Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Box Pleat Refashion


You know how you make plans in life only to have them be changed drastically by your circumstances?  Like my goal as a 10-year-old to become an Olympic figure skater.  I had to quit that when I realized that I hated ice skating. Or my goal to have 13 children.  After one, I realized I don't have that kind of mom capacity. And let's not forgot my college goal of dating 100 boys (my mom's prerequisite for getting married).  I had to give that up when boy #50 happened to be Mr. Right ( my mom said it was okay).  Sometimes we have to adapt to our environment and experience and give up something good for something better.  

So is the case with the dress below.  I was originally planning on tailoring it to fit well while also altering the neckline.  However, after getting all pregnant and starting to show, I realized it would be a waste of time to try to tailor it to a changing body.  Instead, I decided on a box pleat skirt. 

 I created this skirt to sit high on my ribcage, a part of me that doesn't change sizing too much during pregnancy because of my height, so I can wear it these next few months, and, hopefully, after baby comes.

Box Pleat Tutorial

 First, I cut off the skirt from the original bodice.  That's what I started with in the box pleat tutorial diagram below.  You can use the instructions below on any oversized skirt, or you can use the steps to help you create a completely new skirt from scratch.  My lazy side opted to use a sash as a waistband instead of making a new one.  I attached it and left the ends so it ties in the back.

I know the math involved in the planning seems a little crazy, but I promise this is actually quite easy.  Only took one of Camden's naps.

Also, forgive the crappy graphics in the tutorial above.  I was trying something new, and won't be doing that again.  We'll just count that as another learning experience :)

The best part of this new skirt is that it gracefully glides over my bump so that I don't look super pregnant.

But the bump is definitely there!  I'm over halfway done after all :)

Top: H&M, sold out, similar
Skirt: Refashioned, from same estate sale as this skirt
Heels: Mart of China, sold out, similar
Extensions: Sweet Extensions

If you regularly read, you may know that I do a ton of dress to skirt refashions.  This is because they are ridiculously easy.  Here are some other ones you may want to check out!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fall Jackets Under $50

Fall Leather Jackets Under $50

It may be a little early to start shopping for colder weather clothes, but the angry pregnant hulk that breaks out of me every time I get hot is making me crave some colder weather.  Since I'm sitting here fantasizing about fall anyway, I figured I might as well look into some good deals before the go away.  Happy shopping my friends.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DIY Super Easy Headband

I recently attended Girls' Camp and was in charge of crafts.  I looked up a bunch of different ways to create quick headbands and ended up creating this version myself.  Takes less than 3 minutes and you can use any ribbon or trim you want.  Enjoy!

I love that the elasticity makes it easy to wear both over and under my hair.

Hair Extensions from Sweet Extensions. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

$10 Mint Maxi Skirt Deal and Refashion

For Mother's Day I bought my mom a maxi skirt that she could wear to work; she's an elementary school teacher, so practicality is a necessity when it comes to dressing.  She informed me that, in a rush, she threw it on and wore it to one of her faculty meetings.  Everyone there kept was asking her why she was so dressed up.   We both had a good laugh at that because when it comes to comfort, nothing can really beat a maxi skirt.  It's pretty much a fancy way to wear pajamas in public--which is what I'm all about.  Let's not forget how incredibly versatile they are.  Check out how this skirt can be styled year round.  Oh, and did I mention it's currently on sale for only $10!!! And they have 6 colors.

Mint Maxi Skirt

Mint Maxi Skirt, Windsor, $9.95 (promo) / Pink Chiffon top with Necklace / Amazon, $19.99, Peep-Toe Wedges / Amazon, $46

Mint Maxi Skirt, Windsor, $9.95 (promo) / White Chiffon Blouse, Amazon, $20 / Gold Necklace, Amazon, $15 / Strappy Heels, Amazon, $30

Mint Maxi Skirt, Windsor, $9.95 (promo) / Chambray Top, Amazon, $29 / Floral Scarf, Amazon, $13 / Nude Flats, Amazon, $16

Mint Maxi Skirt, Windsor, $9.95 (promo) / Faux Leather Jacket, Amazon, $57 / Wedge Booties, Amazon, $13 / Chunky Scarf, Amazon, $15

The set above is inspired by the refashion below.

I lucked out this spring and scored this beauty at an estate sale for about $3. There was a huge issue with staining, which is why it was priced so well.

The biggest issue was that the waistband, which was made to be worn underneath the top, was hideous and had become permanently crinkled over time and ware.

Being essentially lazy, I really didn't want to remove the original waist and create an entirely new waistband.  At the same time, I certainly could not wear it as is.  That's when a stroke of genius hit me--use the existing sash to create a detachable waistband (which is essentially just a belt.)

Here's how I did this.  It's so easy!

Sash Makeover

1.  I folded the sash in half and sewed the pointed ends together.  

2. I wrapped the sash around my waist and marked where I wanted to sew in snaps.

3.  I sewed the snaps, which are from a dollar store sewing kit, onto the end of the sash, and the place where I wanted it to sit once wrapped around.

And that was it.  It took all of 10 minutes to create a waistband that looked super cute and made a HUGE difference.  The skirt is now wearable.  I also took it down about and inch and a half because I'm 5'9 and wanted the length.

Definitely worth 10 minutes.

If you want to see some of my other vintage refashions you can click here, or here, or here :)


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