Monday, April 9, 2012

Repurposing - Girls Summer Dress from a Skirt

I've been inspired lately by some amazing re-purposing projects, and during my last visit to the thrift / opportunity shop I picked up a few things I thought might work for summer dresses for Emma. Here's what I came up with...

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The first thing I've tackled is this shirred dress or skirt; I loved the colour and at $2 I thought it would be a great practice run. I actually tried it on myself but it looked terrible. Lets just say I have too much going on for a dress like this!

To start with, I laid the dress out on the table and ran a line of pins down one side for a new side seam. The great thing about this style is that the shirring and gathered skirt are quite forgiving - so I went straight down from top to bottom, cut off the excess and then zigzagged over the edges. I thought the top might be a little big, so I cut some off the top and then zigzagged the edges.

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From there I hemmed the bottom and created some straps from the excess material. The straps are simple rectangles of fabric, but I also thought about using ribbon or braid (I probably would have gone for some ribbon if I had some in the right colour, but I was trying to stick to a very limited budget, so I went with the material straps).

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And here is the finished product! Not bad for $2!!

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For me, the hardest thing was cutting into an already complete garment. But once I started it was so quick - when you're working with something that is already basically constructed there are much fewer steps than if you were starting from scratch. I'm a bit keen to start on the other dress now, and to think about what I might find for Harry (and me too!).

I'm sharing at...
The Habby Goddess' Make Grow Thrift,
Not Just a Housewife
Live Laugh Rowe
The Train to Crazy 
The Shabby Nest 
Sew Many Ways

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Well done, a new lease of life.

  2. This is gorgeous - and what a bargain. Well done to you.

  3. Great job!! The dress turned out perfect for Emma :D


  4. I love it, and the colors are fabulous! I'd love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins!

    ~Natalie @ Crafty Cousins

    Holla! We're your newest followers! :)

  5. good one, clever girl! I need to get a bit more adventurous with repurposing I think.... you've inspired me! xx

  6. Shirred top and dresses are perfect for repurposing. The result is fantastic!


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