Everyday skirts – stashbusting and refashioning

My mission to make myself a wearable wardrobe continues!

About three years ago I bought this black and white flowered cotton from a vintage fair.  It’s quite thick and is stitched on the back to give a textured appearance, so not an easy fabric to use.  After I made my Serendipity Bella skirt in denim, I thought – this pattern would be ideal!

This morning I’ve been setting up at a craft exhibition and sale at a local National Trust property – Knightshayes Court (which has an amazing restored Victorian walled kitchen garden, if you ever get the chance to go).  You can just see the Dottie Doodle on the bunting on the front of my table.

Serendipity Studio bella skirt

I got to use some more buttons!

I also made another of my favourite skirt pattern Simplicity 2152, from a dress which my friend Sue made herself in the 1970s.  It was hard cutting up Sue’s work, though I had her blessing!

The dress had an interesting neckline.  It was a square, cut out of a rectangular piece of fabric, then faced, with the sleeves and bodice all in one piece.  So it was great dress to reuse, as no darts and few seams.

The pattern of the bodice fabric was a smaller version of the skirt pattern, so I used it for the waistband and pocket edges.


I’m delighted with it – what do you think Sue?!

9 thoughts on “Everyday skirts – stashbusting and refashioning

  1. I really like both of your skirts, how lovely to have something made from your friend’s dress, totally unique. I hope your craft stall was successful 🙂

    1. Thank you! It’s a 2 week craft sale – there are 7 of us and we take it in turns to steward. So my things are out there without me! I’m in on Tuesday – fingers crossed…

  2. Wow!! How lovely it looks Dottie and I am SO glad it has been ‘upcycled’ successfully. I hope you will wear it next time we meet!
    I am inspired to go back to dressmaking – now where’s that tweed …….:)


  3. lovely skirts! Those buttons on the black and white one, are they the closure of the skirt instead of a zipper? I like that feature. Good luck with the craft sale!

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