My little darling is growing up, up, up, but not away just yet. Here is a simple 30 minute tutorial to show you how to turn those too-short dresses into skirts. This is great for either clothes you already have or for all of those goodies at your local Good Will. This tutorial can be used for your dresses or hers.
Supplies: dress, good fabric cutting scissors, seam ripper, thread, pins, elastic (scroll down for elastic measurement)
Disclaimer: My pics aren’t great. My model was refusing to cooperate. Ugh, those super models!
- Turn the dress wrong-side out.
Decide where you want to cut the fabric and cut. Bonus: this is a knit fabric, so there is no unraveling along the cut edges.
Fold the top down approximately one inch. This is just a play skirt, so I wasn’t intent on perfection. Break out your handy little sewing ruler if that’s your thing.
Fold down one more time and pin in place.
Turn right-side out and make sure it matches the picture in your mind.
Measuring the Elastic for a Waistband
- Wrap the elastic around your daughter’s waist for the natural fit(or hips–Gigi pulls everything down below her pot belly.)
- Cut one inch shorter than natural fit. (If she measures 20″, cut the elastic to 19″.)
Sewing a Ruffled Waistband Without Elastic Thread
This section will show you how to add a little decorative element to your waistband.
- Line up your foot with the right edge of the fabric.
- Make sure to keep your seams lined up.
- Sew all the way around.
- Now it’s time to do the second line. Make sure that you allow enough room between the first line and the second line for your elastic to fit in between.
- Before beginning this second run, keep in mind that you will need to leave a 2″ gap for fishing that elastic through.
- Attach a safety pin to the end of your elastic, and fish that elastic from one opening to the other. Make sure that the elastic doesn’t turn in the process.
Making sure that the elastic will lay flat, sew the two ends together. Some people use a zig-zag stitch. I just use my triple-straight stitch.
Pull the waistband to situate the elastic and then sew the gap shut.
Make sure the skirt looks good, inside and out
Work the final photo op!
Thank you for joining me for another tutorial! I’m adding tutorials as I can through my moving process. Here are the others I have right now: