Dress to Skirt Refashion! [A little tutorial]

Refashion. Upcycle. Thrifting. These could quite possibly be some of my favorite words ever. EVAH. So when I walk through a thrift store, I tend to look with a “what could I do with this?” kind of eye.

Turn an ill-fitting dress into a skirt

I recently found this lovely green sundress:

But as lovely as it was, it didn’t fit. Not. Even. Close. Let’s just say, I’m pretty sure Taylor Swift doesn’t make clothes for nursing mamas… [and p.s. who even knew she had a clothing line?]

Simple fix: cut off the bottom and make it a skirt instead!

I found some non-roll elastic (affiliate link) in my supplies [it’s either 1.5 or 2inches wide]. I wrapped it around my waist to get the length I wanted. I sewed the elastic into a circle an then pinned the skirt around it, gathering as I went along. You could sew a basting stitch along the top of the skirt and gather it to the same size as the circle of elastic. Then serge or zig-zag the elastic to the skirt and boom – you have a new skirt!

I could’ve dyed the elastic but well, that wouldn’t have been quite as simple of a refashion and I’m not a tuck-your-shirt-into-your-skirt kinda girl anyway.

It has pockets! Yay!

[Photo courtesy of my four-year-old photographer]

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6 comments

  1. #1 That is the most amazing “repurpose tutorial” I have ever read. I absolutely love love love the skirt. I don’t think there is a single sundress on the planet that will work for a modest nursing mother! This is such a fabulous plan.
    #2 You are so fit and slender and lovely after just having a baby not so long ago!!!!!! Just beautiful!!!

    1. And that my friends is exactly why every mother should breastfeed. The quick return to our (more or less) original shape is one of the many benefits for mom & baby. Did you know it protects us from breast cancer, too? Yay breastfeeding! Yay moms! Keep up the fabulous work; I love your ideas. Also, the kid has talent as a photographer. ♡♡♡

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