Refashion It! The Autumn Skirt

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hi everyone!

The secondhand store around the corner had a huge seasonal sale a few weeks ago and they sold EVERYTHING for 1pound only. I bought quite a few things without even trying them on (they all fit like a glove) and some plus-sized skirts for the occasional weekend refashion project.

In this sale I found this rather ugly and way too long beauty which screamed “refashion!”:

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comNot only was it way too long (mid-calf) but it also had the fly in the center front which certainly wasn’t very becoming. The original size was a size 20 (UK)/46 (Eur).

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

First, I used the seamripper to separate the waistband from the skirt. Then I used another fitted dress I got at the sale as a template:

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Tracing the shape of the skirt with tailor’s chalk:Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I decided to keep the pockets. I had to come up with a solution since I had to take out some fabric in the front from between the pockets. To avoid awkward center front seams I made the skirt a wrap skirt;

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

After cutting, I sewed the side seams and inserted the zipper.

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I topstitched the overlapping parts in the front and added 4 parallel topstitched rows as embellishment.

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I had to shorten the waistband and ended up having an awkward seam. Since I wanted to keep the fastener, I decided to cut out a bit from the middle. I matched the seam up with the topstitched part in the front to make it looked a bit more planned :)

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Fake wrap skirt almost finished:

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I really liked the skirt at this stage, but I still had quite a bit of fabric left which I really wanted to use, since it wouldn’t be enough for making another one.

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I cut the bottom part of the original skirt in half (keeping the original hem). I gathered the two strips and pinned them onto the skirt, marking the seamlines.

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I stitched the strips onto the skirt (right sides together) and hemmed them.Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comAutumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I made the mistake of putting the fastener on the wrong side of the skirt – this way the flap is facing to the front, which looks a bit weird. Well, lesson learned for next time.Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comAutumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

(Hello London! I think I need a tan!)Autumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comAutumn Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

 

Happy Sewing!

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  1. Your skirt looks absolutely lovely! And I am really impressed with your refashion skills. I like the fact that the ruffles don’t completely cover the skirts hems, it looks kind of cute that the hem is peeking out :)

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