Sunday, May 07, 2006

renovated skirt

i haven't been knitting at all, but i was somewhat crafty today. i bought this formerly ankle-length skirt at the thrift store yesterday, but it was too small. so i cut about a foot off the top and sewed a new waistband, creating a shorter but wider skirt.

for the tie, i used the tie from a pair of strawberry shortcake pyjama bottoms i bought during the same thrifting expedition. the pyjamas have a good elastic waistband and don't need the tie.

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Blogger michelleknits said...

i like! and yeah, i'd totally have loved to have gone dancing with you last night (and the 80's music would have just been icing on the vegan cupcake!)

Sun May 07, 08:21:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger vania said...

i think you did a fabulous job! and i too knit less in this weather - i just found the most beautiful turquoise sewing machine so i hope to find a project just for it soon!

Mon May 08, 08:11:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger krissy said...

your skirt turned out so cute! i'm so jealous of people like you who can customize clothing that doesn't fit quite right. i see so many cute things when i thrift but they are often too small. if i had any sewing ability whatsoever i could probably fix some things like you did here. for now, i just have to leave them for those size 2 women to buy. :(

Mon May 08, 09:23:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger jen said...

well, i usually leave the size 2s behind too, but i didn't realize this skirt was too small until i got it home.

krissy, you could totally do this (if you have a sewing machine) -- it's just a straight line around the hem, and then i ran the tie through the hem i made using the secret safety pin trick.

i don't have any sewing ability at all, but it's pretty impressive what you can do just by letting the machine sew a straight line.

Tue May 09, 08:26:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger krissy said...

i do have a sewing machine (that i found on the curb and had tuned up) but i don't even know how to wind the bobbin...eep! there's a sewing studio in my 'hood that gives lessons. i think i might sign up for some this summer.

Tue May 09, 09:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Ruthie said...

Awesome! I have a skirt that has the exact same problem, its beautiful, but a little small and long. Now I just need to make myself a drawstring! :)

Fri May 26, 08:12:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Vegan Knitting said...

I never commented on the skirt! I love the drawstring.

Where've you been, anyway?

Fri Jun 09, 01:35:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger jen said...

i still haven't worn this skirt. maybe i'll wear it tonight, i'm going to a show and that pocket will come in handy (i don't like to carry a purse when i go out).

i've been around in the blogosphere, but i haven't been doing anything crafty. i post a little more often on my other blog.

Fri Jun 09, 02:04:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Very cute skirt! Great idea to cut off the top to make a wider waist. I'd have never thought of that!

Thu Jul 20, 08:12:00 AM GMT-5  
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Thu Aug 10, 10:38:00 AM GMT-5  

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