Thrifted & Altered: Blue Polka Dot Skirt


Here's another op shop find, this time from Vinnies at Clayton. (I actually picked up three skirts from here, so I will be showing the others' transformations in later posts.) I found this blue Sportscraft skirt with a lovely polka dot print, but as it was a size 12, it was obviously way too big for me. The main issues were a large waist which made the skirt hang on the hips instead of at my natural waist, and the skirt length which was too long.

What I did:
  • trimmed 11 inches off the skirt
  • ironed and sewed a new hem
  • sewed darts in the waistband (unnoticeable as they are hidden within the pleats)

It was only after all the alterations that I realised that there were pockets, and that the buttons and zip were supposed to be at the side, not in the middle. Doh!

Forever New white jersey knit top sz4 (old) || blue polka dot skirt (thrifted) || Ebay red PU leather satchel || Dotti black patent skinny belt szS (additional holes punched) || Therapy brown ankle boots (old)

I took the skirt out for a spin one day and was pleased with the shape it carried. I paired it with some old favourites - this red satchel has accompanied me for several years and everyone is always surprised when they find out where I purchased it from. It has served amazingly well for something that cost less than $10. My brown ankle boots have also walked with me through numerous journeys including France and London. Even though they are a little old and tattered, I just can't help reaching for this comfy and easy to match pair. 


I must admit that this bright blue is a little foreign to me, and I'm still wary of pairing it with anything else other than white. If you have any suggestions,  feel free to share with me your outfit ideas in the comments section below!

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