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)

Thanks for reading my blog.  I appreciate you being here.  I hope you have a fabulous day.

19 comments:

Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} said...

I love it!! You are so talented at redoing your clothes! I love the look you put together with it too, so chic.

Amie @ http://kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com/

kelly said...

adorable! you've inspired me to refashion an old dress i'd put into my goodwill basket.

have a great day!

Leigh Anne said...

Great job! Love the lace overlay fabric too!

Belle said...

It looks terrific. I love the style.

Mrs. Ohtobe said...

Too cute for words!! I linked to you today with my freezer paper post.

hueys said...

awesome! your skirt looks pretty!

Kim's Treasures said...

Super pretty!

Jessica said...

What a cute and easy way to change up that dress. I LOVE the skirt! You make it sound so easy. lol

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Ellis said...

I've never commented before, but have read your blog for a number of months. Both you and your blog are delightful. I am inspired by you and your crafts and look forward to reading you everyday!

Veronica said...

really cute!!! love the idea!! Thanks, i have a couple of "those dresses" that I might refahion!!! thanks again

ozgrkdn said...

I like it,brawo brawo..thanks for idea...have a nice day..

Taylor Swim said...

oooooh la la. That looks niiiiice. Remember your pain over buying that belt? It was soooo worth it.

mamaTAVE said...

Thank you for this idea. I need long skirts for my new job, and now realize I can look in the dress area of thrift stores as well, and just do a bit of refashioning. Sweet!

Delia said...

Beautiful! I love the lace. That belt you have over it is pretty.

Anonymous said...

very cute. but i have to say i love the belt!!

Rachel said...

What a great idea! I love as a skirt, and the outfit is super cute.

Hannah ~ Carys Home said...

Fantastic! I'm brand new to sewing and still pretty intimidated by it. I've had a dress sitting around waiting for a refashion and I couldn't give up on it. This is a big help to get me started! LOVE your blog, by the way!

leaf and letter handmade said...

i love this whole outfit, and those boots are exactly what i've been looking for! do you mind if i ask if they were from this year & if you remember the style name from aldo? thanks so much :)
~lindsey

Anonymous said...

Such a cute outfit! Oh my, you're such an effortlessly stylish mom :)

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