Refashion: Gathered Skirt to Short Kaftan Dress
This was one of my favorite skirts, ever. Unfortunately, when I bought it, it was a bit tight in the waist after indulging in a big meal. Several years and numerous big meals later, I could no longer fit it. So, I decided to make something else out of it.
Remove the skirt's waist band and zipper (if there is one).
Iron out the gathers or pleats.
Determine how deep you want the sleeve openings and rip out the side seams down to that point.
Sew the shoulder seams (this is where the skirt waist band used to be) , leaving an opening for your head. Make the seam allowance at least an inch (I allowed about 2 inches) to use for a self-facing for the neck opening.
Determine where the sleeve and side seams need to be (you will need to baste or pin and try the whole thing on and adjust as needed).
Sew the sleeve and side seams. Trim away the excess fabric.
Hand tack the neck facing.