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upcycled high waist skirt

I had a very successful day yesterday. As part of my handmade/secondhand Christmas plan, I scored some really great things at a big garage sale in Georgia. I got my mom and my sister some nice shirts from White House | Black Market for $1 each. I found a really nice men’s coat, also for $1, and hope to give it to my dad or my brother [the size it cut off of it, so I don’t know who it will fit]. I also made this skirt:


The original was part of a two-piece padded shoulder dress thing that I bought at a thrift store for $1. The original skirt was a high-waste pleated/bunched thing that went down to my mid-calf.

Skirt 3

Do you see the pattern? They’re sort of like neon roses. I cut about 9 inches off of the bottom and added a 2-inch elastic waist to the top. I so desperately wanted to give you a tutorial, I took the pictures and all, but the truth is I really used some hacks to get this one to work. But it is lovely.

skirt2Not too bad for $1. Keep a lookout for this fabric, you will see this one return soon. I have 9 inches from the bottom and a whole top to use.

I Made This: Blue Dress with Dancing Business People

I found this skirt at the Goodwill in Savannah.

Blue-Dress-1I’m always apprehensive about buying things at Goodwill because they’re usually in the $4 range, and sometimes require a lot of work (I have a perfect example of this in an upcoming dress.) But the print on this dress was way to fun. But what exactly is it?

blue-dress-2Dancing women and men in 90’s business attire? Whatever it was, I wanted it on my body.

I hate hemming. So I cut this one from the top. I had to remove the zipper and re-sew that seam. From there it was pretty simple.

I folded the top over about an inch and pinned it, prepping it for the elastic.

blue-dress-3The guy on the right next to the seam is my favorite. Anyway, Then I sewed it down, leaving room for elastic to enter. I didn’t want an inch of elastic, but that was all I had, so I cut it in half lengthwise. My biggest fear was it losing the elasticity, but it worked fine. Then I threaded the elastic through my seam.

blue-dress-4Then I sewed the elastic in tight. At the end, I grabbed a black ribbon (about two inches thick) that I’ve had for years. I wrapped it around creating a high waistline. The ribbon moves, so I had to sew it on to the dress, which gives it a more professional feel anyway.

Here’s the result (so much sunburn):


This is a fun one. I’ve already worn it out to do some errands.

blue-dress-6Thanks to my lovely beau, who took time away from watching The Big Lebowski to take pictures of me.