Last week while thrifting, I found a long blue and white polka dot skirt. It was not my size or my style necessarily, but I liked the material and there was a good amount of it. It was only 1.99 so I bought it knowing I could do something with it.
My original thought was to use the material to make a shirt. I have a blue polka dot shirt on my lust list from a month or so back. But I chickened out. I am scared of making shirts, they seem so complicated with the sleeves and neck hole and everything. Lol! Maybe one day I’ll be brave and try it.
Anyway, I came up with making a shorter flowy skirt since the last time I tried to make a flowy one it didn’t work and ended up being a pencil skirt.
This is how it turned out and I have to say I LOVE it. It’s exactly what I wanted when I started.
Here’s what I did in case you want to try it:
This is the skirt before
First, Measure how long you want the new skirt to be. Mark the spot with a pin, then add at least 2 inches for seam allowance.
Next, take out the old elastic so that it lays flat like a rectangle. (If the elastic is good you may want to reuse it, this one was all stretched out so I trashed it)
You can use a seam riper or just cut a small hole in the waistband to get it out.
You may want to remeasure where you want it again, just to be sure.
Then cut off the excess length that you don’t want.
Next, fold the seam over twice, pin and sew it. You can iron the seam before sewing to help it lay flat.
Put the elastic back in (measured to fit your waist) sew the waistband shut and done!
And here is the after again.
What do you think?
Want to try it?
Shirt: Arizona, purchased from JC Penney’s for 5.99
Skirt: purchased from thrift store for 1.99
Shoes: Jessica Simpson, purchased at Dillard’s about 5 yrs ago, forgot the price
Earrings: purchased from Target for 1.00
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