Skirt + Skirt=Ruffled Gypsy Maxi

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We’ve had some pretty chilly temps in central Florida this week: Here, in Apopka, FL, we had two nights in a row of about 31 degrees F, with heavy white frost on the ground and rooftops—only warming into the low 50s. That’s COLD for us Floridians!

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, this 6-inch snowman was made in St. Petersburg, FL!

I heard reports of snow and a 6-inch snowman! When I looked it up online, I saw that St Pete and near Titusville—both in central Florida, had a little snow!

Thank God, in Florida, it doesn’t stay cold! Today it’s in the low 70s and “sprinkley.” It’s forecast for 80 degrees tomorrow with the weekend back to 40 for the low. That’s the way it is in winter, here.

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Around Christmastime, I was pleased to make these photos of fog as I had early morning runs to feed a horse (Cindy’s Critter Care).

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Teddy in a bag.

My kitty Teddy says, “hey!”

Any “kitty people” out there  know how they love bags! 😀

 

 

 

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This tut, in a way,  is a continuation of Create a Renaissance Top from a blouse and a vest! because  I made them at the same time and they make an outfit. 

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I started with two skirts made in India …one short, one long.

Both are of very thin fabric. The short one has a lining.

I was elated that they went so well together, color-wise! —with several color matches.  😀

I’d seen on Pinterest—and pinned them on my skirts board—this idea of what I call “horizontal tucks.” I really liked the look—all ruffled and puffy! I envisioned putting the two together, and shortening the long skirt by sewing many randomly-placed horizontal tucks, accomplishing two things at the same time: shortening the skirt and adding all those wonderful puffs! 🙂

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Remove the waistband from the long skirt:

The first thing is to cut off the long skirt’s waistband. Mine was very large with a drawstring waist, so it had lots of gather. After the  band was off, it needed to be gathered a lot to fit the width of the bottom of the lining of the short skirt.

Start pinning the two skirts together:

Pin the top of the long skirt to the bottom of the short skirt lining, starting with the sides: I matched the left side seams, pinned, and, then, matched  the right side seams, and pinned.

Pin together the center point between those pins on the one skirt to the center point between the pins on the other skirt. Keep pinning the center points together until the pins are fairly close together.

Then, as you are sewing the one onto the bottom of the other, gather it in between the pins as you sew.

I sewed around twice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, for the fun part:

Lay out the combined skirt.

By this point, it is very long. Start making random horizontal tucks—that is, parallel to the bottom of the skirt. But, you can make some of them  diagonal. It’s not scientific—you don’t need to measure or pin. Just grab some skirt and sew across it…but don’t let it bunch up…be smooth.

Make different-sized tucks. Large tucks make it “poofier” and takes up more length. Just keep at it. You can start near the top of the bottom skirt. Make your tucks several inches long. Then, grab a tuck in a new spot and sew across several inches.

Lay it out each time to gauge where it needs another tuck.

That’s it. Just keep tucking until your length is right and you like the big poofs of skirt ballooning out randomly.

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Create a Renaissance top from a blouse and a vest!

 

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Sweet Memories photo restoration

How’ve you been? …I’ve missed y’all!

Wow! It’s a new year! …Time passes so quickly!

Happy 2018!!

I’ve been working hard to create a new and improved experience for y’all when you come to DIY Bohemian!

My new site is more organized so you can find stuff easily.

You can look at My Style Gallery and, hopefully, my outfits will spark your imagination and give you ideas on how you might dress to fit your own personality!

You can go directly to see my tutorials in categorized departments! Just cruise around the site and check it out. 🙂

In the Apopka, FL, area: Cindy’s Critter Care

Meantime, here’s a new tut on a cute renaissance top.

Let’s make the new DIY Bohemian even better and more fun than ever…together! 😀

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Let’s face it: Sometimes choosing to re-fashion is a last-ditch effort to save something you still like, but in it’s original state, is just not really wearable anymore!

I’ve had both the blouse and the vest for a while and enjoyed them both. However, the blouse—being smocked with skinny elastic—stretched out over time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had already done a lot to this blouse to make it my own:

It was originally a light blue and I painted it lavender—yep, I painted it…with water-diluted craft paint! (Be sure to heat set it after it dries—either with an iron or in the dryer.)

Then, I painted some lace—also, some strips of cloth for the fluted part on the upper sleeves…and decorated it! 😀

Then, finally, I added beading (seed beads).

Yeh! Lol. In that period of my life, I had a lot of time on my hands!

On the vest, I added the lace and put on new gold buttons. Vintage pins add an extra touch.

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Now, for this tut:

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Cut off the sleeves from the blouse. Instead of ripping out seams, I did it the easy way: Just cut above the shoulder seams, leaving enough room for the seam allowance. Not only is it easier, this way, you won’t have to worry about the gathering if it’s a puffed sleeve. 🙂

My vest is a little out of the usual, as its arm holes are smaller than the average vest’s arm holes. They were just the right size to connect sleeves!

Sew the sleeves to the vest, inside the arm holes, with right sides of each, together, so that when your new garment is right-side out, the right sides of each will be out.

Cut off the bottom of your original blouse, the length of which depends on how much of it you want to go below your vest.

If your blouse has no opening, as mine didn’t, you’ll need to cut it down the front, fold the raw edge under 1/8 inch, twice (so the raw edge is inside the second fold over)—for the seam, and sew it down.

Sew the bottom portion of your blouse  to the bottom of the vest. As you sew it on, it will be overlapped in the front along with the vest that is overlapped for the buttons.

Sew on snaps ( I used five) to hold the bottom of the blouse closed. Snaps are not my faves! I had to re-do a few of them. Make sure both sides of each snap match, so it falls smoothly and doesn’t bunch up.

Lastly, measure out the width around the bottom of the vest—all the way around the vest, including the “V” in the front, allowing also for the overlap—and double that measurement.

Cut out that length of tulle (mine was two yards long x 8 inches wide). In the tulle, cut out points along the bottom—so, the bottom is an uneven, random zig-zag.

Sew the tulle to the bottom of the vest in front of the blouse part. Pin it at intervals and sew, gathering between the pins as you sew, until you get it attached all the way around.

That’s it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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