Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St Paddy's Day

To celebrate St Pat's in style, I decided to makeover this linen/cotton skirt I picked up at a clothes swap a few months back. The fabric and color are lovely, but the length is all wrong, and the beads and sequins were all falling off the waistband. Seriously, after trying it on for this before photo, I found at least a dozen beads/sequins on the floor.

St Paddy's Skirt - Before

First off, let's remove all that bling.

St Paddy's Skirt - In ProgressSt Paddy's Skirt - In Progress
My camera really did not play well with the colors of this skirt and my sofa. Eesh!

Next, I'll chop off some length right at the bottom of the third tier.

St Paddy's Skirt - In Progress

And I'll trim the lining at about the same length as the top of the third tier.

St Paddy's Skirt - In Progress

Now I'm going to create a ruffled edge by folding the third tier under and sewing the top and bottom together. I'll need to create some small pleats every so often in order to absorb some of the excess fabric.

St Paddy's Skirt - In ProgressSt Paddy's Skirt - In Progress

And of course, I'll rehem the lining.

St Paddy's Skirt - In Progress

And tada! No one will be pinching me today!

St Paddy's Skirt - After

Also, the before pic was taken months ago when I acquired the dress, which was also about 20 pounds ago. So now it rides a little lower on my hips, rather than being a high-waisted skirt.

St Paddy's Skirt Before & After

3 comments:

  1. I saw your beautiful shawl/scarf on Knitty. I love your redo on the skirt, and you look great in your "after" photo. Congratulations on your weight loss. You should feel proud of yourself!

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  2. I saw your beautiful shawl/scarf on Knitty. I love your redo on the skirt, and you look great in your "after" photo. Congratulations on your weight loss. You should feel proud of yourself!

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  3. Super cute refashion! I love the new length and I also like how the stitching at the waist still adds visual interest without the crumbling and excessive bling.

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