June 09, 2011

Short Dress to Maxi Dress

Just like my shirts, sometimes I have a dress that shrinks up a bit.  Even if I know I shouldn't dry it, sometimes it makes it way into the dryer accidentally.  Whoops!  Anyhow, that was the story with a little black dress I had.  After taking matters into my own hands, now it looks like this.

I love maxi dresses and they are big right now.  Why do I love them?  Let's be honest.  I can head out the door to church without shaving or lotioning my legs.  Plus, no one has to shield their eyes from my glow-in-the-dark, pasty, white legs.

Here was the dress before.


I measured how much length I needed to add to the dress to make it floor length and then I divided it by two for the two layers.  I made sure each layer was wider than the previous one.  It doesn't have to be by a ton, just enough to let you gather it a bit.  (The new layers have a back and front and are sewn into a loop.  The seams are on the edges to match the dress.)


I stitched the top of each new layer using a basting stitch and gathered the fabric until it matched the width of the previous layer.  Then I pinned it on, stitched it on, and removed the basting stitch.  I didn't hem the bottom because it's knit and it was rolling up anyhow, which I liked.
So, did I shave my legs today? Now nobody knows. (Though it's a 80% chance that I didn't.)
What?  You want to see my hairstyle?  (Just pretend you asked, okay?)
I've been doing some hair homework to prepare for HAIR WEEK!  That's right.  Hair week is back by popular demand.  It'll be at the end of this month.  Stay tuned.
Thanks for stopping by.

Linking to Whipperberry, Tatertots and Jello, Someday Crafts

64 comments:

Nika said...

Cute dress :)

Siobhan said...

Wow! Anything you don't have to hem gets my vote every time. Love your hair, it looks amazing.

K Blue said...

Love your hair. Love maxis for the same reason as you. Yours turned out beautiful like all of your creations. And love your necklace too!

Christina said...

oh very cute! and very well done! (goes to rummage in closet for short dress to makeover...) :)

Liv said...

Very nice! Well done.

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

love the dress!!! HAIR WEEK IS BACK?!?!?! YAY!!!!! I am really excited. You gave me some great tips last year!!! i need help getting out of my ponytail rut :)

Anonymous said...

Great dress - and can I just say - you have a rockin' bod! Looking forward tp hair week!

Anja said...

So cooool! And I love your hairstyle!

Brittany @ My Decoupaged Life said...

I generally don't like Maxi dresses but I think yours is pretty darn cute!

Anonymous said...

Cute dress and I really love your hair!

Мария Комкова said...

Шикарно!!!!

Jennifer said...

I am so loving the maxi dress trend right now myself...and for the same reasons as you :) It came out awesome...love the fabric colors you choose with the black. And your hair is even more gorgeous!! How in the heck do you do that on your on head?? Can't wait to see what you have for hair week :)

Tracey @ BellaSky said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the hair, I need to learn how to do that!

Liz said...

Looks good. I did this to one of my daughter's tank tops earlier this spring. Basically I added a couple of layers following your Upcycled Tee Dress directions.

Jessie K said...

Loved the dress and the do! I hope you share how to do the do as well!

The Miller Five said...

Love that dress! You did a great job! I am sososososo excited for hair week!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

Ummm...loving the hair. Loving another way to make a kinda short dress longer. And I love that you mixed colors! It looks fabulous! :)

Craftcherry said...

Beautiful dress, what a wonderful idea. Freaking LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair! Can't wait for hair week.

Jen @ My Own Road said...

So cute, I love how the dress turned out! I gotta try this

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh you look BEAUTIFUL!! Love the dress and love the hair! So excited for Hair week! :0)

Samantha {Moody Mama} said...

Love the dress! and so glad you shared the hair love it!

Jennifer said...

GREAT job!!!

Unknown said...

What a great idea, good job. I do have to say I LOVE your hair, I would love to know how you did it.

mama walker said...

you have some mad skills girl. i wish you were my neighbor. i have two superhero boys too. i know we would be great friends.

Unknown said...

Awesome! Seriously, great job!

Pickled Blu said...

how perfect! Love that idea! That cute hair of yours is making me second guess my hair appointment for a cut tonight!

Trina said...

Cheri, this rocks and I love the hair style!

Unknown said...

That's a really great idea! Nice job... The hair is beautiful too!

TCEWaters said...

Love it! So excited for hair week! Now that my hair is getting long I need some new ideas! :)

Unknown said...

Super cute!

Kristen said...

So cute! I love the double braid also! How did you do that? It looks like you need a third hand to do it.

Jeanette said...

Nice dress....love the hair.....looking forward to hair week.

Sara said...

I love it, Cheri. Terrific up/recycle idea. Ah, the bodice of the dress makes, ah, your 'girls' look great. Gee, that felt odd to type. :)
Love the hair - eager for hair week!

Nicole Marie said...

awesome! I am totally in love with maxi dresses for the summer...even though I am a very petite one lol

Aubree said...

Wow! Love this! I love maxis too!

You should get the girl from My Yellow Sandbox to be a guest poster for your hair week. If you haven't seen her hair tutorials- they are amazing!

Hands Sew Full said...

Love the dress remake and the hair is gorgeous!

MomLaur said...

Nicely done! Any tips on how to make a knee length dress slightly longer? The fabric is silk and I'm stuck! :0/

Leigh Anne said...

So awesome! And I LOVED the comment about the shaved legs....amen sista! Anything to hide those legs :) Xcited bout Hair Week!! whoohoo!

Unknown said...

Cheri!! You look gorgeous!!! Love, love, love it!!! And so looking forward to hair week! Can you do something for chin length, blond, straight hair? I'm always at a loss. xoxo

Heather Feather said...

This dress is gorgeous! I love the colors that you added! I really want to make a dress like this!

Unknown said...

ooooooo, I am so excited for hair week!! Your dress looks great. I think I might have to copy you!

Melanie said...

Love this idea! I need to try this! Your hair is super cute too!

Ashley said...

o i love it! i am very excited for hair week!!!

xoxo
ash
http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

great idea. I am in dresses a lot during the summer so I might have to try this!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome dress! YES!! Hair week! :) That was so awesome!

Rachel M said...

Wow your hair looks so pretty! And great job with the dress it looks amazing. :)

Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade said...

Super cute! I totally can't wait for hair week...I've been pinning all kinds of new ideas to try instead of my normal straightened-to-death look lol. I'm loving the braids! :)

Jenn said...

What an amazing idea. So, whenever I fall in love with a shorter dress but hate how short it is, I will have to remember there is a solution! Thanks.

Anne said...

Awesome rescue!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-short-dress-to-maxi-dress/2011/06/10/

--Anne

Thread In Her Hair said...

Fabulous!!! I love maxi dresses for exactly the same reason. I, too, have glow-in-the-dark white legs. ;)

Delia said...

Love this Cheri! You are so beautiful. :) I can't wait for hair week. I really don't do ANYTHING with my hair except a bun, scrunch or flat iron...but usually just a bun everyday.

And your faux beading idea is genius! Your blog is always chock full of inspiration.

Unknown said...

This is beautiful. i love the addition of the grey and purple! I can't wait for hair week!

Dacia said...

Love the dress & the hair!

jamie w said...

ooo i love it

Elizabeth said...

Love the dress- might have to see what I can rustle up! All I need in my life now is a tutorial on the hair! It loos awesome :)

Sumo @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff said...

Love this! I'll be featuring it, along with your simple summer skirt, on my blog tomorrow.

http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

Thanks!
Sumo:)

Allison said...

Where in the world did you take these photos? That rock wall is stunning!

Heather Feather said...

This is so easy! I love this because I'm really tall so most dresses are too short for me. I never though to add fabric to make it a maxi dress! Thank you!
I did a little maxi dress series and would love if you linked up your dress!

http://www.feathersflights.com/2012/04/maxi-dress-week-day-5-results-and-link.html

Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

I really love what you have done with this dress! It has given me inspiration for a few of my dresses I haven't worn it awhile because they are now too short...

Helen
Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

Unknown said...

Oh I'm SO glad I found this!! I need to make me one!!!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea! I have a couple dresses that are a hair too short for my taste, so adding a couple tiers is the perfect answer to my concerns! Thank you!

Kristen said...

I LOVE this dress! Those cute, shorter dresses at the store may have a purpose after all. :)

Eryena said...

I give thousands thumbs for your blog!
Keep posting :D

Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea ....thanks for sharing :)

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