Shirt Dress to Skirt!

4 May

I have struggled to find new clothes recently so I’ve been rummaging through my wardrobe, trying on items that I’ve not worn for a while and seeing if they still fit and are not worn out. I am a little bit of a hoarder at times especially when it comes to clothes. I’ve often regretted getting rid of items, when I’ve realised I could have alter it in some way to make an item fit or just use the fabric. One item that until recently I used to wear a lot is a shirt dress from H&M, I really liked the fitted top and flared out skirt, with pockets – I do love a skirt or dress with hidden pockets. The dress was quite a flattering fit, however is had become rather snug, so unable to part with it and not able to wear it I decided it was destined for the chop!

Sorry for the rubbish photo - I took it at night with no daylight & I hadn't ironed it :/

Sorry for the rubbish photo – I took it at night with no daylight & I hadn’t ironed it :/

I decided that if I cut the skirt part of the dress off and fitted a new waist band I could create something wearable. There was a little bit of gathering around the waist of the original dress so I was able to make a bigger skirt from it. I also had a pattern for a waist band from a skirt I made for myself a while ago. I used the black fabric left over from making my bias binding for the piping on the foxy cushion to create a waist band, and stiffened the inside of the waist band with fusible interfacing.

waistband - Nettynot Blog
The nice thing about creating a skirt from a button up dress…no zip – whooh! I did have to have a practice go at button holes on my sewing machine, having not needed to do one for years (and I usually try to avoid them) it was a good refresher. I don’t think the positioning was perfect but they were absolutely fine for what I needed and it all worked out well.

Buttons and waist Band - Nettynot Blog
Finished Skirt - nettynot Blog
I’m rather pleased with the results and I have already worn it and now I have another wearable item in my wardrobe – without spending any money! The only thing I might change now is the black buttons down the skirt, I would swap them for brighter red or blue ones to make them stand out more!

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2 Responses to “Shirt Dress to Skirt!”

  1. loveyesterdays May 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Great transformation!



  1. Sewing Coco | Nettynot Craft - May 7, 2014

    […] is a little different. I am quite happy adjusting the odd item of clothing like turning an old dress into a skirt. But sewing an entire garment I’ve not done since my make a dress in a day workshop last year […]


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