Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Upcycle floral skirt

 I found this skirt in a thrift shop and fell in love with the colors.  It is a little redder than it appears here but it is a orange red, a very pretty color.  The skirt was too large and too long and rather shapeless.

I cut off the waistband

I  shaped the skirt making it narrower in the waist and hip area and taking more off the top.   I straightened up the right side seam a bit more than you see in the picture below then,   I serged the new front and back together.  I had considered using a real waistband and zipper but I decided that I wanted to wear the skirt sometime this year so I serged the top edge, turned it under and added an elastic waist.  I  saved a lot of time by using the original skirt hem by  opening the hem up on each side seam and re-stitching  after the sides were serged. 

Here is my finished skirt after about an hour of cutting and sewing time. 

My cost for skirt and elastic is about $3 but the important thing is I am happy with the results of  this upcycle project and it is no longer in my sewing room.


  1. Good job. Looks great. You will probably wear a lot.

    1. Thank you, now I will need to make a summer shirt to go with it.