The Refashion Challenge: Second-Hand Rose
The collected items:
Fabric: One long too-tight around the waist new skirt from thrift/ Rose colored knit fabric for jacket from thrift.
Pattern: Butterick 5187
Notions: thrifted giant self-cover button kit
Time to complete: Skirt a few hours coordinating jacket ALL DAY SUNDAY!
First worn: Just a half mile from home at sunset
Wear again? Yes, I love the little jacket, but the skirt is just a meh.
Total price: Maybe five bucks all together.
It’s Monday night and my bed time. I’m still a working girl and I need my beauty sleep so this will be quick! I found this skirt a few weeks ago and knew that I would fix the waist and shorten it, but I didn’t have anything to go with it. I draped this and that on my dress form, but nothing seemed to really go. Saturday morning, at the thrift, I found the perfect rose color fabric to accent the flowers in the skirt. I cut and then sewed the jacket together all day Sunday.
The days are getting shorter, and the evening light faded away before I could do a photo-shoot. This was actually not the only thing I made this weekend. I also made next week’s look because I will be out of town. I’ve been a busy seamstress!
I love the little jacket! The pattern has several versions and I know I’ll be making another one. The giant button is so adorable and the big collar is fun.
From the part that I cut off the bottom of the skirt, I made the lining for the cuffs.They can be worn down or folded up. I serged everywhere I could and French-seamed the two side seams. I also used the original hem of the skirt for a thin strip of trim, that I used on the inside, to peek out above the hem of the jacket on the inside. I forgot to take a pic of that.
Well, I put a lot of work into this little piece, and I love it. I’m not so fond of the skirt though. The side seams don’t sit exactly on the sides, and the pleats are just ok, I think I would have liked it better if they went all the way around. But then I probably wouldn’t have been able to refashion it so easily. C’est La Vie!