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.





Fin



19 comments:

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

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

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

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

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  5. Thank you for all the comments!

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

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

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

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  9. Love it! Came from OPThing as well.

    ~jan from http://thepaisleycupcake.blogspot.com/

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  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.

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  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:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-give-a-boring-wrap-skirt-a-makeover/2011/01/15/

    --Anne

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

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

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  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 http://www.Threadandneedles.fr (Merci!)
    http://www.sewing.Craftgossip.com
    and http://www.homemade.tipjunkie.com

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

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