Hot! The ‘not much better than the original’ skirt

The Facts

Fabric: Thrifted skirt and skirt portion of thrifted dress (for lining)
Pattern: none
Notions: 2 buttons from stash, thrifted elastic
Year: 80’s?
Time to complete: About 2 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? maybe

Total Cost: about $6

This skirt is a bit of a flop. I’ll blame the wrong elastic.

And… I forgot to take a before photo. oops.

But I’m bet you’re glad to see a photo that isn’t taken in front of the same blue/grey wall of my house! (We went on a little ferry ride with friends to take the kiddies to the beach.)

In it’s original form this was a thrifted home made skirt. Long, No lining, self fabric waistband, a bunch of unnecessary panels and giant box pleats. What posessed me to bring it home with me in the first place? who knows?

I took the waistband off,  ironed out the pleats, chopped down the length from the top,  lined it with the white cotton skirt of another thrifted dress, and gathered then attached it to the elastic. I kept the original zipper and added fabric tabs with buttons to my new elastic waistband.

But…. the elastic. It’s super cute stuff with ruffles on both edges, but it just isn’t ‘elasticy’ enough. It stretched out so much that it wouldn’t sit on my waist, so I grabbed some lingerie elastic from the drawer and added that to the inside to try and regain some stability. Which sort of worked, except now there are two visible rows of zig zag on the outside that just look ugghh (not to mention the mess on the inside!). And it tends to buckle in the middle.

Because I chopped it down from the top, I didn’t guess the length quite right either. Which is a shame because it’s still too long and the original seamstress did such a nice handstitched hem. I would have re-hemmed it (by machine of course)  but well… you know. maybe some other time.

On the upside. My little girl did quite well this week. I took a bag of her too small clothes that were destined to be given away… and got out the scissors. She’s a size 3, and most of the clothes I used were sz.1. The waistbands are cut from the legs of cotton lycra leggings sz1. and the skirts are the lower half of tees also sz.1.  For the dress, I attached the top section of a tank that does fit (it was stained on the bottom). I even went as far as to cut out some embroideries from another tee and applique them onto one skirt.

With a new dress and 2 skirts created from seemingly nothing and in no time at all….I felt like a genius! lol.


Casey Sew

Casey Sew joined the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle in 2011 and completed 38 challenges. Casey learned to sew first from her mother, and then during an Advanced Diploma of Fashion course she completed 10 years ago. Her sewing supplies are generally thrifted or vintage passed on by family.


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  1. The skirt looks cute on you even if it isn’t a masterpiece on the inside, treat it as a learning experience. Your little girl things look sweet!

  2. It looks darling in the photos, even if it is a bit of a flop IRL. The fabric is fantastic. And yay for your daughters clothes – how very clever of you!

  3. take 3 on the elastic? It looks like a good summery skirt for relaxing in. Great work on the kiddy refashions.

  4. Since you don’t seem that happy with your skirt, may I suggest that you cut off the elastic waistband, since you have enough length, and fold it over to make a casing and use one inch non-roll elastic inside. It’s such lovely fabric and still could be saved. The outfits that you made for your daughter are so unique and adorable. I bet she just loves them.

  5. Ditto to what Barbara said-I like the skirt fabric too!

  6. Love that print. Maybe you can refashion the refashion one day ;)

  7. Your daughter’s refashions bring to mind a book I was recently gifted. So sweet! Oh, and I agree, refashion that lovely skirt again :)

  8. Thanks Ladies for being so supportive of my boring contribution this week! Yes I think I may have to refashion the refashion. lol

  9. Cute little transformations – am sure you’ll get the skirt how you want it too.