Hot! Second-Hand Rose

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
Year: contemporary
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!




Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Lovely! I actually really like both of them together – it’s such a sweet, old-fashioned polished look, without being too matchy-matchy. And that pink is such a stunning colour on you! Enjoy your time away!

  2. I think the whole outfit is very “Barbara” : ) I can understand why you might not like the skirt but it’s so cute with the jacket I hope you wear it another time or two.

  3. Super cute Barbara.. I like the jacket with the skirt..

  4. I really really like this one mom! I think the skirt is really cute on you! Love what you did with the jacket, the cuffs bring the whole outfit together so nicely.

  5. Oh, very nice! I love the fabric combination, and the outfit is just so sweet together. :-)

  6. I have that Jacket pattern too. It’s nice to see it all made up. You look lovely in it and the color is perfect for your skirt. It’s very sweet!

  7. You look be-aut-iful. I can imagine this costing a bit of money if bought from the shops, just lovely Barbara you really suit these feminine colours. The jacket goes with the skirt but if you don’t like it!! I get that too.

  8. The colours are beyond pretty. The jacket cuffs and big button are something very special. It amazes me every week how you and the other ladies who work proper jobs manage to get amazing outfit sewn as well. Super Women!