Hummingbird Skirt & Refashioned Pink Plaid Shirt

IMG_8233Denim Hummingbird Skirt

I finished this denim Hummingbird skirt several weeks ago, and I’ve worn it at least five times already. I was really unsure how I’d like it when I first got the pattern because I’m not usually a fan of skirts like this, but it has grown on me.

Please pardon the wrinkles. That's what happens when you take pictures at the end of the day. :)
Please pardon the wrinkles. That’s what happens when you take pictures at the end of the day. 🙂

This is the Hummingbird skirt pattern, which came with the Hummingbird pattern I used to make my peplum top.

IMG_8231For Cake patterns, you cut the size closest to your own measurements. It’s recommended that you cut the next size up if you’re between sizes, and adjust the fit during the sewing process. So, I cut the 28″ waist and 40″ hip. The finished hip measurement was perfect, but because my waist measurement is currently 26.5″, I made several adjustments to the skirt once I had it together. I took a lot out of the side seams, especially above the widest part of my hips. That way the skirt doesn’t poof out unattractively at the sides between my waist and the widest part of my legs (which is wear I measure the widest, not my hips). I took about an inch out of the side seams at the waist and curved out to the original seam at the hips. I also had to take in the back darts at the waist. I took each of them in about an inch at the waist.


Next time I make this skirt, I think I’ll just cut the 26″ waist to make it sit at my natural waist. That way I can comfortably wear it with tops like this or crop tops without baring my midriff.




The pocket lining matches another Hbird top that I made and will share soon.


This is such a quick and easy project, and I have at least one more copy of this version planned and a version with the flounce in the back.

Not sure what’s up with my dwerpy face here, but it’s a nice picture of the clothes.

Refashioned Pink Plaid Shirt


I refashioned the pink plaid shirt back in May. You may recall it from the last day of MMM.


It started out as a shapeless button-down shirt. The shirt sat for about two years waiting to be reconstructed. I purchased it at a thrift store in Post Falls, Idaho when I went with my husband on a business trip in May 2011. In May of this year, I finally decided to do something with it.

Here is a terrible cell phone pic of the shirt before.


Luckily, this is the last of the items I have to show you that I made back in May. On the last day of MMM, I wore the top untied and buttoned up.


However, my favorite way to wear this shirt is with the front tied and unbottoned.

IMG_8080I don’t have pictures of the refashion process, but it was all pretty standard stuff that I’ve detailed on this blog before. I removed the sleeves and cuffs, shaped the sides, added darts at the bust, shortened the length, and finished the armholes.

Here’s a side shot, so you can see how I decided to do the dart. I tried the shirt on and pinned the dart the same way I pinned it on my refashioned plaid dress.


Well, that’s all I have to say about this outfit, so I’ll leave you with this laughable photo.


What in the world kind of pose was I going for here? We’ll just call this one, “The Cavewoman Scratch.” Haha! 😛

  1. GA

    July 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Cave woman is right!!! Your hair is so long. Love your outfit, very cute!!! Sorry we missed you Sunday but we didn’t want to cut Heather off. 🙂

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Haha! It is pretty long. I love it and I hate it, sometimes at the same time. 😛 Thanks! I would have stayed on the phone longer, but I knew that she was supposed to be having a surprise bowling session, and I didn’t want to mess that up. 🙂

  2. joysews

    July 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Love this whole outfit! The Hummingbird looks great! I haven’t used Cake patterns before, but I think you sold me! 🙂

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:06 am

      Thanks! It is a nice pattern to work with, and it’s a breeze to sew up.

  3. Dora K. (@omg_dora)

    July 18, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Love this skirt on you! It fits you perfectly and is so cute and flattering. Good job!

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  4. Emma Jayne

    July 18, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Cute outfit! Cave woman photos aside!

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Haha! 😛 Thanks!

  5. ShanniLoves

    July 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Such a cute outfit! I’ve been considering this skirt…

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Thank you! You should totally give it a try.

  6. gingermakes

    July 18, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Really, really cute! I love the seaming on the skirt– it’s so flattering and sweet! Love the pink plaid on you, too!

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Thanks! This skirt pattern is pretty flattering. I was concerned at first, but was pleasantly surprised. Oh, and pink plaid is so fun to wear! 🙂

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