Thursday, October 13, 2011

Old to New in October: DIY Refashioned Thrifted Suede Skirt

Hello lovelies!  I'm once again liking up with the amazing Kim from A Little Bit of This and Natasha from Required 2 Be Inspired for their Old to New in October series!

How many of you have seen a ginormous leather/suede maxi skirt in the thrift shops?  So hideous, right?  But where else can you buy a leather skirt with potential for less than $10?  Of course I bought it, and it's been sitting in my 'To Do' drawer for some time.  If I realized it was going to be this easy, I would have refashioned it months ago!  If you look closely, there's a seam in the middle, and it just so happens to be at the exact location I want the skirt's hem to be.
As you can see, the quality is amazing, it's fully lined too!  And the leather is sooooo soft!
So I used my trusty seam ripper and after about 5 minutes (if that)...
I had this!  I cut the lining about half an inch shorter than the leather and then was ready to hem.
I've heard that using the correct type of glue works better on leather than stitching, so I gave it a go.  I made sure to use the type that specified it could be dry cleaned.  This step was so easy, because the leather was already folded, so I just used that existing hem and glued it down, letting it dry for 24 hours.
Then I needed to hem the lining.  Well, I didn't feel like getting out the sewing machine so I just used the same glue and folded up about an inch of fabric over it, creating the hem.  I let this dry overnight, and voila!
My new leather skirt!  I took these pics real quick before work this morning.
I paired it with:
Chambray Blouse: H&M
Tights: Hue
Booties: Nine West
Earrings & Necklace: Jewelmint

Now I have extra leather to make something with... hmmmm ....

Be sure to check out the refashions that Kim and Natasha made, as well as any other lovelies who have linked up!  Finally, Old to New in October is sponsored by Anika Burke Eclectic Boutique!  Make sure to check them out too!!



  1. AWESOME job Lia! You are correct, actually the only way to alter leather pants or skirts is to cut it and glue it. Blazers are different but you did it correctly. Maybe you can use that leftover suede to make a small clutch :) or a swingpack for Bella? Thank you for your comment today, Lia, I know a lot of my readers, including you are working on improving their financial situation trying to make ends meet, and it's not easy in this economy!

  2. STOOOOP IT! That is amazing! I can't wait to see what you make the extra suede!

  3. Gorgeous! And how convenient that there was already a seam! How about "meant to be!?"

  4. well done, Lia! both on the thrift find and on the new skirt! xox, d.

  5. Awesome job!!! Love seeing all these craft items you are doing!!

  6. This turned out so fantastic..how perfect that the seam was right where you wanted the hem!?! I'd hate to see the bottom part of that skirt going to waste...I vote you add some leather details to clothes for the next challenge..haha...that seems to be quite on trend right now!

    Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

  7. love it! I made a suede skirt ( a little shorter) just like that! We're twins now ;)

  8. Brilliant! This month has brought me so many inspirational and easy DIY's!

  9. Whoa! I am soooo impressed. I would never have thought to do that. Gold stars! Thumbs up! Kudos! You Rock!

  10. omg, you should make a suede carryall bag! :)

  11. That is such a great idea!! It looks great. I would use the leftover maybe for a crossover purse? Great save!

  12. I am really loving this new series....Kim and Natashsa are so cool...you guys are doing a fab job....LOVE the skirt....its fresh an updated:)
    Go you!!!

    Statements in Fashion:A Funky Little Fashion Blog

  13. This is a really unique, awesome DIY. If I had any skills whatsoever, I would replicate this.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  14. Very cool darling!! I think you should make a wallet or clutch out of the extra fabric :-)

  15. Love the whole look and the DIY on that skirt is AMAZING!!! Um.... old skirt=hideous, new skirt=fabulous!!! Love Love Love Love!

  16. That is awesome. Love the old-to-new skirt. You have enviable skills. Thanks so much for sharing on Monday Mingle.

  17. Wow, what a great DIY. I always find thing I'd want to alter but never do. Very inspiring.

    xx Kara
    Sprinkles in Springs

  18. you are doing good but i really don't think this is for you to do you look very akward in most picture but otherwise your outfits look nice
    your nail designs are nice but make sure your hands look nice before posting a picture.


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