Thrift Store Thursday: The Goldilock Jupe

August 5, 2010

I found this cute Forever 21 skirt for $2 at the Salvation Army. It had a really charming white bias detail around the waist and pockets. I loved the mustard yellow color and the material which is linen. But what I didn't like was the length. It's short. Like really short. See bottom pic for before.
What I did first was take out the hem. If you ever find a skirt that you think is too short, look at the hem. Lots of skirts have a generous hem (see bottom pic). All I did was rip out them hem with a seam ripper. That helped a little bit but it was still too short.
So what I did next was add a white trim to the bottom. Now I did this differently than the Modern Luau Frock. Instead of sewing it right sides together, I sewed it into the the hem so that a little piece of yellow came apart from the white trim. I really like the way this looks. Sort of like a faux white slip. (See above pic). The higher you sew in the white fabric on the skirt, the more slip-like it looks.
As you can see the before was WAYY to high up my bum. And the skirt had a hem over an inch wide. I just ripped it out, used a lot of spray starch and ironed. If you find a cute thrift store skirt like me, don't give up on it, it might be a diamond in the rough. PS: Jupe means skirt in french. It just sounds cuter. PPS: The ballet flats were also a thrift store find. Brand new, just my size.


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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute!

Ellen said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! What a great fix, I'll have to keep it in mind.

(A friend just told me about your blog, so I'm a new reader; love your sewing!)

knottygnome said... Best Blogger Tips

that is a really cute idea, thanks. (and i love your shoes!)

Sisters of Grace said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute! You are so creative.


Kristin said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a great find and idea to lengthen it. and Wow those shoes too, what thrift stores are you going to? ;)

dana said... Best Blogger Tips

love it all! the color, the great finds, the style, the cute you!
Darling Kathleen

Shay said... Best Blogger Tips

Super cute! Love it!

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

I usually go to the Salvation Army. And I am really impressed by some of their inventory. Not all thrift stores are equal. I also go to a Community Aide store and don't find as many name brand items. I think it's just the people that donate. They must have good taste:)

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic! The skirt and shoes are great finds!

Erica! said... Best Blogger Tips

Go you!! Thats awesome!


Cold Oatmeal and Purple Cows said... Best Blogger Tips

Great find! Thanks for sharing how you made it work for you. Being tall, I am always looking for more length in my skirts. Rebecca

BOB & MABEL said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks great, I actually prefer the skirt with the white at the hem.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I just found your blog two days ago and absolutely LOVE it!! You have inspired me to check out my thrift stores and today I found several treasures. I just never knew that there were so many possibilities for mere pennies. Thanks!

Kalen said... Best Blogger Tips

What are these amazing thrift shops? Mine never have anything that cool or inexpensive. Also, when I do buy a skirt I'm too scared to try cutting it up and altering it! I just need to go for it! Keep the tutorials coming, I need inspiration!

gretchen said... Best Blogger Tips

You so improved the look of that skirt and it looks great!

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