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!”:
Not 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).
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:
Tracing the shape of the skirt with tailor’s chalk:
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;
After cutting, I sewed the side seams and inserted the zipper.
I topstitched the overlapping parts in the front and added 4 parallel topstitched rows as embellishment.
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 🙂
Fake wrap skirt almost finished:
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.
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.
I stitched the strips onto the skirt (right sides together) and hemmed them.
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.
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5 thoughts on “Refashion It! The Autumn Skirt”
I love it!! The asymmetrical ruffle gives it a couture look. Great refashion!!
Very cute. I love the asymmetrical ruffles. The dress you used as a template is quite nice too. I think I’ll pin it for future inspiration!
I love this! The asymmetrical ruffle is awesome. well done!
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 🙂
Very clever! It looks great, and give a really nice shape/silhouette 🙂