Monday, August 22, 2011

Thrift Store Find

My last week in Arizona our family decided to go to this new thrift store Epic. I have to admit I don't really do a lot of thrift shopping. Not because I am against using used products, but because I rarely find anything when I go. However Epic did not let me down. Not only did it have a ton of household items that I had my eye on but I found a few items for my son (a couple t-shirts and a pair of shorts) as well as this valence:

Instantly the ideas came flooding through my head. My first instinct was shorts for Jack but by the time I got home another idea came to me...a ruffle waist skirt. The valence already had a casing where you would put the rod through so I figured I will just use this as my casing for my elastic and it already had a hem. Done, easy project!

However as I began the actual project I had some set backs. First I decided to add some pleats to the bottom just to give it something special. In doing this the skirt ended up being too short. So I decided to add some white underneath. I still didn't like the look of the white fabric underneath, just too plain. What to add? A ruffle, some ribbon...ah ha orange ric rac. I love the color combination. Also the skirt was a little too puffy for my taste so I ended up taking off about 6 inches from the side before sewing it together.




Not as simple as I had planned but a learning process all the same. And I ended up with a pretty cute skirt for a only $2.99. Can't beat that.

I'm linking up HERE

12 comments:

Ellie Sew Sweet said...

Very cute! But where is the store???? I wanna go thrift store shopping with you! :)

Brianna said...

Good work. Got to love Epic.

Heather said...

I love this!!!!!!!!!!!

Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker said...

Very cute! I never would have guessed that the skirt was a valance before. Great job!

I would love if you would come share with my week long link party at The Crafty Blog Stalker! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-stalking-thursday-4.html

Madison said...

Looks great! I have a curtain that someone left in the house I just started renting. Maybe it wants to be a skirt?

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

THis is very Sound of music of you. I'd love for you to join my party :http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/08/linky-4-will-craft-forcomments.html

Jordan McCollum said...

Fun! You've moved into some very awesome company: Scarlett O'Hara and the von Trap children!

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

love the stripes!!

Jenni said...

Gotta laugh at the Sound of Music comment!!! I have a pretty gray and white striped bedsheet I've been thinking of sewing into clothing of some kind, and my sister started teasing me for being like Maria. lol But thanks for the idea. I have an awesome striped valance I have no window for anymore.... :)

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

This is an adorable skirt! I love that you made it using a curtain! Crazy cool!

I am hosting a new linky party over at my place that's all about diy fashion...this would be the perfect project to link up to DIY Diva Thursdays! I hope to see you there :)

Kara
www.mineforthemaking.com

designdazzle.blogspot.com said...

great job! thanks for sharing ; )

Julia said...

The skirt looks fabulous :) I love it how you turned it into a wearable piece of clothing from an ordinary fabric. I must say you are very talented and resourceful. Now that I take a second look at it, it looks just like a designer clothing that will much superbely with a luxury watch :) Love it!

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