Thrifted & Altered: Black & White Striped Maxi Skirt


My favourite find from my fruitful trip to Vinnies Clayton was this unbranded black and white striped midi skirt for $1.  It might be a little hard to tell from the photos, but the skirt has a very interesting design - a straight cut for several inches, and then pleats from there onwards until the hem.

It was labelled as a size 12, so its midi length turned out to be more of a maxi length on me, which worked in my favour. The only problem was really just the waistband which was a little too large, thus sitting on my hips rather than at my natural waist. Since the waistband was just some simple elastic encased within, it wasn't too hard to fix.

What I did:
  • removed some stitches from the elastic waistband casing to create an opening
  • removed the existing elastic
  • inserted new elastic that corresponded to my waist measurements
  • sewed the opening shut

In my opinion, replacing elastic waistbands is one of the easiest ways to alter and transform an op shop find. 

Dorothy Perkins mustard longline top petite sz4 || black and white striped maxi skirt (thrifted) || ASOS pearls & chains necklace (old) || New Look black heeled sandals eu35

Mustard is fast becoming one of my favourite colours to play around with, it adds a nice pop of colour without being too loud. I'm loving this top from Dorothy Perkins, and apart from the armholes being a little snug, I really like the way it fits.

I would recommend Dorothy Perkins for petite ladies who are looking to expand their options. Depending on the item, a petite size 4 or size 6 are usually perfect fits for me. Standard shipping to Australia costs about AUD22, however if you sign up to their email newsletter, they occasionally send out free shipping codes for minimum value orders (usually about AUD100). 


Happy (op) shopping!

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