Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Skirt Upcycle


A few weeks ago, I saw this great skirt tutorial on MADE.  I just had to make a circle skirt.  I went to the store and found this gorgeous, medium-weight, knitted fabric.  I made the skirt, but didn't hem it yet, tried it on, and was so sad.  The fabric I had chosen was neither light enough to flow out, or stiff enough to stay out.  It hung down my body like a bunch of drapes. 

In the past, I would have just written this off as a failed project, but not this time.  I looked at the fabric, and the design, and thought about how I could fix it.  What I finally decided to do, was make it an a-line skirt.  I love the way an a-line dress or skirt fits my body, and thought that I could work with that material and that pattern.  I began by turning the skirt inside-out, and cutting triangles of fabric out of the fabric.  I cut out eight pieces.  They were each about 8 inches at the bottom (but remember that it is folded, so you should only cut 4 inches).

I then sewed the gaps shut with a sewing and binding seam on my machine.

When I was finished with all the gaps, it looked like this (still inside-out).

I then cut the bottom and hemed the skirt to fit me.  Now what I needed was something to really give this skirt some identity.  I used the extra fabric I had from all the disections, to create verticle ruffles.  I cut strips about 2.5 inches wide.  That were roughly 1.5 times the length of my skirt from waist to hem.  I used the largest stitch on my sewing machine to sew through the center of each strip.  I created the ruffles by pulling gently on one thread until the fabric puckered to the right length. 

To finish, I pinned each ruffle on top of a seam, and stitched in place.  I wore my upcycle to work yesterday, and the first thing anyone said to me was, "cute skirt Malory." 

I think this was a success, and I will have to make a circle skirt out of a different fabric (I still love the pattern, and how easy it was to make).

19 comments:

  1. That is fantastic!!! What a great re-do!! I love the ruffle and the shape of it!

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  2. So cute. I can't get enough of ruffles! Love your unique design!

    shannonsews.blogspot.com

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  3. This is such a cute skirt! Love it!

    Thanks for linking up again for Friday Favorites!

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  4. How precious is this!!!! I am so glad the I've found you. Can't wait to spend some time in you blog. Keep sharing. Lori

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  5. How clever! I'm glad you didn't give up, because it turned out so cute.

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  6. So cute!! I love the ruffles :) Would love to have you link up to my weekend party!

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  7. Oh it looks fabulous! I have some similar fabric that I need to try something with. Hey stop by Dragonfly designs and say Hi sometime! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. This is so great, wonderful job!!!

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  9. Looks great! I hope you'll link up to Make It Wear It on Thursday @ TheTrainToCrazy.com!

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  10. Oh yeah, I'm bookmarking this project for a cute summer skirt! Love it!

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  11. LOVE your take on this! I just used MADE's tutorial for a skirt for me!
    bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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  12. Love it! I made this skirt for my daughter and plan on making a few for myself once I have time. Thank you for linking up!

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  13. So cute! Love how you've 'saved' this one. Turned out adorable.

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  14. Nice upcycle! Very cute looking.

    Thank you for linking up to Fantastic Friday.

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