The Repurposed Designer: Dress to Skirt

by Merissa on October 11, 2011

in Repurposing

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This dress was another one of those things that was given to me. Not really my style and pretty outdated, but it was in a good shape and the fabric was nice. Here's what I did with it:

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First I cut the top off the skirt. Much better already. ;)

Then I cut the skirt part to a different length. Mid calf is not very flattering on me and makes me look shorter than I really am so I cut off enough to make it knee length.

The sad looking top just got sadder. Cut off the "straps".

Then with the wide fabric it left me from the top, cut that in half. Now I have a shorter skirt and 2 lengths of fabric from the top.

Sew a regular fold over section on the waist of the skirt for the elastic.

Then, hem up the 2 strips of fabric from the top of the dress and sew them together to make one long strip of fabric.

Sew the fabric from the top, onto the bottom of the skirt. You will want to add in a ruffle every so often while you are sewing it together to make it kind of "frilly".

That's it! I thought this was a pretty simple do-over and it took less than 30 minutes to put it all together. Now it looks more like something I might wear and a cute skirt with a nice top is always in style.

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1 Jen October 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Very cute!

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2 Jen October 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Very cute!

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3 Yvette October 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Wow! Very Nice!

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4 Yvette October 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Wow! Very Nice!

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5 Yvette Walshe October 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

very nice! Totally impressed:)

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6 Yvette Walshe October 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

very nice! Totally impressed:)

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7 amber October 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

You are soo Clever!!

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8 amber October 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

You are soo Clever!!

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9 Cindy August 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Did you know you can recycle sweaters ? The sleeves of sweaters make wonderful fingerless goves and armwarmers.

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