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Turn an unwearable dress into your new favorite skirt!
Got a dress with a stain on the top? Or maybe it just doesn't fit the way you'd like? Here's a simple tutorial to turn that dress into a perfectly fitting elastic-waist skirt!

Posted by Kristi P. from Fountain Valley, California, United States • Published See Kristi P.'s 9 projects »
  • Step 1

    You're going to start by separating the top of your dress from the bottom - or skirt portion - of the dress. You can either use a seam ripper, if there is a separate waist seam, or simply use your scissors to cut the length of the skirt you want.

  • Step 2

    Measuer and cut your waistband elastic so that it circle your waist (wherever you want the skirt to sit), plus 1 inch seam allowance for sewing the elastic together.

  • Step 3

    Fold under the waist of your skirt at least 1.5 inches (to encase the elastic wiast band). Sew all the way around, leaving a 2 - 3 in gap so that you can thread the elastic through the waist you've just created.

  • Step 4

    Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the waist you've created on the skirt. Make sure you don't lose the end of the elastic inside the waist of the skirt!

  • Step 5

    Sew the two ends of your elastic together with a nice, strong stitch. You can either overlap it and sew both raw edges or put the right sides together and sew a single straight stitch. It may help to pull the elastic out of your skirt waist a bit for this step.

  • Step 6

    Sew closed the 2 - 3 in gap you left in the waist so that the elastic is complete;y enclosed. Redistribute the skirt around the elastic so that the gathering is even, and you're done!

    (*You may need to hem the skirt to your desired length, depending on how you cut it from the dress.)

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rachel.oheren · Ludington, Michigan, US · 1 project
The dress was hideously designed, but your skirt is beautiful! I've done similar things.
Kristi P.
Kristi P. · Fountain Valley, California, US · 16 projects
Hahaha the dress was definitely outdated! Thank you!! Happy
Penny F.
Penny F. · North Bay, Ontario, CA · 19 projects
I have to agree it did look hideous but the skirt is a super cute idea! I really love it and it's amazing what you can transform into something beautiful!
Steph. · Reading, England, GB · 212 projects
that's beautiful fabric, I love the skirt Happy
Kristi P.
Kristi P. · Fountain Valley, California, US · 16 projects
Thank you! As soon as I saw this dress at the thrift store, I knew I had to make something fun with it! ;)

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