If I were in charge of the world, I would officially declare this as:
“The Week of the Refashioned Skirt”
In honor of this important week, I pledge to wear one refashioned thrift store skirt each day.
I started with this frumpy little thrift store number:
Measure twenty five inches from the bottom and cut off the top of the skirt so you can use the existing hem.
Then cut off some of the side of the skirt to remove some of the fullness and sew new side seams.
Sew another quarter inch down from the top of the casing.
Stretching slightly, wrap the elastic around your waist until it is a comfortable fit. Cut.
Attach a safety pin to the elastic to help you thread it through the casing.
Sew down the ends of the elastic and this is what the new waistband will look like:
My first skirt of the week:
Stayed tuned for tomorrow’s skirt……..
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I love this skirt and the method used to reduce the bulk. Who needs anything more? 🙂 Very smart skirt! Looking forward to the rest of the week!!! Thank you!
Quite often, it doesn’t take too much adjusting to make something frumpy into something much better. Thanks for all of your encouragement. It means a lot!
You are so cute! I love your style 🙂
Awwwwwww, you say the nicest things! 🙂 Hugs
What a great idea – looking in my closet to see what I could re-fashion!
Hope you find something fun to do!!!!
Love that you used the original hem!
That’s one of the things I love about refashioning! You can take advantage of existing hems, buttons and button holes, collars etc. Such a time saver when sewing.
Fabulous idea!!! I definitely need to defrumpify a lot of things in my closet. 🙂 Loving skirt #1. Am staying tuned…
So much to defrumpify….so little time!!! 🙂
I swear I’m on my way to sewing classes now so I can start to make my own clothes. This was great.
I can’t wait to see what you make! I love making my own clothes. It’s so satisfying. Not only am I saving tons of money by refashioning thrift clothes, but I have clothes that actually fit my body. Good luck with your sewing adventures!!!
Being able to fit clothes to myself perfectly really excites me.
That’s how my refashion adventure started. I was on a quest to learn how to make my own clothes that fit me perfectly. I was so frustrated with shopping and never finding things that fit well. I already knew how to sew, but even sewing patterns didn’t fit and needed to be altered. So here I am,buying thrift clothes for next to nothing and altering them to fit. It’s a win win situation in my book. I’m so excited for you to start all this. I love it!
When did you start to learn to sew? I’m a beginner and I don’t know ANYTHING about sewing at this point. So, I’m excited and nervous all together. Would you say that learning to sew was very hard?
I started sewing a long time ago, but always with patterns and following the directions. I never tried designing things on my own until recently. Since I’m reworking thrift store clothes that cost next to nothing, it’s easy for me to take risks and just start cutting. If something doesn’t work, it’s no big deal. There are so many tutorials on-line now to help you get started. Please let me know if I can help you with your sewing adventure.
I am always eager to open up your posts and see what you have created. 🙂
I haven’t been able to post much since school started. It’s a busy time of year for me. It’s so nice to have things to wear that actually fit this year, though. Such a time saver in the mornings. Enjoy your week!
I’ve been wondering where you’ve been. Such a cute refashion.
Thanks! The beginning of the school year is always such a busy time for me. I hope to be able to sew and post more soon.
The skirt looks so easy to “redo” and so beautiful on you. Thanks for sharing. I almost never think of reworking a piece of clothing….may have to start!
Oh, I hope you do! Just a word of warning though, once you start, you might not be able to stop. 🙂 It’s so much fun!
Enjoy your day!
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Very nice, Beth! And so easy to do.
Thanks so much!
You are a breathe of fresh air & I love your fashion remakes! I am a sewing fiend myself & love repurposing clothing. I also make quilts! I have a great tip to share with you that will make your life a little easier. Have you heard of a “Bodkin”? It is a special tool designed to help pull your elastic through your casings much easier & it works beautifully! I bought mine at Joanns craft store. You should check it out. It is a very handy tool to have in your stash! Thank you & keep up the great tutorials!! Good Luck with your book!!
Thank you for your kind comments and your handy tips Vanessa!