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Honeybee Senna Tote

honeybee Senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

honeybee Senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

Recently Aria entered her teenage years.  I’ve been sewing my children their birthday gifts for a while now (see what I made for Aria last year.)  Aria has been expressing admiration at both my Senna Tote and the miniature one I made for Annie’s Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection, so that is what I chose to make for her.  I’ve dubbed this one the Honeybee Senna Tote.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

I decided to make Aria’s at 70%, so printed the Senna Tote pattern pieces at that percentage and added a little bit to the edges for seam allowances.

Small, Medium and Large Senna Totes made by Skirt Fixation

It turned out medium size.  (Try not to squint too hard from the mismatched fabrics, this photo is for size reference only!)  The dimensions of the Honeybee Senna Tote are: 12.5 L x 12 H x 3.5 W.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

In all the fabrics and material I gathered for these Senna Totes, nature and earthy was my goal.  I used Echino Decoro Bees Kokka fabric from Urban Sew for the main fabric.  Because of the weight of this fabric (it’s basically canvas) I didn’t need to use a canvas interlining, so less cutting!

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

The denim on the Honeybee Senna Tote is from a pair of jeans and a denim skirt.  The handles and back pocket are from the jeans and the lining is from the skirt.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

For the bottom of the Honeybee Senna Tote, I used some embossed pleather I had in my stash.  I have no clue where it came from before it was in the stash, but here is something similar you could use.  Deadwood Faux Leather Chocolate Fabric  (affiliate link)

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

For the front pocket, I used the same gold fabric I used on my Senna Tote because it reminded me of the color of honey.  And since there were already bees and flowers on the Honeybee Senna Tote, there had to be honey too!

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

I’m linking this Honeybee Senna Tote up to Purse Palooza 2015 over at Sew Sweetness with absolutely no expectations to win the contest.  Why?  Because there are some AH-mazing purses, totes, clutches and wallets linked up there.  Serious talent!

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

So you may be wondering why there are 2 of these Honeybee Senna Totes in the photos.  Well, the Skirt Fixation team has decided to reopen our shop, so keep your eyes peeled for the grand opening!  You can now buy this Senna Tote in our Etsy shop.

honeybee senna totes made by Skirt Fixation

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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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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.

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Ann Taylor LOFT skirt remake – Fine to Fetching

For today’s skirt refashion, we started with two thrifted skirts.  Skirt number 1: A cute Ann Taylor Loft selection, just a little too short and plain for our taste. Cost $2.00

The skirt - fine, the expression - funny!
The skirt – fine, the expression – funny!

We also found a skirt in the girl’s section in the exact same shade of lime green!

Fine also, just fine, but nuthin’ special…yet.  Cost? $3.00

Plain with potential!
Plain with potential!

So here’s what we did:

Step 1:  Cut top off of lime green skirt.

Step 2: Pin and then sew on top of green ruffles to bottom of Ann Taylor skirt. (They were almost exactly the same measurement!

Step 3:  Sew 3 additional decorative stitching lines below hem.

How about that skirt now?  Try that one on for some immediate bounce in your step!

Mighty fetching skirt you've got there!
Mighty fetching skirt you’ve got there!

Total Cost: $5.00

Total Time: 20 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Blowing kisses!
Blowing kisses!

Do you love this refashion as much as we do, so much that you can’t live without it?  Well, it is currently for sale in our Etsy shop along with some other things we’ve created!  Just click through to complete the sale and look fetching, too!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/158123301/refashioned-ann-taylor-loft-pink-floral?ref=shop_home_active

 

Fine or Fetching?
Fine or Fetching?

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Brown Dot Skirt – Meh to Marvelous!

For this cute skirt refashion we started with a cute brown skirt with a ribbon belt.  It was a gift from a friend, so as we possessed it already, no cost!

Cute, but outgrown!
Cute, but outgrown!

Really cute, right?  So what was the problem?  Well, due to fact she has a 6-foot tall mother, Aria had outgrown this skirt lengthwise before it stopped fitting around! She still loved the way it fit and the fun dot fabric even though she wasn’t happy with the length, so asked for a refashion.

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Take apart a white-layered skirt to use one layer for the contrast trim.

Step 2: Pin and sew trim onto bottom of brown dot skirt.

Happy to be able to wear this skirt again!
Happy to be able to wear this skirt again!

Total Cost: $0.00

Total Time: Approximately 10 minutes (once the white-layered skirt was apart!)

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Now here’s something she’ll be able to wear again for a while!

What do you think?
What do you think?

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Mermaid Skirt Remake – Oofda to Oooh La La!

For this stunning skirt refashion we started with 2 pieces that had great bones, but could use some pick-me-up.  We started with a plain denim mini.  Plain, but with potential for so much more! Cost $2.50

Sort of boring?
Sort of boring?

Next we found a blue polka dot skirt with colors that popped…a few sizes too large. Cost $2.00

Look at those bubbles!
Look at those bubbles!

That thing is so big, I think we could…hey come here model #2!

Not quite town-ready yet!
Not quite town-ready yet!

Verrrry funny, but a little hard to go out in public like that!

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Measure bottom of mini.

Step 2: Fold in one section of polka dot skirt until it fits same measurement.

Step 3: Sew together sections of polka dot skirt, cut off excess on inside.

Step 4: Sew top of polka dot skirt inside bottom of mini.

Presenting….oooh la la!  We call this our mermaid skirt, with it’s flirty tail.

Can you say pretty?
Can you say pretty?

Total Cost: $4.50

Total Time: Approximately 30 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Hello fun, new skirt!
Hello fun, new skirt!

Now that’s something she’ll be wearing in public…often!

What do you think?
What do you think?

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