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wool skirt- new lease on life

Added Jan 30, 2011

by kbuckfeen

Winnipeg, Canada






a trip to the thrift store produced a great find- a vintage brown wool skirt in nearly perfect condition. it already fit my waist and hips, but was way too long for my short frame. i chopped it down to a more complimentary length and was left with lots of extra fabric. what to do with it?

i didn’t have to touch the zipper, which made my job easier. i simply tore off the old waistband and added a thicker one, reinforced with interfacing. then, with the additional fabric, threw on some gathered pockets (i used the extra lining i had cut away from the skirt to line them). i wasn’t loving the pockets at first…so i added a fold at the top, finished with a button to match the closure on the back and voila- an adorable skirt that will get plenty of wear!

Material Notes

thrift store wool skirt, interfacing, buttons




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Other, Preppy, Vintage
Polyester, Wool

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    Feb 23, 2011, 04.31 AMby summertime511

    SO great—love the change, looks good, and the turquoise buttons are fab! Sweet job!

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      Feb 27, 2011, 09.04 PMby kbuckfeen

      i’ve had those buttons kicking around for ages- it was nice to finally use them and then to be quite pleased with the outcome :)

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    Feb 22, 2011, 10.13 PMby kellywoj

    hey, you’re from winnipeg too…that’s pretty funny! anyways, i like your skirt!

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      Feb 27, 2011, 09.03 PMby kbuckfeen

      i am! and i love it!
      you have some great projects up on your profile. very cool stuff.

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    Feb 22, 2011, 09.18 PMby wolfywilgus

    ughhh i LOVE this. new project!

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    Feb 22, 2011, 06.36 PMby carottesauvage

    I like the density and texture of the fabric-not to mention the colour. The pockets are genius!

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    Feb 21, 2011, 03.40 PMby juanitatortilla

    Now this is giving me ideas about a corduroy skirt that is so un-loved in my wardrobe!

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    Feb 21, 2011, 11.57 AMby barkcloth

    you should have left the pockets out.

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      Feb 21, 2011, 04.15 PMby leashbean

      no way! that is what gives this project some uniqueness and quirkiness.

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      Feb 21, 2011, 11.35 PMby kbuckfeen

      it’s all a matter of style preference, i suppose. personally, i never would have worn it without the pockets, so it wouldn’t have made sense for me to leave them out. in fact, they’re my favourite part of this project :)

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      Feb 28, 2011, 12.07 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

      oh my god, the pockets MAKE this skirt! so thoughtful and visually interesting, i love the turquoise pop. awesome refashion.

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    Feb 21, 2011, 11.09 AMby saffroncee

    I love recycling project too. I am uploading one just now. ;) Your project certainly inspired me to explore more recycling project. Thanks for sharing.

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      Feb 21, 2011, 11.40 PMby kbuckfeen

      i like working from new, but i love working to recycle/upcycle a garment. it’s a but more of a challenge sometimes, but mega-rewarding!

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    Feb 20, 2011, 03.45 AMby vestiphobia

    Awesome thrifty remix! Every change was well worth it and it looks adorable!

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    Feb 19, 2011, 03.25 PMby kbuckfeen

    thanks for all the encouragement, folks- this one was a lot of fun to make :)

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    Feb 19, 2011, 02.23 PMby nehmah

    You’ve done a grand job on re-fitting the skirt for your height. I really like the buttons. When I saw where you lived, my first thought was, “Her legs will stay toasty-warm this winter.” Cordially, Nehmah

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      Feb 19, 2011, 03.27 PMby kbuckfeen

      you’re so right- and boy do we need all the warmth we can get these days!! we have a couple warm days but then bang! right back to brrrrrrr!

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    Feb 19, 2011, 01.35 PMby cweeks

    Super cute! Love the retro yet modern look. Inspirational!

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    Feb 19, 2011, 09.34 AMby signe-marie

    So cute! I have several thrifted wool skirts in my basket that could work for this. Thank you for sharing!

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      Feb 22, 2011, 12.05 AMby kbuckfeen

      my pleasure. it would be the coolest thing for this project to inspire more recycled garments! please be sure to post your project if you do something similar- i would love to see it!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 07.18 PMby michaelannn

    so stinkin cute! i love the look of those gathered pockets, such a cute little touch on a simple skirt :]

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      Feb 19, 2011, 03.30 PMby kbuckfeen

      thanks! the pockets were the most fun. the rest of the job was more about function but i could just let my imagination run wild with the pockets and i was really happy with the final result.

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    Feb 18, 2011, 06.26 PMby ruthieburda

    Love it!!

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    Feb 18, 2011, 05.11 PMby merbecky

    Very nicely done

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    Feb 4, 2011, 10.41 PMby memoryseed

    This is very pretty! And the buttons make it playful :)

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    Feb 1, 2011, 09.24 PMby dilshadburman

    LOVING the pockets!! good stuff!

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    Feb 1, 2011, 10.31 AMby nookie

    love the pockets

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    Jan 31, 2011, 06.38 PMby mahaila

    I agree, it is a really nice skirt. I like how you have used something as simple as different coloured buttons to make it look unique. I also like how you have shaped the pockets. Nice work! and great second hand find.

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      Jan 31, 2011, 09.46 PMby kbuckfeen

      i appreciate it. this was one of my favourite sewing projects to date. the buttons were also a second hand find and they were way too cute to pass up.

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    Jan 31, 2011, 10.10 AMby sarsaparilla

    Great idea, especially because you could leave the zip alone! I love the cute little buttons :)

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      Jan 31, 2011, 09.45 PMby kbuckfeen

      thanks. i loved that i didn’t have to touch the zipper- simplified the project a bit!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 09.34 PMby stephene

    Cute idea! I have a skirt to inspire my project now! Thanks for sharing!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 07.05 PMby leashbean


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