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Thrift Store Skirt Refashion

Last spring, when I was 8 months pregnant, I went through my closet and ruthlessly edited out clothing that I had, cough, outgrown before I became pregnant and that I figured was never going to fit me after my eighth baby was born. Before I took it all off to be donated, I offered it to a couple of people, including my daughter.

She picked a skirt that I had bought at the thrift store for $6--a beautiful a-line linen skirt that was always too small for me but that I had high hopes would fit me at some point in between the births of my other children. It still had the thrift store tag on it.

It was a size too big for her, so she took it in.

Thrift Store Skirt Refashion The Prudent Homemaker

Then she realized what it needed to be even better was to be a knee-length skirt, rather than a mid-calf length skirt. She cut the skirt down and rehemmed it, and it was instantly more flattering.

Thrift Store Skirt to Cloche The Prudent Homemaker

Not long after that, she found a great free vintage cloche pattern that she loved. There was just enough fabric in the part she had cut off to make herself a matching cloche. (This is the same pattern I used to make her a warm cloche for Christmas that you can see here.)

She lined the cloche with some lining I already had, and a grosgrain ribbon I had leftover from another project.

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I've been losing weight and the skirt is close to fitting me now, but I've been told I can't have it back. And that's okay. She looks lovely.

Thrift Store Skirt and Cloche The Prudent Homemaker

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  • Mary January 11, 2017

    Your daughter is absolutely lovely and have been enjoying her refashions. This is a beautiful vintage look. I am always on the hunt for beautiful fabrics to refashion when I go to the Goodwill. My most recent "refashion" was taking apart a women's jacket that had been done in lovely embroidered velvet and brocade. I made a one of a kind Christams tree skirt with it. I also have taken apart a beautifully embroidered skirt and intend to cover a stool with it. It's fun recycling fabric.

  • Ann January 11, 2017

    Your daughter has such a timelessly beautiful face. She's perfect for all kinds of vintage styles, this looks natural on her, as did her pioneer clothes from the summer!

  • Becky January 11, 2017

    She is just lovely.
    I wanted to fold the front of her cloche up just a bit in front (I have seen this done with those hats) so I can see her beautiful eyes.
    You are teaching her well.

  • Yes, they can be folded up. I should have taken a picture with it that way too!

  • Rhonda A. January 11, 2017

    That is one lovely skirt and looks amazing on Winter! I agree it looks perfect with the knee length. Bonus that she could make a cute matching hat, too. Your daughter is becoming quite the fashionista! I'm really enjoying these posts...thanks for sharing.

  • Shara January 11, 2017

    Your daughter has a natural glow that hints at beauty -- both inside and out. She looks modest, feminine, and classy.

    I love both of her refashions! I need lessons.

  • Sarah January 12, 2017

    Couldn't have said it better! Modest, feminine, classy. And very very fashionable when fashion wasn't trendy but skilled artistry.

  • Gabrielle January 11, 2017

    I love, love, love the refashion posts! Great eye for detail and style. It does look lovely! Winter is an inspiration!

  • amy January 11, 2017

    I love her Downton Abbey look!!!:)

  • Debby in KS January 11, 2017

    I was thinking this very thing! She's a natural! I love her outfit and that she thought to make a smart hat to go with it. I wore smart little outfits in college, but they cost me (or, my parents more accurately) about $150 for the same thing....in the early 1980's. And sadly, my mom was a gifted seamstress. She could make anything, but she never taught me. When I was growing up, she often made us matching outfits for Easter or other events.

    I look forward to more of Winter's Fashion Show! Please share!

  • Juls Owings January 11, 2017

    it is wonderful to see your daughter making her own clothes and being frugal. She is being a great example to others of her generation. You and your Hubby have taught her well.

    Blessing to you and yours

  • Mrs. Picky Pincher January 11, 2017

    Winter looks gorgeous! She's turned into quite the seamstress, huh? I'm super jealous of her skills already! It's best to repurpose old things instead of getting rid of them, too!

  • Kelly January 11, 2017

    Very nice job!! I'm very impressed with her seamstress abilities! There's definitely money to be made doing that! My late Grandmother was quite the seamstress herself and she made extra money hemming pants, fixing shirts/blouses for several teachers at my school! The local seamstress here charges $8/pair to hem pants. When we had her hem my son's pants, she charged us more than what we actually paid for the pants. :o

  • Cindy in the South January 11, 2017

    Winter is gorgeous! The clothes are fabulous and accent her beauty!

  • Susan January 11, 2017

    Winter could start her own blog featuring her re-fashions!

  • Sheila January 11, 2017

    She looks beautiful and I am completely impressed, but if you get to the point that you can wear that after eight babies, she should let you! :)

  • Haha! She's a tad bit shorter than I am so it will probably be just a little too short for me.

    If she hadn't taken it in I would be very close to fitting in it now :)

    I'll just have to keep an eye out for another one. I had a bunch of a-line plaid skirts, but they were all heavier weight fabrics, and it was always too hot for them (before I outgrew them!). Then I found this one and not only loved it more, but loved that it was linen and great for summer. Still, there was something not quite right about it (the length!). I think a-line skirts are pretty but sometimes tend to be too narrow for walking when they're mid-calf length. Plus, they're not real flattering on my short figure (in my opinion). If I find another one I'll keep it and shorten it to fit me :)

    The trouble soon when garage sale shopping is going to be whether I keep something or give it to her. We both generally like the same style. At this point, though, she has a good closet full of clothing, while I am soon to be in need of a complete new wardrobe! So that should make things easier :D

  • Sheila, just for fun, I tried on her dress this morning (from the last post) and as that one is loose at the waist, I can wear it :) I don't think I'm there on the skirt yet though :)

  • Mariana January 11, 2017

    I am very curious to ask if your other daughters show interest in seeing as much as Winter does? If so, what projects are they working on. It is super fun to watch how quickly your babies are growing xx

  • Not yet, but I hope they will!

    I know I started sewing more when I was 13, and Winter started at around the same age. Perhaps in a few years, the girls will have lots of sewing going on!

    My eldest son likes to sew, but not clothing. He is working on a quilt. I am not a quilter! He is learning as he goes and I am offering advice where I can. He also enjoys embroidery.

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