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One of my professors in fashion design school used to say, “Fashion is evolutionary, not revolutionary.” I loved that. I was reminded of it when I mentioned “anthropolizing” my skirt…as in making it Anthropologie-like. We’ve seen retailers emulate trends that have originated with the handmade/DIY movement. In turn we look to them and reinterpret the concept again, each in our own way. And on it goes…

I bought this plaid skirt a few years ago at Ann Taylor Loft. Nice enough. But it was time for it to “evolve”. :)

I dug into my stash of felted sweater scraps in cream, tan, and brown. I drew some freehand flowers onto the paper side of Heat-n-Bond fusible webbing, then fused them to the back of the scraps with a hot iron. Next I trimmed the flowers out, following my pencil lines. I laid out the skirt, peeled the paper off the backs of the flowers, then arranged them on the skirt. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I covered them with a press cloth and fused the felty flowers to the skirt. A few random buttons, a little yarn stitching…

Just add tights, boots and a chunky sweater! That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Cozy, stylish, and one of a kind.

Oh, one more thing. A big shout out to Julie M, winner of my Customer Appreciation Give-Away! Congratulations!

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  • Cicada Studio

    Rock on- looks great! Love that quote, too.

  • tam

    Right on sister-great job!
    ~Tam :D

  • Apron Thrift Girl

    I recently did this to a pair of cords and they definitely gave them a fun, unique side. I didn’t use fusible webbing though and I think I would have made the job much easier and less shouting at my poor sewing machine as I tried to stitch around the leaves.

  • Carrie

    That is so clever… and I totally love “Fashion is evolutionary, not revolutionary.” I’ve always been completely intimidated by finding “my style” or trying to get my jewelry to be right up there with the next big fashion trend. I’m not trendy at all… not even at 15. It’s so comforting to think you can take something that’s simple, possibly 5 years old and just spice or spruce it up a bit to make it more “you”. Save money and sanity… you totally made my day :) Thank you!

  • Regina

    What a beautiful evolution! Great job!


    Nice work, Betz! It looks sooo good!

  • Lorrie

    The skirt looks great – very “anthropology with a Betz twist.”


  • bordados & bordados

    I love to get out, and the details of it too!

  • Jamie

    Wow, I LOVE IT…you are sooo creative and so very stylish! Hope you have a happy Sunday :-)

  • RID

    I love it…you can wash it without problems??????

  • Hello, I'm Sally.

    Very cute!

  • Betz White

    Hi RID,
    The skirt says Dry Clean, but I’ll wash it by hand. The felted flowers are secure and already felted, so they’ll be fine.

  • sammyjo

    loving the skirt! actually love the whole look!

  • Inspired Tokens

    Absolutely the cutiest little skirt! Love the skirt …love the boots!

  • Rebecca

    love the skirt. very fashion-ista. great idea to give a go too.

  • Suzanne

    I’m surprised that the Heat-n-Bond will hold the felted flowers. I usually have to go back and topstitch around the edges.

    The skirt is so, so cute. Very clever evolution.

    – Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  • stephanie

    I just love it!! Fantastic reformation =D

  • Elizabeth

    very, very nice! what a lovely idea!

  • DiddleDaddleDesigns

    So so cute.

  • RID

    Thanks for answering!

  • Dotty

    that is such a lovely skirt!
    I love the design, it looks like it was there when you boght it :)

  • Penny

    Your skirt turned out great! Very anthropologie-esk!

  • [email protected]

    What a great idea! It totally looks anthro! I’ll be linking.

  • Kim

    Love it! The final product turned out great!

  • Heidi Ann

    Your skirt is now a beautiful work of art. Really fabulous.

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