REFASHION: PRETTY PURPLE SKIRTS

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My dad generously gave me two beautiful purple curtain panels a few months ago, and I thought, “I could probably use a cute purple skirt.” But how many purple skirts do I really need? Just one. However, my two younger sisters each have a daughter — so, how about mother-daughter matching skirts? Thankfully, my nieces love anything pink, purple, and super cute.

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MY SKIRT: ADELLY MARCH 2015

In about an hour, I completed one skirt (mine!) and almost finished Krissy’s skirt (just missing the elastic from the waistband). The curtain panels had a small casing at the top (for the rod, I guess), and a huge casing at the bottom (the hem?), which meant I needed to insert elastic, sew a side seam and hem the bottom of the skirt. Easy peasy.

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ADDED FANCY STITCHING NEAR THE HEM OF MY SKIRT. SO CUTE!

About ten minutes with Krissy and Tova, I had their measurements for the elastic waistband and length ideas. Tova was especially excited at the thought of having a matching skirt with Shelby and wearing a matching headband (which I needed to figure out). For extra cuteness, I added dotted ribbon to the bottom hem of Tova and Shelby’s skirts.

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TOVA’S SKIRT: ARICELLY AUGUST 2015

While Tova’s skirt is pretty, I could’ve done a better job and made it more poofy and twirly. I might make her a second — hopefully better — skirt when I have a chance. I just need to figure out where I stored the stash of purple curtains because I have the tendency to leave all my hobby stuff laying around the living room. My intentions are good, trying to keep the space clean.

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SHELBY’S SKIRT: ATHALLY AUGUST 2015

Without knowing Becky and Shelby’s measurements, I pushed the purple skirt project to a back burner and hoped to complete it whenever I saw Becky and Shelby. Out of sight out of mind. However, my back burners are becoming a little too crowded, and I finally asked Becky for skirt measurements. Even with the numbers, I’m worried the skirts won’t fit.

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SHELBY TRYING ON HER NEW SKIRT

I’m pretty sure I could still flub the skirts somehow. Hopefully, I can find the stupid stash somewhere before the end of the year to finally complete Becky’s skirt. I wanted to publish this post until all the skirts were completed, but the draft post has been lingering around since March. I promise to post a picture of Becky’s skirt and a group photo of matching skirts!

REFASHION: SKIRTS FOR SHELBY

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FROM THE LLY COLLECTION: ATHALLY AUGUST 15

I love making skirts for my 3-year-old niece, Shelby, and what I love more is Shelby loves wearing skirts! Yay! With old bed sheets taking up a ton of room in my stash, I decided matching skirts for my nieces and my sisters. Once I made one simple skirt for Miss Shelby, I needed to make more. The skirts aren’t fancy by any means — simple elastic waist — but I really enjoy making tiny little skirts.

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FROM THE LLY COLLECTION: CECILLY AUGUST 15

I simply added a purple dotted ribbon to the purple skirt (fabric was a former curtain that hung in my dad’s study) and elastic. Simple but yet so cute. I’m not 100% in love with my other niece’s matching skirt because I know I can do a better job. I kind of whipped that skirt together because Tova was kind of impatient about adding a purple skirt to her wardrobe.

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Ugh! My old skirt before I refashioned it into two cute skirts for two cute little girls.

The yellow floral skirt with the pink floral hem was supposed to be a wrap skirt for me, but I wasn’t super happy with the end product. After many revisions, I gave up and turned the skirt into two skirts — one for Shelby and the other for Tova. The skirt looks so much better on teeny tiny girls instead of a 40-year-old woman with short stubby legs who isn’t thrilled with the skirt anyway.

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FROM THE LLY COLLECTION: DELLY AUGUST 15

I had some fun with the cute yellow lace skirt made from an old bed sheet that my parents kept from the 1970s. Because the sheet was a little see-through-ish, I created a layered lace skirt using my lace stash and remnants from the other four skirts I made from the sheet. I couldn’t complete the skirt in one night since I had to forage for scraps from the other skirts.

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And, finally, Shelby’s last skirt was made from another unsuccessful skirt of mine and a remnant from a pillowcase. I cut the contrasting fabrics into three- to four-inch strips and sewed the strips to together — gray, white, gray, etc. From there, I hemmed the skirt, created a casing, inserted a piece of elastic, and stitched the side seam. Done!

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FROM THE LLY COLLECTION: GILLY AUGUST 15

I like the gray-white skirt, but if I do something like that again, I’ll probably cut the strips narrower. I think the skirt will look adorable on Shelby, but the skirt pattern still needs a little fine tuning. Even though I don’t take a ton of time making skirts for myself, I felt I was able to whip out Shelby’s skirts a little faster. Not to mention, her skirts are a ton cuter than mine.  🙂

NEW SKIRTS: CAILLY AND CECILLY MAY 15

I have the best intentions before I walk into a fabric store. “Get what you need, Jennifer. Just get what you NEED.” But my best intentions quickly disappear once I see clearance signs or 80% to 90% off signs. How in the world can I pass up pretty green dot fabric when it’s on clearance for $2 a yard? The answer: I can’t. I have a weakness for dots, cuteness, and clearance.

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CAILLY MAY 15

For less than $3 (I can’t remember the exact price), I picked up a yard of super cute green dot fabric that I knew would look super cute as a flouncy little skirt. After a few hours during one evening, I had a really cute green dot skirt that really needed to be ironed (not my favorite task to do). Other than a white shirt, what other color would match this skirt?

During a new pillowcase project (another post for another day), I accidentally flubbed two pillowcases. I don’t think I’m a perfectionist, but I didn’t want to use the flubbed cases and be reminded of my glaring mistake. My lovely head needs to rest on a nice pillowcase. Instead of fixing the two pillowcases, I decided to turn them into a skirt!

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CECILLY MAY 15

With two flubbed pillowcases in my hands and less than an hour later, I had a nice pencil skirt. Surprisingly, I thought the pillowcase fabric looked super nice as a skirt. Not super surprising, Charlie chuckled at the pillowcase skirt and could not promise to not point out my pretty pencil skirt matched our current pillowcases. Hmmmmmmm.

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REFASHION: BETHELLY APRIL 15

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BETHELLY MAY 15: I picked up this pretty little shirt for $4 on clearance, knowing it would never look good on me as a shirt. I knew I could easily refashion the shirt into a beautiful skirt.

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LOST: A LITTLE BODKIN: Has anyone seen my little cute bodkin? Until I buy another bodkin or locate my only bodkin, I had to create a temporary bodkin to insert elastic into the casing.

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JUST CHILLING: I love this cute and adorable label for the back of the skirt! How cute is that turtle? I used the shirt’s sleeves to create a casing for the waistband.

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SO PRETTY AND BEAUTIFUL! The shirt had a slight low-high hem, but I flipped the shirt around so that the higher hemline would be in the front and the slightly lower hem would in the back.

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REFASHION: BAILLY APRIL 15

I have a favorite skirt! For a measly $3, I discovered this beautiful size 3 dress at a consignment store. The dress was absolutely nowhere my size, but I just fell in the love with the colors and pattern of the dress. Really the last thing I needed was another piece of clothing to refashion, but I just love love love the classic colors and pattern of the dress.

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TO BUY OR TO NOT TO BUY — THAT IS THE QUESTION.

Surprisingly, the refashion from dress to skirt was pretty easy. Before snipping off the top of the dress, I estimated where the potential skirt would fit over my curves, marked the area, and sewed a straight stitch to keep the skirt, lining, and tulle — netting? — together. I cut off the top part just above the straight stitch and tried the skirt portion on.

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MY RILEY CAT HELPING WITH THE REFASHION.

Unfortunately, my guess was a little off and I needed to cut a few more inches off. No problem. Again, I estimated where the skirt would fit, marked the area, sewed another straight stitch, and cut the extra inches off. PERFECT! The skirt fit nicely over my curves, and the length was absolutely PERFECT! I loved everything about almost completed skirt.

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ADDED 3-INCH BLACK ELASTIC TO THE WAISTBAND

My last piece of black 3-inch elastic was the perfect length for the new waistband of the skirt. I marked where the elastic fit me nicely and sewed the elastic ends together. I matched the skirt’s back seam and the elastic band seam together and pinned parts of the elastic to the skirt. As I sewed between two pins, I simply stretched the elastic.

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MY BEAUTIFUL NEW SKIRT! I CANNOT WAIT TO WEAR IT!

The whole process took me two Modern Family episodes! I am so impressed with myself! Did I mention how much I love this skirt? Charlie was pretty impressed with the refashion when I detailed my amazing journey of turning a size 3 dress into a beautiful skirt for me. I know my closet doesn’t need another skirt, but I’m not giving up this skirt anytime soon. LOVE!

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Now that my project Collection 26 is FINALLY completed, I need to start a new project! So, introducing the LLY Collection, where refashioned items will be marked with a name that ends in lly. Adelly. Cicelly. Holly. Molly. Dolly. Surprisingly, not too many names end in lly, and I had to research some names in order to have a complete list of 50 names.

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REFASHION: QUILLBY APRIL 15

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For $7, I scored a tiny little purse with beautiful black wooden handles, a beautiful white shirt with a black embroidery pattern, and a small gray T-shirt at an area consignment shop. A few hours later, I snipped apart the shirt with intention of turning it into an amazing skirt!

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I snipped off the long sleeves and the collar from the shirt and shaped the body of the shirt into a boxy-ish rectangle. I cut the long sleeves apart into long strips to create a tube for the waistband. This has been my go-to method and so-far favorite method when creating skirts.

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After attaching the tube to the skirt, a piece of elastic was inserted and sewn together. Now, I have a beautiful white patterned skirt! Because of the color, I hope the skirt will look good all year long with either strappy sandals or knee high boots.

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The elastic waistband bothered me — it was really bunchy and not very pretty. So, I took off the waistband and added a new one refashioned from a pair of black stretchy pants from a thrift store. One of the legs was turned into a tube to accommodate a 3-inch piece of elastic.

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I really love using wide elastic for waistbands, and this is the first time I’ve used 3-inch elastic (I usually work with 2-inch elastic). In my opinion, the black waistband definitely makes more of a statement and I just love the wider width.

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SHIRT REFASHION: JENSEN MARCH 15

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A few nights ago while looking through Pinterest, I found a “quick” guide on how to refashion a shirt into a skirt with POCKETS! I couldn’t find the full tutorial anywhere, so I just depended on the four-step graphic. Yup. Four-step graphic. The graphic also boasted the refashion could be completed in 30 seconds. SECONDS?!? SECONDS?!?

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If I know what I’m doing and I’m having a good day, I could probably complete a simple elastic waistband skirt in less than an hour — maybe 30 minutes. A skirt in 30 seconds. Nope. No way. Cannot happen. Because I’m for all things easy, lazy, and quick, I decided to try this four-step method of turning a shirt into a skirt.

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After picking out a shirt to refashion and 30 seconds later, I was nowhere near to twirling around in a skirt. However, in the graphic’s defense, I might have picked the wrong shirt to use — one of my husband’s old polos. After snipping off the collar, I cut open the shoulder seams from the neckline to the sleeve seams and sewed the sleeves shut.

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The fourth and final step per the graphic is adding a snap or some sort of tie to the skirt. However, the waist area was HUGE and the “pockets” distorted the side seams. In short, my skirt was nowhere near to being completed and looking like an actual skirt. After spending 30 minutes or more trying to fix the skirt, I scratched all four steps.

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I laid the skirt flat and simply snipped out a new skirt outline, keeping the shirt’s original hem intact because this girl isn’t fond of hemming. I created a casing for an elastic waistband and simply sewed the side seams. Once the elastic waistband was completed, the skirt was completed! I might try the four-step method again, but I highly doubt I can finish it in 30 seconds.

 

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P.S. How long has this sewing hack been around?!? Thanks to amazing holiday sales, I collected a ton of thread cones (cone threads?) but they’re a little too big to spin around on my sewing machine. Until I discovered the sewing hack, I just let the cone shuffle around behind the machine. I had no idea a coffee mug was the simple solution to contain a thread cone. How awesome is that? Pretty awesome.

DRESS REFASHION: A NEW SKIRT!

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I have a problem — a problem I just can’t skirt. Ha! Get it? Skirt. Oh, never mind. I picked up this colorful summer dress for a few dollars over the summer with intentions to refashion it. Because my wardrobe lacks cute casual shirts, I wanted to turn the dress into a cute top with sleeves. As soon as I cut the dress in half, I saw the potential of the bottom half as a cute spring-summer skirt.

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However, I think I might — just might — have too many skirts in my closet. I needed the bottom portion of the dress to make the top a teeny bit bigger and to create sleeves. I really didn’t need another skirt, but upon closer inspection, I realized I had the perfect shirt to match the potential skirt. With a new outfit practically complete, Plan A was thrown out the window.

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Easy peasy. I simply created a casing and inserted a piece of elastic. I left the skirt a little longer than normal, but I can still twirl around like a pro. Now, I just need to wait for warmer weather to come around. Although on the bright side, I love prancing around the snow in my new winter boots! Yay!

SKIRT REFASHION: ZUTELL SEPTEMBER

Jenn for the win! Finally, I am finished with creating or refashioning 26 skirts. Granted, not all creations and refashions were a success and I will revisit those failures at a later time. After accepting a part time job at a local retail store, I needed to add some red shirts and khaki pants or skirts to my wardrobe (care to guess where I work) because oddly enough, I only own one pair of khaki pants.

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THE UGLY KHAKI-ISH CAPRIS JUST BEGGING TO BE TURNED INTO A PRETTY SKIRT.

I found a couple of khaki pants that weren’t my size at all, but I was more interested in the clearance price not the numbers on the size label. With the khaki capris, I knew I could easily refashion it into a new skirt for work. I took out the inside seams of the capris — easy enough — and then I turned the project into a complicated mess because that’s what I do. I take something simple and then throw in some obstacles.

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THE SLIT IN THE BACK OF THE SKIRT.

From talking with other refashioners and reviewing other pants-to-skirt tutorials, I thought I needed a triangle piece to insert in the front panel of the skirt. I didn’t worry about the back panel because I simply sewed a small slit. Maybe I should try the work-in-progress skirt before attaching a bigger-than-needed triangle piece. Maybe I shouldn’t guess or cross my fingers, hoping for the best.

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ONE OF THE MANY ADJUSTMENTS TO THE WAISTBAND SINCE THE ORIGINAL WAIST WAS TOO BIG FOR ME.

Anyway, I added a bigger-than-needed triangle piece in the front panel, making the skirt look ridiculous. Sometimes I really should look both ways before jumping in with both feet. I took out the triangle piece and made it considerably smaller. I reattached the triangle piece, and the skirt looked much much better. Now, I needed to fiddle with the waistband that was too big for me.

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Again, I kind of knew what to do after reviewing other tutorials. I pinched together the waistband in two different places, sewing the pinched area in place. The waistband was still big after sewing two small pinches so I pinched together a bigger area, making the skirt fit a teeny bit better. When I have more time, I’ll probably add one more big pinch to the waistband, but for now, the skirt is ready for work!

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SKIRT REFASHION: YEARWOOD SEPTEMBER

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NICKNAME: YEARWOOD SEPTEMBER

I love this skirt. I wore it several times before I became way too fat for it and lost it somewhere between my two wardrobes before the big move. If I had found the skirt a few years ago, I would have donated it to charity without thinking twice about the decision. But after discovering the refashion community over the past year I knew I could make alterations to wear it again.

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The alterations were simple: remove the zipper, add elastic waistband, and sew new ribbon around the skirt. I’m really happy I’m able to wear the skirt again although I’ll have to tuck it away until next spring. Right now, I’m bringing out my tights and scarves for the cooler weather! Woot!

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