I'm all about making what you can out of clothes you no longer wear. It's sustainable, and connects well with my Wabi Sabi world view. Transience doesn't just mean the end of something, but also a beginning of something else.
This skirt used to be a James Perse ruched mini, but I didn't like how it looked. Just because something no longer works in its' original form, doesn't mean it is no longer useful. So I changed the skirt into a knee-length.
The ruched look appears cheap in my opinion, simple structure is always better.
I've been loving the matching skirt/crop top trend, and as I was looking through the Forever21 section, I realized a lot of these outfits can be made with things I already have. Probably end up better quality than Forever21, too.
So I took the stretchy elastic out of the skirt, which wasn't easy, because the lining was sewn to the outer part, and the entire length and hem was covered in elastic.
I wish I took before and after photos. But the end result looks a lot like the skirts with a sheer outer layer.
To DIY this look with a skirt you already own, all you need is small scissors, or a seam ripper if you have one.
You can use a sewing machine to sew up the seams after you're done, but if you don't have one, you can easily do this by hand. If you're not a great sewist (sewer?? nah.) like me, sewing by hand might be even better.
You can't see, but there are a lot of uneven stitches on the hem of this skirt. I also ripped a stitch on the top when I tried to put it on legs first.
The top is the easiest part, it's just a plain tank I cut off and hemmed to a shorter length.
I went with some plain black flats to complete the outfit. Wearing flats made this more casual, which I love on a long weekend of relaxing.
Hope you all had a good Memorial Day Weekend! Are there any self-made outfits you love wearing?