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Monday, April 20, 2015

Upcycled skirt

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In one of my recent decluttering missions I found an old skirt (adult sized) in my craft closet. I got it (used) from a friend to whom it didn't fit anymore, but because it was a nice soft pink linen fabric, I decided to keep it.

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It was way too long for me and at the time (I can't remember exactly when but it must have been over a year ago) I debated several alternatives to make it shorter. The easiest way would be to use the existing waist (which was just the right size) and just cut the excess length and make a new hem.  But the original hem was cute, with a heart shaped pattern I didn't want to loose since it was the eye catcher in an otherwise plain skirt.

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I put the skirt away for a while to think about what I wanted to do with it, then days turned into months and it never came out of the closet again.

Well, lately my daughter (now four and a half) has been a lot into skirts, and with spring in full force and summer just around the corner, it seems it's just the right time to wear them. The ones she has from last year are now way too short, and even though some can be lengthened (see my tutorial on how to lengthen girl's skirts here), she needed a couple of new ones. So, why not make them?

Thus, the skirt that should have been for me (though I didn't really need it and rarely use skirts anyway) ended up being turned into a skirt for her. And I did get to save the original hem!

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Basically, I measured the height using one skirt that fits her well now and cut the fabric leaving enough room for a new elastic casing.

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upcycled skirt, easy skirt, tutorial




Then, and that was left to do was to sew said elastic casing, insert the elastic and close the opening.

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But, me being me, I couldn't pass the opportunity to embellish the skirt a little . So I added an iron-on bunny patch (which I already had in my stash, so it counts as decluttering as well):

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My daughter now calls it the bunny skirt...

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Even without the iron-on, this is a very good example of how sometimes looking at things in a different light allows us to find their true destination. I turned a skirt that was just cluttering my closet into a perfectly functional skirt for my daughter in something like 10 minutes. I'd say its win-win all the way!

And I still have left the rest of the original skirt (the top half), that now looks like this...

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...and I have plans to upcycle it as well. I'll let you know how it goes in a couple of weeks (hopefully).

So, what else do you have in your closet that could be upcycled?


Enjoy,









32 comments:

  1. Aww! This is so cute! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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    1. Thank you Jess, have a great week!

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  2. What a cute and nicely done idea! I love that little skirt and I look forward to seeing what you will do with the top part of the old skirt!
    I usually don't up-cycle that much, but I do sew and DIY!

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    1. Thank you Amaia. I usually don't upcycle this much on a regular basis, but I'm on a mission to declutter my house this year...

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  3. Hi Teresa,my Mum is a brilliant seamstress, but it never rubbed off on me or my sister. She was always making clothes and altering things and I'm sure I still have the pin marks to show for it!

    The bunny skirt you made for your daughter is not only clever, but really cute too!

    #BigTopBlogParty

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    1. My grandma was very talented and my mom inherited her talent and made me a lot of clothes when I was growing up. I'll never be as talented as they were/are, I don't have enough time to learn/practice, but I do love creating new things. Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. That's really sweet, nobody would guess that it had started out as a skirt for an adult! My favourite upcycle is a man's shirt into toddler trousers. I've done that a few times :)

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    1. Well, that's one I've never tried. But I've seen around (I don't remember where but I must have it bookmarked somewhere) an idea to turn a man's shirt into a girl's skirt and that's something I want to try some day!

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  5. Great save! I love the trim on the hem too.

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  6. Here from #HomeMattersPArty
    Great save of the trim! and the total job is great.
    I once took a velvet and lace adult dress from the thrift store, and made my 2 little girls each a dress. They were 1 and 3 at the time.

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    1. I'm not an expert seamstress, so dresses are a bit too complicated for me, but skirts are easy, especially if they come half made like this one! Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. Great idea! Worked out perfect for everyone. #BigTopBlogParty

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  8. That is so cute; I have a son so never got to make pretty things like that for him, but this week I altered a friend's dress in to a skirt for her... love adapting clothes rather than chucking them out!

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    1. Yeah, it's harder to make cute things for boys, especially when they start to grow up. When my son was a baby I managed to sew for him, now I just resign myself to mend knee holes...

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  9. Great idea for reusing! Thanks for sharing on Motivational Monday. Hope you will link up again tomorrow night!

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    1. Thank you Becky, I'll link up for sure!

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  10. This looks so incredible! I'm always so amazed by your talent. Pinned and tweeted. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm and party with us! It is so super fun to see what you have been working on! Lou Lou Girls

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  11. This is so cute! I used to make little skirts of my girls too. They are bigger now and it's getting harder to find adult sized things that I can alter. :( You did a lovely job. Pinning! Thanks for linking to Tips & Tricks. I can't wait to see what you link up next. :)

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  12. How cute! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week. :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  13. So cute! I bet she loves it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. She does love it! Thank you for stopping by!

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  14. Super cute!! I love to upcycle!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love your stuff!! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you Elaine, I've already linked up to this week's party!

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