Sister time. It's what the Dr. prescribed.
After some thrifting, Matthew (aka Christiana) and I made a night of white wine, sewing, and a chick flick. Inspired by a free-people mini denim print maxi skirt, my hippie-clad sister elicited me as her seamstress to create a replica. Here are the simple steps we took to create this fashion-forward piece:
1) Hunt down some high waisted denim pants that fit well in the waist and rear (don't worry about the pant length, as the legs will be removed)
2) In the same trip, peruse the skirt section, and pick out a long maxi skirt with a fun floral print
3) Once you are home, pull out your scissors, pins, measuring tape, and sewing machine.
4) Cut the legs off the your denim above the crotch seam, and slip the newly made skirt on. Now have a friend pin and measure the skirt to a preferred length. Cut off the excess fabric.
5) Slip the floral maxi underneath the denim layer and adjust the length to your liking.
6) Match the side seams of the denim and floral maxi and pin. Now pin the two layers together and carefully remove from your dress form or body.
7) [It may be necessary to gather the floral fabric to fit the denim--If so, mark the desired length around the circumference of the skirt and cut (leaving a 1/2" seam allowance). Now baste stitch 3/8" from the raw edge, gather, and pin evenly to the skirt]
8) Sew the wrong side of the denim to the right side of the floral fabric--leaving the raw edge of the denim skirt revealed.
9) Remove excess fabric, leaving 1/2" seam allowance
10) Voila! How easy was that?
I too found a treasure, amidst our thrift-shopping excursion.
Take a gander at this vintage Anne Klein A-line gold skirt!
It pairs perfectly with a loose-fitting, simple black top.
To draw the eye up, I accessorized with a pair of heavy chain earrings.
Metallics didn't end with Fall/Winter 2010
Take a peek at some Spring 2011 runway looks for a tangible way to appropriately implement some sparkle to your warm-weather wardrobe:
Now, I leave you inspired to create something fun for your spring wardrobe and to go bold with vintage finds (yes, even metallics). I also challenge you to spend quality time with your family and appreciate the friends you were born to love.