February 25, 2011

Very Easy Skirt Refashion

I just grabbed this skirt at the local thrift shop for $1.25, and I love the fabric, but the length was all weird. Kind of cute in a farm-charm, chicken-feeding kind of way. But...I don't have any chickens. We're not zoned for them. :o)
What to do?? 
I was going to just hem it, but then I noticed the liner and thought: "Hey! An under-layer! Why not make  it a bubble skirt?". This thought really excited me, because I really enjoy a bubble skirt, but they're always too short for my taste. Now the power of length was in my hands. Yes!
So, I went for it. 
It was so easy, you guys! 
Let's make one together now. Yay!



1. Try your new thrift-store-skirt-with-a-lining on and pin the hem to the lining underneath at desired length.
2. Cut off the excess lining, about 1" from where you pinned. (Save it, 'cause crafters hoard things, and, you know, you could make a rosette or something later.)
 3. Hem your lining by rolling over twice. It'll look bumpy, that's ok.
 4.Gather your skirt layer slightly to match lining. 
(To gather, sew all the way around with a long stitch, and pull top thread gently.)
 5. Sew the gathered edge to your lining edge. The back of your skirt layer will face the front of the lining layer. (Instead of matching the side seams of the skirt to those of the liner, off-set them by a few inches to get a nicer bubble effect. And go ahead and sew pretty close to the edge!)

Ta-da! New skirt!





Do you like my trendy white tights? 
Ok, they're not white tights. They're just my legs. :o)

Love,
-Dis

48 comments:

  1. looove it! as always:) I giggled as you mentioned crafters and hoarding----so true! your pix are so pretty!

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  2. Disney you never cease to amaze! I can't wait to try this!

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  3. So pretty! And I did totally think you were wearing tights- but don't worry, you look great! And summer sun is just around the corner :)

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  4. haha, great read. Thanks for sharing Disney! Love the humour... Just right :D

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  5. Ha ha ha, nice white tights joke. :) And it's a darling skirt refashion! Another home run. :)

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  6. First of all, great idea. Second off, I love that necklace. Thirdly, the chicken cracked me up yesterday. Fourthly, I have the same trendy white tights! Fiftyly, I miss you!

    Cheri

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  7. SO pretty! Great tutorial.

    PS- My legs are the same!!

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  8. you never let me down!! I'm not skinny enough to pull this off, but my daughters can. P.S. I just made three "lauren headbands" today! this skirt is next!!! Thank you! : )

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  9. I love it! Your daughter is adorable too!

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  10. Your refashioned skirt is wonderful! Who doesn't love a buble skirt?!
    I love that necklace you are wearing in the pictures!!! Did you make it?

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  11. This tutorial is perfect, from the before and after through the way it's presented to the photos at the bottom. :-)

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  12. That turned out really cute. You are so clever. And love your tights. One of my daughters has those exact same tights. Ha ha. Great necklace. Did you make it?

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  13. So cute; I love it. Your photos are so sweet with your daughter and I'm so happy you're back to blogging! :o)

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  14. I love it!

    Disney, you are awesome, and I'm going to tell you AGAIN, that I'm so glad that you're back to blogging, even in a limited capacity.

    Your projects and your photos are always darling. I'm so inspired!

    Totally cute skirt and I love the white legs comment. Mine are the same! :)

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  15. Yay for bubble skirts! It looks great! :D

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  16. Oh I love this, well done, inspiring!

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  17. Lovely skirt and a great tip for an easy makeover. I love the white tights too. I have got the exact same pair. ;)

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  18. WOOO PALE PRIDE, my legs are glow-in-the-dark white. I did a bubble skirt upcycle a couple months ago but it came out a little too short and tween-tastic for my liking, but yours look great!

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  19. I love this idea!!! I'm adding "lined gathered skirts" to my list of things to look for at rummage sales and thrift stores!

    I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-easy-bubble-skirt-refashion/2011/02/26/

    --Anne

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  20. Thanks, everyone! I got the necklace at Old Navy last year for $.75!

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  21. lovely!!!nice job, I like it so much:-D

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  22. Love this idea! So easy and great results. I love when you pop out to say hello:).

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  23. What a great idea! I love how it turned out! (and I too thought you had white tights on, but my legs are the same way so I feel for you {and you still looked super cute anyway}!!)

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  24. You are too cute Disney, I always look forward to your posts. =)

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  25. That skirt is too cute. Love your blog so many great ideas.

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  26. You had me going on that tight comment! :) You are just so clever!

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  27. Genius! Such a great idea! The skirt looks great on you. :)

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  28. Heeey, I have white tights too! :)
    Awesome tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I just started following your blog, and noticed this post was featured on craftgossip.com

    congrats!

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  30. Love it! ...and I LOVE seeing you back!!!!!

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  31. Too cute! And yes to the white tights...lol Even in the summer my legs are pasty pale.

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  32. "Save it, 'cause crafters hoard things, and, you know, you could make a rosette or something later."

    That made me laugh. It's so true!!!

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  33. Love this idea -- such a cute skirt!

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  34. I LOVE your trendy white tights..... I have a pair JUST like them!! ;-)

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  35. This is fantastic! I bought a few thrift store skirts that I was going to refashion as aprons. I decided against it since half aprons while they are very cute, are not too functional for messy cooks. Anyway, new purpose found - they will be refashioned to bubble skirts!
    Thank you Disney! I love your ideas and your humor. I am so grateful that you share the gifts and talents you have been so greatly blessed with.

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  36. I am so glad you posted this!! I wore the SAME skirt to church yesterday and felt awkward, (like a granny feeding chickens!) I am going home promptly to refashion my skirt! Thank You!!

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  37. Thanks for yet another great and easy to follow tutorial! I always appreciate a good one as a beginner. =)
    --Kayla
    http://kayla-heartonmysleeve.blogspot.com/

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  38. Love it!! I am going to save this idea for another time for when I come across a skirt that is too long. :)

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  39. This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing how you went about transforming this skirt into something beautiful. Makes me wish I had the legs to wear a skirt!
    I hope you don't mind but I have featured your post with link backs on my blog.
    http://billylid.theolthofexchange.com.au/

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  40. Very cute I look forward to making one for Easter it is very springy, :) Thanks!

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  41. So cute! I have to make one!
    ♥Fee
    http://floral-fascination.blogspot.com/

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  42. Hi! I'm Lady Catherine :-) I like your balloon skirt!!! I love sewing too....look at my blog ;-) www.ladycatherinecaprices.blogspot.com

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