+ - - - - - - How to make an 80’s inspired side ruffle knit skirt DIY

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Here is a new, modernized spin on an 80’s skirt – the side ruffle knit  skirt perfect to dress up or down this upcoming season.

Supplies + Instructions:

All you need is 1.5 to 2 yards of light to med weight knit fabric that has good stretch.

Make 2 rectangles or squares depending on the length you want the skirt – one side of the will be your hip measurement – this will be the stretchy part. the other side is the length you want the skirt to be but doubled.  Once you have cut that out, find the center of the pieces on the skirt length side and mark the actual length from the center of the piece.

Fold the piece in half at that center and cut outward from those markings to the corners of the square or rectangle. You would be left with a trapezoid witch looks like a triangle with the top point cut off.

Pin the trapezoids together right sides together. Sew up the side except the smallest side. When sew up the angled sides you need to make it curve inwards 4 to 6 inches depending on how much you want the skirt to be asymmetrical.

Turn right side out and iron.

Run a basting stitch along the long end about 4 inches in then gently gather it till the ruffle is the length you want the skirt to be matching the short end.

Fold and pin the skirt ends on top of each other making sure the measurements are correct, you can double check the fit with anther knit skirt you already own or just pin it in place and then try to slip it on.  Sew it together through the basting stitch. For me I couldn’t get the waist as small as I liked with out pulling the ruffle weird. I added a few darts or if you would rather keep it simple you can go for the elastic option! Grab 1.5” wide elastic and measure it to your waist will stretching it. Then sew the ends together. Pin the elastic to the outside of the skirt then stretch it as you sew it to the very top edge of the skirt. Then Fold it inside and sew the top edge again while you stretch it.

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+ - - - - - - How to make a diy ruffle sleeve with open bow back (bridesmaid dress idea!) VIDEO

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Supplies + Instructions:
This feminine dress showcases pretty gathered sleeves with an open back tied together with an oversized bow. This dress is perfect for church or something special like a wedding or it can even be a bridesmaid dress.

*You’ll need a longer dress- preferably one that has a zipper down the center back. If it doesn’t you can add one later.
*Also need a fitted top or dress that has darts
*matching thread, scissors, pins, marking device or pins for this, sewing machine
1.Cut the sleeves off, and any unwanted trim (which you may need to seam rip and resew), and cut off the bottom half too as well as the zipper, leaving a little extra to keep the gathering or pleats in place. Also seam rip out the zipper from the center of the top if there is on or cut up the center to make a place for the open back.
2.Turn the top inside out and lay the fitted top down over it. mark where the new sleeve opening and shoulder seams with be trying to keep the collar intact. Also mark where it needs to be taken in at the sides – leave a little bit of room on the sides, if you are taking in and moving the darts. If the darts are where they need to be the take it in as much as you need. If you need to move the darts, then seam rip them and mimic the top or dress you already own to mimc where it needs to be sewn on the dress.
3.Sew and trim off the extra. Serge or zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.
4.Try on the sleeves and mark how much it needs to be taken in and sew along the marking.
5.Slide the right side out sleeve to the inside out top and pin together. Sew.
6.Cut off some of the length or get extra material elsewhere and cut out 20+ inches long and 5 to 6 inches wide of fabric. I liked cutting it from the bottom because it would already be hemmed.
7.Fold it in half and sew up one side and run a basting stitch along the top.
8.Pull the basting stitch to make it gather to the width of your sleeve opening.
9.Pin right sides together matching up the seams if you can. Sew and serge.
10.Line up the top with the bottom and check out how much need to be taken in with the skirt. There are 2 options to take this in. ONE – you can just take it in from the sides or two – you can seam rip the pleats and make them wider and sew them into place.
11.Pin and sew the top and the bottom together making sure to perfectly line up the zipper to the open back, concealing the zipper top and also preventing the zipper pull from coming out.
12.Now make or cut off ties from extra material or use some ribbon or grosgrain and pin it to the top seam ripped or cut open neckline or upper back. Sew it into place as well as hem the opening edges by folding it under.
13.Hem the bottom of the skirt by rolling under 1/4” then 3/4” to 1” and sewing on the upper folded edge.

 

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+ - - - - - - Little wild horse slot canyon – distressed jeans

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This little slot canyon was our one day trip to check out how our kids did in slot canyons. And let me tell you….kids LOVE them. They are scary and interesting and cool. They thought they were parkour masters and rock climbing experts by the end. Not much complaining.

I was wearing my distressed jeans…you can check them out here! 

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+ - - - - - - DIY very EASY dress to jumpsuit or romper refashion

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Watch: Daniel Wellington

Make this jumpsuit from almost any dress or cut the legs short and make it into a romper perfect for Summer! As I was sewing this together I was shocked with how easy this was. And if you are lucky enough to find a dress that already has a zipper then its literally going to take you less than a half hour! Can’t wait to make a romper sometime very soon.

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+ - - - - - - DIY triple ruffle top from dress refashion video

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One of the funnest refashions yet! Super easy!

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+ - - - - - - super easy DIY Jean pants to Jean skirt refashion video

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Shoes: forever21 // top: similar, similar // skirt: DIY, or similar, similar, similar // sunglasses: Ray ban 

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