Sunday, December 19, 2010

Giving a Plaid Skirt Some Punch

If it wasn't for Thrift (second-hand) stores, I might just sink into a Post-Yard Sale Season depression. I do love a good deal.

I found this beauty recently.

Not so flattering, eh? Yep, it's a full-length, red plaid, wrap around skirt...about 2 sizes too big. Believe it or not, the fact that it reminded me of a blanket actually was a selling point for me (it's cold here in Michigan!). However since I didn't want it to remain blanket-like in appearance, I cut off the plaid dreads going down the one side.

and a quick flip and stitch to keep that edge from raveling...

Next I shortened it to just below my knee (in hindsight I should have cut it just a little shorter, but I was winging it).

Then took it in on each side.
It's pretty much fully lined... how awesome is THAT!?

Now that I had my basic skirt, I wanted to spice it up a little bit. So I cut a nice curve in the front panel.

I don't have a serger, so I finished the edges with a zig zag stitch.

Now as to the extra fabric I cut from the length... I cut the strip in half length-wise, then sewed a hem in one of the strips (the other still had the original hem) and finished the raw edges with a zig zag.
Zig zagged edge                                   Hem        

Sew these two strips together, and I could make a ruffle trim.

The last step was to pin the ruffle on and just stitch it down.



  1. Looks great and perfect color for the holidays!! Good job!

  2. You looked amazing in it this morning! Great idea and a great job!

  3. Wow! You definitely turned a 'blanket' into an amazing skirt. Awesome job!
    Peace & Love,

  4. That is a wonderful fix of that skirt! I love thrift for fabric finds too.

  5. Thank you for all the comments!

  6. LOVE IT!!! you make me want to go find a plaid skirt to remake!! <3

  7. Just saw this on One Pretty Thing and had to stop by and say how much I love it.

  8. Thank you for stopping in, KJ. :)

  9. Love it! Came from OPThing as well.

    ~jan from

  10. Cute! I have been honing my skills on thrift finds. That Way, if I screw up, I'm not out a lot of money on fabric.

  11. What a fabulous skirt you made!! My mother always seems to think that I need her old wrap skirts. Now I know what to do with one the next time she offers one up.

    I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  12. What a gorgeous makeover! Looks so much nicer after!

  13. wow such a transformation! this skirt looks amazing now :)

  14. Thank you for all the comments! This has turned out to be my most popular post.

    A big Thank you also goes out to (Merci!)

  15. By the way, I have another plaid skirt post coming up on Wednesday.