My guest post today on The Refashioners!

Hello my friends, it’s been some time! We’re back from our long trip to the UK. Lots of fun was had, I even got to meet a handful of amazing blogger friends, and pictures of our trip will happen soon once we’ve settled back in (and taken care of a few remaining bathroom remodel-related things). But most importantly today, pushing through the jet lag, I have something fun to share!

Remember how I told you I was selected by the lovely and talented refashioner Portia to participate in her 2013 Refashioners project? Well she kicked off two weeks of guest post refashions yesterday. If you haven’t seen yesterday’s post showing what Karen from Did You Make That? refashioned, you had better go take a look, it’s pretty amazing (oh and she was one of the wonderful people I got to meet on my vacation!).

Today, my refashion is up on Portia’s blog! Just what did I do? I took a huge men’s flannel button-down, long-sleeved, collared shirt and turned it into a vintage-inspired skirt! (All in the midst of the bathroom remodel, which I can’t even believe on hindsight!)

I haven’t done a lot of refashioning in my time, so this project really was a challenge. But I’m pleased as punch with the results and seriously want to start scouring thrift stores for similar shirts because I love this skirt. If you haven’t dabbled in refashioning yet, I hope this makes you give it another look. It sure made me!

Want to learn more? Pop on over to Portia’s blog and read all about my refashioned skirt today. And be sure to follow her blog to see all the other refashions coming up over the next two weeks!

 

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Golly, 21 Comments!

  • Great skirt! I’m not really into refashioning , but love to see others doing some refashioning. It’s such a clever idea to make a skirt out of a blouse.

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  • Very cool! Glad you had a fun trip, can’t wait to see your pics.

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  • I love your new glasses – they look great on you!

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  • GREAT! Refashioning is something I really want to get into. I always find great fabric sadly attached to ugly dresses ;)

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  • I love that skirt too!!! Sad I missed you while you were in the UK :(
    Thanks so much for taking part in The Refashioners!
    Px

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  • Great Job!!! I love your new glasses, by the way. Adorable!

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  • Off topic, but I noticed you wear Swedish Hasbeens…I’ve been mulling a pair of either Lotta of Stockholm or Svens, but I’m nervous they won’t be comfortable. I’ve owned one pair of wooden-soled shoes before and they were just horrid. Are they comfy to wear, or just cute so you put up with the pain? I think I may have a medium to high arch. I’m not one of those people who puts up with pain to look good–they have to be comfortable too! And the reviews are no help, pretty much a mixed bag.

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    • Hi Elisha, I have shoes by all three of those brands. With the exception of my Svens which have their bendable sole (vs. their non-bendable sole), the footbed is pretty much the same between Lottas/Hasbeens/Sven and Cape Clogs (a 4th brand I have… can you tell I’m obsessed, lol): iightweight but hard wood. For me, I find them all very comfortable, but if you’ve had an issue in the past it might not work out. Two tips: 1) you might want to check out the Sven bendable soles… I don’t think they have that option on all their styles, but it allows the shoe to bend more normally than a solid one. Of course the height may make a difference for you too. I thought my Swedish Hasbeens might end up being too tall for me as it’s a higher heel height than I’m used to, but they are still quite comfy. 2) If you have a high arch which I do too, avoid styles that cover the arch, I think that’s the key. I can’t wear Dansko Professional clogs (tried years ago, very painful across my arch after an hour or so), but I can wear clog styles that have an ankle strap and are open across my arch, AKA more sandal-y styles. Those don’t trouble me at all.

      Hope that helps!

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    • It DOES help, thanks so much for your reply! Very helpful. I love all the cute clogs you wear, too.

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  • Welcome home, sweet gal – I loved seeing the snaps from your trip that you posted on Instagram and can’t wait to hear more about your exciting travels on the other side of the pond. Right this moment though, I’m going to hop over and read your guest post. That plaid skirt is so completely charming (I wanted a plaid skirt for this summer, too, and bought a great 80s does mid-century one for a song on etsy a few weeks ago).

    ♥ Jessica

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  • Welcome home! I love your new skirt :) Your new glasses are fabulous!

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  • Love, love, love it! What a super cute idea :) Great job!

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  • You did a great job! I wouldn’t have detected the boxy shirt it was, if I hadn’t known.
    And how carefully you matched the plaid at the pockets, I love the result. I am still hesitating to sew plaid after one very bad failure. Maybe beginning with something refashioned seems to be a good start to learn how to cope with the pattern.
    A dear german blogger has worked a lot with plaid shirts. It won’t be your style, but I am always stunned how versatile an old shirt can be. The text is german, I’m sorry, but all the projects were made from old shirts, the step-by-step images of some projects illustrate pretty well how she has made it.
    http://natron.natronundsoda.net/variationen-vom-hemd/

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  • Hey,
    amazing outfit. Suits you so good.
    Love
    Tabea

    http://wolkedrei.blogspot.de/

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  • I just wanted to say hello and present myself ! I follow you on Instagram and saw the lovely pictures. I’m a beginner in sewing but love the vintage look !

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  • I always dream to be able to alter some clothes with no style but nice fabric in thrift store! Good job!
    I hope you liked your trip in our Old Europe… you should have tasted our bad weather….

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  • That skirt is FANTASTIC!!! I would have never thought of that. Although I don’t sew so that’s not saying much. But I love it!

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  • I love this. Seriously, it’s amazing! Now I’m on the hunt for amazing vintage flannel. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • The result of this shirt is surprising.
    I am curious to photos of your trip to england … bye

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  • Wow, this looks awesome! Great refashion– it’s very you!

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