And I liked high school.
Unfortunately, I don't see or talk to any of my friends really (even my very best friend from HS, I haven't heard from him since his freshman year of college) so I don't think back too much these days.
While I was foraging, I came across the ugliest skirt ever.
I can only assume it belonged to my mom (and I do have vague recollections of her in it about 20 years ago) since we were the only women in the home. And you can be sure it wasn't mine. I decided to steal it and refashion it.
|mid-calf length. So sexy.|
I have to absolutely believe that my mom wouldn't be caught dead in the skirt now, but I wasn't taking any chances by alerting her to it's existence.
I changed the hemline of the skirt + brought the waist in (to make it high waisted) and it turned out to be SUPER stinking cute. I can't wait to wear it all summer. The changes were easy and it only took about 30 minutes total.
I'm going to take a little time to show you how to make a beautiful hem. A hem is the easiest way to alter and change clothing for refashions since they're always rising and falling, so it's important to know. Usually I cheat my hems, making them not-so-pretty, but passable since only I see it. I work about 40-50 hours each week in addition to blogging 5x + keeping our house in good condition. That means I have to take a lot of short cuts!
But for today I'll actually sew pretty ;)
(1) Cut it. I measured how long I wanted it to fall from my waist (since I decided to make it high waisted rather than hip). Cut the excess off, leaving 1.5 inches extra for seam allowance. The plaid pattern was nice, it gave me a line to cut along! I also removed any buttons that would be in the way of the hem.
Turn the skirt inside out. Fold the bottom over (toward the inside) 1/2 inch and pin. Iron to give it a nice, sharp crease. Be careful of the pins, they'll be sharp AND hot once that iron hits them.
(3) Fold it... again. Now, fold it over again 1 inch and pin, ironing once more to give it a good finish.
(4) Hem it. Run it through your machine (or by hand) with a matching thread. Be sure to sew toward the top of the fold, not the bottom where the pins are. I used a white thread so you can see. I always do that. I get a lot of flack for it, but these are tutorials... not products for sale. I want my readers to be able to see what I'm doing! You should use a thread that matches. When in doubt between two shades, use the darker shade.
Put the skirt on and pinch the sides evenly until it is properly fitted. Stick a pin through, making sure to put the excess material INSIDE (not outside). Take the skirt off and flip it inside out.
Sew a stitch right down the side of the waist where there is already a seam (stitch in the ditch) so that it lines up. Cut the excess away, staying inside of the seams of the waistband. My skirt was floaty, so I didn't have to do a lot of altering. I only recommend this waist band methods for skirts similar to this one. When the skirt goes on, it just adds another pleat along the side. If you do this with a tight skirt, you'll end up with strange bunching. On a tight skirt, you'd have to continue the seam down, tapering it out as you go to create a clean line along the hip and leg.
(7) Wear it. I'm wearing it here with my VINTAGE RESTORED BAG from yesterday's post. I love that bag. And I love this skirt. Both in time for summer :)
Today is ballet day... and tomorrow is Friday! Almost the weekend, people :) All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!