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Get Dressed: 10 Year Reunion

September 12, 2011

I actually finished this skirt project more than a month ago.  I wore it to my 10 year highschool reunion at the beginning of August, but I’m just getting around to posting the pictures.  Actually, I didn’t love the pictures we took, but my resident photographer is never home when the sun is up anymore, so they will have to do.

front view

This outfit started life as a too large thrifted dress with a broken zipper.  But for some reason I was totally drawn to the pattern on the skirt.  I don’t really like purple, and I don’t ever wear flowers that are this big… so I can’t really say what it was that made me bring home a broken dress.  But I did.

before and after

I cut off the top, and made a new waistband.  I was able to save the already installed invisible zipper, I just trimmed it down (thankfully the broken part was at the top!) and sewed it onto the new waistband.  And then I cut a pocket out of the bodice and added it to the other side seam.  Because skirts with pockets are awesome.  I think I am going to hem it maybe a half an inch, the original hem looks a little ratty up close.  But no one else really notices things like that.


After I had finished my skirt I took it to visit my sister Heidi. Because I didn’t have a single thing in my closet to wear with it. And she did the rest. She should dress me everyday of my life actually. She is really good at it. And she always has the right shoes.


I borrowed the ring from her, but the rest of the jewelry was mine, mostly anniversary gifts from Scott.  He has good taste too.  I am still on the lookout for my own perfect wide black belt, but I’ve picked up several others the last few weeks from the thrift store.  For $10 I have 5 new belts.  Bingo!

from the back

Actually, there has been a lot of good thrifting going on recently… pictures to come!  I am also adding this to Project Restyle!  Yay!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. kiki permalink
    September 12, 2011 7:00 pm

    i love how you wear most of your skirts high-waisted, with that 50s vibe. very hot.
    love the pocket detail in your ‘new’ skirt. so cute. i always look out to see what skirts you are wearing to church! keep on thrifting my friend

    • September 12, 2011 7:26 pm

      Thank you! See? Ms. Pink Thing? Skirts ON OUR WAIST. I rest my case. 🙂


  2. September 12, 2011 7:26 pm

    I really love how this turned out, the skirt, the rest, the works. 🙂


  3. Susan Twilley permalink
    September 12, 2011 8:31 pm

    Very nice! Such a talented mama. Especially the walking on rail road tracks in heels;)

    • September 12, 2011 11:42 pm

      Yeah, that was a LOT harder than anticipated…. particularly when the small persons in your life start running away…. HA!

  4. September 12, 2011 8:32 pm

    Nicely done! I love how bold the skirt is, and I really love it with the grey sweater. But, I especially like your “DNA double helix” necklace. Tell us the story about it.

  5. Kim permalink
    September 12, 2011 8:51 pm

    Love it every time I have seen you wear it!! Very cute!

  6. September 12, 2011 9:47 pm


    That is totally amazing. I should come thrifting with you b/c I could seriously use an outfit that cute. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful job! Wow!

    xo -E

  7. September 12, 2011 10:19 pm

    Oh my goodness that is gorgeous! You have such incredible style!

  8. September 13, 2011 12:06 am

    You look fabulous and so does you skirt! I would have bought that dress just for the fabric, but then again I do love purple.

  9. carla harper permalink
    September 13, 2011 5:48 am

    Makes me wish I had a sister! I grew up with three brothers. I love that you saw the beauty in this and just did it. I have so many projects in my head – and so many beautiful pieces of thrifted clothing (on bag sales at the thrift shops I load up the bag with pretty prints and clothes just for the buttons!) but too often they become my “to do” list – and I don’t take the time to DO IT! You inspire me!

  10. September 13, 2011 11:09 am

    Wow!!! That’s the restyle to end all restyles!!! Congratulations on a killer reunion outfit – you look Mah.veh.lus.

  11. September 13, 2011 11:35 pm

    I LOVE this!! LOVE.

  12. September 15, 2011 8:09 pm

    Love this! You look amazing in it!


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