Things to Make: Refashioned Skirt to Dress Tutorial
I have this skirt. It is made of the prettiest multi-colored cotton batik fabric. It's loose and flowy. I got it for $2 at a local clothing consignment shop. And it's FRUMPY.
F. R. U. M. P. Y.
Me. Frumpy. And just out of the shower...with no make-up on. The ultimate before picture.
If there's anything a new mommy DOESN'T need it's to feel frumpy. I mean I already feel frumpy enough...but add this skirt to the mix on a day when I'm supposed to be getting dressed up and looking cute? Ugh.
Someone told they saw a thing on TV where someone took a big flowy skirt and turned it into a cute dress instead. Of course I wanted to give it a try!
Here's what I did:
Big, flowy, long drawstring skirt
Sewing machine and thread
First I draped the skirt around my shoulders and tightened the drawstring to a comfortable neckline length.
Then I marked where I thought a good sleeve length would be...and I cut the skirt.
Next I put on the skirt/dress on and slipped my arms in the armholes.
I put it on inside out, and then I used safety pins and pinned the dress where I thought it should be taken in.
I sewed along the pins.
Then cut the excess fabric away.
I pinned the first side to the opposite side as a template; sewed and cut away the excess fabric.
I decided not to hem around the arms...I kinda like the frayed look of the fabric...so I just sewed round the armholes a couple of times, so the fraying wouldn't get out of hand!
I added a belt, put on my make-up and and did my hair...
A cute NON-FRUMPY dress made out of awesome multi-colored fabric...that I can still nurse in, thanks to the drawstring neckline!! Plus it only took 10 minutes and cost $2! Can't beat that!