"....Your children shall be like olive plants all around your table." Psalm 128:3

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Skirt From A Dress

A few weeks ago, I bought this dress at the thrift store...



And for some strange reason, once I got home, I didn't like as much. The skirt is beautiful, but I didn't like the bodice. So I decided to make this dress into a skirt.

First, I pinned the hem so that I would make a straight cut when I cut off the bodice..





The next step was to cut off the bodice..

Then I folded down a 1 1/2-inch elastic casing for the waistband...


I sewed up the casing, leaving a 2-inch opening to thread the elastic through. (Oops...forgot to take a pic of that one.)


Next, I measured my waist with 3/4-inch elastic, and added 1 1/2 inches for overlap.  I always put a safety pin at the end of the elastic to make it easier to thread through the casing...


After the elastic has been threaded through the casing, I double zig-zag stitch the ends of the elastic to make sure the ends don't come apart...


Then I stitch the casing closed...





It's finished - quick and simple - it only took 30 minutes from start to finish. And I love the way it turned out...
Sorry I don't have a pic of the me wearing the skirt, but my resident photographer (Aaron) was outside sword-fighting with his brothers.  :)

Have a blessed Monday, friends!








"She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and gold." - Proverbs 31:22


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    1. So true, Maria..if only I could have found something to do with the bodice. :)

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  2. I've done this, and I love it! Good post!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Meghan. And I'm still loving your blog. :)

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  3. Very resourceful my dear! A beautiful skirt and one of a kind. My next trip to the thrift store I want to see if I can find a cute and somewhat vintage toddler/baby outfit to make into a new clothespin basket. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, dear Jane. And a great idea for a clothespin basket. Be sure to post about it! :) Hope you had a happy 4th of July!

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    1. So happy you stopped by, Tesha. Hope you're having a great week! :)
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  5. I love it! Very nice job! Now I'm hoping I can find a dress and make a skirt of my own! :)

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    1. Thanks, Andrea. Hope you're having a lovely week. :)

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  6. Very creative! That gives me an idea to look at dresses for my daughter, for their skirts! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Jen, I'm thankful that I've given you a bit of inspiration. :) Hope you're week is full of blessings!

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  7. This is lovely! Thanks for the simple tutorial!

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    1. So glad you stopped by, Katie. Hope you're having a lovely week. :)

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  8. You did a marvelous job of converting this dress into a skirt. One of these days, hopefully soon, I'll learn how to make my own skirts. It's a sewing dream that I have. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your kinds words, Mara. I'll be watching for your post about making your skirts. :)

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    1. Thanks, Chelle! Hope your week is lovely. :)

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  10. the skirt is beautiful! I would not think it came from that dress. You did a beautiful job. I would love to do this- I need to learn to really sew( and not just sew on buttons and darn socks and tights )

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  11. Thanks for the kind words, Chantel. Sewing is really very simple...I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
    Have a blessed week-end! :)

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  12. You did an excellent job on this skirt!! Sewing is fun and so is reconstruction :-)

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    1. I had so much fun with this, Judith. And I love how it turned out. :) Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.
      Hope you have a wonderful week! :)

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