September 16, 2010

Dress to High Skirt Tutorial

I am a big fan of the high-waisted skirts that I've seen all over.  Today's tutorial is a simple one.  We're going to turn a dress into a high-waisted skirt.  Let's get started.


This is what I started with.  Ugly?  No, but I wasn't wearing it for a lot of reasons.  (It came too low and I had to wear something under it, the buttons across the chest were pulling, blah, blah, blah...you get the idea.)  I loved the lace overlay, which is also everywhere right now, so I decided to make the cut. 


Since the dress buttons up, I opened the dress completely to cut about 4-5 inches above the waistband.  (If you do this to a dress that doesn't open, be sure the you've got everything lined up perfectly.  You don't the waistband to be sitting lower in the back than in the front when you make your cut.)


Next I folded over the top twice and pinned it.  Then I hemmed it.  I ended up having to take in the waistband a little because I hadn't accounted for the fact that it was sewn more like an hourglass and would bell out at the top.  Anyhow, I just angled it in on the sides to make it tight at the top.


I'm actually pretty excited with the final product.  I can dress it up or down.  I can wear it with boots or heels.  I can wear it with a belt or use the tie it came with.  I love versatility.


(Extra info: the dress was originally from Kohl's, the boots are from Aldo, the necklace was from Banana Republic, the belt was at Anthro last year)

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