Our youngest daughter told me several times I should wear something else then a jeans during hot summer days. My last summer skirt has left my wardrobe a while ago. When it’s hot I usually wear my refitted GBSB Drapey Knit dress but that’s only for one day. The next day I want some fresh clothes.
So I was thinking for a while what to make for those tropical sunny days? What to wear instead of jeans that is comfortable when it’s hot. While I was re-organizing my discarded clothes stash I found this dress. I made this dress for our youngest daughter about 10 years ago. I also found a Top that belonged to our eldest daughter. The re-fashionist in me woke-up: Two discarded clothes turned into new two piece summer set.
The discarded dress
We bought the fabric for this dress together at Sikkes. A little bit firm probably cotton poplin fabric in a kind light blue, lavender colour with a single border of white flowers. I decided to turn it into a pleated skirt preferably a paperbag skirt. Sadly the original skirt wasn’t high enough. I went for knife pleats.
One evening of unpicking, washing and ironing. I used the body for the pockets, waistband and belt loops. The waistband has an overlap that has a buttonhole. I didn’t use interfacing because the fabric is already firm enough and the pleats add extra firmness. My skirt has no center back seam and an exposed zipper so the pattern of the border is running trough. Four evenings sewing later the skirt was ready to wear.
The discarded top
I don’t know how many times our eldest daughter wore this XL RTW top. The fabric has dandelion fluff as design. Both fabrics looked great together and the dark blue of the top combined beautiful with the light blue skirt. This top is made of 100% rayon. After everything was unpicked all loose parts were placed on the table.
I moved the front part so the V-neck would become less deep. The shoulder yoke was also altered. I removed the part at the front to create a shoulder seam. The back and front of the top was also made 8 centimeters smaller and the sleeves 4 centimeters. Three evenings later the matching top was finished.
Time and Costs
Time for the skirt: unpicking the dress 3 hours; making pleats 4 hours; cutting pockets, waistband and belt loops 30 minutes; basting, stitching and finishing 8 hours
Time for the top: unpicking the top 3 hours; designing new top and cutting 2 hours; basting, stitching and finishing 6 hours
Costs for the skirt: besides zipper € 2,50 and yarn € 2,00 no further costs
Costs for the top: only yarn € 2,00
Experience and Conclusion
It’s a funny thought to use and wear the discarded clothes of your daughters. Giving discarded clothes a second life isn’t everybody’s cup of tea but for me it’s just as normal as using fabric. I can imagine it’s hard to look trough a garment and see something new in it. A good start is by putting the garment on and see if it’s big enough to do some alterations.
Make a drawing of you want to make and take the garment apart. Look at all the pieces that are on the table. Find or make a fitting sewing pattern. When you started sewing your own clothes you were on a learning curve. Doing refashions is the same. Unpicking can be very relaxing. The total costs are a yoke. As you see I’ve started wearing my two piece Summer ste and started thinking about making a second Summer skirt.