A Simple Refashion

I’m not sure about you, but I have a stash of handmade garments that I just can’t seem to get rid of. Even though they haven’t been worn for years, some things just never get culled. This skirt is made from one of these items.

I made the dress below back in 2011. It was one of the first garments that I was really proud of. This was back in the day when I didn’t know much about fabric or sewing.

Despite the fact that this dress is made with quilting cotton, I still love it. Maybe it was because my sister gave me the fabric.

Anyway, I’m glad I kept it, because I have now made it into a very wearable skirt for school. I think I’ve worn this at least once every week this year.

So the moral of the story is: Never throw out anything. You will use it again one day (What does Marie Condo know?)

  • Exactly: never throw anything away!! It’s a really nice skirt.

  • she knows NOTHING!

    (i’m sure she’s very lovely)

    re-making old handmade garments is becoming one of my favorite things. love your reincarnation!

  • Great refashion. I have a bag of unloved garments that I have full intention of reusing.

  • Therese Haussener

    Looks lovely! I am the same, some things just hang around for ages until I re-fashion them.

  • Ann T.

    I, too, am in the habit of remaking projects, which no longer live up to my more refined finishing standards, or which I simply do not wear. It is really gratifying to upcycle from one’s own closet, and to give fabrics we like a second chance. I can relate to your “it’s only quilting cotton” comment, as well. I still have and wear a couple of things that I made out of quilting cotton before I knew better. I have a couple of patterns I use at lot for refashioning, because they do not require large pieces, or can be seamed inconspicuously. I get a special pleasure out of wearing my own recycled fabrics, even though I have a stash too big to ever sew it all in this lifetime.