Remember a few months ago when I told you I was really trying to buy more of my clothing at the thrift store? Probably not, but that's OK. I'm here to tell you that I've been fairly successful at accomplishing that goal. I wear at least one thrifted item at least 90% of the time and more often than not, I am wearing a few different thrifted items. I'd like to work more on some refashioning so that I feel like I have even more options at the thrift store. A few weeks ago, I picked up this skirt at the thrift store. I loved the print and thought it was great for summer, but it was two sizes too small and way longer than I would like it to be. I almost left it, but then thought about how easy it would be to refashion - give it a new waistband and bring up the hem. And it was! Here's how I did it:
You do need to start with a full skirt. The key is changing a waistband that doesn't fit into an elastic one that will fit comfortably. But, you still need plenty of fulness to fit around your hips and still give you the fulness you want.
1) Cut off the waistband - make sure to trim carefully so you can get a straight edge.
4) Iron the waistband in half and pin to the top of the skirt with right sides together. You may have to readjust the length of your waistband if you skirt isn't the same width at the top and bottom. Mine was, so the fit was almost perfect. I just overlapped the finished edges at the center front and this is where I inserted the elastic. Cut your elastic by just wrapping it around your waist and cutting it at a comfortable length for you. I always cut mine too long at first and then check it before I sew it together and end up cutting a few inches off.
5) Stitch the waist band to the top of the skirt. I used a serger here (I didn't tell you that I got a serger a while back - I did and it's wonderful!) and I think if you have one this would be a good idea because there are several layers of fabric here. Otherwise, make sure to reinforce the seam with a zig zag.
8) Finish by hemming. I ironed the hem up 1" and then turned up another inch and sewed. And voila - frumpy to fun!
I'm thinking this could work either way - if you find a skirt that's too big or too small. I think it would also work great to just use some of that wide band elastic on the top. I may have done this, but it was Saturday night, I wanted to wear it on Sunday, and the nearest fabric store is 40 miles away.
p.s. The belt and cardigan are also thrifted. The tee is from an closeout outlet store and I got it for $2.50. The shoes are new, an impulse buy. I've been wanting shoes that color of yellow ever since I saw them on the AT&T agent that helped us change our phone numbers when we moved last year. They were on sale for $20. I think this brings the grand total for the outfit around $30.