What I hear you cry, two posts in one week, can it be true? Yes folks and not only that but I've managed to dig my sewing machine out from under dust-sheets and the boxes of contents from Livvy's bedroom in order to do a little sewing - hooray!
So I had a little go at my own upcycling fashion re-make - a dress for a friend's 20 month old daughter from a thrifted skirt.
I love to visit car boot sales, although since giving up having a car in London a few years ago, don't get to many of my old favourites anymore, but there is a fairly large one held once a month quite near us which Livvy and I tend to visit along with our local Farmer's Market - I bribe Livvy into getting up and out at 7am on a Car Boot Sunday with the promise of a delicious treat :)
As a complete fabric addict I do like to rifle through the clothes sometimes looking for interesting looking prints and when I spotted a huge box pleated skirt for £1.00 couldn't resist. After unpicking the pleats, removing the waistband etc I ended up with a good 3 to 4 metres of fabric:
I sort of used this pattern which Livvy and I found while sorting out some boxes of ribbons and patterns but ended up making a fair few changes - probably would have been easier and quicker just to draft my own pattern!
I didn't want sleeves and I thought the skirt part looked too full, although in hindsight it would probably have been ok. I also wanted to line the bodice part with some plain pink cotton from my fabric stash.
I used some satin binding from my stash which to be honest am not too sure about - but then that could be because my stitching looks pretty awful - I didn't have the right match for the thread and was too impatient to wait until I could nip out to the store to get some!
Anyhow, end result seems ok, just hope my friend likes it and that it fits ...........