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Upcycle an extra long skirt into a super cute dress!
My coworker gave me this skirt about a month ago and it's been sitting in my clothes to reconstruct pile. I knew all along it was going to become a dress. It was only a matter of time....

Posted by Thera Joyce from Chandler, Arizona, United States • Published See Thera Joyce's 44 projects »
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  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    First you will need to cut off the pockets of the skirt. I drew a straight line across the skirt just underneath the bottom edge of the pockets. If your skirt doesn't have any pockets, put your skirt on and hike it up (above your bust area) so the edge of the bottom of the skirt sits where you'd like the finished length of the dress to sit. Make sure you leave an extra inch at the top for the elastic casing. Mark off how much you'd like to take off and proceed as stated above. Cut Away!

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 2
    Step 2

    Put the skirt on (or on again) inside out and pin it snug underneath your arms. Make sure it's not super tight because you'll be adding elastic to the top of the dress and you'll want it to gather just slightly. You'll also need to take in the sides a bit, so pinch and pin all the way down the side of the skirt until you get the desired fit for your dress. I took mine in about 2 inches.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now use chalk to mark a line down each side where you've pinned the skirt.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sew down each side of the skirt where you've marked your lines in chalk.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use your pinking shears (or scissors) to remove the excess seam allowance fabric on each side of the skirt.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now use your serger (or zig zag stitch on your sewing machine) to finish the top edge of the dress. This prevents the top edge of the dress from fraying.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 7
    Step 7

    Measure 1 inch down from the top of the dress and fold that towards the inside of the dress. This will be the casing for your elastic. Stitch along the bottom edge of the casing. Make sure you don't stitch this casing all the way closed, leave a small hole to feed the elastic through.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 8
    Step 8

    Attach a safety pin to one end of the 3/4 inch wide elastic and start to slowly feed it through the casing. When you have reached the other end of the casing, pull the elastic through a bit and pin the ends together. Try the dress on and if the elastic needs to be tighter, adjust the elastic as needed and re-pin.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut off the excess elastic, unpin, and overlap the ends. Stitch the ends together with a zig zag stitch.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now straighten out the elastic inside the casing and stitch the casing feed hole closed.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 11
    Step 11

    Put your dress back on, inside out. Mark underneath your bust with chalk. Take your dress off and mark a straight line across the front of the dress where you made your bust mark. Flip the dress over and continue the line from the front all the way across the back of the dress.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 12
    Step 12

    Stitch your 1/4 inch wide elastic to this line with a zig zag stitch. Make sure you stretch your elastic as you stitch.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now cut four, 15 inch long pieces of ribbon. These will be your straps.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 14
    Step 14

    Put your dress back on inside out (I'm using my wonderful assistant Betty) and pin two straps to the front of the dress.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now pin two straps to the back of your dress.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 16
    Step 16

    Stitch all the straps to the dress.

  • How to make a strappy dress. Diy Frilly Summer Dress - Step 17
    Step 17

    Stitch lace or eyelet to the interior bottom hem of the dress, and tie your straps into cute little bows.

    Now go put your super cute dress on and go bask in the beautiful summer sun.

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Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
wow this is great! I absolutely love it! Happy
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Sunshine N.
Sunshine N. · Salem, Oregon, US
thrift store here I come...it is an awesome dress!
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Gothictany
Gothictany · San Diego, California, US
I too have done this...omg great minds think alike.....HIGH FIVE THERA!!!!!
xoxoxo
Tany
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Thera Joyce
Thera Joyce · Chandler, Arizona, US · 57 projects
No Problem! The options are endless for this project. Happy
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Lolly.Bot
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
That is absolutly stunning!!

I think I might have an old long gypsy style skirt that I might pimp out!! Thanks for the inspiration...
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Thera Joyce
Thera Joyce · Chandler, Arizona, US · 57 projects
Awesome! Glad I could inspire you. Happy
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Megan M.
Megan M.
This is really cute. I have a long skirt that I haven't been able to match something with. Its totally being coverted this weekend!
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Thera Joyce
Thera Joyce · Chandler, Arizona, US · 57 projects
Thanks Zina!
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Zina
Zina · Tasmania, Tasmania, AU · 32 projects
super cute!
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