Sunday, July 3, 2011

Two skirt transformation!

Ahhhh I'm a terrible blogger! But I did make a pretty awesome skirt this last week that received some compliments at church today so I will be sharing it with you today.

Actually it was a combination of 2 pre-made skirts to a new and improved single skirt.

Background: When I worked at Old Navy I bought an XL little girls silver tulle skirt. A coworker asked if I was using it for my Halloween I just thought it was cute =/ I wore it once then made the mistake of drying it. This made the tulle pucker and not pretty anymore.

Well I hate throwing things away, so I was thinking about how I could repurpose the skirt. I wanted to A) make it more adult like and B) hide the partially ruined tulle. I was digginf through my mommy's scrap fabric and found a blue satin skirt she had already made. Very plain but I loved the color and asked if I could have it.

I decided that I wanted to make a high waist-ed skirt with the silver tulle hanging down several inches beneath the blue skirt. I got to work removing the waist bands and finding a material to use as lining. 

From here I recreated the pattern of the blue skirt, which was 6 trapezoids 6.5inches at the top, and 7.5 inches where I wanted the new lining to end. This would provide a place for me to attach the silver skirt to. 

I sewed the lining together then simply attached the now waist-less tulle skirt to the bottom of that. Some scrunching and gathering needed to happen but not a lot so I just did it as I went on the sewing machine. 

From here I had to sew the new lining to the blue skirt, which I did with a tight zig-zag stitch along the edge to hopefully avoid fraying in the future. The folded it down about 3/4 an inch and sewed a pocket for the elastic. 

What do you think of the end product? 

As a self critic I would like to say that had I taken the time and effort to figure out how to re-do the skirt with a zipper that fit my waist exactly, it would sit alot prettier. However I am admittedly not a patient perfectionist who would rather settle for pretty good than stress myself out for "perfect" 

I also realize I'm not good at writing tutorials since I am a do it and figure it out as I go kinda gal, but if you have any questions about my...interesting methods feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me and I'll do my best to clarify! 

Until Next time. 


  1. Wow, good job Angelyn! And I loved seeing my Gussy in the background of the one picture :)

  2. I think this skirt looks great! Love how you put the two together!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  3. Great job and you did it so quickly!

  4. I love tulle and how you made this skirt! I am just finishing a dress with a tulle hem too. Thanks for the follow on my new blog....following you back!

  5. It is great that you chose to remake these skirts instead of throwing them away. Very thrifty of you! Keep it up! :)

  6. it looks great, you're so creative! Thanks for linking it up to our Wicked awesome wed link party.

  7. I don't see any new posts....... Slack.