Monday, 27 July 2015

I Made It Monday - Dress to Skirt Refashion

This is a really easy refashion!  Perfect if you're learning to sew because it's just that easy!

I took a too short halter neck dress that was given to me and turned it into skirt. 

I could have worn the dress as a tunic top, but I don't wear halter tops.  I did love the fabric with it's gorgeous olive green colour and cool print.*

I simply used wide elastic as the waist band - I liked the contract of the black with the fabric.

Here is how I did it:

1. Determine how long you want your skirt to be; measure that length from the bottom up.  This way you can use the original hem - easy!

2. Cut.  I cut the dress to give myself a below knee length skirt and to make the most of the fabric print.  Finish the raw edge.

3. Take 5cm wide elastic which is the same as your waist measurement (don't make it too tight as that can give even the skinniest girl muffin top!).  Sew the edges together to form a circle.

4. Matching right sides of skirt and elastic together pin at 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock.  The elastic will be smaller than the skirt.

5.  Using a zig zag stitch sew the elastic to skirt, stretching as you go so the elastic lays flat on the skirt.


Ta da!  You're done!  You have a fabulous new skirt and you only had to sew one seam!

*Caution: cutting up dresses to make skirts can be addictive... I've already converted 3 rarely worn dresses into skirts that are destined to be favourites! 


  1. Wow.Your sewing impresses me.Your skirt is beautiful!

    1. Thank you Margaret! I do love this skirt - the fabric was too pretty to not make it into something I would wear. X Allison

  2. Allison, I think I can see a dress into top post in the near future too. That dress was gorgeous. The skirt is stunning. Well done. Bron x

    1. Thanks Bron! I am loving it as a skirt. x Allison

  3. Well worth the refashion. That fabric is so pretty

    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I wear the skirt a lot. x Allison