Everyone is upcycling these days and I was ready to jump on board! I remembered that I had a gorgeous skirt that was just too big for me sitting in my closet and I was looking to get creative. Rather than throw the skirt away, I knew I could salvage the fun, summery fabric and make something that I would actually wear. I refashioned the skirt into the most amazing summer dress and I am so happy with the results! Follow this tutorial and learn exactly how I took an old skirt and upcycled it to become a summer fashion essential!
DIY a Fun Summer Dress From a Skirt
Tools and Materials:
- Sewing machine
I had this skirt that was just too big but I loved the color combination and pattern so I knew I didn’t want to throw it away. I decided to deconstruct it and see just how much fabric I had to work with so that I could refashion it into something amazing!
I then cut the skirt into two pieces. The lower, circle part would become the skirt of my dress, and the top part I would use to make a tube top for my new summer dress.
To get started on the tube top, I measured around my chest putting the tape just under my arms. I then measured right over my bust and just underneath my bust.
Next, I separated the top part of my skirt into two pieces, I cut them straight, and sewed them together on one side.
I made the seam I sewed into the middle seam for the center of my bust. I then made sure that each side extending from the seam was equal and would fit comfortably over my bust. Once I was happy with the tube top, I sewed a back seam to close it.
Time to move on to the skirt! The skirt already had a middle seam in it so I decided I would attach that to the center seam on the top. Just as I did before, I measured to make sure the pieces coming out of the seam were equal and then I sewed them at the back. I could now attach my skirt and top to get an amazing summer dress!
Once I had finished sewing, I tried on the dress and noticed that the top was still just too big. I salvaged some elastic from the original skirt and I decided to add it to the back to give the tube top a better fit. I also wanted to add straps that I would make from the waistband of the old skirt.
I added my straps and another layer to the neckline of the dress because I just love a bit of glam when it comes to my clothes.
This is the perfect summer dress! What other skirt upcycle ideas do you have? Let me know in the comments below!
- Sewing machine
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