Saturday, February 4, 2012
Upcycled Dress from a Skirt
This was another quick and easy project. I started with an old skirt, made a few modifications, and now my daughter has a new princess dress (with sparkles, I might add). As you can see, she is very excited :)
This is what the skirt looked like before I started. It was a Goodwill find, which cost $3.50. Everything else I had on hand. I like to just use things I already have and see what I can come up with.
My first step was to measure around my daughter's chest just underneath her arms. I added two inches to this measurement for ease. My daughter's chest measurement was 21", so I wanted the final garment to be 23" around at the top.
Then I carefully remove the tag. You see, all princesses are very sensitive and they can feel things that ordinary people just can't feel. Think Princess and the Pea and you will get an idea of what I am working with here.
I cut a piece of elastic to 8.5" long. I used a couple of zig-zag stitches back and forth across both ends of the elastic for finishing.
The skirt I used had a zipper along the side. I knew the zipper would make it difficult for me to sew close to the seam, so I unzipped the skirt. I pinned the ends of the elastic to the side seams. This will gather the side that I chose as the back of the dress.
I made sure to stitch completely to the end of the elastic before removing the pin. And I did a couple of stitches backwards and forwards to secure the edge.
With the dress right-side out. I sewed both sides of the ribbon down. I used a straight stitch and tried to sew as close to the top seam as possible.
You may be wondering why I used one long piece of ribbon instead of two. I did that because it made it easier for me to make sure that they were at the same angle. Also, by leaving the little bit of extra ribbon is there, I can always resize it later as she grows.
And there you have it! Total project time in under 30 minutes (I am subtracting all the moments that involved bribery because that just wouldn't be fair!). And, here she is enjoying her sparkly creation :)