The Super Simple Dress-Skirt

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Turn a dress into a skirtI bought this cute dress used for €1 at my local market in April. I wasn’t able to try it on but I figured that if it didn’t fit, I could always use the fabric for something else. Well, come the hot weather, I found that though it did indeed fit, it looked pretty bad on me. First off, my bust couldn’t fill out the top of the dress without a bra, which would’ve looked awful. Wearing a support camisole underneath also looked ridiculous (as you can see here). And the gathered fabric under the empire waist made me look pregnant. (In some of the pics my daughter took during this shoot, I could’ve easily passed as being 8 months along.) The uncovered-in-the-summer-pool bathing suit tanline wasn’t very classy, either, though that got tanned-in pretty quickly in Sardinia.

Turn a dress into a skirt

I considered cutting off the top half of the dress and turning it into a knee-length skirt. But the fabric might’ve been too wide and therefore had to get gathered too much at the waist, creating a too-thick waist. So I decided to take advantage of the elastic shirring in the back of the dress, lower the whole thing, and turn it into a longer hippy-style skirt. I could’ve even left it as it was, with the straps tucked inside, but it was a little annoying and slightly chunky that way. And in any case, this is such a quick and easy refashion that it didn’t make sense not to sew it. Here’s how to do it:

Turn a dress into a skirt

Turn a dress into a skirt

First off, cut across the fabric, leaving enough to fold inwards and stitch down at the bottom of the band running under the bust.

Turn a dress into a skirt

Either overlock or zigzag the edges to keep them from fraying (unless, of course, you are using jersey or another non-fraying fabric).

Turn a dress into a skirt

Using an iron, fold the fabric down inwards so that a very small amount of the front band fabric is folded inside. It’s ok if your fabric gathers on the inside because the outer gathering will hide it. Pin it down.

Turn a dress into a skirt

Do the same for the shirred back. Again, don’t worry if the fabric gathers because you will have to stretch this part as you sew it. I ended up folding inwards the top line of shirring so as to keep the fold at the same height as on the front. Pin.

Turn a dress into a skirt

Check from the outside to make sure it looks good before sewing it. The black band here looks nice and even.

Turn a dress into a skirt

Head on over to your sewing machine. You can use a straight stitch right over the original stitching on the non-stretchy part.Turn a dress into a skirt

On the shirred or elastic back, you will want sew over the stitching with a zigzag stitch and stretch out the fabric as you sew. When you let go of the fabric, it bunches up.

Turn a dress into a skirt

And that’s it! Here’s what it looks like on the inside.

Turn a dress into a skirt

A detail of the stitching seen on the outside, not that you can barely notice it.

Turn a dress into a skirt

Sew a tag on the inside if you have one…

Turn a dress into a skirt

…and enjoy your breezy and super comfy summer skirt! (with a twisted-up t-shirt necklace…)

Turn a dress into a skirt

I wore this skirt a lot during our trip to Sardinia this summer. Just because I love sharing “in action” pictures, here it is on a windy spot in Cagliari, at the Bastione di Saint Remy.

Turn a dress into a skirt

A super simple refashion that’s perfect for summer fun and trips to the beach!

 

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    • Infatti, la semplicità è sempre il massimo! Purtroppo, non viene sempre in mente alle persone di cercare di usare i vestiti in un altro modo. Ci vuole un certo, diciamo allenamento per abituarti a pensare in quel modo. Poi non si butta più via niente!!

  1. Bellissima!Io ho fatto lo stesso con un vestito di lino nero che avevo comprato in una bancarella,mi stava ma mi faceva un seno bruttissimo O.o l’ho tagliato come hai fatto tu,ed ora anche lui è una gonna superversatile e comodissima per l’estate :)))

  2. Ti sta proprio bene il nuovo taglio!
    Vorrei tanto fare un vestitino da bambina con una mia maglietta prémaman, non è che hai in programma un tutorial per qualcosa di simile? Adoro le tue spiegazioni adatte ad ottenebrate del cucito come me!

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