Dress to Skirt Refashion

Evelyn Wood
by Evelyn Wood
8 Materials
2 Hours

Lately, I’ve been feeling like I just don’t have enough time for sewing. I decided to challenge myself to do some refashioning projects. In this tutorial, I take a dress and transform it into a very cute skirt if I say so myself.

Tools and materials:

  • Dress
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Elastic
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger
DIY skirt with pockets

I only just found this dress the other day. What’s amazing is that the print is actually woven into the fabric. As a dress, It was just too long and a piece that I would never wear so I thought why not refashion it into a skirt?

Sew a skirt


Planning ahead is an important step when doing a refashion project. After coming up with a few plans I decided to stick to the most simple one. I would remove the bodice, add a casing for an elastic with a cute ruffle on top, and create some pockets to add to the new skirt. 

Easy DIY skirt

Remove the bodice

So first up, I grabbed a pair of scissors and cut off the bodice of the dress. 

Try it on

Try it on

Before I could move on to the casing, I decided to try on the skirt. I realized I wanted a more A-line style a bit tighter around the waist so I pinned the fabric and took it in.

Trim off the seam allowances

I went ahead and trimmed off all the seam allowances and finished the edges. 

Sew the casing

Sew the casing 

I measured and pinned the casing at the top of the waist. I then went ahead and sewed it in place. 

Sew a DIY skirt

Add elastic 

Next, I went ahead and thread the elastic through the casing. 

Basic skirt with pockets

Add pockets 

I decided to use the bodice from the dress and somehow create pockets. I first deconstructed the bodice and made two matching pieces from the front of the bodice. 

Sew a DIY skirt with pockets

I came up with an awesome idea for the pockets. I took the two pieces and sort of replicated the front of the original bodice. I folded over the edges to make the pocket. I then did a double fold with the fabric on top which would allow me to make pockets that tied together with the ties from the bodice. 

Sew a skirt with pockets

I adore this skirt! I am so excited that I get to add this piece to my closet! My favorite detail is definitely the pockets. Share your favorite detail from this refashioning project in the comments below! 

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