Upcycled Fashion : How I turned a skirt into a scarf


Keep Calm and Upcycle Fashion


Oh, I had so much fun at the Rozelle Markets recently. Scored some absolute designer bargains and some gorgeous vintage pieces too. One of the fab pieces I found was a damaged size 0 Isabel Marant silk wrap skirt. Why exactly would I be excited about that?!


Isabel Marant upcycled skirt as scarf rozelle markets


This is why I decided to buy a ripped silk skirt in a size that I’d be lucky to get over one thigh, let alone actually wear. I decided to turn it into an upcycled fashion piece!

The fabric was so gorgeous in the most delicate silk and amazingly detailed print that I bought it simply thinking I might be able to cut it up and make a hairbow out of it.

As I was playing with it, I realised the elastic waist with loops for the side wings of fabric that tied in the middle of the waist was eminently versatile.



Firstly, I gathered the back of the skirt and placed the elastic waistband over my head, draping the front of the skirt as a scarf. I left the waist ties loose, and also tied them across the front of the scarf for a different look.

Next, I untied the waist ties and opened the skirt up with the waist ties and the ripped section on my back and tied it across my shoulders in a silk shawl fashion, using the waist ties.

This could also be tied around my hips over a dress like the Seed Femme Condom Dress, as seen on Styling You.

I will repair the ripped seam – or more likely, pay someone who can actually sew to do it for me!


rozelle markets may 2013


Here are some of the other treasures I thrifted on the same Rozelle Markets trip. An ever-so-slightly beaten up Luella bag, a Pierre Cardin hat last worn more than 30 years ago for a bride’s going away outfit and a fab 60s handmade knit jersey dress.




I’m running a guinea pig session of Kimba Likes Terrific Thrifting Tours this weekend with a couple of brave bloggers who will benefit from my vintage op shop expertise as we trawl through the op shops, vintage boutiques and markets of the Rozelle “Golden Triangle”.

Please do let me know if you’re interested in joining me one Saturday morning for three hours of thrifting, personalised styling and shopping assistance from yours truly, and a good gossip over a lovely cup of coffee at one of my favourite local cafes. You can contact me at styling@kimbalikes.com.

Have you upcycled fashion items recently? Do tell, I’d love to hear all about it!


  • […] into it, but I just couldn’t resist the absolutely gorgeous printed silk fabric.  Click here to read how I upcycled this gorgeous thrifted […]ReplyCancel

  • Robomum - 8 May 2013 - 6.28 pm

    Cannot wait for the chance to shop with you for a morning!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie - 8 May 2013 - 2.09 pm

    I love what you did to that scarf I am always taking things apart and constructing new things out of them especially if it is a beautiful fabric.I made a tube skirt out of a dress from tightrope I know horrid shop BUT I just cut off the bit I needed and hemmed it put in some elastic and now I have a black and white above the knee skirt,bang on trend and cheap as a coffee,my sort of bargain!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie - 8 May 2013 - 4.28 pm

      If only I could sew! Am in awe of those who can. I just have all the ideas but can’t execute them.

      Great skirt idea!ReplyCancel

  • Norlin Mustapha - 7 May 2013 - 5.36 pm

    Oooh! Smart! If only I was in Sydney I would jump at the chance to go with you to Rozelle markets! I’ve got a wool skirt that I got ages ago. Thrifted of course…I just need to alter it a little to fit me better AND I also managed to snag myself a velvet jacket. Have to go dry clean it first before wearing…that was…2 years ago. :pReplyCancel

  • Meagan @ ciderinthesun - 7 May 2013 - 11.58 am

    Ohhh I like what you did there!!!!! thats so lovely, I always LIKE the idea of this kinda thing, but i never actually go forth and embrace it!!!!

    I think your new project is pretty awesome! I would love to put my hand up to join you, but its a bit of a HIKE!

    Enjoy xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 7 May 2013 - 2.11 pm

      Damned shame that! We live in such a big country.

      I figured it was worth a go and hey ho, it worked beautifully! xReplyCancel

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