Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sew Sunday: Cherry Skirt



  
Tee - Old Navy
Skirt - DIY
Sandals - Eurosoft by Sofft

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. This skirt is pajamas.

No, I don't mean "pajama-feeling" or "pajama-inspired" - I mean honest-to-goodness pajamas. I got this sleeved nightgown because I liked the cherry print, and I don't really have any cute pjs. However I forgot that it's always hot in my room and this thick cotton knit would make me burn up.


So I got a wild hair and decided to attempt turning it into a skirt a la New Dress A Day. If it sucked, well it was only a $2 loss - So I started out by cutting straight across from sleeve to sleeve. Then I decided the white buttons had to go. I replaced them with some colorful buttons.

Then I made a simple elastic waistband (roughly using this tutorial). I sewed down the front pieces so it wouldn't gap when I sat down or walked.



Some benefits to using this specific garment for repurposing: It already had pockets. It already had a good hem. The fabric is thick cotton and hella comfy. I'm still not the best seamstress, I've only made one thing completely from a pattern, but I thought this might be a good change up from the onslaught of buttonflowers and obis.

What I learned: Tutorials are a big help! Small changes can have a big impact. Actually pinning the fabric makes sewing a lot easier (I'm lazy and usually skip it). My machine does not like sewing through too much fabric, but I can make it work by rolling the thing very slowly.

Ants and lady bugs - don't miss the butterfly obi belt!
But never fear - I've got new ones of those too. Five new obis are up on the shop thanks to the donation from my MIL.

16 comments:

  1. So cute! And very creative. I love a cheery skirt like this one, any day. : >

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  2. wow i never would have tought that. It`s very cute.
    I love cherry`s. I even gonna eat them tonight :-D

    XO Arezu

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  3. how fun! i love that you turned a pajama top into a skirt. very clever. and i'm really liking those shoes!

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  4. Such a clever idea, girl! Love it!

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  5. Megan--that skirt is just too adorable!!! Awesome job!!!
    Your buggy button flowers are so sweet!!

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  6. Adorable skirt! And I love your new sandals too!

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  7. How cute! And clever. Smart way to exploit a pretty print.

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  8. You are so clever Megan! I love that you turned this pajama nightgown into a skirt and a very cute one at that! Love all your new Button Flowers!

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  9. First of all, the skirt turned out so cute, it looks so great. Secondly, bug printed button flowers? Guh. You are killing me girl. These are so adorable! Me wants.

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    1. Feel free to place an order any time. ;) I've got a bunch of different options for them.

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  10. Your skirt is adorable. I love the cherry print.

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  11. LOVELOVELOVE!!!! MUSTTRYMUSTTRYMUSTTRY. I've never cared for the Sofft brand styles, but these are killer.

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  12. So fun - what a great skirt. You've got some mad sewing skills :)

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  13. This is one awesomely clever idea! You've got an awesome amount of creativity!

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  14. OMG those are the cutest Button-Flowers yet. Love those fun, creative, colorful prints.

    And how adorable are you in your newly-created, renovated skirt? You turned not-so-cute pajamas into a cute, easy, breathable skirt. Love the cherry print. Megan, you have skills.

    Ada. =)

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  15. It turned out just great! I would never have guessed the skirt began as pajamas and I'll never look at nightgowns quite the same way.

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