Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hand-Me-Down Horror 19 - Spring is sprung

I finally got to try out the idea that I saw on the Burdastyle website, since I made the Zigga Zig Ah dress (  out of the pleated skirt I've been scouring the skirt racks for more, more, more, in fact more pleats please, my local and beloved $1 thrift store can't keep me stocked with enough pleated skirts.

This is such an easy peasy fix but I didn't follow the tutorial, in fact I didn't even use my scissors for this one, I just unpicked the waistband (and stitched up the opening to use as a matching belt), faced the raw edge with a Grosgrain ribbon (where the waistband was attached) stiched it down, unpicked 10 inches at the sideseams for the armholes and threaded a ribbon, job's a good'un.

The reason I opted for a different method of sewing this was that the skirt had such lovely pleats to begin with that if I double folded the top I would have trouble keeping the pleats looking their best, my way I got the look I wanted and kept the pleats I loved.

It's still too bloody cold here to wear it, I will admit to sashaying around my apartment in it during baby Noah nap time, in fact it was so floaty and light it made me feel like a 70's bond girl in a dreamy negligee pre seduction!!

 I can see I've had a ton of new readers from all over so say hi and tell me what you think of my blog, to my new reader from Augsburg, Deutschland I have actually visited Augsburg as a school girl believe it or not, small world huh?


emmalemma said...

I have also been to Augsburg, small world indeed!

This is adorable, by the way. I need to get to a thrift store, stat!

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Ruby Murray said...

great idea!

Ruby Murray said...

Thanks Ella. Hope you manage to try this one out it is sooooo easy xoxo

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