DIY – Lola Skirt!

On weekdays, I stay at my grandparents’ house because it’s closer to work. Both of them have already passed away and we spent most of last summer clearing out their closets because I needed the space.

(I know what you’re thinking. It’s so creepy to live in an old house. I thought so too, but it’s actually cool.)

I found my lola’s dress from the 80s that had an awkward length and a more awkward top. Mom said she bought it for Lola to wear at a wedding. Lola didn’t like it because it wasn’t sexy! Rawr!

As you can see I’ve already cut the top off prior to taking a “before” shot. The length of the skirt from the waist falls mid-calf. Yeah I knowwww: MIDI!!

Asos Mango Pleated Midi Skirt

Asos Black Pleated Midi

I saw a couple of lookbooks and I’ve been eyeing this skirt style for quite some time. I had a mild obsession with skirts when I was in college–full skirts, pencil skirts, electric pleats, school girl, mini, maxi–you name it! Since I went to a school with a dress code that required our skirts to fall below the knee, I read up on styles and lengths and experimented with what looked dowdy on me vs well, looked decent and ok.

So I decided to just cut the top half and add some bias tape to create the new band.

I have very amateur sewing skills, so I thought this was the easiest way: cut near the seam, take out the excess, and sew in back to reinforce the band.

The bias tape was the bitchiest part. I only had one single fold satin bias tape and it was a bitch because I have no sewing skills. It took me at least 2 hours to put it on the skirt and forgot to take photos.

Ta-dah!

Guess what. I was longer than a midi. So I’d rather call it a Lola skirt. 🙂

Happy weekend!

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Imaginary Fashion Icon

A recent tweet exchange and some Google skills brought about the topic of Claudia Kishi as our favorite fashion icon from our beloved Baby-sitters Club series. Which is quite interesting, because the only photos we’d have of Claudia and her outfits came from BSC book covers.

You so know which one is Claudia.

You see, back when we’d rather buy BOP instead of YM (Young and Modern, not Yahoo Messenger) and BSC and Sweet Valley more than Sweet Dreams, we’d rely on detailed descriptions for their outfits. Our imagination would put them together,telling us that we can mix and match colors and patterns even if our parents told us we looked insane.

But there were also great fashion choices such as this one:

Claudia and the Perfect Boy

I would probably wear that if I had to meet some terrible clients for work. K, maybe to attend terrible client’s event or something like that.

Got back on Google and found this brilliant blog from a BSC fan called What Claudia Wore. She includes text from the book and finds current trends that seem to come out of BSC pages.

I wished I knew where my BSC books are now. Meanwhile, local bookstores aren’t restocking old titles or the re-issued series. 😦