recon: taffeta christmas skirt

5 Dec

my favorite kind of recon – easy easy!

holiday skirt

i’ve been pining for a plaid taffeta party something for a couple of weeks now – didn’t care if it was a skirt or a dress. i actually wanted to make a taffeta peony, so i started lurking plaid taffetas online. well, i scrapped that idea to the back burner when i realized how expensive that stuff is – and i wanted silk!

so imagine my delight when i found a little girl’s plaid taffeta party dress during my saturday shopping trip with lauren. it’s polyester, but whatever – PLAID. and $2.50!

holiday skirt - the before
here’s what i started with. it’s pretty small, but that empire waist is exactly my waist measurement. and before anyone gets sad about the death of a little girl’s plaid taffeta party dress, i will point out that it’s a walmart brand. pretty cheap stuff to begin with.

anyway, i removed the skirt from the bodice (and discarded the bodice – not enough fabric to do anything with!) and cut the hem off the bottom to form a waistband. since the hem is on the bias, i stabilized it with horsehair interfacing to give it some structure. i shortened the zipper & stuck it back in there with the skirt lining. the hem is just a simple rolled hem. easy!

holiday skirt

this whole project probably took about 2 hours, and now i have a new skirt to wear for christmas parties 🙂 i already wore it this morning to put up the office christmas tree.

holiday skirt - waistband

holiday skirt - inside

i even had enough taffeta left over to make a matching headband.

matching headband

i look like a damn christmas present.

holiday skirt
i’m okay with that 🙂

22 Responses to “recon: taffeta christmas skirt”

  1. didyoumakethat December 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    That is absolutely BRILLIANT!!!! Those capital letters and exclamation marks? They’re me screaming at my monitor. Absolutely inspired. I totally want a plaid taffeta skirt now. Prepare to be imitated…

  2. Marie December 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Wow! I can’t believe you saw that child’s dress and thought of its future potential. What a great transformation and I love the matching headband!

  3. Poppykettle December 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Awesome recon, and appropriately Christmassy. Thumbs up from me.

    • montanachic December 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

      You look fabulous. Who thought something from Walmart could end up looking so good 🙂

  4. Trisha December 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Super cute! And you are fast—I think it would have taken me more than 2 hours.

  5. gingermakes December 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    This is SO CUTE! You’ll be the belle of every holiday ball in this getup!

  6. Sassy T December 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Jeez you are talented. That being said it would not have gone near my waist lol. How did you make the head band? Love bows.

    • Lauren December 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

      i made a little fabric tube for the headband (casey has a tutorial for this on her blog, although it won’t let me link to the page for some reason?) and the bow was made using tilly’s bow belt technique.

      as you can see, i didn’t make my fabric tube long enough to cover the entire headband. oh well! you can’t see it when it’s in my hair 🙂

  7. weefrills December 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Cute and festive! Way to reuse!

  8. Quincy December 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Ohhh, I love it!!

  9. molly December 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    So cute, and it’s even pre-lined!

  10. Montana December 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Oh my goodness! You are so adorable, and I am now inspired!! How fun is that?!?! Very well done, thank-you so much for showing us!

  11. KristenMakes December 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    TOO cute. Love the matching headband, and the length of the skirt is perfect!

  12. Joanne December 6, 2011 at 2:36 am #

    Completely and utterly adorable Lauren! So so so cute! Love the matching headband and am very impressed with the upcycling skills. So good!

  13. Kristin Taylor December 6, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    0o0o this is such a cute outfit..I love your style

  14. Scruffybadger December 6, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    I’m so jealous! I’d love one for me! You look adorable and super Christmassy.

  15. Amelia December 6, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    ME TOO! I want something that is plaid and taffeta for the holidays as well and your post has truly inspired me to get on that. For some reason plaid and taffeta are synonymous with Christmas in my mind (velvet too)…this might be due to my having had a plaid taffeta dress that I loved as a child. You outfit is beautiful.

  16. leahfranqui December 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Oh this is so cute! You ALMOST make me wish I celebrated Christmas. Almost. But the latkes, the latkes are so good…maybe I could do it in blue and white plaid…

  17. wundermary December 8, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    This is fabulous!

  18. Jane December 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    SO cute and so christmassy, you look absolutely adorable. x

  19. Elisalex December 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    So cute. So so so cute.

  20. Maggie December 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    So great, just chiming in here! Really lovely, the headband tops it off.

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