mend and make do

This is a skirt that was originally a dress that I wore to my high school semi-formal. That was some seven years ago now. When I bought it, it had spaghetti straps. Being the fussy teenager that I was, I wanted it strapless. So I had it altered. Then I never wore it again. And I probably never would have because these days I make a point not to wear strapless anything. Anyway, the material was just too lovely to leave lying in the back of my wardrobe so I decided it needed to be altered one final time. I’m quite happy with the end result and I’m positive I will be getting a lot more wear out of it from now on.

33 Comments

  1. Christina October 21, 2010

    The skirt is really lovely! I hope we see more photos of it soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Girl Friday October 21, 2010

    I was doing a Spring clean today and decided to finally put a few of my Frankie posters up over the fireplace… My favourite one was the "make do and mend" poster so I made it the feature. When I saw your post it made me giggle!

    Beautiful skirt, love it.

    xx

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  3. Amie October 21, 2010

    that's good that you've been able to salvage it and extend it's wardrobe life! i've thrown out so many things that i know if i alter it i could wear it again or in a different way, but haven't been bothered/can't find the time.

    x amie

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  4. Vicky October 21, 2010

    Love the sheer-ness and polka dots. Can't believe you did this yourself. Really lovely skirt x

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  5. Panda October 21, 2010

    This is such a good idea! I have so many old things I won't wear because of a certain thing about it. Very inspired! panda xo

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  6. Abby October 21, 2010

    ohh its so pretty! What a great idea!! And I hear you on the strapless, I can't stand strapless, it's too hard!

    x

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  7. LUU H. October 21, 2010

    seriosly? seven years ago? wow, the clothes i wore then is tiny small ! but good idea though !

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  8. Mariรฑa " La Marquesa" October 21, 2010

    it is very nice your skirt and amazing if you wear it to high school…..:D at that time I use to be much more rocker!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  9. chow (heart+bleecker) October 21, 2010

    i must say i am envious of your sewing skills. I am hopeless when it comes to things like that, but i really to want to learn. if i had the skill half of the dresses on my rack right now would be shorter..!

    xx

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  10. Jessica October 21, 2010

    you changed it about two times?
    you are such a artistic talented girl.
    i love how you changed it into a skirt. so feminine and i really like it!

    http://eclecticraccoon.blogspot.com/

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  11. curious constellation October 21, 2010

    It looks gorgeous!

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  12. size too small October 21, 2010

    i've got a bunch of things i want to alter and give new life to. your skirt looks great.

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  13. cupcake October 21, 2010

    the skirt is really lovely!

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  14. Joanna October 21, 2010

    Such a pretty skirt! I have a bunch of those dresses that I'll probably never wear again…great idea to alter them into something wearable.

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  15. BronnieGrace October 21, 2010

    I can't believe this is the same dress/skirt as the semi. To think about how much we have changed since then. You looked beautiful then and you look beautiful now (even if i can only see half of you). miss you!

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  16. Stefani October 21, 2010

    Such a beautiful skirt!

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  17. The Runaway Dress October 21, 2010

    The material is wonderful.

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  18. Sharon October 22, 2010

    Lovely fabric, I also think that you've done a wonderful job ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sharon xx

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  19. Marinka October 22, 2010

    your skirt is really lovely

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  20. VIVIENNE KONGVONGSA October 22, 2010

    Sweet skirt! Love the job you did with it, it looks amazing on you!

    Love,
    http://www.viviennekongvongsa.com

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  21. soph (owl vs. dove) October 22, 2010

    @Christina: you betcha

    @GirlFriday: isn't that poster the loveliest? It's hanging up on one of my walls too.

    @Amie: I have a lot of those too, but this one was the exception. Definitely well worth it.

    @Vicky: Thanks. Sheer and polka dots are two of my favourite things. It was a given that I had to make this more wearable.

    @Panda: happy to pass on the diy vibes

    @Abby: I know right. And strapless bras are the bane of my existence!

    @LuuH: lucky for me this skirt is fairly free flowing, and elastic always helps ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @chow: I think if you get a few basic skills down pat, then you're pretty set.

    @Jessica: thanks for the kind words

    @sizetoosmall: you should try it, it definitely gives you a sense of accomplishment ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Marina @curious constellation @cupcake @Joanna @Stefani: thanks!

    @Bronnie: Nawwwww *cyberhug* It's also something to think about how much we're still the same though. In 8ish months you'll see all of me again. IN 3D! YAY

    @TheRunawayDress: thanks. It's one of the main reasons I couldn't part with it in the first place

    @Sharon @Marinka @Vivienne: thank you all ๐Ÿ™‚

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  22. Zabrinah October 22, 2010

    Wow! I really love this skirt!

    So amazing! I'm happy you mended and altered it, because look at it now! Lovely, my dear!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~Zabrinah

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  23. Amanda Fernandez October 22, 2010

    Loving that skirt!!!
    xoxo

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  24. Shell October 22, 2010

    Naw this is a cute skirt, and you're right about the fabric being lovely – I'm glad you could reuse it ๐Ÿ˜€
    I did a similar thing but turned an old skirt I bought when I was about 14 into a dress. Now it get's lots of wear!

    Shell
    xx

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  25. citizenone5nine. October 22, 2010

    You are amazing! I hate buying formal dresses, I always find that I only wear it once, possibly due to each event association… But nevertheless, good work with the rework!

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  26. C. October 22, 2010

    Ha, what a great idea. Great sewing skills, did you get them from your mum? That's where i got mine, although, they don't get used often enough.

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  27. E R I N October 22, 2010

    awww! very cute – looks like it has a nice amount of movement!!

    love the spots xx

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  28. Victoria India October 22, 2010

    It looks so lovely as a skirt! xo

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  29. See Hear Say October 22, 2010

    great great idea, it makes such a lovely skirt!

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  30. Niki October 22, 2010

    Love the skirt!

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  31. Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes October 23, 2010

    Great DIY, the material looks wonderful.

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  32. claire (jazzpad.) October 24, 2010

    I'm very envious of your skirt collection. I remember loving that orange one lots. And it's nice that the clothes which have sentimental value can be reinvented into something new. jazzy โ™ฅ

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  33. genevieve, sandbox romance October 26, 2010

    I adore what you've done to this dress! Such a cute skirt.

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