Sunday, June 24, 2012


I have a confession to make:  this skirt isn't really a skirt.  It's a dress.  I just have the top folded over to make it a skirt.  In fact, I liked it so much as a skirt that I decided to take the plunge and officially chop it into a skirt.   So, without any further ado, here's my step-by-step instructions: 

Before - the dress

Step 1:  measure and chop.  Since this dress was more of a midi than a maxi on my giant self, I didn't have to chop very much off the top of the dress.  I also made sure to allow for folding over the waistband.

Step 2:  Turn inside out to fold over the waistband.  I just made sure it would be wide enough for the elastic to fit.  Then I pinned it. 

Step 3:  Sew around the waistband.  Leave a couple inches open to feed the elastic through. 

Step 4:  Feed the elastic through the waistband.  Then sew the ends together and sew up the opening in the waistband.

Step 5:  DONE!  Hang your new skirt up in the closet, and start pinning inspiration for how you will wear it!

Skirt (dress): Gap Outlet
Top: Preston&York via Dillard's
Cardigan: Old Navy
Shoes: Carlos Santana via DSW


  1. I'm impressed by your sewing skills...way to go!

  2. wow, you did such a great job DIYing that!

  3. What a cute idea!! And maxi skirts are super trendy! ;)

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  5. I'm kinda addicted to maxi skirts! Good job!

  6. Love love love! Next year I am adding learn how to sew to my 30 for 2013 so I can make cute skirts too.

  7. Really cute idea. I have a Blog Hop, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

    1. Thank you so much for linking with "Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop". I love this skirt. Hope you link again this Wednesday.
      Debi Bolocofsky

  8. I recently did the same thing to a dress!!! I like it so much better as a skirt since the top part of it was plunging way too low for my taste! It's funny though, that I had worn it to work several times (with a tank underneath) and no one said anything. When I wore it as a skirt, I received compliments from everyone! Go figure...

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