Sunday, March 27, 2011

Repurposing a Beloved Skirt

Then I made a sweet little headband to match it.
The finished product!  I attached the ruffle to the bottom, again a two inch x the circumference, of the skirt+2/3-3/4 of the circumference measurement, depending on how fully you want it gathered.  Mine was about 60inches.
I then made two roses, each from a strip of a fabric 1 inch x 12 inches.  I rolled them and stitched them as I went and sewed them on.
To further embellish the skirt, I gathered a 1 1/2 inch x 12 inch piece of netting and sewed that to the middle, front of the top ruffle.
I pulled the bobbin threads up and fitted and pinned the ruffle to the skirt, and used a zigzag stitch to attach the ruffle.
For the ruffle, I cut a two inch strip the measurement of the skirt around, plus about 3/4 of that length added.  Mine was 45 inches long. I set my sewing machine to a long basting stitch, and stitched up the middle of the ruffle to gather it.
Jean Skirt After I had applied one ruffle.   I should have taken a picture of the skirt with nothing on it; But it didn't occur to me to use it for a blog project until I got this far.  You can see the diagonal seam remaining, the top one was the same, and they continue around the back too.     
Simplicity #2238
You will have to look at the pictures from the bottom up, because I cannot get my picture to reverse the order in my posts.  I have tried and I have given up.  This is a skirt my eleven year old granddaughter brought to me.  She asked me if I could add a little something to the bottom to make it a little longer, because it still fit around, but it was a little too short.  It's one of her favorites, so I thought I would try.  Yellow is her very favorite color, so, being that I can't just do one thing to anything, I proceeded to update and embellish it a bit!  If You would like to do this to a skirt of your own, and it didn't already have diagonal seams, You could just mark and draw some guides onto it for your self and create the same look.  I have a picture above of a darling pattern I picked up at the store last week.  I think the little top, pants, dress and skirt are decorated cute on the pattern, but you could also easily disregard the patterns embellishments and add some of your own creativity.  I also made her a little headband to match, she has very long, straight hair, so it should look really cute.  I may be able to talk her into modeling it all for me, and let me take some pictures, but she is pretty camera shy.  If I get one, I will post it.  Wish me luck!


  1. Yeah for ruffles! I love repurposing, since I was small and my Mom took a favorite sweater of mine that had gotten to small and made me a pillow (I still have it)

    Thanks for following me and visiting me at barbwired. I hope to see you again soon!

    Amber @ barbwired

  2. What a cute, creative idea! I can't wait until the day I have grandchildren to sew for. I miss little ones around. I'm so glad you came by my blog and left the sweet comment this morning. I've enjoyed visiting with you today!

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  3. I am loving yellow right now. This skirt is so cute.


  4. Hi I am your new follower from link at Tip me Tuesday. Would love if you could follow back.
    I too love repurposing and have some examples on my blog. I will be looking forward to seeing your work. Karima

  5. Very Cute!!!!
    I'd love it if you would link up over at the Glitter Party!!!

  6. Hi Jane,
    Thank you for your nice comment on my ruffled singlet tutorial. Your blog is lovely! xx

  7. Thanks for linking up last week! I hope to see another of your posts this week! :)