DIY Projects

Project Re-Design: White A-Line Skirt

Even though I’m pretty good with DIY projects in general (is it genetic? my mom is a great seamstress and knitter so I guess I inherited it from her), I rarely find the time to work on handmade projects. Maybe it’s just an excuse, but social media sucked me in so deeply that I completely forgot what it takes to handcraft my own clothes. Luckily, I have friends who motivate me to be more creative and explore my inner fashion designer! This week, I’ve been working on a very exciting DIY project with my friend Selma from La Selma Style blog (she also has an amazing Instagram page). The project is called “Project Re-Design” and it’s all about bringing new life to boring clothes.

For our collaboration, we picked one item from a store (we picked this white A-line skirt from Zara) and transformed it in a way that works for our personal style. We didn’t exchange photos while working on our projects, but based on Selma and my own style, I figured that she will probably pick something multi-layered and edgy, while I’d probably stick to a girly look. As you can see on these photos, it was exactly right!

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As per Selma, it took forever to put her project together, because it incorporated trendy stickers, lace ribbons, and drapery. She had a few pieces of green fabric in her collection that she re-arranged in a way that her skirt had three different layers. On top of that, she put on some brooches and stickers—all dedicated to Paris. I have to say, I was impressed how Selma managed to transform an affordable piece of clothing (cost $35.90) into a couture piece.

My DIY project was a bit challenging because I decided to get rid of the zipper pockets (my manicure scissors were destroyed for the sake of this project!). After the zippers were removed, I attached a piece of my former dress’ stripes on top of the holes and simply attached them to my skirt. To create a girly ruffle on the bottom of the skirt, I used a piece of skirt from my old vintage lace dress: I simply cut out the piece that I needed and hand sewed the lace detail to the back of the skirt.

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The next step was styling. Since the skirt Selma and I picked had a geometric feel to it, both of us decided to style it in a black and white color palette. I picked a simple off-the-shoulder black top and futuristic heels, while Selma layered two tops and multicolor pumps.

As you can see, it doesn’t take too much time or money to re-invent boring pieces of clothing. (In fact, since I used details from my old dress, my new skirt cost me nothing!) All you need is a little time and a friend who inspires you to be more creative. Saying so, I highly recommend following Selma’s cool re-design project as she will be posting her monthly blogger collaborations where you can find some inspiration to bring new life to your old pieces of clothing. I might post more DIY-friendly projects as it’s such environmentally friendly way to transform your wardrobe without spending a penny!

Q: Have you ever tried to bring new life to your old clothes? If so, please share photos with the Style Sprinter community!

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Photos by Mani Andreone

  • This is such a cool, interesting project! I love the concept of it and what you guys came up. Definitely looking forward to reading more!

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    • Thank you for reading! Yes, Selma’s idea is so great! It definitely motivated me to work on more DIY projects! xoxo

  • Megan

    This is amazing! Those skirts are beyond cool!

  • Albertine

    The black dress outfit is definitely my favourite, love the white skirt over it 🙂

    • It’s actually a skirt and a top. However, I used a part of another black dress to re-design the skirt. I know, it’s sort of confusing :))

  • Can’t believe you made this skirt! How talented are you?!

    • I just re-designed it, Michelle! It was just a plain white skirt with zipper pockets and we totally transformed it. I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you for your support!

  • Katya, you’re one walking talking talent, is there anything that you can’t do? That skirt is gorgeous and I love the way you updated it, it looks as good if not better than store bought.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • You are so sweet, Shireen! Actually, there is one thing: I don’t know how to properly manage my time so I have time for all my hobbies :)))

      Thank you so much for the feedback on this redesign project! I’ll try to create more projects like that in future!

      Have a lovely evening, dear!

  • What a fun idea! I wish that I was even semi-handy with a needle and thread (or even a sewing machine). You’ve got true talent, lady! Love how the lace looks like flirty eyelashes against your skirt. So cute!

    Stephanie |

    • Thank you so much, Stephanie!

      I’ve been thinking about purchasing a sewing machine for a few years, but it just never happened. So I spent an hour or so attaching by hand the lace detail to my skirt :))

      Yes, this project was definitely inspired by eyelashes or perhaps Ciara Ferragni eye shoes (see the image).

      Is there any DIY projects that you enjoy working on? I’d be delighted to hear about these!

  • I love how both of your pieces turned out! You transformed an everyday skirt into a truly original piece 🙂 I’m pretty terrible at sewing but if I weren’t I would want to go out and transform some of my own clothes too 😀


    • Yes, that was the idea! Make boring clothes look cool! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Actually, Selma glued some of the pieces to her skirt to transform it so you don’t really need to be good a sewing to do it!

      • Oooh that’s a good idea! Thanks for the insider info 😉

  • These skirts look really amazing, they are so creative. I love doing DIY projects myself.

  • You guys did a realy good job! I am impressed with both styles. The pictures are amazing as well. How fun!

  • Hi Katya,
    I found your blog through my twitter account, and I am totally loving it.
    You have such nice ideas. I love the outfits for both of you. Super creative!
    Though I do not sew but I like to mix up some old outfits to get a fresh new look.
    Keep inspiring!
    Richa | Fancier’s World

    • Hi Richa, thank you for your kind words! I am so excited to find your blog too!

      Actually, Selma came out with this gorgeous idea! Isn’t it wonderful to give a second life to old pieces of clothing. Not only it’s very creative and fun, but it also helps to repurpose clothes and save the environment!

      Have a lovely weekend, dear!

  • The skirt you’re wearing is super adorable! It reminds me of the Sincerely Jules tee