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A refashioned dress skirt

I know, it's been forever. Going from a full-time-stay-at-home Mum to a working Mummy has really taken it's toll on me! Sure, it's only 3 days a week but it seems that my creative time has really taken a backseat in the list of my priorities at the moment. Oh well!
I've been doing my best to get back into the swing of things, and recent school holidays and a patient and supportive husband has made that possible for me and I can honestly say that I'm finally feeling a bit more like myself again, which is lovely.

So! What to show you first?!

My major project that I completed on the holidays is pretty big and may take a bit to write up (please keep posted, though, because I promise it won't disappoint!) **Edited Here it is! **

Today is Anzac Day here and I have managed to fee up the morning to do a bit of sewing!

I was blog hopping last night and got really excited about this post by Tilly and the Buttons and I woke up deciding I would get straight into it, only to find I didn't have enough fabric (like, exactly half the fabric required…) and being Anzac Day, Spotlight won't be open til 1pm. Gah!!!  

I scrounged through my drawers and managed to come across this dress!

I bought it on eBay, and, like most clothing purchases I make on eBay, it was completely unsuitable so fell into my 'fabric to use' pile. Unfortunately this amount fabric was also insufficient so I had the super thought that I could refashion this dress into the skirt I was dreaming of making. Ta Da!

I know I know, it's really pretty and I probably shouldn't mess with it, but it just looked horrendous on me! It makes me look about 4 sized bigger that I am (an sliiiight exaggeration maybe…) and does nothing for my shape, plus it's far too short.

So, I chopped it in half. 

I cut up the middle to make plackets (a new word I learnt today!) to hold the buttons and buttonholes. This unfortunately took a bit of space out of the body of the skirt and made it unable to have pleats, but I love the effect of the button down front so I'm happy without pleats for this one!

I used the waist ties as a waistband, and attached some pretty blue buttons to the front!


I still plan to make the original skirt, and I envision that I will absolutely fall in love with it and make it in about 40 different colours (wow, I really am in exaggeration mode today aren't I?)

Until then, here's this pretty little thing! Please excuse the model, she just hopped out of the shower and was too lazy do do her hair or make-up!

Check out the original pattern over here for how to do everything, Tilly describes things much better that I can!

Thanks for visiting!

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  1. Very nice Miss Em! Lovely to see you back and happily making :)

  2. I love this refashion, and I agree that it looked too short to start with! Also, congrats because you are featured on this week's Do Tell Tuesday link party and have been pinned to our features board! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week too. :)

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

    1. Thanks so much Diane!! Thanks for the feature too xox

  3. Really pretty. Funny about the ebay not working out, been there. Love the stripe top paired with the pattern skirt. Pinned

    1. Thanks Michele! Thanks for visiting too xoxo


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