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« on: March 01, 2008 01:13:37 PM »


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I wore this skirt pretty much every Sunday from 2003-2006.  I love the swishy silk charmeuse and the print, but after a while I got tired of it, and it's pretty dated at this point.  So, I came up with this dress.


Long skirt into dress: tutorial!



Take a floor lenght skirt that fits your waist made out of some kind of drapey material, with a side zipper.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee180/sparrowpigeonowl/feb08140.jpg

cut off about 11 inches off the bottom and the lining.  (Mine is a little uneven.) Cut in half, down the side seams.

Sew the lining to the side opposite of the hemmed side, right sides together.  Flip and under stitch the lining.  Repeat with other strip.  On one strip, with right sides together, sew 7 inches up he side, and stop.  The opening is your sleeve.  On the other strip, do the same, only leave a 4 inch opening at the bottom as well.  This will be the placket that goes over the zipper.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee180/sparrowpigeonowl/bodice.jpg

This shows what the bodice should look like on both front and back, with lines for stitching and for the placket.

Put both sides of the bodice on yourself or your dressform,  and figure out a good fit.  Pin the bodice front and back as well as the bottom.  Now put on your skirt and see how it fits together.  Baste bodice bottom together when you get the right fit.

Cut off waistband, sew bodice to skirt, taking care to line up zipper with placket, and tack lining to bodice fabric.  Add a few stitches to keep the bottom and back up (it falls off far too easily without it!)  

Add some snaps, hooks and eyes, or whatever to close up your placket.  Hem your dress.

http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee180/sparrowpigeonowl/newdress2.jpg
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee180/sparrowpigeonowl/newdress3.jpg

If you don't have any 90's long skirts lying around, check the thrift store: they usually have a bunch, some really nice!  And let me know if you make this and any improvements you can thinking of: this project took a lot of fiddling around, so I am sure it can be improved.  For example, the next time I do this I am going to try to make the bodice all as one piece sewn together at the 'wrap' sides, but I couldn't figure out how to do that with this one without messing up the ribbon edge.  

this is my first ever tutorial so let me know what you think!
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2008 01:29:34 PM »

Awesome job!  You made such a cute dress!
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jen53207
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2008 01:55:40 PM »

What a great idea. I never would have guessed that used to be a skirt. Nice work!
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2008 10:38:52 PM »

Great job, thanks for the tute!
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yamakarasu
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2008 11:29:44 PM »

Oh I love this! And thank you tons for the tutorial. I have skirts I don't wear anymore; they're knee length, but I can see making great tops out of them thanks to this.
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2008 09:09:51 AM »

What a remarkable recon from a, forgive me for saying it, rather unremarkable skirt!  I've also got a couple skirts that I used to wear about every Sunday to church that could use this kind of an update Smiley

Plus, it's modest!  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2008 11:28:51 PM »

that is amazing!
I really like it.
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2008 05:43:25 PM »

Thanks ya'll!

What a remarkable recon from a, forgive me for saying it, rather unremarkable skirt!  I've also got a couple skirts that I used to wear about every Sunday to church that could use this kind of an update Smiley

Plus, it's modest!  Wink

Yeah man, I used to wear these 'modest' skirts all the time- I like the dress better.  Still covers enough! 
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becgordo
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008 10:05:16 AM »

Love this.  I totally bookmarked this.  What a great idea--being a "young adult"of the late 80-s thru mid-90's myself!
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