Monday, July 23, 2012

Summer Dress to Skirt Refashion

I bought this dress at Target last summer because I loved the embroidery at the bottom and I thought the shape hid a variety of whoas.  I have only worn it a couple of times, though.  That blah khaki color so close to my face really washes me out and after seeing pictures of myself, I decided that the color and the shape gave it more of a prison matron vibe instead of the fashion diva look I was going for.

Do you like the post-workout-no-makeup look?  Yikes!

So today I decided to save the part that I love - the embroidered border on the bottom - and ditch the rest.  I took out my sewing shears and...Wha La...a skirt from a dress!

I wrapped the elastic around the dress where I wanted the waistline to be and marked that spot.  Then I measured up from the hem and marked that distance all around the skirt and cut on the line.  I decided that I wanted a separate waistband rather than a foldover one so I cut another strip from the remaining fabric, inserted some 1 inch elastic and stretched and stitched it to the skirt waist.  The whole refashion took less than an hour!

I think that I will get a lot more use out of this look!


  1. Wow, Pam, that is a real lesson for me not to be afraid of color near my face. What a wonderful save.

  2. Thanks Jane! I have already worn the skirt several times. I think I will get a lot more use out of it.