Saturday, June 7, 2008

As Promised...

The original skirt came from a fifty cent bin in the back room clearance center of Goodwill. It was a homemade skirt with a 24 inch waistband and was evenly gathered all the way around. I remember buying it and thinking I could cut the waistband off and put in a casing for elastic, but that was back when I had just started to sew. After modifying a couple of skirts using that method, I realized the results were never all that great, so I held off. (The "Before" picture didn't come out very well, so I didn't include it. But I have one if anyone wants to see!)

Enter Wardrobe Refashion. Reading about Monica's shirt transformation started me thinking in terms of fabric harvesting. Suppose I take the skirt apart completely and start from scratch? Once I started, I realized the skirt had a really deep hem, so I ended up with more fabric than I expected.

I wanted to make a shirt. Really, I did. And if there was just a tiny bit more fabric I could have made the Built by Wendy (Simplicity 3835) shirt. But I didn't have quite enough, so I fell back on a skirt. Yep, another skirt.

I used Burda #8090. The two main pattern pieces used up almost all of the fabric, so I cut the facings from a coordinating solid. (LOVE this pattern, by the way. Someday I'll post pictures of the other skirts I've made from it.)

And here's the finished product, as modeled by me, this morning!


I would have liked to iron it before taking the picture, but...

8 comments:

kelly said...

Nice refashion! I was impressed with Monica's shirt, too. I think she's part wizard. You said, "Another Skirt" - can you have too many?!?
My cat does the same thing on the ironing board. If the iron gets in the way of her big, fat(sorry, furry) body, down it goes!

jo said...

Great skirt, love the colours. Your getting really good at this reafashioning.

Jo xx

Caroline said...

I love it! Very nice refashion and I love your attention for detail regarding the facing and you little clothes tag :-)

Darling Petunia said...

Kelly: I probably have too many warm weather skirts. If I wear a different one to work every day of the spring and summer, I might get to wear them all once a year.

Jo: Thanks so much--I love the feedback!

Caroline: I get a little carried away with the details inside, sometimes. But that's what really makes it mine, ya know?

Bethany said...

SO cute. I wish I had your sewing genes. How did your kitty get up there on the ironing board?

Darling Petunia said...

Bethany! Hi! How'd she get up there? She jumped! Not bad for a pudgy, eight-year-old kitty, huh?

JulieZS said...

Wow, I love the new look you've given this skirt. The contrasting facing is perfect too. You've got some really good new skirts going.

Darling Petunia said...

Julie...the facing is even better than it looks, because the trim on it is brown! I love my facings, he he!