Every year I volunteer my time in some way in both kids classes at school. This year I signed up for all of Aubrey's science labs and all of Bayne's Young at Art classes.
I know better than to wear anything nice when I go, but for some dumb reason I wore this skirt when I went to help out with Young at Art. It isn't my favorite, favorite …. but I still love it and didn't want it to get ruined. Why oh why did I wear it?
Yep, you guessed it.
It got painted.
In fact an entire bottle of black acrylic paint exploded in my hands when I was trying to squeeze a little out. Fortunately, most of the paint landed on my shins, but my skirt got hit, too. I tried to get most of the paint out, but it was a hopeless battle.
Here is a look at the product and the damage.
It's not horribly noticeable in the picture, but the skirt is basically unwearable now.
Unless, of course, you are a Sticky Genius, like myself. Then there is always SOMETHING to be done to save it.
I happened past this skirt on Pinterest and thought the layering was a possibility. I could maybe cut around the paint stains was my thought.
I decided to go for it.
I folded the skirt in half, with the majority of the stains facing up, so I could cut them out.
I accidentally cut the skirt in the opposite direction of the skirt in the photo. I don't know why, I just went auto pilot, I guess.
Possibly, it could have been better cut the other way, but it probably made no difference.
Here it is opened up. I ended up turning the bottom two cuts inside out to help hide the stain. The fabric looked the same on the wrong side, so it wasn't obvious.
I re-serged the side seams so that now the seams are on the opposite side (right side of the fabric now became the wrong side). I serged right over the seam on the right side and let it cut off the old seam.
Then I pinned the top piece to the bottom piece and sewed them together with a straight stitch.
Then added the next layer.
I ended up sewing three lines of straight stitches to each layer for durability and look.
There was some extra fabric hanging under the stitching on the front side.
I carefully trimmed it down to give it an even look all the way around on each layer under the stitching line.
Here it is all together.
I tried it on and …. I don't know. I just wasn't loving it.
I didn't like the way it was pulling at the point in the arrow.
It just felt sloppy and I knew if I left it like this I wouldn't wear it.
(Please excuse my messy room)
I started pushing my brain to think of something I could do to make it wearable.
I unrolled the top fold of the waist band and pulled it up to see if it could work as a dress. It looked kinda cute! I can't really pull off a tube top dress, though, so it needed some straps. I had some of this great brown, weaved, cotton strap left over, so I tried that out.
Looks better. I need something to hide my tan lines and hold up the girls, ya know. Not as young as I use to be ;).
I had a little more fun with the brown trim to make the dress look more …. well, like a dress.
Here is what came of the Young at Art disaster skirt turned dress:
I zig zag stitched the brown trim around the top and gave it a halter strap.
I added a zipper because the trim took away the stretch of the jersey, making it more fitted, so I couldn't just slip in it.
I could have done a better job with the zipper. I ran out of brown trim, but I might buy a little and put a little strap with button closure to hide the gap at the top of the zipper. I shouldn't have left any of the slack at the top of the zipper when I sewed it in.
Over all I feel like I saved the skirt and turned my Young at Art disaster into an art project of its own.
It's definitely a summer time dress. I can't wait until it warms up to wear it. I'm dying to show the other moms that were there to witness my paint snafu how I cleaned up my mess.