I bought this skirt for $2 my junior year of college at CTR–Community Thrift Relief; a janky old thrift store that occupied an old women’s gymnasium from yesteryear. I loved that place. It’s also where I found this pleated skirt and my husband’s rainbow brite hoodie(it’s really cool, btw). That place was full of all sorts of cheap, cheap gems. Too bad it’s no longer there. *sigh*
In college, I really liked dressing in theme. I would practically show up to class in costume. One day I was a cowgirl, the next I was a lawyer, the next I was a 12 year old girl in galoshes, the next I was a tortured artist. Funny story, my freshman year I vowed to never to show up to school wearing a t-shirt and jeans. The one day I broke my vow, half of the guys and girls in my apartment building wondered what was wrong.
This skirt was what I wore when I dressed up as a pioneer/wrangler girl. I’d show up to class wearing a graphic tee, this skirt & some cowgirl boots. I may have even sported braids. Not sure. Now that my tastes have matured and I’m a responsible mommy, my themed skirt seems a little out of place. So I opted to update! Here’s what I did:
- Took in the waist by using Susan’s side seam tutorial for jeans. (P.S. Those are my jeans pictured in that tutorial. I LOVE them so much more now that Susan took them in! This tutorial is GENIUS!)
- CUT OFF THE RUFFLE BOTTOM. Gross.
- Shortened the skirt by 10 inches.
- Hemmed the skirt using an adhesive hemming tape.
There you have it! This fix was so simple, yet took me about 3 hours to complete since I had to unpick 9 different seams to take in the waist. This skirt has awesome construction. I probably wouldn’t have taken the time to update this skirt had I not been completely in love with the “V” waist band. Those waistbands are so hot right now.