Dollar DIY: Buh-Bye Boob Tube, Hello Galaxy Skirt

I loved the pattern on this tube top, but I have never *ever* worn tube tops. They just feel like wardrobe malfunctions waiting to happen. For a buck, I thought I'd try to save the pretty fabric.

Off came the ruffle and bandeau bra portion, and I was left with an elastic waist tube of material that just fit over my hips and behind. I'll take it!

Tube top/skirt - swap meet
Lime shirt - swap meet
Ben Sherman blazer - Ebay
Patent Pumps - Ross
Snake bag - Ebay

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  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    OMG! I am squealing with joy!! SO FAB!!!!!!!!

  • Amy replied 6 years ago

    What a transformation! Looks great, Rae!

  • Kirti replied 6 years ago

    Fabulous! You are so talented :-)

  • Diana replied 6 years ago

    I really love the finished product! I have tried this in the past but ended up with a skirt that was too short for leaving the house in! I haven't seen too many boob tube tops that are long enough to make a decent skirt, so this was a great find!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    How clever! You and Claire are just rockin' the DIY projects lately! And I love this paired with your citron blouse.

  • nancylee replied 6 years ago

    Wow! I am so impressed. LOVE this outfit! :)

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Great outfit! You clever gal. Don't you ever let your clothes boss you around.

    And pumps for a change :)

  • jayne replied 6 years ago

    It is UwP perfection now!

  • Ana replied 6 years ago

    Wow! That is awesome, Rae! I love your creativity and ability to a potentially fabulous piece in something else. :)

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! I'm happy to report the skirt is also pretty comfy with no ride-up... I may be home free. :)

    Diana, I know what you mean about most tube tops - I have definitely ended up with those tiny "skirts" before.

    Angie, you noticed the pumps! I thought I needed some serious shoes to balance the crazy colored top and skirt. Black patent leather is so oh so somber and serious to me these days, heh heh...

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    Wow! I would so wear that outfit! You are so amazingly talented and creative! Now that's how a banker should dress--citron blouse and tube pencil skirt! Love it!

  • Julie replied 6 years ago

    As you are a baseball fan, I'll put it this way. You've knocked this one out of the park!! And, you're right, that is very pretty material. Like Angie, I was surprised by the pumps, but I can see this skirt with either your Timberlands or Frye Julias.



  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    This is fabulous! Gorgeous colours and such a fun, mixable skirt!

  • cciele replied 6 years ago

    Awesome transformation! It looks so much better as a skirt (and I am amazed at how long the tube was) :)

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    This is office appropriate (an amazing transformation), but totally "you." Brava!

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 6 years ago

    I am so impressed with your ability to see the potential of a piece that others would not see. Great outfit Rae.

  • fern replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous fabric - what a great transformation. Go Rae!

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    ADORE. You look *ahem* stellar in that outfit!

    I often see tube tops mistakenly placed in the skirt section at thrift stores. Must keep this DIY in mind...

  • teeandcee replied 6 years ago

    Wow, you took that from a 2 to a 10! I love-love-love the splotchy pattern and it looks so much better as a skirt without the ruffle.

  • Jonesy replied 6 years ago

    Fun, creative, and fab!

  • Sylvie replied 6 years ago

    Impressive transformation. I need to keep an open mind with clothing and potential alterations.

  • nicoleb replied 6 years ago

    Awesome job Rae! I'll admit when i was first reading your description i must of missed the part where you said you were taking the ruffle bottom off so when i looked the first picture i was like "ehh....." but ah! Picture #2 looks fabulous!

  • Mo replied 6 years ago

    Nice save! I've done this as well and was pretty happy with how it came out and how easy it was (not much of a seamstress to say the least).
    I'm also liking the pumps with the skirt.

  • Zapotee replied 6 years ago

    Love the skirt, what a great transformation.
    .... and you are wearing pumps...squee... I like it!

  • replied 6 years ago

    And it's a galaxy print! I can see what you saw in that silly bubble top: possibilities! I have to say that I'm pretty impressed with how expensive it looks--not like a craft project. The lime blouse with it is brilliant and unexpected. The blazer, pumps and bag ground all of the bright trends and give it *banker clout* for work. Good to see snake-y again! :)

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