Monday, November 16, 2009

Skirt Dress

I've never posted so many times in such a short period of time!
I really wanted to join the Cottage Instincts  "made it with what i had" party, though - so I'm back with one more project :)

I've had this skirt for years.  It still fits fine, and my husband liked it, but I always feel ridiculous when I wear it.
It's not really my style.
I bought it thinking it would be cute with flip flops for a trip to the park or the zoo...
In reality, the pink stripes are little girl-ish and I feel like I'm trying to look younger than I am when I wear it.

Here it is on me - I took off my sweats to put it on for the picture (still wearing the hoodie!) LOL

I measured how big around it would have to be to fit my daughter (7 years old, but a little small for her age) and cut off the extra.

I used those pieces to make straps for the dress.  I started off trying to make a ruffle sleeve, but my sewing skills are remedial at best and I gave up after an hour of screwing around with it.

Sewed the whole thing back together, attached the straps and ta-da!
A dress for my sweet girl :)


(those are her clothes wadded up in a ball on the floor behind her - should have moved those!)
I should take a picture of her with it on over a long sleeve shirt - that was the intention for winter.  Maybe when she gets home from school today I'll do that.

This was SO easy.  The skirt was from the misses department at Mervyns a million years ago - it was a size medium.  It made a size 6x-ish dress perfectly.  If you have any old skirts consider making them into little girl dresses! It's a super fun, fast project :)


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a pretty model! : ) Great idea to repurpose it for your daughter. She looks great in it!

Cindy said...

Wowsers! Soooo cute. The dress is adorable too :) I wish my girls were little enough (and not so picky) that I could repurpose clothes for them. I did that a bit when they were little. Maybe when my grandbabies start arriving????

Thanks for taking time to post again so you could join the party :o)

Anonymous said...

That is so clever AND cute! She's adorable too...

pk @ Room Remix

Elisa said...

That is great!! I have 2 boys, so no dress making for me, yet! Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mandy,
I'm just now catching up with visiting everyone from yesterday's party!
Your daughter looks so cute in her new dress! YAY for repurposed goodness!!!

Have a happy day,

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