DIY: Made-it-Myselfcloth

Frocks & Frou FrouFrocks & Frou FrouFrocks & Frou FrouCardigan: Glassons

Shirt: Princess Highway

Skirt: DIY

Shoes: Softwalk via Shoebuy


So, I think you probably know by now how much I love Modcloth’s Breathtaking Tiger Lilies skirt. The fit, the style, the comfort… In fact the only negative is that the fabric of the skirt isn’t of a particularly high quality and can be prone to pulls.

Well, my much beloved mustard incarnation of Modcloth’s signature midi skirt has finally rubbed up against one too many rough surfaces and I decided that since I’d added the burnt orange to my wardrobe I could maybe…. maybe…. try taking it apart at the seams and frankensteining up my very own Breathtaking Tiger Lillies Skirt out of a fabric with a bit more longevity.

I decided on this lovely heart-print fabric from Darn Cheap Fabrics because it had a similar drape and weight as the original fabric. Plus also the deep berry colour. And, you know, the hearts.

First things first I took to the seams of my mustard skirt with a sharp pair of scissors:

Modcloth Remix 1I decided to skip the pockets for the sake of simplicity, so in the end I only had three pattern pieces: The front of the skirt, the back of the skirt (The Modcloth skirt has two pieces, but I just cut one on the fold) and the front waistband. As I suspected only the front of waist band was interfaced, the rear was folded over a band of elastic, making it an easy remake.

Modcloth Remix 2As I was unpicking the waistband from the pleated front I made sure I marked each fold so that I could line them up with the folds I wanted to create in the heart fabric. Once I’d pinned them up I basted them in place all ready to attach the waistband.

Modcloth Remix 3I cut a piece of wide elastic long enough to fit snugly around the back half of my waist, then folded the waist of the back piece of skirt over the top. I basted the end of the elastic in place to ensure it didn’t come loose then sewed the rest of the folded fabric down around the elastic making sure I didn’t catch the elastic in the seam. At the other end I gathered the fabric up around the elastic then basted then other end into place as well.

I applied interfacing to the wrong side of my waistband fabric, then right sides together I sewed the waistband piece to the front panel of my skirt fabric.

Modcloth Remix 4To attach the two skirt pieces together I lined up the seam attaching the front waistband with the skirt with the seam on the folded waistband at the back and sewed the side seams down the length of the skirt.

Modcloth Reix 5To finish the waistband I just had to fold the front waistband down to line up with the top of the back waistband and sew it carefully into place.

One of the things I really liked about the original skirt was the way it looked with its woven belt, so I decided to include the belt loops in my remade version.

Modcloth Remix 6It was a simple case of sewing very narrow rectangles of fabric down the long length right sides together, then turning the little tubes outside in and attaching them to the front and back of the waistband, and voila! My belt stays in place around my the waist of the skirt.

Frocks & Frou FrouI am very very chuffed with my new Me-Made Modcloth Remix, it feels and looks very like the original.

Frocks & Frou Frou







Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Top: Princess Highway (similar here)

Skirt: Modcloth

Shoes: Naturaliser

Just a Monday-night quickie to show off my newest Modcloth purchase – the Breathtaking Tiger Lillies Skirt in Orange.

If it looks a bit familiar it probably should; I’ve worn the mustard yellow version about eleventy thousand times since I bought it last year.

As I said in my original review it’s not the greatest quality, but for $50 it’s well worth the purchase price. The style’s super comfortable and versatile; easy to dress up or down with pockets, a removable woven belt, and a waistband that’s elasticized at the back for a bit of flexibility in sizing.

The fabric’s a light woven polyester that is a little bit prone to pulls and snags, but it doesn’t crush and the pleats at the front have a lovely light drape to them that gives the skirt volume without making it, you know, voluminous.

I bought the Mustard in XL, and the Orange in the 1X (because I’ve put a bit of weight on over winter) but both are still equally comfortable and flattering. The customer review photos (love this feature) proves that it’s a cut that works for almost all shapes and sizes.

If you’re in doubt about your sizing make sure you take advantage of Modcloth‘s AMAZING customer service system, where you can open up a chat window and request true measurements for any garment on the site.

For the warm weekend that Melbourne just spoiled us with I teamed it with a simple striped tee and nude pumps for a casual lunch with friends who’ve just had a baby, then a walk around the Bot Gardens with my guy.

Later in the day as I was catching up on my social media I was delighted to see both Liv from Wait Until the Sunset, and Katha from Kathastrophal were my style sisters for the day! Twinnies!

Breathtaking Tigerlillies

ETA: In perfectly timed timing I just got an email notifying me of Modcloth’s FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING offer, HUZZAH! TIME TO SHOP!

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