|Before: Too big plaid skirt|
|Before: From behind|
It still had its original tag on it from the GAP for just over $16. I'd say I got a good deal : )
|Second hand new!|
I saw someone online transform a tweed skirt into a great cape, so I decided to try the same with this skirt. First I seam ripped straight down the back and took out the back zipper.
I did not have enough material to make a full cape, so I used some contrasting material to highlight the red lines in the skirt material. I recently bought some new bed sheets, so I cut an kept a piece from my old fitted sheet in case I could use it for a project. It worked well for this project (I liked that it already had elastic in it that I could use for the neckline).
|Fitted Sheet and Plaid Skirt|
I laid the sheet material on the skirt material and pinned the outline where I wanted to sew them together.
|Pinned and ready to sew|
I turned the cape inside out and tried it on and ended up having to readjust the pins a few times before sewing it so i could get the right fit at the neckline. Unfortunately I forgot to take more pictures once I got sewing. Basically I sewed the sides of the cape. Then I hemmed the length of the red side to match the length of the plaid side. After that I cut straight up the center of the plaid side and hemmed each side I had just cut.
The original skirt had a clasp at the top of the zipper which kept it closed. I hand sewed that clasp onto the top center of the plaid side to keep the 2 halves closed. I didn't have a good brooch to accent the clasp (I'm gonna have to invest in finding some nice brooches and buttons!) so instead I took one of the extra brown buttons that came with the original skirt and painted it red with fingernail polish.
|Button painted red|
Once it dried I hand-sewed the button over the clasp as a small accent where the cape closed. And there you have it! A two-toned plaid cape.
|After: two-toned cape!|
|After: from behind|
|After: from the side|
Surprisingly, it kept me super warm all night, which was perfect for attending the church Christmas play with "snow" outside afterward.
Another Christmas has come and gone, but I hope the spirit of love, peace, and giving remain throughout the next year. I greatly enjoyed spending Christmas Eve and morning with my family, and then visiting my husband's family in the afternoon. As I get older, I realize more and more that time with loved ones is the greater than any gift. I hope this year wraps up smoothly for you, and that you have a wonderful start to the new year. Stay warm out there!