Friday, 5 February 2010

Skirt Re-fashion.

i saw a lovely skirt on the internet the other day
it was steam-punk-y with a corseted laced type back
and i thought hmm i could do something like that
so of to the charity shops i went looking for a skirt to re-fashion

i needed to find one several sizes too big
so i could lace the back of it

and found this one for the bargain price of £1.50
in a size 2/3 times too large.

oh dear
when i put it on it wasn't so big after all
which if you saw the ammount of biscuits i've been consuming lately shouldn't have been such a surprise!

anyway it was a really good quality skirt
the fabric is lovely

and as i stood looking at it an idea formed . . .

so i grabbed my tin of pins
and got pleating and pinning

i put in 12 pleats/tucks up one side and
stopped about 10" from the hem

i put two tucks on the other side too
i think it has a neo-victorian look

i like the way the lining shows

i searched through my button stash and found
a matching set of 14 buttons
and stitched
up the first side.

the result is fairly soft folds ruching the fabric

does my bum look big in this?!

these are my new christmas boots
they make me want to wear skirts!

after sewing on the 12 buttons and trying it on
i felt it didn't need the two on the opposite side
but i'm not 100% sure on that yet.

so now i have this sticky out bit
i pinned it in several ways but decided that it needs
to be loose at the bottom for ease of walking

at the moment i'm thinking of finishing it like this
would you call it a kick-flare hem?
i'm going to use two buttons and a little elastic
loop to close it

unfortunately that is all the buttons used up
which leaves none for the other hip pleats,
the perils of using vintage supplies!
i could use one of those frog-braid fasteners
and i might trim the shirt with black ric-rac
what do you think?


Madam Salami said...

Love love love it! Its fab, well done - I have a skirt that is quite similar, only khaki green and the sides are adjustable so can be altered depending on how much leg I feel like showing!

Also, your boots are gorgeous - where are they from??

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

thank-you MadameSalami!
i've seen those adjustable skirts with a drawcord i like them.

the boots aren't a brand i'd ever heard of - they say Gino Ventori and i bought them in a real life shop! they are side zipped and fully adjustable lace ups.
i have a job getting boots to fit as i have large calves i like to think it is overdevoloped muscle from all the walking i do but ermmm i think it is really down to those biscuits again!

gtlady said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, and definatly that frogging type of fastening - can you make one in my size please???????

Kitschy Coo said...

I think it looks great, impressed by your inspiration! I think I like it with the two tucks on the other side too? Gives it more of a bustled look...

Loike the boots too!

Kitschy Coo said...

Erm, I like the boots :)

Juanita Tortilla said...

Hmm. Have you got another dozen buttons that you'd like to match / complement these black ones?
That way, you can alternate the buttons, for both sides of the hip!

Gemma said...

Gorgeous skirt (and boots too!)
Can't wait to see it finished however you decide to continue

Pretty-In-Ink said...

I LOVE it! you are so clever!

Me said...

i really like the results!! very cool...might have to try something similar myself...

Things Hand Made said...

Thats really cool esp trying to take picture of you own bum!

Des Moines workers compensation said...

Your button detail is so so so adorable. It makes the skirt look more perfect. :)