Saturday, November 3, 2012

Little Sister Dress to Big Sister Skirt

Last year I found this cute dress for my 3 year old to wear for Christmas events.

However the zipper head snapped in two.  I hate sewing zippers.  But the dress was REALLY nice with a soft lining fabric.  So instead of fixing it, I upcycled it to a skirt for my older daughter.  (3T dress to size 6/7 skirt)  This is how I did it.

  1. Cut the dress right under the armpits, leaving a few inches of fabric attached to the top of the waistline.
  2. Next, cut the zipper out of the dress.
  3. Turn it inside out and sew the lining fabric to the top of the waist line.  (I used pins for this because the lining pops out a bit on the bottom and I wanted to make sure that it would be even)
  4. Then sew about 4 or 5 inches of waistband elastic to about 15" of ribbon of the same width.  Don't forget to burn or melt the ends of the ribbon so it doesn't fray. (My daughter wears a size six, but you might need to adjust the elastic length depending on your daughters size.)
  5. Turn the skirt right sides out.  take the end of your elastic and line it up with the side seem of the skirt on the inside so it is sandwiched between the pieces  (keep the ribbon trailing out towards the back.)
  6. Sew the side seems to secure the elastic. And rrepeat steps 3-5 for the other side.
  7. Examine your skirt's waistline.  You will probably need to use a seam ripper to take apart a few stitches where the waistline meets the back seem where the zipper used to be.
  8. Stitch the edges of the hole you just made with a blanket stitch so it doesn't fray.  But DON'T stitch it closed again!!!
  9. Thread the ribbon through the hole.
  10. Repeat steps 7-9 for the other side.
  11. Pin the ribbon and elastic in place so it stays out of the way for the next step.
  12. sew the bottom of your waistline to create a casing for the elastic and ribbon to stay in place.
  13. If there is a gap in the back, sew a panel of fabric to one side of the opening in the back to flap over the opening and keep your daughters undies hidden.

The elastic/ribbon bow should make it so you don't have to re-tie the bow with each use.  You can sew the bow in place once you know it fits so it always looks perfect, or just double knot it so it can be adjusted as your daughter grows.

Is that not the cutest free holiday outfit ever?  I can't wait for Santa pictures :)

1 comment:

  1. I love it!! She looks so pretty! Thanks for the great idea! Since there is only G, I think I'll keep this in mind for future dresses/skirts! She has some really cute dresses that I'll be sad to see go, but if I can do this then that would be awesome!