Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Repurposed Skirt

I have a very special dress that no longer fits.

Above: My brother and I at our eldest brother's wedding.

I wore this special dress at my eldest brother's wedding. I hated seeing it hanging up in my wardrobe not being used, so I made a skirt out of it!

The best bit? You can pretend that you did all of those fancy pleats yourself!


Here's how I 'made' it. :)

Step One: Cut the dress above the waist band,(cutting the lining fabric too) making sure that it is cut  high enough for there to be enough material to be turned and rolled over to match the waistband.

Step Two: Then, pin your dress to the lining. Make sure that you don't pin all the layers together!

Step Three: Then you need to stitch the dress and lining together. This makes it easier to handle for the next step!

Step Four: Now fold the edge of the fabric over and over again so that you have a rolled hem that matches up with the waistband. Pin in place and the sew, but make sure you leave a bit unsewn so that you can put the elastic in!! (Shown below)

Step Five: Next, put your elastic on a safety pin and thread it through the waistband that you just made. Don't lose the other end of the elastic!!! The best way to ensure you use the right length of elastic is to measure round the waist and take about an inch (2.5cm) off.

(Apologies for the lack of photos)

Step Six: When you have thread the elastic all the way through,  pin the ends together and stitch in place. I like to stitch round in a square a few times, just to check that it's secure.

Step Seven: Finally, stitch up the gap.

Now you can enjoy your beautiful skirt that took about half an hour to complete!

See you soon!


  1. i think we now need a photo of you wearing the skirt! the dress was lovely so I'm sure the skirt will be too :)

  2. Hehe! I would have done, but it still JUST doesn't quite fit, so I'm giving it to a friend instead! :)

  3. oh that's sad :( but I'm sure your friend will enjoy it!