Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Skirt Refashion

Today, I'm sharing a fun little wearable re-fashion that I worked on this week!

I've had this dress for a while now, but it's been hanging out in the back of my closet. I love the fabric, but the cut was just oh-so-NOT flattering.

OK, I know it looks horrible here, so I feel I must post this picture to show that I (sorta) kinda pulled it off. Maybe.

See? Yeah, maybe not.

Well, instead of bemoaning the fact that this cool dress just doesn't fit me well, I decided to make it into a skirt!

Now, for those of you who want the details on how this worked...

(Disclaimer: I wish I had better step-by-step pictures, but sadly the lighting was horrid because I did this at night! Sorry!).

Basically, I just laid the dress flat (making sure to UNZIP the long zipper in the back first, otherwise the zipper would have been cut off and I would not have been able to use it), and cut straight across the dress where I wanted the waistline to be.

I ended up with this left over from the bodice:

This dress was easy because the ties of the dress were right where I wanted the waistline to fall. I then folded down the top and sewed it to where the old waistband was attached to the skirt:

Here is the waistband from the inside, you can see where I sewed it with dark brown thread (only so you can see it better, definitely not because I was too lazy to go out and buy the right color!):

I am lazy when it comes to sewing. That's the truth. But somehow, my projects seem to turn out just fine and generally last as long as I want them to, so who's complaining, right?

As far as the zipper goes, I unzipped it before cutting the dress so it would be usable for the skirt, and then I just folded down the part that I didn't need in the back:

I made an almost invisible little stitch where I wanted the zipper to end (so that it doesn't unzip itself like a train running out of tracks!).

And there you have it. Easy as (eating) pie.

(Take that, Anthropologie!)


  1. A-dor-able! I love it paired with the mustard top, and the bow adds just the right touch. I'm glad I'm not the only lazy sewer who gets lucky most of the time!

  2. Seriously. SO much cuter! I love the bow. I wish I could do stuff like that. i can do simple stuff like buttons and patching up holes and basic seams on blankets, but not clothes. I need to invest in a sewing machine and some lessons with my mom first.

  3. wow. i'm truly impressed. and could you be any more adorable? i think not. :)

  4. Yay, thanks guys! I'm glad you agree. =) I'm hoping to wear it a lot this summer!

  5. I LOVE it!!! It looks so adorable! And you look gorgeous in it!

  6. Thanks Joye! You guys are doing wonders for my self esteem... hehe! =)



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