The Problem with Patterns II: The Recovery ReFashion

Thrift Store Thursday: Crystal (?) & Couroc
The Problem with Patterns

In my most recent post, we discovered that sewing patterns don’t always work out the way one would like when refashioning from an existing item of clothing. Thank you to everyone who provided tips on how I might execute this maneuver with more success in the future! :)

You’ll remember that I was left with a bunch of pieces cut up from this dress.

Merp.
Merp.

For my attempted recovery, I chose these bits from the pile.

The skirt, the elastic, and the neck tie thingy!
The 2 skirt pieces, the elastic, and the neck tie thingy!

A lot of guessed where I would be going with this refashion. We’re gonna try to make this a skirt! :)

First, I stitched the two skirt panels together. Then I serged all the raw edges, including the ones at the top and bottom.

Serrrrrrge!
Serrrrrrge!

Next, I folded over the top and bottom serged edges and stitched over them with my regular sewing machine.

See?
See?

Next, I took the neck tie thingy, and cut one of the ends open, and nicely unpicked the other end.

Snip!
Snip!

I stitched a line about 3/4″ from the bottom of it. This would become a casing for the salvaged elastic.

Whirrrrrr!
Whirrrrrr!

Then, I pinned the neck tie thingy to what was about to be the waist of my new skirt.

Here we go!!!!
Here we go!!!!

I threaded the elastic through the casing, using this handy doodad:

A safety pin works too!
A safety pin works too!

After it broke on through to the other side, I stitched the two ends together.

Almost done!
Almost done!

For my final trick, I tucked the raw-edged part of the neck tie thingy into the nicely-unpicked side, and stitched that down.

Ta-Da!
Ta-Da!

And now I have an…alright…ruffle top skirt!

Meh. It'll do.
Meh. It’ll do.

It’s not my favorite by a long shot, but I think it’s a pretty good save. I styled my skirt over a purple minidress and tossed on a little boy’s tux vest (both thrifted for $1)  that I probably wear way too often.

A closer look!
A closer look!

I don’t think the fit is super flattering, and I’m generally not a fan of ruffles (So, why did you add one, Jillian?), but it’ll do for work I guess.

Also, try not to be alarmed and my band-aided & scraped knees! Over the weekend I had to dive to the ground to save Douglas from a neighborhood dog that got off-leash. He and I are both okay, even if I’m a little worse for wear.

Cheers!

Ribbet collage

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