Tools and materials:
- Measuring tape
- Rotary cutter
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
Two-piece sets are so on-trend this year! I had an old dress that was very pretty but I knew it had more potential. I decided to refashion it into a modern, gorgeous two-piece set. I am so pleased with how this upcycle turned out! This ruffle skirt and off the shoulder top two-piece is one of my new wardrobe favorites!
This is the dress I decided to upcycle. I love the fabric and I couldn’t wait to start the transformation.
The first step in this upcycle project, was seam ripping the skirt.
Once I had finished opening the seams, I used a measuring tape and a piece of chalk to mark the new length for my ruffle skirt.
I then used a rotary cutter to cut the skirt to the desired length.
Next, I laid down the fabric and pinned both sides together.
I then sewed a straight stitch along each side.
Next, I pinned and sewed the fabric to the waistband.
To make the ruffle piece for the skirt, I marked 200cm (79 inches) by 11cm (4 inches) on the excess fabric.
I cut the fabric into 4 rectangles.
I then pinned and sewed each rectangle together to make one long piece.
Next, I made a double fold and pinned the edge of the fabric.
I moved back to my sewing machine and stitched the fold in place.
I then hand basted the stitch to create the ruffles. I made sure that there was thread hanging before and after stitching.
I then pulled the thread to create the even ruffles. I made sure that the ruffle had the same width as the skirt. I went ahead and pinned and sewed the ruffle.
With the ruffle finished, I pinned it to the bottom of my skirt.
I stitched the ruffle on to the skirt using a zig-zag stitch.
In the next step, I worked on the off the shoulder sleeves. I cut two pieces of fabric 16cm (6 inches) by 49cm (19 inches). I then pinned the edges together and sewed them to make a sleeve.
To create a puff sleeve effect, I used the elastic to measure how wide I would need to fold the fabric.
I folded the fabric on each side of the sleeve and sewed leaving a small opening for the elastic.
I attached a safety pin to the end of the elastic and thread it through the small opening. I pulled it all the way through, sewed the ends of the elastic together, and sewed closed the small opening. I did this on both sides of the sleeve.
I used the same method to create the crop top and once it was finished, I pinned the sleeves onto it.
All that was left to do was sew on the sleeves.
This ruffle skirt and off the shoulder top two-piece is absolutely stunning! I know I will get a lot of use out of this set! Let me know your thoughts on this upcycle!
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