March 9, 2013

High Low Skirt Refashion

Hey folks!  I rarely get sucked into fads and trends.  I like to stick with the classics.  This is usually the case because the trends are immodest or weird.  High-Low skirts fall on the weird side of the spectrum for me.  "Wait, you like that bit of fabric dragging behind you?"  It reminds me of tuxedo tails, and I'm not a big fan of those either.  The really short ones are like a reverse mullet.  You know, except, "party in the front and business in the back" instead of the other way around.

Yeah, so after all that, I still made one. :-)  It can't hurt to try right?  It looked SO easy, it wouldn't cost me anything, and I didn't have to make a "mini skirt with a cathedral train" version.  So here 'tis.  Let me know what you think.

 Before: A mis-shapen skirt I picked up at Goodwill over a year ago to turn into something else.  The front had stretched out and the back hadn't so it was awkward to wear the way it was. The colors, however, are so in right now.  It's funny how trends always come around again.

 1. Try the skirt on.  On the center front, mark where you want the highest part of the hem to be.

2.  Lay the skirt out with the side-seams matched and in the middle.  The center front is the fold on the bottom.  Find you pin.  Start cutting there and gently slope towards the bottom of the skirt as you cut up. Remember to leave room for the hem!  I didn't :-( and it's a bit shorter in the front than I thought it would be.

 3. Try it on and see if you like the drape and lines.  Mine (honestly I thought it looked weird) turned out almost perfect.  I only adjusted one area.

My skirt had a built in lining, which is nice.  I evened out the longer hem so it wasn't so pointy.

4. If your skirt has a lining, pull the main fabric out of the way and trim it straight across just above the highest point.  If you don't, then you'll see the lining when you wear your skirt.

5. Hem your skirt, Hem the lining.  All done!
See?  No more unsightly lining. :-)

Chambray shirts are in, right?  :-)  

P.S. I love tying my shirts.  And I'm going to make some specifically for tying this spring/summer. :-)  Knots and bows are the bomb.

Let's have a round of applause for massive Mr. mirror in the studio.  He makes my life so much easier.

Day light savings tonight folks!


  1. Cute! I'm totally the same when it comes to fashion trends. I don't ever plan on buying a high low skirt, but it looks cute on you!

  2. I'm with you on not being wild about new fads, but I do like a well done High-low hem! Yours is adorable. And chambray is so in! You've got such a trendy new outfit there;D

  3. Ooh, I really like the way it turned out! I've been wanting to try making one of these, and I think I will now. ^_^

    1. Be sure to let me know if you post about it! I'd love to see it.

  4. That's such a cute skirt! I've always wondered how to refashion an old skirt to look like that. Thanks! :)

  5. I notice that on the picture where you try the skirt on for the first time you have your pullover on. And after cutting it, you don't ! Am I right to say that sewing made you warm ?! That's my case too !

    1. Yeah. :-) I'm always freezing when the project is done, but I never think about it while I'm working.