Saturday, July 16, 2011

Thrift store skirt converted to an assymmetric top

I found this amazing pleated skirt for $2 at at thrift store, I loved the fabric-yellow and black plaid.  It is so fun, but as a skirt it was too big and it was frumpy.

I have been watching Mad Men a lot recently and want a cape or an A-line jacket, I know this isn't either, but those silhouettes inspire me, so this is a change from my more usual fitted silhouettes.

How did I change it from a skirt to a top?

I unpicked the waistband and the lining, as this was a lot smaller than the skirt (as it was not pleated). Luckily the hole was big enough where the waist band had been, that it fit well under my arm and over my shoulder. I then rehemmed where the waistband had been and took a dart from the shoulder so it would curve better over the shoulder. I rehemmed the waistband so I could make it in to a strap. I pinned a giant sleeve out of the giant top and sewed some seams in there as it is so billious and I wanted to be able to wear a belt with it. It took about an hour-if that. Then it was all done :)

 What I am wearing

My new thrift store skirt to assymetric top
My purple merino top from Shanton
Black gloves from the $1-$8 mart
Belt off another dress I bought
Black skirt from Glassons
Red boots from Number One Shoe Warehouse

Have you made any recent thrift store alterations?

Have a happy week, from Kiwibubbles :)


  1. Hi Megan, thanks, that's kind of you :)
    From kiwibubbles

  2. That is freakishly creative. If it wasn't asymmetrical, I would think it vintage from the 1960's. Or directly ripped off of Trudy's back. The color scheme reminds me heavily of Trudy. Her super mod look really contrasts Pete.

    You just need a hat, and the outfit would be peeerrfect. :) Also, the belt and gloves are awesome.

  3. Hey Emily, wow, thanks so much for the lovely comment. You are so supportive to me!! Hey neat, you are a mad men fan too! I have made a perfect Joan dress in the last few weeks, I really wanted to find some retro props for my photos, but may have to take photos without, unfortunately.I really like Trudy too now you mention it. what sort of hat do you think would work with the outfit? from kiwibubbles