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A new old skirt

July 23, 2011

Last weekend I decided I needed a new skirt.  So I dug through my stash of vintage sheets and pulled one out that looked promising.  I cut off three long strips and after a little gathering and a little elastic I had my new favorite thing to wear.  I used the original hem of the sheet on the bottom ruffle of the skirt so I didn’t even have to rehem.  I also left the original label sewn into the hem, which I think is cool.  I did have to line the whole thing, because this sheet was a little sheer.  And while I don’t particularly care for the butterfly motif, I love the overall look and color scheme. I’ve only had it finished for a week and I think I’ve worn it four times.  I clearly need to make myself a few more skirts before summer is over!


[ My very favorite denim blazer: New York & Company 3 years ago, Skirt: handmade from a thrifted vintage sheet, Earrings & Turquosie ring: handmade by my friend Adrianne, Necklace: thrifted,  Bracelet: swap meet in Honolulu 3.5 years ago, Sandals: Steve Madden hand-me-downs from my sister, white tee: Walmart, yellow purse (a few pics down) NineWest, thrifted ]


Last night we went out on a date and we started out at this old abandoned house. I’ve driven past it a million times but this was the first time we’ve stopped. It was awesome, and creepy, all at the same time. The walls inside were full of cracked plaster and peeling wallpaper.

skirt at window

The walls in the kitchen of this old house were bright turquoise.  You can kind of see them in that first pic. I wish I had a better picture of them, but they were so pretty.  And with the broken out windows, the burned out door and the rickety old back porch it was a very unexpected surprise.  I think I’ll go back here again.  I don’t know how long it will be before this old house is torn down and I know I’ll miss seeing it when it’s gone.  I hate seeing even the ricketiest old buildings demolished.  The land around this one has been slated for a strip mall for years.

My pink hair is almost gone

So I mentioned a few days ago that my pink hair faded a lot while I was scuba diving.  I like the color in this picture a lot more than I like it in the mirror… the back has faded a lot lighter than the front. So we’ll see how long it takes before I do something else.  I hope you have a great weekend.  We are going to clean out our storage unit (bleh) and if I get lucky I’ll sneak in some sewing time to finish another skirt.  Update: I ‘m adding this project to the Project Restyle flickr group, and Sew and Tell at Amy’s!

21 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2011 11:31 am

    I love that skirt! I have the perfect sheet and I have been trying to decide what kind of skirt/dress to make with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. July 23, 2011 12:11 pm

    I LOVE that first picture of you! You are beautiful! The skirt is darling also. Great job.

  3. July 23, 2011 12:25 pm

    Cute skirt, cute farmhouse, cute girl. Have you seen that vintage sheet dress that was posted some where a couple weeks ago? I am thinking skirt is more my style, though. Good work, as always!

  4. Susan Twilley permalink
    July 23, 2011 12:30 pm

    Ya know girl, not many people can pull off pink hair, a old jacket (<3) and a handmade skirt(<3,<3). You CAN!

  5. July 23, 2011 12:40 pm


    Super cute! Love the whole ensemble! And your hair is still a pretty shade of pink.

    xo -E

  6. Patti permalink
    July 23, 2011 1:11 pm

    cute skirt on a cute girl!

  7. July 23, 2011 1:30 pm

    Gorgeous photos of you! Love the skirt too.

  8. Kim permalink
    July 23, 2011 1:59 pm

    Love, love it!

  9. July 23, 2011 2:33 pm

    I stumbled across you’re rainbow brite picture on Pinterest last week, and had to track it back to your blog. I AM HOOKED on you! haha, I just adore your style. I don’t have a crafty bone in my body, but being a new mom of two little girls (one is two, the other is two and half months) I am DYING to make things. I picked up digital scrapbooking as a hobby because it is relatively mess free, but I am so inspired by the things you make, I really want to run out and buy a sewing machine….even though I know there is no way I’ll manage a single stitch with two kids running around! lol! I just wanted to let you know that I greatly enjoy reading you, and hope to copy you as much as possible (no, not really….) 🙂

  10. July 23, 2011 3:12 pm

    love the skirt! and that house is fantastic.

  11. July 23, 2011 4:08 pm

    Again, super cute skirt!

  12. July 23, 2011 9:18 pm

    I love the skirt! I have that same print in a yellow color 🙂

  13. July 23, 2011 9:25 pm

    Ok, doesn’t Crystal’s comment above so totally make up for you-know-what the other day? Grrrrl, you are lookin’ good in those pics! Love your new skirt.

  14. July 23, 2011 10:01 pm

    The skirt looks great! So, to clarify…you did this without a pattern? You rock…have I mentioned that lately? You have pink hair AND you can sew skirts from vintage sheets. It doesn’t get any cooler than that…

  15. tamara oborn permalink
    July 23, 2011 10:17 pm

    LOVE the outfit – LOVE the skirt! LOVE the photoshoot. gorgeous. Can I come on the next adventure to Midway (I was distracted for awhile by the scuba diving post)!!??

  16. July 24, 2011 8:14 pm

    Love. You look amazing!!! That building is an awesome backdrop too.

  17. July 25, 2011 11:03 am

    this turned out so so so great! Makes me wish I could sew! Or that I even had a sewing machine! love the outfit Erika!


  18. July 26, 2011 3:23 pm

    This is awesome, I love the whole outfit put together, and what an awesome print from a sheet!

  19. July 29, 2011 1:34 pm

    Awesome pictures and lovely skirt

  20. July 30, 2011 9:43 am

    Oh, these photos could easily have gone into the Sundance catalog! No kidding! I love the skirt. I miss sewing… (And you are BRAVE to enter an abandoned house! Great pics, though.)

  21. August 2, 2011 11:25 am

    That’s a great skirt and very clever of you to save yourself a step in the hemming part!
    Thanks, too, for stopping by my blog. Really appreciate your encouragement!

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