DIY Structured Skirt

I’m not sure what to call this upcycled skirt. It used to a an A-line shape but it hit too low on the leg (knee length) and was a bit frumpy so I pulled and gathered here and there and secured the new shape with a zig-zag in contrasting green.

DIY skirt

Top: Papaya
Scarf: Boutique in Vancouver
Skirt: Swapped
Necklaces: eBay
Cuff: Greenbelts
Tights: Target
Boots: Naturalizer via Goodwill

Now the skirt is shorter, more fitted, and gathered. It has an architectural flair that reminds me of designer pieces by Neodandi or Ivan Grundahl.

new skirt shape

If you try this, start with a piece much bigger than you want–because you’ll lose a lot of length and width when you gather the fabric. I also feel a skirt like this isn’t supposed to be perfect, so don’t go for symmetry. Make it fun!

skirt detail

I did this to another skirt a while ago. Speaking of which, I think I’ll wear that one tomorrow!

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Filed under Crafts, DIY, Fashion, Thrifty

6 responses to “DIY Structured Skirt

  1. That’s very cool! I’ve thought about trying that with some of my skirts. Maybe I should haul out my sewing machine?

    • Yes! Haul it out. Or hand sew. The red and black skirt I linked to was done with a bit of hand stitching. It you try this. let me know how it goes (or I’ll just keep an eye out for your post).

  2. oh nice job! i love tweaking thrifted stuff!


  3. Great idea–it does look like a designer style! I don’t have a skirt I can do this with at the moment, but I’ll keep my eyes open at the thrift shop. If I wreck it, at least it’s not a costly mistake!

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