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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