Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dress to skirt refashion: Version 2.0

DIY dress to skirt refashion

This is my latest dress to skirt refashion, and it was super easy! I was inspired by Hilary's post last week to make my own!



(Please ignore the goofy look on my face, I'm trying not to laugh at my four year old daughter, who is telling me to "pose like a fashion girl.")

DIY dress to skirt refashion

I've been sitting on this dress for a while, not quite sure what to do with it. I found it at a thrift store (surprised?) about two months ago. I liked the color, the cut was ok, and I could see it had potential. I paid around $4 for it, so no great loss, and I'm always in the market for a good refashion. I was kind of excited!


And then...I tried it on.

DIY dress to skirt refashion

Oh man.

This dress was HIDEOUS on me. Originally I had thought that I would hem it up and make it a cute dress I could actually wear. Um, no. Clearly that was not an option! Ugh! I'm actually embarrassed to even show this 'before' picture, and you can't see my face!

Anyways, I did love the fabric! It had these adorable little delicate southwestern pattern of geometric shapes, suns and arrows all over it, so cute! I couldn't just toss it and call it a wash, but what to do?

DIY dress to skirt refashion

I basically ended up doing exactly what Hilary did in her dress to skirt refashion, and chopped off the bottom 16 inches of the dress, and sewed it to the underside of some 2 inch black elastic. I even used the original hem! I am so in love with 2 inch elastic, I can't even tell you. It's the magic cure for many a refashion. And it sucks things in where things may need to be sucked in.

DIY dress to skirt refashion


DIY dress to skirt refashion

I really like how this turned out! I think it's cute, fun, and bright. Perfect for summer! The fabric is really swingy and drapes beautifully, so it's flattering as well. A win!

~Jessica


28 comments:

  1. It's super cute! I love the pattern as well :) I'm visiting from Show Me What Ya Got.. hope you'll stop by and say hello!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I will come check out your blog for sure!

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  2. SO CUTE!! And what a great idea! I've got the shopping at thrift stores down, I just need to learn how to sew:)

    Visiting from Tell Me Tuesday:)

    Cheers,
    Alyson

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    1. It's so much easier then you think, you should totally give it a try!

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  3. Really cute fabric and the skirt turned out awesome! It would have been a cute dress shortened and a leather belt?????
    Thanks for stopping by and the nice compliment about my girls. :)
    We are doing a dress refashion tomorrow .... hemmed it and added a belt.

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    1. I loved your dress refashion! So cute and the print was adorable. I thought originally that this would make a cute dress too, remove the hideous shoulder pads maybe...but it was 100% rayon and it shrank like crazy in the wash! So what once was a snug but workable dress because super tight. I was bummed!

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  4. I love how this turned out! Not bad for a $4 thrift store dress.

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  5. wow! It really looks amazing now!! I'm inspired to go thrifting so I can try this!
    Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

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  6. That's so clever!! It looks great, well done :-)

    Bells @ www.bellslittleones.co.uk

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  7. That skirt is fabulous-well done you for upcycling!

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  8. visiting from southern lovely. I love a good refashion and this is great!!

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  9. LOOKS AWESOME as a skirt! I wish I was talented enough to do stuff like that... I've put so many things back that had "potential" because I wasn't sure what to do with them! :(
    Visiting from Dress For The Day Linkup! ♥
    (I've also started a fashion linkup on Fridays... would love to see you there someday!)
    Take care, L

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    1. You should learn basic alterations! I can't tell you how often it's saved my wardrobe, I don't ever buy jeans any more without altering them so they fit perfectly. It's such an amazingly useful skill!

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  10. perfect summer relaxed look!
    thanks for linking up with dress for the day!

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  11. Lovely fabric, I really like the finished result! I've just bought some material with a skirt like this in mind, must get sewing!

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  12. Great remake! Thanks for sharing. It makes me want to make one, too.

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  13. 2 thumbs up! What a transformation! I can even sew a button right!

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES (a fashion and life-style blog)
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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  14. Awesome.......!!!!!!!!!!!!! Loved the idea,Would try once.
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow...........!!!! Great idea!
    www.crochetdreamz.blogspot.com

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  16. Amazing dress transformation! I LOVE it! Visiting from the Mad Skills linky party!

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  17. The skirt looks fabulous! Definitely an improvement on the dress! :)

    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling project page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 400 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas.
    Do come and take a look!
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/p/clothes-upcycling-projects.html

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  18. Featuring YOU today! :)

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2013/05/over-20-things-to-make-this-summer.html

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  19. Thank you Ginger! I will go check it out!

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  20. That is such a wonderful idea! I'm actually always drawn to those frumple dresses when I thrift shop. How fun!

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  21. I have tried this a couple times and my problem is the back. The skirt ends up ALOT shorter in the back than in the front because of my butt. How do I fix/prevent this easily. I am never sure how much more fabric I need to cover my rear.

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