More than a month ago, Audrey from Skirt Fixation asked me to be the very first to take part in her new series The Ugly Skirt Challenge.
This is how it works: She mailed me an ugly skirt, and I had to make something with it. That is it!
Here’s the Before:
As you can see, this comes up to the armpits on my 5’5″ girl. Those ladies over at Skirt Fixation are TALL!
This is a fuchsia colored, snakeskin printed, very sheer skirt.
And I had NO IDEA what I was going to make with it!!?
But after weeks of marinating ideas, I came up with a great plan for this skirt. And although it looks like Halloween is back, I can assure you, this will be worn all times of the year!
OK. Let me break it down. Since the skirt had two parts to it, (a lining and outer layer) and they were both sheer, I made the outer into wings, and the lining into an overlay for a skirt.
I first cut down the side of the skirt to open it up, and cut off the elastic waist band. Then I lay it on it’s side. I hemmed the new sides and sewed a gathering stitch up the middle. I used FOE (also known as Fold Over Elastic) and made loops for the shoulders and sewed them in place. Next, I made a loop at the wrist, and folded the elastic over the top of the fabric. I sewed it straight across until I got to the other end, and then made another loop for the other wrist.
And for the skirt, I had this taffeta that someone gifted me, in my stash, and it happened to be the same color as the lining!
It is simple, but pretty.
Then my girl flew around the yard in her new wings.
Yes, it was raining.
Thank you so much Audrey for inviting me to take this challenge~ it truly was challenging, but so much fun!