Wardrobe Revamp: Problem Shirt Turned Awesome Skirt


Welcome to the first of (hopefully) many editions of Wardrobe Revamp. The premise is pretty basic, right now in my closet there are many articles of clothing that I don’t wear, and I’m sure most woman can relate. Whether they don’t fit, don’t look good, aren’t stylish or need mending I want to make them wearable again. So one by one I’ll be takin’ em out, givin’ em some love and sending them on their way.

For my first WR project, check out this cute lacy number I got several years ago at Forever 21:

Couple of problems with it:

1. That pretty crocheted lace around the top is too small for my chest and although I can get it on, I have to cover the bulge of skin it creates with a jacket or cardigan.

2. The two lace inserts along the front are completely see-through and therefore require an undershirt, not a big deal unless you combine it with the necessity of a cover up, which turns a whimsical summer top into a whole thing.

3. All that lace along the bottom sits right on my hips, and adds quite a bit of junk to an already amply filled trunk.

Solution? ………..Turn it into a skirt.

First I ripped the seams holding the top lace and straps to the rest of the shirt. Next I took measurements for the new waistline and a lining. With that info a quick trip to Joanns was in order for some lining fabric (I just used some super cheap cotton muslin, it’s the same color as the shirt and it feels nice) and a yard of 1 1/2 inch elastic. I sewed the lining and attached it to the top in about a half hour, now the lace inserts are opaque enough for my comfort. I’m not particularly fond of making casings for elastic I think it ends up looking bulky and juvenile so I sewed my elastic to the top of the hemmed skirt with a zig-zag stitch and left it at that.

The moment I slipped I loved it. It looks great and even more awesome it’s super comfortable and easy to wear… in fact I am wearing it now! The thing I loved about this as a top and now as skirt too is how easily I can dress it up with a cute jacket and heels like in the picture or dress it down like I am now with a tank top and sandals. All in all I think the first Wardrobe Revamp is a resounding success.

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