Monday, January 7, 2013

Denimen. Ineminem.



First garment for the year!
The credit for the cute pocket and the funky piecing and top-stitching goes to Mum of course  ;)  Yes, remember this Vogue 8561 skirt that she made, and passed on to me because she didn’t like it?  Unfortunately that particular combo of pattern and fabric was kinda unforgivably frumpy.  I think the older you get, the far less you can get away with anything remotely frumpy.  When she saw it on me even Mum said “oh just toss it out Carolyn, it does nothing for you either”
But it was of lovely, new fabric; slightly stretchy denim from KnitWit? I think? and waaaaay too nice to ditch so hastily; and I liked the idea of a little blue denim skirt in my wardrobe.  Key word there: “little”.  And blue denim; always a favourite!
So the unfrumpy Vogue 1247 came to the rescue… I spliced the upper and lower skirt pattern pieces together and managed to cut a front and back from the very lowest portion of the skirt, keeping most of the original hemline intact.  
Interesting, huh? that the hemline circumference of that long long original is almost exactly the same as it is in this much much shorter skirt.  Explains a lot, in retrospect it was pretty constrictive and difficult to stride briskly along in....  and I'm a strider.
I cut out that adorable little pocket from the top and re-attached it to the skirt; because imo it was the hands-down highlight of the original skirt and I just had to keep it!  The original dress zip was unpicked and re-used in the CB seam, and I found a piece of non-stretchy denim in my stash with a wrong side having an excellent colour match, leftover from a skirt Cassie had made for herself.  From this, I cut a new waistband, and to reduce bulk and avoid that quintuple layer of fabric you get in the joining seam of a traditional waistband, I edged the inside raw facing edge with pale blue bias binding (leftovers from this shirt) and stitched them together in-the-ditch.  I re-used the same heavy-duty hook and eye closure.
Voila!  I think this is a far more flattering and usable skirt in our climate, and there is no doubt it is going to get a heck of a lot more wear now!

Details:
Skirt; a refashion of a Vogue 8561 denim skirt, using a modified version of Vogue 1247, my review of this pattern here
Top; the top portion of a dress from Pattern Magic 3 by Tomoko Nakamichi, of white cotton jersey, details here
Thongs; Havaiana

33 comments:

  1. This is great - very summery! I especially love the piecing; it really lifts the whole design.

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  2. Excellent save. Mid calf skirts do tend to look frumpy on older women. I prefer my skirts on the knee.

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  3. Happy new year, Carolyn. Way to make the skirt more wearable!

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  4. A great save - another lovely skirt.

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  5. Great refashion and the pictures are so beautiful!

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  6. Great re-fashion! I am making my first V1247 - I hope it turns out as well as yours have!

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  7. Great re-fashion and much more you. You can't beat denim for versatility.

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  8. Summer-tastic! What a fab save :) I hope teh heat isn't too cray-cray your way!

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  9. Pretty skirt, and pretty water too!

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  10. You just can't go wrong with denim. Every wardrobe needs some, I think. Great refashion!

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  11. I always love how you talk about going back to things to make them work, I'm so bad about that! Plus when it's such nice fabric it would indeed be a waste to give up on it! You're mum sounds cute, mine's the same but I love that she'll always tell me the truth no matter what.

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  12. Very cute skirt - I love the addition of the pocket, and its placement!

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  13. Of all your admirable sewing skills, Carolyn, I think the closest to my heart is your re-use of garments and fabric scraps. Any fool can go out and spend money, but there is a real art in conserving resources. Well done!

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  14. The short version looks fantastic! I love that your mom is so frank with you. ;)

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  15. Great save - it looks so unfrumpy now with that top.

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  16. Great skirt rescue, and I love the bias-finished waistband.

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  17. Perfect refashion - looks great on you

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  18. Great remake, it looks so much more stylish now! And I like that you kept the slanted pocket detail.

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  19. It's a lovely skirt now - much more wearable. Enjoy it!

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  20. very cute. I think V1247 is my favorite skirt pattern ever, just made one last night. great summer skirt and you are right, one can never have too many denim skirts.

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  21. Fab transformation! It now looks so cool & not in the least frumpy.

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  22. What a lovely remake to start off the year! Happy New Year to you! Thank you for all the amazing comments you have left on my blog! It is so encouraging!

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  23. Happy New Year Carolyn! Practical but a bit out of the ordinary, with the cute pocket.

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  24. What a great skirt and I love the details in it. I can definitely see you getting a lot of wear out of this one :)

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  25. Oh I like! I like the waistband finishing detail - will have to incorporate this at some point. It is definitely flattering now.

    Yes, we definitely have great extremes of weather here - we'll get down to about -5C most winters and above 40C many days in the summer. The humidity is equally variable - around 20% right now but often on sticky summer mornings more like 80% ....

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  26. I love this skirt, particularly with the little pocket

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  27. Tremendous skirt! I actually liked it the way it was before also. I reckon the key to frumpy skirts is just to wear a tight, low cut top to balance it.

    Great to be (possibly) back!

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  28. Nice length and skirt style. I like what you've done!

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  29. So glad I didnt throw it out.. It looks great now Love Mum

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  30. I love the diagonal seams! So clever!

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