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Lace Skirt to Trevi Top Refashion

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

In my last post I promised a full review on how I refashioned a lace skirt into the Trevi Top.

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

First of all, here’s the skirt I started with.  It’s lace (crocheted maybe?) and very pretty, but not super flattering to my figure, not long enough, and not really me as is.  So of course I had to refashion it and make it mine!

Because I was afraid the skirt would unravel once I cut into it, I tried to preserve as many of the existing seams as I could.  It seems the original makers of the skirt had the same idea because there was only 1 seam around the skirt, on one side.

The Trevi Top and Dress pattern was a perfect choice for this refashion because the arm and neck openings are bound with bias tape.  The other seams are french seams, leaving no raw edges either.  And the back placket is all enclosed on the edges as well.

Lace Skirt refashion step 1:

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

I laid out the front pattern piece lining up the bottom of the pattern piece with the hem of the skirt.  Then I carefully cut through 1 layer only across the armhole opening across the shoulder and down the neckline.

Lace Skirt refashion step 2:

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

I flipped over the front pattern piece and continued cutting the neckline opening, across the other shoulder, and back down the armhole opening, again only through 1 layer of the skirt.

Lace Skirt refashion step 3:

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

First I folded down the part of the skirt I’d cut out for the front.  Then I laid out the back piece of the Trevi Top and Dress pattern.  I did fold in the amount allowed for the placket up the back.  Then I continued cutting up the armhole opening, across the shoulder and down the back neckline opening.  Then I flipped over the back pattern piece and cut out the other half in the same manner as the front.

Lace Skirt Refashion step 4:

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

Carefully cutting through the top layer only, I cut up the center back of the skirt which was now looking more like a top!

Lace Skirt Refashion step 5:

Lace skirt refashion to a Trevi Top

The skirt had more width than I wanted the top to have, but I didn’t want to create side seams to take out some of that width after I’d worked so hard to preserve the integrity of the skirt this far!  I used the lining fabric (it was the perfect color, of course) to make both the back plackets and the bias tape for finishing both the arm and neck openings.  Once I had my placket pieces interfaced, I laid them out as you can see above, thus eliminating some of the fullness from the width and preserving the seamless construction.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

After this step, I continued with the instructions for the Trevi Top and Dress.  The only change I made to accommodate the original construction was making only the top button on the back placket functional, and eliminating the need for many buttonholes and cuts!

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

I also kept the original waist tie, and by weaving it in and out of the holes at the waist level, I can have another look, slightly more fitted.

Needless to say I’m pretty pleased with this lace skirt refashion!  I only wish I had another lace skirt to play around with!

Lace Skirt to vest refashion by Skirt Fixation

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Sandbridge Skirt & Trevi Top Outfit

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Sandbridge Skirt is basically a dream skirt come true!  Several Indie designers have produced patterns for sewing your own jeans, but this is the first one we’ve found for a denim skirt.  And because it’s from one of our favorite pattern companies, Hey June Patterns, we’re totally enthralled.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Sandbridge Skirt has all the details of jeans, in a skirt.  The Sandbridge Skirt pattern can be sewn in 11 sizes from 2 to 22.  There are 2 possible views to sew, View A, which is a mini, and View B which I sewed.  Both views can have a raw hem like I made, or there are instructions to give the hem a more finished look.  To make this one knee length for my 6’ tall frame, I added 3 inches to the hem.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

 

The Sandbridge Skirt is designed to sit on the hips, and I made the size 6, expecting my body shape to still change a little due to being 5 months postpartum.  It currently sits lower than my waist, but not quite on my hips.  In the above photo, you can see the little reason it’s not fitting quite yet peeking out over my arm!  Also, it’s paired with my navy blue Seafarer top, for a more casual look.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

For the next Sandbridge Skirt I make, I plan to change the shape of the hem to be slightly a-line rather than narrowing at the hem as this one does.  This is simply due to the fact that I have to randomly break into a sprint to catch one child or another.  And this hemline is just a bit constricting for that type of activity.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for this Sandbridge Skirt is some Richloom Ellery Floral Denim Fabric By The Yard purchased from fabric.com several years ago.   It is actually cotton duck fabric, but acts just like denim.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The Sandbridge Skirt pattern is very well drafted.  Since I have sewn jeans for my sons, that gives me some experience in this type of sewing.  But I have to say the zip fly instructions are the best I’ve come across!

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Speaking of finished look, the inside of the Sandbridge Skirt is a thing of beauty!  I used the opportunity to use some delicious chambray to finish the waistband inside, and a little yellow grosgrain ribbon tag.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

As with any jean pattern, topstitching is key to making the finished product not look home made.  Once again, I find it ironic to spend hours making an article of clothing NOT look like I sewed it!  I had fun with the back pockets, and what you see here is actually my 2nd attempt, the first ended up too fancy for my liking with everything else going on with this skirt!  And those back crossed belt loops tickle me too.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The other garment featured in these photos is the Trevi Top.  It is another pattern by Hey June Patterns, and has some really special details.  When this pattern was released, I immediately envisioned it in lace!  My version happens to be a skirt I refashioned, and I’ll have a full tutorial later in the week.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

The button up back feature is one of my favorite parts of the Trevi Top.  I kept the original tie from the waist of the skirt, and by weaving it in and out of the holes I can give the waistline a little definition if I want to.  In my opinion, it looks better belted with a long skirt, and unbelted with a shorter skirt like this.

Sandbridge Skirt sewn and reviewed by Skirt Fixation

Incidentally, only the top button on this Trevi Top is functional, and I forgot to button it for this photo shoot!  This makes is easier to button up, and made the construction easier because of the lace.  Is the Sandbridge Skirt worth it?  For me it’s a definite yes!

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