I love to recycle clothes. So much so that I am often the recipient of second-hand garb. Friends and coworkers give me so much. I like to think of myself as the pre-Goodwill.
Here is one skirt I received not too long ago. It's cute, but not quite my style. Of course BB immediately loved it because it has pink in it and it's all girly and flowy ;)
Warning: The following transformation is ridiculously simple. I whipped this baby out in about 15 minutes. This is a super-fun project that I highly recommend trying at home :)
Here's what I did:
In this dress the waistband becomes the neckline. The first thing I did was carefully cut just below the waistband on both sides of the skirt.
I pretty much eyeballed this one. Then I had BB try it on. I ended up making the slits a little bit longer when she had it on. She was so brave ;)
I made two gathers at the front center to pull in the excess width. This created two outer-facing pleats.
I also made darts at the top of the straps (former waistband) to adjust for length and to keep the straps laying flat.
And I created a couple of darts in the back right at the edge of the straps. These helped to give the neckline and straps the right shape.
I finished off the raw edges where I had previously cut the skirt from the waistband. These edges are now under her arms. I did a simple zig-zag stitch before folding over and sewing the edges down.
And now it's time for the shameless pics of my kid in her new dress:)