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Remade Retro Skirt

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Redone 70's skirt

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Classic, Retro / Vintage
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What materials did you use? Old skirt from the scrap bin plus polyester satin lining.

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What are you most proud of? I was committed to being true to the grain. To this end, I remembered to thread test the lining fabric I bought by pulling one thread at the selvage edge and using that as my perpendicular guide to the grain. As the photo shows, there was a lot of variation. In fact, I was frankly amazed at how "off" the cloth was versus the supposed mid-line fold down the middle of the bolt. But I trusted the process and the result was a true-to-grain lining that lies really well. I'm also proud of the lining hem -- even if anyone saw it, there's nothing to see!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't try to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. If I'd been repairing a Chanel suit from the 40s, I would have aimed for perfection. This was a good mass production skirt, nothing more, to start with. So I didn't spend a lot of time, for example, finishing the inside hem of the lining and I opted for thread bars to hold the lining in place rather than a more fussy jump pleat. The result still looks and feels great and will wear well, which to my mind was the whole point of the original skirt, too.

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What a wonderful journey this skirt has made. You did such a nice job and it fits like a dream.

11/27/2012 Flag

Super cute! I'm glad you saved the poor thing, lol.

11/28/2012 Flag

Very nice! Do I understand that you match your friends dining-room-chair now, in your new skirt?

11/28/2012 Flag

Thanks! And well, I think I match a deceased great-aunt's chair in a dusty attic someplace...

11/28/2012 Flag

Your a pretty clever lady, I think you might have and eye for what works and what doesnt

11/28/2012 Flag

Thanks! Although my artist mother should get most of the credit for that.

11/29/2012 Flag

Great creative idea......love the idea of making a use of things!!....NOW you have "one-of-a-kind" ,uniquely your's.....I TOTALLY agree w/shazdove here....---------------KEEP CREATING!!!....ENJOY!!...

01/10/2013 Flag