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

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