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31 Days: The Thrift Project – Day 13: Haggle Shop Skirt

After yesterday’s post about the angel/ghost costume my dad made for me, my mom reminded me of another Halloween story about Dad.

When I was in middle school, I decided to go as a hippie.  I think I might have been a hippie a few years in a row, actually, but one year, my dad dressed up with me.  He had saved his bellbottoms for me because “fashion always cycles back around. Bellbottoms will be in again.” (In the late 80’s/early 90’s, I didn’t believe him. Lesson learned.)

So, right before it’s time to meet up with my friends, my dad comes downstairs to drop me off, dressed like this:

Fantastic!  The best part was knowing he had worn this at one point, not as a costume, but as every day attire. (Check out that sweet rope belt.) I love it!

Today’s project is not a Halloween one, but those are coming soon. This is another quick and easy skirt redo using elastic.

I mentioned this skirt a few posts back when I talked about going antiquing with my grandmother when I was home from college one Christmas. It’s been a few years since I was in college (ahem), and this skirt has hung in my closet since then.

You can tell it’s home sewn (anyone else always hear Heidi Klum’s voice with those words?), and I wonder if the fabric was something else before it was made into a skirt, based on the way the embroidery stitches are laid out.

It’s always been way too big, and the closure at the top of the zipper was missing. I attempted to fix the closure a few years ago, but it was still not really wearable.

So when I started planning The Thrift Project, figuring out what pieces would be tackled, I decided, instead of treating this vintage piece as precious, I would make it work so that I could enjoy it now.

I followed the same technique as before, leaving the original waistband intact. I’ve done this technique 3 times now, and it takes me about 5 minutes, start to finish. Low risk, high return.

Why have I waited so long to fix this skirt? I would have loved to have worn it all summer with a tucked in cream tank. Simple and pretty. Another lesson learned in procrastination.


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3 thoughts on “31 Days: The Thrift Project – Day 13: Haggle Shop Skirt

  1. Another great…my dad was the one who told me about the “fashion cycle” too. I too, was a skeptic, until came highschool and I was wearing his belbottoms from the 70’s. I am glad somethings never come back, but my most thankful comback ever, is that of the legging!


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