Weekend Wear: DIY Scalloped skirt & Ferragamo Varina Flats

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Thrifted skirt w/ DIY scallop hem, BR Mad Men dress c/o (last worn here) and swing jacket (old)
Ferragamo Varina flats, Ann Taylor foldover clutch, Chanel tortoise wayfarer sunglasses

If you have any plain old skirts or dresses that need a touch of something, consider trying your hand at a DIY scalloped hem. This skirt was a happy find for me at a secondhand store – I started to do a basic hem on the matronly mid-calf length, however switched gears partway through to something a little more unique!
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I took photos for a scallop hem tutorial but made the mistake of “learning as I go.” My scallops initially came out very defined, almost jagged, and could’ve given Freddy Flinstone a run for his money. After making some modifications, the second attempt came out exactly like I had hoped. Unfortunately, precious fabric was lost due to errors from round 1, leaving me with a skirt short enough to inspire some thigh toning exercises.
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Knit jacket: H&M; (very old)

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Hemming the scallops the second time around took under an hour, and is something beginner sewers can do. Since my initial photos have been rendered useless, I hope to re-create the steps and post a tutorial in a week or two.
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After falling in love with the Ferragamo Vara low-heel pump, the more modern flats were next on my list. I find that Ferragamo shoes in general run slim in the toes and heel, which is great for those with more narrow feet. I love the design of these, however the stiff patent leather required a break-in period like the infamous Tory Burch Reva flats. This pair is very comfortable now, but I’m disappointed that shoes at this price are not comfortable right off the rack.
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79 thoughts on “Weekend Wear: DIY Scalloped skirt & Ferragamo Varina Flats

  • Felicia Tan May 6, 2013 at 12:28 am

    The Varina flats are gorgeous! What size do you wear?

  • Brittney May 6, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I've definitely had a DIY gone wrong (I was trying to turn a maxi skirt into a mini, but before I knew it, I had a belt!) I love scalloped details and just might end up doing this to one of my old skirts to give it a new look.



  • Peggy May 6, 2013 at 12:43 am

    super cute! love those shoes!!

  • Michelle May 6, 2013 at 12:52 am

    The hem length came out nice. The red, white, and blue reminds me of Cee. 🙂

  • Deepali Suryawanshi May 6, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Great scallop skirt! Cool outfit!

  • kcomekarolina May 6, 2013 at 3:46 am

    great look!

    xoxo from rome

  • Bára Rektorová May 6, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Wow, love it! It is very chic and different look!

  • Charlotte Moulet May 6, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Very chic! I love your printed blouse!


  • farah May 6, 2013 at 5:19 am

    What a gorgeous outfit! I particularly love the flats and the DIY skirt. Very creative and inspiring (:

  • Fiona Marley May 6, 2013 at 6:38 am

    I love the skirt, am going to have to try this myself. 🙂 Looking forward to the tutorial. 🙂


  • Anonymous May 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Are those varinas black or navy?

  • ann wood May 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

    What a great outfit, love the detail on the bottom of your skirt!

    blue hue wonderland

  • FashionEdible May 6, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Nice job on that skirt! And that dress is beautiful; I almost like it more as a top!

  • PetiteAsianGirl May 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Thanks! I took a 5 in these.

  • PetiteAsianGirl May 6, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Hi there – these are navy.

  • Shira May 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Love anything scalloped-cannot believe it's DIY!!!


  • Petite Hues May 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Wow, I love how you just revamped a thrifted skirt, how did you manage to do the scalloped edges though? Did you make your own pattern or use stencils?

    – Christine

  • phiphis blog May 6, 2013 at 10:13 am

    you're so right about the break in period. it is disappointing for that price point that they are so painful out of the box. my suede ones were not as bad but i'm scared to even try breaking in the patent pair.

    i love how your skirt turned out. inspiring!! xo

  • Annick May 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I found the cutest Banana Republic wool mini-skirt at Value Village the other day. And a gorgeous gold bangle! Love that place!

    Bold Subtlety

  • Anonymous May 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I love them! Did you find them on sale somewhere or did you fork up full price for them?

  • Anonymous May 6, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Amazing! I initially started reading your blog for the awesome picks and reviews at various petite friendly stores and have stayed for your awesome DIY skills! Love that your blog is such a cultivated mix of high and low end clothes – you're an inspiration to all!!!

  • Choochoo Li May 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Adorable outfit! Love the colors!! So envious of your DIY skills! I think the skirt length is perfect for a fun and casual outfit like this one.

  • Anonymous May 6, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Did you get the flats resoled? I've noticed that Boston's sidewalks tend to wear down leather soled flats as well.

  • Amber @ EasyPetiteLooks.com May 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

    ferragamo shoes are so classic. i agree, they're better for a more narrow foot. my feet really swell up during a day full of standing, so i think i need flats with support, but a little more give. and that skirt is not too short! we could probably all use a little extra toning, lol. it looks lovely tho!

  • Janki May 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I couldn't wait so I did a quick Googling of scalloped hem, so I think I'll try with some of my thrift skirts. What an absolutely adorable way to add some oomph! I have been thrift shopping consistently for over 5 years and hardly buy new. The quality isn't as good. And, now that I am sewing, I feel more aware of the conditions that must be occurring in order for me to get those "affordable" items at mass retailers.
    Great job that Savers has noticed you! You are one of the few bloggers I follow that showcase careful purchases (not hauls with duplicates of each item) and are unabashed about thrift purchases.

    Great job as always… I can't wait to try it out. I'm tackling my hemming job now.

  • Petitetomatoes May 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Nice outfit. I love your DIY skirt.

  • Green Pearl May 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    What is the color for your Varina flats? They look navy from the pics.

  • Sweetie May 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! Can I know what camera/lens was used to take these photos? I really want to invest in a good camera. Thank you dear! (:

  • Jessy May 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    So cute! You're making me regret selling the navy scalloped skirt I have, Jean! Can't wait to see your tutorial. : )

  • Marloes May 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Can't wait for the DIY! Looks really cute!

  • Van Nguyen May 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Can't wait to see how scallop hems are done. They look complicated. Great colors in your outfit.

  • Petite-ish May 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Love the bold color palette of these outfits/photos. You look stunning, Jean! Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

  • Jessica May 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    The skirt was very nicely done!

  • Suzie Q May 6, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I've been adoring the scalloped hems that I see pop up in some stores this spring, so that's so great that you did an amazing job on your (round 2) DIY project! I love this look and the flats are lovely.

    Suzie Q

  • Anonymous May 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Which do you think is the more versatile style the vara or the Varina? Thanks!

  • Giovanna May 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Such a cute look! Loving your coat and that scalloped skirt!


  • andrea May 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Love the skirt and how the scallops turned out! Can't wait to see the tutorial!



  • newpetite May 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Love the skirt! Would love to see the tutorial.

  • Kellyinthecity May 6, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Love the scalloped skirt!



  • An Nicole May 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I love the skirt, can't wait to see the tutorial! Have you tried the Tieks flats or thinking about purchasing them? They're next on my list for comfy flats, but kind of pricey.


  • Jackie May 6, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I love this color scheme!

  • Shirley May 6, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Hi Jean! Would love to know how you broke in your shoes. I got the same Ferragamo flats in graphite last winter and they are so uncomfortable that I've barely worn them!

  • aiyana jane May 7, 2013 at 1:03 am

    love this scallopped hem, you did a great job – cant wait to see tutorial.
    xo, aiyanajane || http://www.citystylecountrysmile.com

  • Sugar Lane May 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Hi gorgeous!

    I've just found your blog through art becomes you, followin u!

    Visit mine and let me know if you like it 😉

    kisses from Spain,


  • Alannah May 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Totally unrelated to this post, but I gotta shout from the rooftops about Nordstrom's new BP Undercover juniors lingerie line. All bra styles come in a 30D and other 30 sizes, and the quality is FAB. They are so cute and the price point is around $35. Great departure from the super basic CK bras I'd been relegated to!!

  • ....... May 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    love that skirt so cool that its a diy and really lovely outfit too! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • lisacng @ expandng.com May 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Doesn't surprise me that the patent leather needs breaking-in. No matter the price point, patent leather is still patent leather. Glad they fit great now though!

  • Anonymous May 7, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I love the idea of making your own scallop skirt. I'm definitely going to rummage my closet. Jean, from the angle of the photos the sunglasses do not complement your pretty face.

  • Anonymous May 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Hi I always read your blog, it is wonderful. Would one day that you did a post about the basic for a petite girl to have in your wardrobe that can be purchased in fast fashion. For I am small and features of children and therefore do not take me seriously. I love the blog. Isabelle. kisses

  • Steffi May 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I have my eyes on the ferragamo flats in tan, but the navy looks very lovely too!

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