Friday, June 5, 2009

Too Small

To go along with the refashion of a skirt that was way too big, here's a refashion of a skirt that was way too small!

This skirt jumped out at me from the rack at a local thrift shop. The colors! Orange and brown seem to be my favorites lately. Unfortunately, it was not only way too small, but also had a broken zipper. The thrift shop ladies refused to give me a discount due to the broken zip, but I bought it anyway. ($3 for a skirt that needs repairs...kind of a lot, no?)



My original plan was to cut it up the back and turn it into an apron. Notice how often the words "original plan" come up in my posts? I thought I'd use the fabric from an old brown pillowcase to make the ties, maybe add a pocket, and trim it out with orange piping and bias tape.

But that sounded like a lot of work for something I'd never use. An apron? For what? I don't cook.




Instead, I embarked on another skirt project. First I used a piece from Favorite Things Cute Skirts (V023) to cut panels from both the skirt and the pillowcase. After piecing them together (with a little piping to set off the print), I added the strip along the bottom for length. Then I turned to my old friend, New Look 6843, to finish it off.

I've seen people wear aprons over top of skirts as a fashion statement. I'm not quite that brave yet, but this has sort of the same effect.






















The whole time I was working on this, I was thinking it needed some polka dots, so I bought the tiniest bit of fabric for the waistband! No one will ever see it, but it makes me happy just knowing it's there!

14 comments:

dude said...

I love it!

kelly said...

Super job! I love orange and polka dots make me happy. How can you be sad around polka dots?!? You always inspire!

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

That is adorable, love the colors and the pattern, very creative and still a very cheap skirt that looks like a million bucks!! Love it!
♥ Teresa

koala brains said...

It turned out great! Orange and brown is a pretty combination - you did a good job of accentuating that.

Sonia said...

it looks great!!!! Yeah, I think they should have come down on the price.

julie k said...

Awesome!

KID, MD said...

Cute!!

Lise said...

Wow--great refashion! So inspiring!

karin said...

What a great skirt! And I agree with you: Those polka-dots simply belong there!

michellejohnnie said...

Very cute! Me likey!!!

nicola said...

SO CUTE!
sewing is soooo satisfying!
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Miss Fitz said...

petunia, i have to ask: how many skirts are in your arsenal? i'd totally read a post about all your skirts

Darling Petunia said...

Thanks so much for the kind words about this skirt. I spent much longer making it than I'd planned, so I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks it's cute!

Miss Fitz...are you trying to be a troublemaker? Someone else asked me that recently--how many skirts do I have. Does it seem excessive? LOL

I am thinking of having a contest about that very thing, so watch this space!

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