Wednesday, September 2, 2009

tutorial: dress made from a skirt


here's a tutorial on how to make a romantic inspired dress out of a woman's skirt.


what you will need:
one woman's size skirt. (large with a zipper is most recommended.)

this skirt having a zipper in the back made fitting this much easier. so i suggest you get a skirt with a zipper.

first i took the skirt (inside out) and placed it on my daughter. making sure the top was right under her arm pits. i pinned in (taking from both sides) under her arms where it would fit snug enough but not too snug. unzip and and take off the skirt.

i eyeballed it but if you want to measure, measure about 1/2 in out of where you are going to sew your seam

before i cut half inch seam allowance i placed pins all the way down the skirt where i was going to sew my seam. (i sort of did an A-line so that the dress would be fuller at the bottom.
the tube of your dress is now done.

since you cut off from the sides of your skirt you will have two strips left over. mine were a little on the skinny side so i figured out that my sleeve had to be at least 7 inches in width to make a little bit of a cap sleeve. (and yes i totally misspelled sleeve in the picture!) i then put on the dress tube on my daughter again and measured from the front to the back how much i needed in length. hers was 7 inches to make it over the shoulder so i added one inch and that way i had 1/2 inch to drop down past the top to sew it together. at this point i put a little pin marking where the middle of the sleeve would go on either side of the tube dress.

with wrong sides together sew down the two sides

once your two sides are sewn sew a diagonal curve and this will give you a more rounded look.
(error in the picture is says three sides but the third side is your fold)

turn inside out and top stitch around the three sides (you will have the last side still with raw edges)

once that is top stitched, fold over your raw edge a small amount and press with the iron, fold over one more time and then top stitch on top of your two folds.


remember the pin you put on to tell you where the middle of the strap would be? pin on your sleeve where the pin marks you to. make sure your rounded edge faces out away from the zipper. and make sure you do not sew in your rounded edge.
sew close to the edge of your top.

this is what the back should look like.



and now you have a perfectly cute dress for your little one!
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52 comments:

Michele said...

That is so cute! Looks comfy too!

amylouwho said...

you are a genius! I have just the skirt to try this with! Thanks!

Maria Amélia said...

W o n d e r f u l !!!!!!!
I always visit your blog. Brazilian kisses for you.

Jackie said...

I love the dress, just darling! Thanks for the tutorial.

rachel griffith said...

i am in awe of your awesomeness.
seriously.

*on my knees bowing up & down with my arms*
"we're not worthy!!!"
"we're not worthy!!!"
"we're not worthy!!!"






{haha. gotta love wayne's world.}

rachel griffith said...

p.s. is it okay if we go ahead & arrange little katie & little andrew's marriage now???

my son would be honored to have such an adorable wife.

Tonya's Sewing Room said...

how cute...that's great, i love your blog.

jaybird said...

another super adorable think to make for the kids i don't have yet.. hrm. seriously even if you can't do math your still a genius in my book.

Angel said...

Very cool! I just made a bunch of little skirts for my Katie this week from 1.00 clearance skirts at our resale shop. The Abercrombie skirts are WAY too short for the teenagers designed for IMO = ) so I turned then into perfect cute skirts for a 5 year old with the same idea for sewing on the sides.

mom2three said...

Wow is that cute! I hate it that my oldest is a) too old for this to work (the skirt would probably fit her in the length she's so tall! and more importantly b) she won't wear skirts or dresses, even the cute ones I make for her! Thanks for showing off your little one in all her adorable-ness. Gives me hope for grand-daughters!

Fawn said...

Love it! Must go to GW to find me a skirt now. Thanks for the tutorial!

Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design said...

the best thing about this is that you don't have to hem it!! super cute idea and oh so many possibilities!

Lisa said...

That is so cute!! I wish my girls were still small enough for me to use that tutorial.

Marie said...

V, you are a turd! You can make the cutest stuff out of anything!! I love that dress for Katie. So cute!

simplymodernmom said...

That is adorable. I have a few skirts I can try that with.

http://www.simplymodernmom.com

Tasha said...

You are seriosuly so creative! I need a little girl to sew for. It is darling too. Doesn't even look like it came from a skirt. Love it. And $2? How do you beat that!

Christina said...

Fabulous idea and tutorial. The dress is adorable.

dana said...

Great tutorial! So simple!
And I have one more question...to add to your list....What program do you use to write words on your pictures like that? (since you're now my source of cool websites)

Kristi said...

okay, I am going to have to see if I can fix that zipper! so cute. thanks for the tutorial!

Barb said...

very cute!!

blessings,
barbara jean

Chelsea said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait to try it out.

lanakae said...

WOW! I never thought of that. I love it cuz you don't have to worry about sewing on Zippers!! Half the work is already done. Ok, on my way to the DI. Thanks for the Tutorial!

kirstin & jordan said...

oh how I love this! I have a too big skirt just waiting to be remade into something so fabulous!

vigues said...

LOVE it. My daughter will have one...soon (as soon as i can brave the thrift store with 3...)

Grace said...

adorable ! truly genius!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

Cute!! Look what I found some more insparation: http://makeitandloveit.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2009-08-25T10%3A49%3A00-06%3A00&max-results=7

dotti white said...

Thanks, V. Very nicely done! You are one amazing gal!

casserole said...

What a cool idea!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:

http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-toddler-dress-from-a-womans-skirt/2009/09/02/

(link will go live at 11:20 pm CST)

--Anne

Jen R. said...

This is briliant!

Laura said...

crap. you lost me with the sleeves!
SO impressed.

jer said...

Oh goody, this is great - thank you!

Noodle said...

Hi! Just to let you know, I posted yesterday, about receiving my pillow from your giveaway! Thanks again!
Diane

amandajean said...

that is so darn cute, V. i love it!!!

Jennifer said...

It turned out great! Changing big things into small things has been one of my obsessions lately. I recently made a dress for my daughter out of a woman's skirt too! My blog is: www.thecraftpatch.blogspot.com. Check it out!

Sachiko said...

I love the dress, and she looks sooo cute in it. The tutorial is very nice too!

Shealynn Benner said...

Fabulous!

Aimee said...

This is such a cute dress! Who'da thought it was a womans's skirt?! I'm thinking my boys wouldn't share the love, though, so I'll just have to admire yours.

(((((HUGS))))) sandi said...

OH that's SWEET! Sure wish I could sew... I could crochet a version~LOL! (((((HUGS))))) sandi

Cynnamama's Cafe said...

So very cute!!
I love to sew and zipper is the worst project to work with! ;)

Zura said...

oh wow..i must try this! i must try this!

CV Fab Mama /Curly Girlie said...

Gees! your sewing tutorials inspire me to want to make something... If i could sew and if I had the time. I have a sewing machine for months now but have had no time to even learn how to use it. UGH!

lizibeth said...

oh thank you!

my mom just sent me two of the same skirt that she found for $2 each, telling me that I could make a dress for my little one out of the extra. :) I was trying to figure out how to accomplish that, since the skirt has all these little vertical tucks in it, and this is perfect!!!!!

<3

Angela said...

ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!!!! Will need to find a skirt that I can transform into a dress for Paige now. Thanks!

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

Hmmmm ... now if only I could get Grammie to sew this for my daughter!

Melanie said...

That is beautiful! I love that skirt you used. The bottom edging is so fun. I need to find me one that I can use to make one for my daughter. Love this tut! Thanks for sharing.

TJ and Whitnee said...

Who would have ever thought! The dress turned out so cute! I love the skirt you used! I'd love to share this link on sewwhattoday.blogspot.com on February 20!

Disney said...

Oh my goodness. I have almost the exact same tutorial on my blog! And mine is like a month after yours. If you've seen it, you probably thought I copied yours, I am totally mortified! I'm going to go alter my post to link to yours tutorial as well, so everyone doesn't think I stole it!

Anonymous said...

I just found this! So cute, I think even I can do it with my beginner sewing skills! (I have a pile for good will that has been sitting on my closet floor for about a year, so glad I still have it!)

Dot said...

Just wanted to let you know that we've included this on dabbled.org today for our clothing refashion roundup... thanks for sharing this great idea!

dot

Link: http://dabbled.org/2010/02/clothes-tutorials-recycle-your-wardrobe.html

Graceful Moments said...

What an adorable dress on a most adorable child! I have a closet full of square dancing skirts from about 10 years ago that just might become my granddaughters' new dresses!

Jamie said...

Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I just made one for my daughter!!! You can see it here: http://jamespurejoy.blogspot.com/2010/04/2nd-easiest-dress-youll-ever-make.html if you'd like!! Thanks again!

The Sisters 4 say MORE is more said...

GENIUS! and so simple, we love simple!!!!!
~selina(sis#1)

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