Taking part in the OWOP challenge forced me to admit that my first Ginger, see here, was ready to be put out to pasture. I’d attempted to resurrect it once, see here, but it hadn’t really worked out that well 😦
Still, rather than bin it (it was way past the charity bag stage), I thought I’d attempt to turn it into a skirt for my daughter. Nothing ventured…
I simply unpicked the zip (possibly to use again?), cut off the waistband and sewed up the back seam a little higher. Then roughly following the very first skirt patterns I ever made, I turned under the top edge just a little and stitched. Next,using the width of my elastic as a guide, I folded again to form my waistband, sewing it down but leaving a small gap to insert the elastic through. Lastly, I inserted the elastic, pulling it through with a safety pin, and finished up the gap. My daughter was keen to add a little extra detail, so we picked a small mouse patch (£1.99 for three from H and M) to stitch to the bottom, right hand corner. And here it is…
This conversion from mum-skirt to daughter-skirt took me all of an hour. I’m really pleased with it and so is my daughter. While she’s still a lot smaller than me (and that really won’t be for long, even at the age of six, she’s catching me fast) this is something I’ll definitely try again. The perfect play skirt 🙂
19 thoughts on “Waste not, Want not…”
Heehee! I love that your 6 year old already has such a sense of style that she’s telling you how to embellish her skirt for her.
It actually scares me! My eldest is a boy and I’m guessing I’ll still be laying his pants and socks out for him the night before, until he’s eighteen! Girls certainly know their own minds 😉
Aw isn’t it so great having girls! 🙂
She loved the idea if ‘modelling’ for me 🙂
And a very good one she makes too, she’s so cute! X
I’m always loathe to admit I’ve made a mistake and get rid of something I’ve made myself. This is the perfect solution, ideal for a little girl.
Me too! Really pleased I could do something with it 🙂
Really cute! Jools xx
Thank you, glad it turned out wearable 🙂
She’s adorable and the skirt looks great! I love the addition of the patch.
Thanks Teri. It would have been pretty plain without the mouse patch, so glad we found it 🙂
Perfect refashion and our daughter looks so happy with it!
Thanks Sharon! The only bit that ended up in the bin was the waistband, so not too bad at all 🙂
Oh that is so cute! I love the rabbit motif and matching sweater! She looks very pleased with her new skirt!
Thanks Amanda. I can’t take any credit for the top though -Mini Boden through and through. She loves rabbits 🙂
That’s a fab refashion! Ah if only I had girls, my boys won’t let me make them anything! x
Thank you! I’m yet to attempt anything for my son either. I thought I’d have a go at some simple shorts, but will have to be next year now, though by then he might be. Of the same opinion as yours 😉
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