Red skirt facelift

Facelift, makeover, whatever you want to call it.  I wanted to share what  I did to this skirt to make it a totally different shape, and something I think I'll wear more.  I made it last fall, craving something bright and fun, but I think the proportions weren't quite perfect and I wanted something new this spring.


I wore the old version here.  More recently, I took it apart like so...

Cut it off at the top, to make it shorter and still be able to re-use the hem...

Re-cut the sides so they're more straight up and down, rather than tapered in...



Re-pleated at the waist, distributing the pleats more evenly (I didn't like how smooth it was everywhere but the center front and back)...

And put the waistband back on.  Then, I decided it was still too long, so I ended up re-doing the hem anyway, haha!  Oh, well.  Here it is re-shaped:


I wore the new version here and really enjoyed the made-over lines!  Kind of more cheerful and playful.


I wore the new version here.  Moral of the story?  Take a look at pieces in your closet that you're not wearing, and figure out why--if they have good bones, or fabric!, re-make 'em!

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  1. much better, if you ask me! I am now thinking of something like that in red for myself!

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    1. Red is so much fun! I have been craving more brights recently, for sure!

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  2. thats a good tip! i just posted on my fb wall that idc how tired i am tonight- i WILL paint or sew something! i keep pushing it to the side and ive got to get some of this creativity out!! lol

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  3. Better, so much better! And thanks for the tip, I'll go check my clothes right away.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Just went thrifting today and yes, will definitely do that with some of my older clothes too. Love what you did with this skirt! :)

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    1. Oh, cool, new thrifting inspiration! Have fun!

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  5. Okay, I'll be honest: while I love the step-by-step photos (which I rarely remember to take while sewing, LOL) I'm a little bit sad there's not an "after" photo with you wearing the skirt. Nice job!

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    1. Thanks! Sorry for the lack of linkage--I showed pictures of the redone version here: http://www.adventuresindressmaking.com/2012/02/how-to-wear-diy-festive-pink-and-red.html, a while back. I added a link to the post, thanks for catching that!

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