H&M shell from last year, DIY skirt (seen here without the trim), eBay sandals (similar at Nordstrom)
When I first debuted this skirt, all my in-person critics / friends loved the elephant trim, whereas online feedback was overwhelmingly against it. That was a bummer, but I was partial to the trim myself and had no doubts about keeping it. One of the best parts about sewing is that you can make whimsical pieces to suit your fancy.
I mentioned half-seriously on FB and Instagram that I wish the trim could be convertible, not expecting to receive useful suggestions from several ladies (thank you!). One idea in particular thanks to Michelle Y. ("add Velcro to the top of the trim and Velcro to the wrong side of the hem to make it convertible") got me thinking....
Although a fully detachable velcro'd trim would add too much bulk to the circumference of this skirt hem, I decided to experiment using velcro to secure the trim when folded up.
I had a roll of stick-on velcro lying around, and started by cutting enough small pieces to go around the circumference of the skirt hem, spaced at 3-4 inches apart. Working with the skirt turned inside-out, I stuck half a piece of vecro at the bottom of the trim, folded it up so that no more trim would be visible from the outside, then positioned the second half of the velcro into place. After all the velcro pieces were set, I tried on the skirt to make sure there was no tugging at any one of the velcro pieces, and adjusted as necessary. Lastly, I added tiny stitches in the same color as the fabric to firmly secure the corners of each velcro piece. I love the results, especially since the added versatility -as minor as it is- makes the hours of labor more worth it.
A few lessons learned: Don't make the velcro pieces too small or else they will form acute pressure points and tug at the fabric. As seen in the pic above, I tried to place the velcro on parts of the pattern where any stitching would be more easily concealed. Also, for a fold-up hem to work cleanly, the bottom few inches of the skirt must all be the same diameter (so not ideal for skirts that taper in noticeably at the hem).
For this skirt, I used about $10 total of materials from Fabric.com (having trouble linking to them, but item #s are DW-050 and 237487). The cottons are thin and wrinkled easier than I would've liked, but not so bad overall. I did not try to line this skirt (saved that piece of learning for next time), and have just been wearing it with my trusty slip from Target. The slip also prevents the scratchy side of velcro from touching my skin.
Even though a truncated leg line does short legs no favors, I can't help but gravitate towards ankle strap shoes or ankle booties. I got these Anne Michelle sandals a while back from this eBay seller, after eying the popular Steve Madden Realove heels. The Anne Michelle version seems to be very similar for less, but I do want to note that returns are subject to a 15% restocking fee and shipping costs, unlike with Nordies. The smallest size is 5.5, which in my opinion feels like a 5.5-6. There is a little extra space under the front toe strap, and the back heel cup is roomy on me. I plan on adding a strip of padding on the underside of the front toe strap, which will hopefully keep my foot more firmly in place and make the heel cup fit better.
For reference, my pair measures 9" insole length, 4" heel, 3.25" across the ball of foot, and 4.6" across the front toe strap (which should fit fairly snugly across your toes).