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(Hint of) Vintage Shirt Refashion

vintage shirt refashion

Today’s refashion doesn’t include a skirt…just to forewarn you!  But I modeled the finished product with a skirt, so you wouldn’t go into withdrawal.  Because I am 6 feet tall, I have all sorts of clothing problems.  Not only are clothes generally too short in length, but sleeves are also too short and shoulders are rarely wide enough.  So I have a few options: end up looking like I’m wearing my daughter’s clothes, buy specialty (read: very expensive) clothes, or I sew or refashion my own clothing.  Today I present you a refashion of two shirts.

vintage shirt refashionThe first shirt was an Abercrombie number I picked up at a second hand store because I loved the vintage print on it.  And the sleeves were (almost!) long enough.

Old Navy shirt refashionThe second shirt was actually an Old Navy tall that I ordered, but the shoulders were still too narrow.  Common occurrence for me.

Both of these shirts were made of very lightweight, thin material, so they had to be layered for modesty sake anyway.  So in honor of (Hint of) Vintage week I decided to refashion the two not-working shirts in to one that I would actually wear because they fit!  Novel idea, I know, I know!

I’m not going to go through all the steps because there ended up being so many I can’t remember them all, and also it was the sort of project where you do a step, try it on, tweak it a little, sew another step, try it on, etc. until you H.A.T.E. the thing so bad you think you’ll just throw it away!  This usually happens to me when I’m making something for myself, does it happen to you?  But I’ve found if I take that hated garment and put it away out of sight when I’m finished for a few weeks/months, then when I discover it again I’m amazed at this great garment I made because I’ve forgotten all the mistakes and reasons I hated it!  Does that ever happen to you, or is it just me?

vintage shirt refashionLooking at the after pictures, it looks just like I’m layering two shirts, so maybe I’ll end up wearing it after all.  I did make the shoulders wider, the top longer, and bigger around to accommodate my new nursing sized chest.

vintage shirt refashionI have one more question for you, do you think I should wear this with the green skirt or the blue one?  That is, if I ever decide to pull it out from the back of the closet where I’ve relegated it for the time being!  I do love that vintage print though…

Make it beautiful,


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Skirt to Apron Refashion

DIY skirt to apron tutorial

For a Wednesday refashion, we made another skirt to apron transformation!  For this one we started with two skirts, and you may recognize them as being the same ones we used for the fabric silhouette in our ebook.  (Don’t worry, it’s coming soon!  We’re in the editing process, then we’ll have some beta testers try it on for size, then we’ll get it published!  Try it on for size…get it?  Every project in the ebook starts with a skirt!  Sometimes we just crack ourselves up!)  Okay, where were we before we starting making punny jokes?  Oh yes, today’s refashion!

skirt to apron

This one was a cute Old Navy girl’s skirt we got from Goodwill for $1.25.

skirt to apron tutorialAnd the coordinating purple Gap skirt we got from St. Vincent for $2.

Step by step skirt to apron tutorial instructions:

Step 1: Cut off from of flowered skirt.

Step 2: Iron over 1/4 inch on edges.

Step 3: Cut out rectangle of contrasting skirt.

Step 4: Sew lace onto pocket in V shape.  (We wanted to mimic the shape of the existing trim around the hem.)

Step 5: Iron over 1/4 inch on edges of pocket

Step 6: Sew pocket onto flowered skirt.

Step 7: Sew edges of apron, sewing in ribbon ties at top edges!

DIY skirt to apronNow what do you think?  Isn’t that just the sweetest apron ever?  We love the pocket, and we love the vintage look of it.  You can’t see the ribbon ties in the photos, but they are a sweet, gauzy ribbon about 1/4 inch wide.  Maybe we should go into making aprons full time!  Nah, skirts are too fun, but an apron is a good variation every once in a while.

DIY skirt to apron tutorial

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $3.25

Talent Level: Beginning Seamstress

DIY skirts to apron tutorialWe decided to list this apron on Etsy, so you can snap it up by clicking through this link.

Leave us a comment about what you’d be inspired to cook up in this pint-sized apron!  Sorry, another horrible pun!  We’d better sign off now!

Make it beautiful,


We linked this refashion at Nap-Time Creations Create, Link, Inspire party.

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Old Navy Green Denim Mini Refashion – Plain to Pretty Lace-y!

old navy skirt

Today’s skirt remake was hardly a remake! It was so easy that it was almost unbelievable, but it still looked professional and cute when I was done! I started out with a cute Old Navy green denim mini skirt from St. Vincent for $2.50.

old navy green denim mini

We thought of using this like we’ve used other denim minis, and putting another skirt or some fabric on the bottom, but that didn’t work out. It had sat in the denim mini box for a long time when I decided to go through the box today, and there it was, just waiting to be used! I had an idea as soon as I saw it, and this idea was a particularly good one because it used lace, which I love. I thought that it would be cool to have slanting layers of lace all around a skirt! I put my idea into action and…….

Step 1: I started with a thick white lace, and a thin white lace. I pinned them on, making both layers wrap around diagonally.

Step 2: I sewed the lace on, tucking the end of the wide lace under the bottom of the skirt.

old navy green denim mini

Yep, that’s right! Two steps to make this baby into a brand-new skirt! I love the way that the different styles of lace look together, and the way that the slantiness of the lace make the skirt kind of edgy!

green denim mini

Total Time: 15 minutes

Total Cost: $2.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

anthropologie skirts

It actually looks like these two skirts from Anthropologie, which is kind of cool!  Anthropologie has a lot of cute skirts!

old navy skirt

I wore a black dolmen sleeve shirt, and black leggings to model this skirt. If I had them, I would’ve worn black Keds too!

back view

Here is the back view, you can see how the lace wraps around for a sort of half chevron look!  I am just in love with this easy-peasy Old Navy green denim mini refashion!

pinterest ready photo

We are putting this skirt on Etsy here, so we can share the skirt love! This is a cute skirt for going to the library, having a special brunch, or just hanging out! Well, I have Black Friday plans, so I gotta go!

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Old Navy blue linen skirt – Alright to Awesome!

For today’s skirt refashion we started with 2 great skirts we thought we could improve on!  First skirt, a linen Old Navy number.

Well, okay then!
Well, okay then!

It was just alright!  It was a tad too big, and there was some cute embroidery around the bottom, which wasn’t working for Aria, but we are saving it for another refashion!  We found this skirt at a thrift store for $1.50.

Not lovin' this skirt...yet!
Not lovin’ this skirt…yet!

Next we picked up a little black floral skirt.  Cute, but Aria has a secret to confess.  She doesn’t like to wear short skirts because they show all the blemishes on her legs.  She’s a bit of a tomboy, and has bumps, bruises, scabs, bug bites, scrapes, and so on to prove it!  In photos, sometimes Allegra photo edits out these trophies for Aria, but in real life, no editing available!   This skirt was on sale for $1.00 at a thrift store.

So here’s what we did:

Step 1: Cut off floral pattern from waistband leaving lining with waistband as the linen skirt already had a lining.

Step 2: Cut of overskirt only of blue linen skirt, leaving top 10 inches with and all the lining.

Step 3:  Sewed black floral skirt to blue linen overskirt, right sides together.

Step 4:  Turned skirt right side out and sewed decorative stitching near seam where the 2 skirts join to hold them in place better.

Step 5:  Pinned and sewed on lace.  This is a really great lace we found at a Trader Baker’s store for $7.99 for a humongous roll, so we’ll just add $1.00 to the price since we didn’t use anywhere near the whole thing!  It is a triple strand of lace that has an ombre effect to it.

Step 6: Took a small tuck in each side of the waist as it was a little too big.

Absolutely stunning!

Can you say P-R-E-T-T-Y?
Can you say P-R-E-T-T-Y?

Isn’t that gorgeous now?

Defiantly twirl-ready!
Defiantly twirl-ready!

Aria is in love with this skirt, and we are in love with her in this skirt!  We love the look of putting a straight skirt with a flared skirt for the mermaid look!

Total cost: $4.50

Total time: about 45 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Ready to attend something fancy!
Ready to attend something fancy!

What do you think?  Did you prefer the Alright before or the Awesome after?

Old Navy linen skirt - Alright to Awesome!
Old Navy linen skirt – Alright to Awesome!

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