Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Dress too small? Make an instant skirt
My daughter has a dress that she and I both LOVED. Unfortunately, she has grown out of it (it's too tight across the shoulders and chest). What to do?? It has such a fun pattern and in such a fun set of colors. I could have given it to one of her cousins or friends, or I could have donated it to Goodwill or some other non-profit (and I usually choose one of those options). This time though, I decided that it was just too beloved to part with.
This dress just happens to be easy to change into a skirt. It literally was just a matter of cutting the dress off at the armpits.
I then simply rolled the cut-edge twice (towards the inside of the garment). Then quickly sewed a the newly-formed hem.
Ta-daaa....... instant skirt! So cute and now she can wear it for another couple of years. Now I just need to figure out if I can find a use for the top. I would have made it into a shrug for her, except it's too small (darn!).
This turned out so well that I'm thinking about doing a similar treatment to another dress that is too small for her (which is why my sewing pile just keeps getting bigger and bigger).