Red and Black Plaid: A DIY Draped Look

It’s Red and Black Week over at Sophistique Noir. Last year, I missed out on Victorian Kitty’s event because I was doing other things (a 30 for 30 challenge if a recall). I promised myself I’d join in the fun next time. I can’t believe a year has gone by.

Red and Black Week

I don’t run a goth blog, but I do appreciate the goth aesthetic and I look for opportunities to stretch my dark wings now and then. I love that in the month of June, when so many people are donning pastels and getting tans, I have an excuse to stay pale and wear dark clothes.

plaid skirt

Cowl-neck tank: Swapped
Cardigan: Thrifted
Skirt: Goodwill
Boots: John Fluevog

I’m starting off with a vintage maxi skirt I found at Goodwill. I was looking for something to use for a DIY project. I wanted to ruche and drape until I created a fitted, more structured skirt.

black and red

If you try this, make sure you start with a skirt much wider and longer than you need. Each time you pinch and gather, you’ll be “losing” fabric. I tried this on, picked up a piece of fabric in my fingers, placed it to where I wanted it to be, and hand-stitched it in place. I did it on the front only, to create an asymmetrical, fishtail effect. I topped it off with one red button.

draping detail


Filed under Crafts, DIY, Fashion, Thrifty

16 responses to “Red and Black Plaid: A DIY Draped Look

  1. Woah! I love the skirt! Some people suck at wearing that kind of skirt but you totally ROCKING it! And it fits perfectly..and and and I want it ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. really nice diy job! and yes, it looks totally awesome on you!

  3. The DIY looks great. Very funky. And of course it looks fabulous with those Fluevogs.

    • I’m a sucker for ‘vogs. These were a treat after a bonus we got at work. I figured it was “free money.” They’re so comfortable and durable that I think it was a good buy.

  4. You are amazing! This idea opens up a whole new world in tailoring clothes for a perfect fit. Today you are an honorary Goth girl, because we admire any lady who wears red & black AND has stellar DIY skills (and fabulous boots). 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining in for the Day One fun!

  5. That skirt is lovely! You have made it to an very interesting piece! I have a skirt in a similar tartan weave but it’s pleated. It’s also a thrift bargain I have thinking to do something about. It stills lies hidden in the closet.

  6. The skirt is amazing. And I love your Fluevogs!

  7. Very cool skirt 😀
    Thank you for your lovely comment ❤

  8. I love the idea of doing this to a maxi skirt! I have several great-fabric-but-bland-shape maxi skirts at home, and I think I want to try this out. It’s fantastic-what a great outfit! And I’m mad jealous of your Fluevogs…someday, when I have a job that pays more than $8.75/hr, I’ll get a pair. 🙂

  9. I can’t believe you made that yourself! Very cool!

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