20 July 2010

Granny chic skirt


"You never can tell what someone is going to choose...", muttered the young and trendy lady at the till in Oxfam, as I presented my haul of grandma skirts and handed over my £3.



While in the past I've had little luck the clothing section of charity shops (thrift stores), rarely finding anything in my size, with my new sewing skills at the ready (and constant inspiration courtesy of Marisa at New Dress a Day), there's nothing holding me back - no garment can be too frumpy! At least not in the before shot...


Not even 100% polyester fabric ... at least the seams won't fray, so there's not need to finish them (my least favourite part of sewing) - hurrah! 



All I had to do to make this skirt wearable was take in the sides a little, take up the hem a lot, and Bob's your uncle. 




Isn't it pretty?


[Soundtrack: 'Peggy Day' by Bob Dylan. Today's snaps were taken in Brockwell Park's enchanting walled garden]

28 comments:

  1. Lovely! How satisfying to create something so pretty out of a frumpy, cheap item.

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  2. Great, quick & easy refashion! Yay! Anyone that didn't know why you would pick that one, must not be as imaginative as you :)
    Perfect with the little fitted tank, too!

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  3. totally cute! i love the pattern. not granny at all after the adjustments!

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  4. cute skirt! And what a lovely garden!

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  5. Very cute, I like it especially in combination with the top and shoes. Yey, yellow shoes!!

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  6. Beautiful, well done, I will be scouring our Australian op shops for granny skirts now .. YOU have inspired me!

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  7. Very nice! I love the op shop for skirts. They are so easy to alter you can just buy anything with a nice print.

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  8. You look good! It's a pretty skirt now with a vintage look to it. :)

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  9. I love the waistband - you look so summery and fresh. And that is such a gorgeous garden.

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  10. Isn't it fun to redo something like that? Totally addicting, in my experience:) I love the colors. You did an AWESOME job!
    Happy Tuesday (at least, it's tuesday@my house:)


    ps. I found you via wadrobe refashion

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  11. Looks sweet! I love New Dress a Day, hilarious.

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  12. The skirt is great, but I had to chuckle as I thought my hubby was the only one in the world that actually says "Bobs your uncle". Have a great day! :)

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  13. So preety! And such a beautiful garden too:)

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  14. Love the skirt! I am still kicking myself for leaving behind an 80s Laura Ashley dress in a charity shop recently - it would have been ripe for refashioning. Great quote from the woman on the counter. Isn't that garden gorgeous?

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  15. Aww... thanks for your lovely comments!

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  16. Very cute skirt and a great post. I came here via "remade in melbourne" and I am staying. I love sewing and also love refashioning, or upcycling, garments from thrift stores. Are you doing Self sew September?

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  17. Cute cute cute!! There are so many ways to rework grandma clothing. I think the skirt is beautiful and the colour is gorgeous!!

    I will take photos of my sewing space this weekend and send them, with the questions then :)

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  18. I really must learn to sew one of these days. Checking back on your projects brings me ever closer to that day! My favourite that you've ever made was that blue skirt with the yellow pockets recently.

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  19. Very nice -- I never, ever would have seen the potential in the granny skirt. And where did you get that tank??

    Thanks for the link to A New Dress a Day, by the way -- it's fun and inspirational!

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  20. its completely gorgeous!

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  21. Thanks to share this. It is so pretty!!!

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  22. Beautiful refashion! Well done for seeing the potential in the skirt, I love the deep v-shaped waistband and the beautiful pattern, and the cut is lovely after your alterations.

    Also, I love your blog, I only found it the other day but I've been back a load of times since! Thanks for sharing your projects.

    Sarah x

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  23. I love this so much! I am obsessed with floral skirts and have made way too many of them, but seeing this one makes me want to go make another! Great job.

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