Several months ago I reviewed a brown faux leather skirt I got from Forever 21 Plus and expressed how much I loved it. My love for it has not changed, and to refresh your memory or to share with you for the first time, I had a little concern with the length and that I needed to wear it lower on my natural waist to make it an appropriate length for me.
You can read all about its first wear with a lace tank and giraffe print cardigan in the link below.
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Then I wore it again with a dog sweater, tights, and tall boots to help camouflage the short length on me.
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Well, my biggest issue that I had both times was that the back of the skirt got even shorter due to my amble behind. It made me a little wary of wearing it again without tights or leggings and I thought it looked more attractive on me a little high waisted.
With all of these conclusions, I decided it was time to make this piece work for me by adding some length. It took me a while to decide what medium I wanted to use and finally decided some faux suede in the same dark brown tone would not only look the best, but be the easiest material for me to work with.
I got 1 yard of dark brown faux suede at Hobby Lobby and went to town to refashion this skirt I loved so much. Here is how I did it:
-Step 1: I wanted to add 6″ of length so I first cut two 8″ wide strips of fabric (one for the front & one for the back). I measured the circumstance of the skirts hem and then cut the length of the 8″ strips accordingly. Each side (front & back) was 52″, so I added a few inches & cut them at 54″.
-Step 2: To prepare the suede for the new bottom hem I folded up the long edges & ironed them down. First 1/2″, then folded again another 1/2″ to hide the raw edge.
-Step 3: With the right side up, top stitch the new hem.
-Step 4: Iron down the new top stitching.
-Step 5: With the right side together, stitch together the two pieces so you have one long strip with a hem on one side.
-Step 6: My sewing machine is not heavy duty enough to go through the faux leather & suede so I glued the raw edge to the underside of the skirt with flexible fabric glue. I lined up the hem of the strip with the side hem of the skirt & went around the front and the back leaving a few inches unglued on the unhemmed side of the strip. When the glue had set up a bit I was able to take the skirt to the sewing machine, sew up the other side of the strip, then glue it into place. I did use some waxed paper in the process of gluing to prevent the front and back of the skirt from gluing together.
Now I am able to wear this fabulous faux leather & suede skirt without the fuss of making sure everything is covered. I decided to pair it with a red floral blouse for a romantic feel. Tucked in, you can see I am now able to wear the skirt higher on my waist.
I love the new texture that the suede gives to this skirt and I love how it turned out. I have to admit I had my reservations about how this refashion would turn out, so I am glad I took a chance.
This outfit would be perfect for Valentine’s Day with the red and pink color theme. This blouse is silky and has lace that flows down the arms. I incorporated my new red Crossbody bag that really stands out against the dark brown of the skirt.
A romantic necklace made of Rose Quartz and cascading gold metal leaves gives a little dimention to the flowers on the blouse. And a layered gold and rhinestone stretch ring completes this feminine with an edge look.
- Faux Leather Skirt: Forever 21 Plus
- Red Floral Blouse: Antilia Femme via Poshmark
- Carolina Crossbody in Red: Charming Charlie
- The Harmony Necklace: The Two Hand Exchange
- Chain Row Stretch Ring: Avenue
- Sam & Libby Nude Pointy Toe Flats: Target
Have you ever fallen in love with a skirt only to find out it is too short after to wear it a few times? What have you done to deal with it?
Today’s Postivity Note
You are capable of more than you know.