Well, it’s that time of year again.
Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I’m ready to go back to school.
This year, I can almost say yes. As far as my clothes go anyway. I just might have to declare this my “Year Without Pants”.
I’ve been having so much fun refashioning dresses and skirts this summer and this next refashion is no exception.
I started with a thrift store skirt and top. Both much too big for me.
Someone got a little wild with the bleach around this skirt in it’s former life. This was the biggest obstacle.
I started by cutting off the waistband on the skirt.
I then sewed new side seams to fit.
Using a mirror, measure and pin the new waistline.
Cut off the extra fabric a half an inch above the new waistline mark. This will allow you to use the existing hem.
On the new waistline, fold over a quarter of an inch, sew, then repeat.
Wrap a piece of quarter inch elastic around waistline pulling to desired tension. Cut.
Lay elastic flat on new waistline hem and sew while pulling to fit. This will create gathers at the top of your skirt.
To alter the shirt, cut off sleeves than pin and sew sides to fit.
Sew sleeves to fit.
Right sides together, pin and sew sleeves into arm holes.
Now you’ve got a perfect Back to School Skirt and Top! Now off to get my classroom ready, then I can truly say I’m ready for school to start.
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