Hi, been a while since I posted. Got alot of folks to check out my Swiffer cover, and started a flickr group for your creations, called Strut Your Stuff. More recently, I have been caught up with visiting the Good Will and performing my "4Rs" on what I find. I wrote a 2 part series on my Quest for Motherhood, and wove in some of my thrifting tutorials. Check them out, click Part 1 and Part 2 is here. You have to read through my saga of creating our family, but I promise, there are some upcycling tips you'll pick up. Please leave a comment, I love to hear your shared experiences.
Here is one skirt redo, you might enjoy.
I am a confirmed lace-aholic, I have lots of it thoughout my home, in the form of doilies and linens, and whenever possible, I like to add it to my clothes. I purchased this sheer poly/nylon rows of ruffles fabric, 3 years ago in the garment district in NY City. I love the look of a petticoat layer peeking out from under skirts, gives it a girly look and adds some inches when I feel the skirt show too much of my crinkled knees. I simply cut the fabric in strips following the lines of the ruffles. I then add this to the underskirt, or directly on to the edge of the skirt. No finishing needed, the fabric has a knit like quality so it doesn't ravel. I remember the fabric being around $10.00 a yard but I felt I could get alot of trim out of it for all my projects. The second last pic shows an application of a layer of straight eyelet. Here are some examples.
Included in my thrift pile (mentioned in the previous post) is a sparkly pale green cardigan sweater, that I may delay changing till fall, it is so pretty without altering...but there are 3 skirts of varied sizes, destined for myself and daughter. Attacking the tiered black and beige one my daughter claimed first.
2.The skirt was an elasticized waist that was stretched out. I simply cut a piece of wide elastic, the measurement of my daughter's waist, and after altering, attached to the flirty skirt. (I purchased the 3 inch wide elastic from an etsy seller as I have not seen this type of wide elastic at JoAnns.) The picture shows me cutting a few inches off the top of the skirt, serging the two layers together, or zigzagging, as long as you keep the two layers even.
This purchased skirt retailed over $25.00, at Kohls. My redo cost around $5.00 total , $4.00 was for the thrifted skirt.
Try renewing some garments yourself! Feel free to email questions or problems, the4rsRamblings@gmail.com