a totally authentic costume!  See how easy that was?  And how happy she is?  Little girls are so easy to please with a ballerina costume!

DIY ballerina costume

Pensive, vintage ballerina!

Next we travelled across the ocean for a German girl costume.  Aria willingly modeled this one for us after she helped pick out the costume and accessories.

DIY German Girl Costume Guten-tag frauline!

She wore a white shirt, black skirt and green lace-up vest.  Again, super simple and easy, cheap and completely DIY!

DIY German Girl CostumeThis look could also be Dutch, Swedish, or any Scandinavian country!

The accessories on this one make the outfit.  Long braids wrapped around her ears, flowers in a pot and flowers in the hair!  You could also put the flowers in an oversized stein or whatever you happened to have on hand!

DIY German Girl Costume

Just check out that hairdo!

We hope you enjoyed these free, easy, no-sew, DIY costumes for girls.

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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!  

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Skirt Costumes Theme Week – Free Girl Costume Ideas

free girl costume idea

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!  

Today we have two free girl costume ideas we are thrilled to share you! Number one is a gypsy costume that I helped Aria put together. Aria started with a long red velvet skirt that she doesn’t wear too often because it’s too ‘flashy’. Well, all the better for a costume, right! We put one of my large square scarves tied asymmetrically on top of the skirt. We added a puffy ruffled shirt to the outfit, and accessorized with a yellow knit blanket for a shawl, a faux diamond buckle belt, and a red ribbon headband. We think that the end result is a very realistic little gypsy!

free girl costume idea

So Cute!!

That was an easy costume! The best costume is one that you can make from just an everyday essential. Of course we had to have a kitty in one picture!

free girl costume idea

Here, Kitty Kitty Kitty!

 Remember we put this costume together with no sewing, for free with items we already had!  Aaaaaand another picture to showcase my photoshopping skills!

free girl costume idea Niiiiice!

For the second costume, Annie models ‘Robin Hooda’, a little girl Robin Hood version. She also started with one of her skirts, a little camouflage number from GAP kids. We put one of Aria’s shirts over that, as we were looking for a little puffiness in the shirt to create a tunic look. I fashioned a green costume dress into a little cape that I fastened with a blue clip-on rose. Annie accessorized with a brown ribbon belt, one of her brothers’ green felt hat with a feather, and a bow.

free girl costume idea

Little Huntress!

 Isn’t she soo cute! I love that these two costumes have been put together with no cost and new sewing at all! Annie is adorable in this outfit and she loved the final version!

free girl costume idea Taking a shot!

 The best costumes are the ones that you make yourself, and they are even better if they cost nothing!  We love to sew, but this week we’ve set aside the sewing machine, just to show you some free skirt costume ideas.  How did you enjoy those free girl costume ideas?    Leave us a comment about your own costume make in the comment section.

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.