Sheer madness (Leopard sheer skirt refashion) June 7, 2013 This season’s skirt trends are undecided. Do they want to be revealing? Or modest? Short? Or Long? In addition to the “high-low” mullet skirts (high in the front, low in the back), there are also the “sheer overlay” skirts (short underskirt with a longer, sheer top layer). This look is all over the runways and the red carpet. I suppose it’s a nice compromise when you can’t decide between a long skirt and shorter, more revealing number. But some of these outfits really push the envelope (or “under-lope”). Just check out this sheer-skirted dress on Rihanna… Some celebs seem to forget the “skirt” part of their skirts. FromWonderWall’s Trend Report And she’s not the only one wearing this look. Ladies of all ages—from Kristen Stewart (23) to Kylie Minogue (45)—are suddenly showing off their granny panties. Anyhoo, there are other versions of the sheer skirt made for the rest of us non-red-carpet-walking-non-granny-panty-showing-non-celebrities. Here’s one I saw at H&M the other day. H&M’s skirt with sheer leopard overlay And it reminded me of this skirt, which I had purchased for 50 cents at a flea market in Germany about a month ago. My skirt before Obviously, the skirt was too big on me—hanging below my natural waist—and it was a maxi skirt with none of the sheer sexy styling…YET. I decided to refashion it. The first thing I did was chop off some of the length. (But not enough so you can see my Granny panties. 🙂 ) Here’s where I cut the skirt I didn’t hem it yet. First, I took in the side seam. I only took it in on one side because the zipper was on the other side. Admittedly, that isn’t optimal. Ideally, you’d like to take in a skirt in the same amount on both sides. However, in this case, it didn’t matter so much because it came out fairly evenly. I took in the inner lining of the skirt about 3 cm (ca. 1 1/4 in.) As you can see from the picture above, the seam of the lining was made facing towards the outside of the skirt, which it shouldn’t have been. And I followed the existing seam. As a result, I had to do a bunch of things that are not pictured (because I got so involved doing them that I forgot to take pictures). I cut the waistband and made a seam on the inside, which, because of the weird side seam involved quite a bit of manipulation of the entire skirt. After the waistband was done, I hemmed the bottom, and, finally, I took a seam in the sheer outer layer to taper it to the new inner lining. In retrospect, I probably should have just cut open the skirt from top to bottom and made two entirely new, clean seams in the side of the lining and top layer. Learning by doing! The final result:my sheer overlay skirt Still and all, I am fairly happy with the way it came out. What trends have caught your eye this season? Related PostsBack-of-the-pickup tunic (Men’s shirt refashion)Out of this world (Upcycling bed sheets)Last-minute Indian costume Tags:copycat, leopard, refashion, refashioning, see through, sewing, sheer overlay, skirt, tutorial Related Posts Hot stuff! (Potholder upcycle) A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… (Clock upcycle) Fabric organization and upcycling About The Author Bouqui One Comment Amdnarg Turning a 50 cent skirt into a $50+ fashion statement is no small feat — beautiful result! June 8, 2013 Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.