Tools and materials:
- Midi skirt
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
My nana gave me a midi skirt. I loved the fabric and color but the design wasn’t really my style. I decided to upcycle the skirt and make a cute skater dress. These dresses are so popular so I thought it would be perfect to make one in time for spring.
First, with the skirt inside out, I pulled it up to where I would wear it as a dress. It was really baggy around the waist and I wanted to bring it in a little to make it more fitted.
I then went ahead and pinned along each side of the dress. I recommend doing this step in front of the mirror.
Once I was happy with the fit, I marked a line down both sides using chalk.
I then went ahead and sewed along the lines on each side. After sewing, I tried on the dress to make sure I was happy with the fit.
Next, I grabbed a pair of scissors and cut off the excess fabric on each side.
I then moved on to work on the straps. I tried on the dress and measured how long I wanted the straps to be. My strap measurement was 18 inches.
To make the sleeves I used a piece of scrap fabric left over from the skirt. First, I cut off the hem and then I cut through the side seam to get a straight edge.
Next, I measured and marked a strip 18 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. I wanted the straps to be quite thin but you can always make them thicker if you want.
I cut out two straps and then folded them in half right sides together and pinned them along the long edge. I went ahead and sewed where I had pinned.
I cut off the excess fabric to get neat straps.
I went ahead and turned the straps right side out.
I paced the straps where I wanted them to be and then measured to check that the straps were symmetrical. From the side seam to each strap was 5 inches.
I then went ahead and hand sewed on the straps. I hand sewed so that I would have more control but you can use a machine if you want to.
I am really happy with how this dress turned out! It is the perfect piece for spring! Let me know what you thought about this upcycle in the comments below!
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