Once upon a time, we had a skirt. It was a very nice skirt. Handmade with lovely fabric— the skirt fit just right.
But something was missing… the skirt lacked pizazz. So we took action. And this is the story of what we did! First, the before shot~
You all can probably relate– a lovely item hanging in your closet that you never choose to wear, because, well… it's missing something. Lately, we've been trying to come up with creative ways to make not-so-new clothes feel fresh again. And this was a definite success! Here is the after shot~
For starters, we cut about ten inches off the hem of this skirt, making it knee length. Then, we cut 5 strips of 45" fabric (white with black polka dots– find a similar look here) each 7" wide for the two tiers.
~join two of your strips at the side seams, forming a necklace.
~join your remaining three strips to form another necklace.
~run a gathering stitch on the upper edge of each tier.
~with right sides together, stitch the smaller necklace to the bottom of your skirt, pulling up the gathering stitches to fit.
~gather last tier onto the bottom edge of the first tier & stitch.
~hem lower tier using 5/8" hem allowance. (See more instructions for a similar project here.)
Now, the skirt was looking a lot better, but it still needed a little something. Enter vintage crocheted trim. (This particular trim was originally part of an old sheet. Aren't flea markets wonderful?!) We stitched it to the bottom of the blue skirt, so it would look as though we were wearing two skirts– one on top of another– creating a fun, bohemian look. And it worked! The skirt is now being happily worn.