I saw this picture on pinterest, and really wanted a daisy skirt. There is something whimsical about the daisies. I don’t really know what it is, but I though it was just so cute!
We were all shopping at Goodwill and I pulled this beauty (not really) off the rack and gasped with delight. “OH I love this! Look at this! Look at this!” I all but squealed! Under my breath of course so as not to disturb the other shoppers. My sisters proceeded to look at me with that have-you-gone-crazy look. “no no! It’s going to be a skirt! It will be fabulous! You’ll see!” They just rolled their eyes in that age old “whatevs” look. One of my sisters assured me “I know you can make it look good, but I just don’t see it”. I happily went home with my $6 purchase, determined to make an awesome article of clothing for my closet.
First step was that I cut the skirt away right beneath the bodice.
I then cut a 3 inch wide rectangle of the front of the bodice for the waistband. I wanted to incorporate the button detail on the front of the skirt waistband. I know, I cut it kind of crooked.
I then reinforced it with interfacing. The kind I used was a little lighter than I would have preferred. Next time I will either double it or use a heavier weight. I ironed it in half as well and pinned it down.
I sewed the fold down on the raw edges. I cut the front waistband to half of my waist measurement. The back, I left as long as it was because I planned to thread elastic into it next.
Using a safety pin I threaded the 1.25” width elastic into the back waistband piece.
I pinned it and sewed the elastic down on the sides.
Then I sewed the front and back waistband together. Next, I sewed right below the elastic on the back so it had a snugger casing. I also gathered the top of the skirt.
I pinned the skirt to the waistband. Because I made the waistband too wide, I ended up sewing with a seam allowance of about 1” all the way around. When all was said and done, I re-sewed the button on the front of the skirt so I could be sure it was centered.
I didn’t show it in the pictures, but I also ended up cutting off the hem and re-hemming so it would be a few inches shorter. It was just a tad too long and was at that awkward length. This made it much more manageable.
I just love this skirt! The weight and drape of the fabric is perfect, as well as nice and light and cool for spring and summer.
I even got to keep the pockets of the original dress! I don’t have any clue why. . . but pockets make me so happy!
Front waistband detail.
Back Waistband detail.
Overall, this DIY was relatively easy to do. It took me a couple hours in the middle of the afternoon and was a quick turnaround. It is really comfortable. The only thing I would do differently is make the back waistband larger and maybe use an elastic with a little more stretch, or incorporate a zipper. It is a little hard to get over my hips when I put it on, but I can easily pull it over my head.
What do you think? Would you try this DIY?
By God’s Grace,
I got these three skirts from various thrift stores I paid less than $5 for each of them. I got them with the purpose in my head to shorten them to the just mid knee tea length I have been loving. They were just at that super awkward length. You know, where they just brush the top of your ankles. . . NOT flattering to say the least! I really like the high-waisted midi skirts on me. Altering skirts this way is super simple, as long as you can sew and cut straight you should be good to go! You don’t need to have a ton of experience either. This is a super simple DIY.
This is one of the skirts I altered and I love it so much! I think it is the single most worn article in my wardrobe.
Lay the skirt out flat after you have measured where you want to cut. You can mark it off with pins or however you want.
Cut it in a slightly curlved line. If you look closely at this picture, you can see that I raised the waistband in the back as I cut so that when it was finished, it would be slightly longer in the back than in the front. Which, when I am wearing it, means that it is equal lengths all around.
Then, I just did a simple double roll hem on the bottom of each. You can iron it first if you want. Which, if you are working with slippery fabric makes it easier!
All done! These skirts have been awesome and I love wearing them! I think I finished them in less than 1/2 an hour. The length is a lot more flattering now and I am so happy with how they turned out.
Would you ever try this DIY?
Ever altered something you got from a thrift store, or anywhere?
By His Grace,
So What started this whole venture is I had this skirt that I LOVED the fabric it was made out of, but it didn’t really fit me right and I never wore it. So I decided to make a pillow out of it! It is the one all the way to the left. So this gave me the idea and I went thrift store shopping. I came home with 2 skirts, a dress and 2 pillows for under $14. Are you ready? Here we go!
First you want to eliminate any gathers your skirt or dress has. Cut off the waistband or bodice leaving you with this.
Cut a nearly perfect square. Don’t worry about it too much. I just eyeballed it. We can fix any less than straight lines when we sew.
If the skirt or dress came with a lining, I would recommend using it in your pillow. Super thin pillows aren’t that attractive. So if you are using a lining, cut them the same size as your fabric squares.
Next, You are going to lay your lining pieces on the wrong side of the fabric on both squares. Then, place the sandwiched pieces together, right sides together.
Pin in Place
Sew all around the edge leaving a small opening about the width of your hand to put the stuffing in. I sew mine like this, so that when you close the pillow later, you don’t have to worry about the corners.
Snip corners and trim edges.
Now, Turn your pillow right side out! Look how nice! Pat yourself on the back! From Here I like to iron all of the seams nice and flat, Paying special attention to the opening. Pressing it so it matches the rest of the seams.
Now for the STUFFING! I got my stuffing from the aforementioned pillows. I cut them opened and stole the fluffing from inside. Shhh. . don’t tell anyone. Much cheaper than buying fluffing from a craft store.
After stuffing the pillow, I lay the edges of the opening nice and flat and either hand stich them shut, or use the machine. These I handstitched. There is less room for error that way. Using the machine can be tricky because you are going to be fighting the pillow trying to keep it flat under the foot of the machine. No thanks.
TA DA!!!! You are all done! Now have fun Sewing!
Which one is your favorite?
Do you have some things in your closet that would make great pillows?
By His Grace,
I went thrift store shopping with these sweeties this week!!!! So much fun! We had such a fun time with our dear friend ‘Cindy Lou’ as we so fondly call her! And we came home with lots of fun treasures! The Thrift stores we went to were so fun because they were new to me! Did I say we had fun???
The Jewelry was cheap, you can see the prices on the tags. Someday I will post a picture of all of the bangles that I have. But right now I am ashamed to say there are more than can be worn without sounding like a wind chime. And these boots were my special treasure! Don’t they just look like old-fashioned button up boots!? The brand was BC! and they were $4.99! Steal!
#1 Eddie Bauer Tunic Top $3.69
#2 Grey pea coat fleece jacket! (love this one!) $3.69
#3 American Eagles Outfitter Hat $1.99
#4 Ann Taylor t-shirt $2.99
#5 Lace Top (L.O.V.E this one) $3.69
#6 Banana Republic grey ruffle cardigan $3.69
#7 Apt. 9 teal baby-doll top $3.69
#8 Twenty-One grey sweater $3.69
#9 Gap camel sweater $3.50
#10 St. John’s Bay zig zag sweater $1.50
#11 Camel Sweater Tunic $3.99
Aqua Vintage Typewriter!!! Ya’ll look at my baby! She was $20! So pretty and I actually intend to use it! This is not just for looks! I still have yet to figure out how to switch out the rolls of ink. hmmm. But GORG!
9 Grace Livingston Hill books! for $8.00 Yay! Only, I bought the first set that you see on the right for $5 a piece! too bad I didn’t know the going rate. . . The Middle picture is of all of the new vintage books that I have bought within the last two months. The back row is a set of ten by Grace Livingston Hill off of ebay for $15. I am such a book snob! I love the classics! The more vintage the better! If it smells old I will bury my nose in it and inhale deeply! I need a storage unit just for my books! They are literally everywhere!
And mama bought us a sweat little Holly tree and lights for under $10! It is so adorable!
Had so much fun!
By His Grace,