a new skirt re-make

I made a new skirt for my daughter - and then I re-made it.
What began as Simplicity 2286.....
 ...became NEWLOOK 6192
My daughter purchased this lovely ivory stretchy knit with a slight lacy 'stripe' from Hobby Lobby...
...along with Simplicity 2286 'Learn to Sew' because she wanted a cute skirt she could 'learn to sew' herself using an 'easy' pattern.   We worked together cutting out the pattern and material, then due to a busy schedule, she was unable to complete the sewing.  So I thought I'd complete it for her.   
First of all let me say, I did not think there was anything particularly 'easy' about this 'learn to sew' pattern.  In fact, I thought it was a little tricky for a beginner sewing pattern.  They had you gather the middle of the skirt's front and back and the skirt was so very full and so very straight.  I completed the skirt per the instructions, included a lining because her fabric was so sheer and, below, is what it looked like finished, but unhemmed.  A very straight, lots-of-fabric-to-gather-around-the-elastic-waist and not very exciting.  Does this not look almost 'juvenile' (child-ish) for an almost 21 year old young lady?  Per the pattern photo the model looked about this age, so one would think it'd be age-appropriate styling.  Another look at Simplicity 2286 below.
A closer look of the waist area.  Can you see all the 'bunchiness'?  It looked terrible on her.  Her shirts did not lay well over the top of this skirt because of all the bunchiness.
So I pulled out some of the skirts I've made for myself recently for her to try on to see if maybe one of those patterns would work for her.  And this is what she chose...
My NEWLOOK 6192, view B without the drawstring.
This skirt has a little flare, but more importantly the elasticized waist has very little 'bunchiness' which allows your shirt to lay flat over it.  AND this waistband is so easy to attach to skirt as there are no gathers... just match the side seams and the 4 notches, sew and you're done.  Yes! 
So the entire skirt was cut apart and re-cut using NL6192 pattern and quickly sewn into this cute skirt.
Let's look at them side-by-side again to compare...
The exact same piece of elastic was used in each skirt.
Let's compare the waistbands now.... a dramatic difference.
Both the lining and skirt were finished with french seams and a simple turned up hem.   Because I had limited lining fabric on hand, it worked well to have it so much shorter than the skirt.  The lacy effect of the skirt could be seen at the bottom edge, yet still maintain modesty.
What kind of bothered me about the Simplicity 2286 was that it is marketed as 'learn to sew' and a beginner sewer might not only be overwhelmed with the tricky gathering, but be disappointed with her end result that she might never try sewing again.

Meanwhile, my daughter has a beautiful new skirt she is already enjoying wearing and hopefully some day she will have the time to learn to sew her own clothes too - and remember this particular skirt as a learning experience.  


a 'new' old top - an experiment in 're-purposing'

My almost 21 year old daughter has been cleaning out her closet and I found this shirt in her give-away pile.   I thought it was cute and on a lark tried it on and was actually kinda' surprised it fit.

So many creative ladies in blogland write about 'repurposing' their clothes, I wondered what I could do with this top because there was something about it I didn't like but couldn't quite put my finger on what it was, even though I thought it was cute.

Finally decided it was the sleeves.  They were finished with a serged rolled hem with a 1/8" elastic sewn-in @1" from the sleeve's hem giving it a 'poofy-ish' 'little girl' look.

I'm not a 'poofy-sleeved' person and definitely not into a 'little girl' look at my (ahem) 'mature' age, so the sleeves were decided upon to be re-done.

No other changes were made.
I (carefully) ripped out the elastic, pressed, then hemmed and finished each sleeve with a straight stitch with a 1/2" seam allowance.   I left the serged rolled hem alone and simply turned under and finished it where it would not be noticeable, yet still be there to keep the raw edge from raveling.  You can see what a dramatic difference simply re - finishing this top's sleeve's hem made. 
Again - BEFORE:
Changing the finish of the top's sleeve's made the entire top look better - even different.  Took out the 'poofy' 'little girl' look of the top and this is definitely something I will enjoy wearing.  I wondered if my daughter might want it back now, but she says it's still mine.  What's funny, is that she mentioned how she never liked the sleeves either - AFTER she saw the change(s) I made.  :)

I like this whole idea of 're-purposing' our clothes and thinking outside-the-box in a creative way....

....and I am still working on my NEWLOOK 6110 'stripes' top and am happy to report I'm done with matching all the stripes and am past that point.  I've just been stuck on the inside facing of that top and hope to have that figured out soon to share.

Hope all is having a wonderful 'creative' weekend too!

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