DIY: Dress to Skirt

So as my first official DIY project for BWA I decided to take a dress and turn it into a skirt. The dress I chose this particular dress I was not a fan of the top half, and it works as a skirt much better with my wardrobe. This DIY can be achieved with any dress however be very sure  before you take the big snip!

What you will need

– Sewing Machine

– Matching Thread

– Black or White 1 inch Elastic

– Pins

– Scissors

– Chalk

– Tape Measure
 

STEP 1. Cutting the Skirt
Measure and chalk out where you would like to cut the skirt, making sure you leave 1 inch for seam allowance for when you attach the elastic. I cut higher than the desired length, and made adjustments just so I got the exact end length right. Once you are happy cut away.

 

STEP 2. Cutting the Elastic
Measure and cut the elastic to where you would like it to sit on your body. I went for the waist with mine but you could go lower or higher. Remember to allow for a 1.5cm crossover for when you sew it together.

 

STEP 3. Sewing the Elastic
Sew, using a zig zag stitch, the 2 ends of the elastic together to create a loop overlapping about 1.5cm. Go over the stitch a few times to make sure it holds together.

 
STEP 4. Dividing the Elastic
Divide the elastic into quarters and place a pin at each point. Do the same with the cut edge of the skirt. Depending on your size you should find that the elastic is a bit smaller than the circumference of the skirt.

 

STEP 5. Pinning the Elastic to the Skirt
Attach the elastic to the inside of the skirt matching the pins at each quarter of the elastic and skirt.

 

STEP 6 Sewing the Elastic to the Skirt.
Using a straight stitch, place the foot at the start of one of the pins, then you will need to stretch/pull the elastic so that the fabric sits flat against it. Keeping the fabric on top of the elastic, you may begin sewing doing each quadrant at a time. Make sure you run the edge of the foot along the edge of the fabric and elastic. You can use an over-locker for this process if you have one.

 

STEP 7 Pinning the Elastic down
Once complete you can then fold the elastic over once onto the inside and pin down, making sure the fabric stays even and doesn’t slide.

 
Step 8 The final step
You can now sew the elastic down so it sits flat. This is similar to step 6 however you will need to make sure you leave the right allowance to catch the elastic to the fabric 3/4 inch is perfect for 1 inch elastic, putting a pen mark on your sewing machine as a guide to run the edge along can help. Stretch the fabric as you are sewing to make sure the fabric doesn’t buckle. You may want to guide the other end through to allow for smooth even sewing.
Trim back any loose threads and you are done!

 

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44 Comments

  • Reply BellaB Friday 3rd May, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Effective transformation.

  • Reply cadam Tuesday 18th September, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Thats such a fantastic idea

  • Reply jessicawheelock Monday 25th June, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Cool

  • Reply i-n-u-r-e Friday 17th February, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    DIYs are the best!!

  • Reply relle1 Thursday 16th February, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    hi where can you buy this dress? thanks

  • Reply MsKimo Wednesday 15th February, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    This is sooooo super cool! 🙂 x

    Looks so fun, if I don’t win the giveaway, I’ll find my own materials.

  • Reply stefaneigh Sunday 12th February, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    my mum has done this for me before 🙂

  • Reply mandystsai Sunday 12th February, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Wow, you’re so creative!

  • Reply thugsy Saturday 11th February, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Fantastic

  • Reply doogs Saturday 11th February, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I LOVE it

  • Reply bardie Saturday 11th February, 2012 at 9:46 am

    What a great idea 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Reply jarjar Saturday 11th February, 2012 at 9:43 am

    WOW

  • Reply KatP Friday 10th February, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Great idea, ugly skirt

  • Reply sheerluck Friday 10th February, 2012 at 11:44 am

    you make it look so simple!

  • fashionistar.
    Reply fashionistar. Thursday 9th February, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    love how the ruffles on this skirt look like featherS!

  • Reply Joni64 Thursday 9th February, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Definitely need to show my 14 year old daughter, she will LOVE this!

  • Reply stels Thursday 9th February, 2012 at 9:42 am

    great DIY article!

  • Reply chocolatelace Thursday 9th February, 2012 at 1:04 am

    beautiful tutorial!

  • Reply slamontheWWW Wednesday 8th February, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    loving these diy!

  • Reply aalana Wednesday 8th February, 2012 at 11:10 am

    oooo awesome!

  • Reply dapperdolly Wednesday 8th February, 2012 at 7:14 am

    Excellent guide and nice end result, well done and thanks.

  • Reply shell0606 Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Cute:)

  • Reply Claireo Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Looks good!

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I have converted dresses to skirts, they look great

  • Reply mandystsai2 Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Wow, cute~

  • Reply JENNIFAARRH Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    great idea!!

  • Reply tessarella Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    This is such a great idea!

  • Reply Sarahh Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Very cute!

  • Reply ladadidah Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    coolbeans

  • Reply jetaime Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    If only I was any good at sewing lol…

  • Reply chrystal Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    love the diy

  • Megan
    Reply NaughtyBaubles Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    such a great idea since we all have pieces that would work better as a skirt!!! you probably saved at least four dresses from my charity bin…lol

  • Reply lauralai Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    This looks gorgeous!

  • Reply Ian Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    amazing, well done, much better as a skirt

  • Reply Tashie Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Definitely have a few items i could revamp!!

  • flossyfewclothes
    Reply flossyfewclothes Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Brilliant!…I’ve done this…some items I love too much to discard and restyled… 😎

  • Reply Whatthe Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    It’s a very gorgeous skirt. I love it!

  • Reply xoxoMayy Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 11:46 am

    adorable and a lovely tutorial to try out sometime!

  • Reply Zerotolove Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Really easy to follow tutorial, thanks!

  • Reply sallync Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 11:24 am

    That was VERY brave…I love a nice bit of recycling!

  • Reply darling Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 11:12 am

    nice

  • Reply lieuloves Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 10:14 am

    super cute!

  • Reply fifi73 Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Wow, looks great! I love when you can re-vamp a clothing item in your wardrobe…. Well done! 😉

    • Reply chris Tuesday 7th February, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      absolutely

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