Then I sewed the top to the bottom!
Skirt to Dress Week: Day 3!
Today's look is for Salsa-ing in the Duke Gardens! I had this printed skirt and soon it will be turned into a dress!
It was also too big...
I wanted to use the top of the skirt as the top portion of the skirt so I tried it back on and measured where I wanted to cut it. I then cut off the excess!
With the scraps, I cut them down the seam. This gave me two equal pieces.
I pinned the raw edges and sewed them.
I lined up the two pieces and sewed them partially together (This will make the front V Neck)
Then I sewed the sides to make the arm holes.
The skirt part was too big but I didn't want to take it down the entire way of the skirt because I wanted it to still be very full. I pinched over two pieces and sewed them smaller on the waistband. (This will be covered up with the top)
Then I sewed the top to the bottom!
Week of Skirts to Dress- DAY 2!
I had this pretty thick polyester green skirt that was too large. I liked the weight of the fabric because it was easy to sew and would easily hold its shape. Time to turn this large skirt to a dress!
Oh, and it had this huge slit up the front!!! I will admit, I was totally confused by this slit at first. Don't these normally go in the back???
Today's sewing project is rather ambitious since this skirt was soooo boring. Oh, and the fact that I have been watching Project Runway and wanted to try something more out of the box!
Before making the skirt smaller, I cut the bottom off. (This way you can measure a straight line across)
I'm going to use the top of the skirt as the top of the skirt so the bottom will now become the top material! I took a tank top that I have and measured around it to get a pattern.
I cut a front and back piece for my new top!
Next, I took in the skirt by sewing it smaller down the side.
Then using lots and lots of pins, I pinned the bottom hem of the skirt.
Time to sew! I sewed the bottom of the skirt around twice to give it a fun detail.
Back to the top! I had to pin and sew every single raw edge on the top. Once all the raw edges were sewn together, I sewed the two top pieces together.
Here's my daily shameless plug for my artwork as well:)
And here is my final result! This one might be my new favorite...I'm not sure....
Cut out in the back! This dress is also crazy comfortable! Love!
Just in case you love Project Runway as much as I do, you will know that Joanna Cole always says "But can you wear a bra with that?!?!" Why yes Joanna, you can!
I'm absolutely loving this week! Skirt to Dress is fabulous!
Skirt to Dress Week:
My cousin just got a sewing machine for Christmas. Yay to my fabulous little cousin! She is in college and also in a sorority. She asked me this question:
"I bought a giant (GIANT) blue skirt with the full intention of turning it into a dress (?). Do you have any suggestions?"
Just for you little cousin, I am remaking 7 skirts into dresses to give you some ideas!
I have this lovely size 22 skirt that was made out of the slickest, stretchy material possible. It was so large that I couldn't keep it on while trying to take pictures.
I found this dress on Urban Outfitters that had a very similair pattern to mine.
Oh and do you see that price tag... $59!!!! Let's see if we can remake it for $1!
Time to make it smaller! I pinned the skirt on the wrong size and made it smaller. I had to sew it twice to get the fit correct.
Since this material was sooo slick, I used two rulers to make sure that it was measured evenly when I cut it.
These scraps will be turned to straps!
I took the scraps and cut them into two thin pieces.
Next, I took my iron and used it to iron the straps. By folding and ironing them, they will be much easier to sew.
I tried the skirt on and marked where I wanted to cut the skirt in the front. (I'm not a fan of low cuts so I wanted to ensure it wouldn't be too low!)
I took the straps that I had sewn and added them to the newly cut top.
NEW DRESS! TIME TO TAKE SELFIES WITH MY CAT!
This is what Molly and I made today in our new outfit!!! https://www.etsy.com/listing/176712607/nautical-nursery-art-prints-baby-nursery?ref=shop_home_active_2
Now it's time to go out in the snow! Burrrr!
out shopping for new looks at the most fabulous thrift store around! I am looking for something sparkly...
Here is the front of the dress belted with a sparkly JCrew belt. I was skeptical at first about changing this from a skirt to a dress, but this is easily one of my favorite remakes. I love my new dress! (not to mention the fact that it cost $58 less than the Urban Outfitter dress!)
The back that has been tied.
and yes, it was REALLY COLD outside!!! So I had to had to take my practice shots with a coat on! Burrrr!!!!
I really enjoyed making this project! If you have any remakes you want to see, leave your suggestions in the comments!
This pretty epic shiny top actually came with matching shiny blue pants, I just don't have them shown. What to do with a shiny polyester top...
OH, AND IT HAS SHOULDER PADS!
First things first, begone with you shoulder pads! These were sewn it at two places, so I took my scissors and cut them off.
I laid the shirt out flat to get an idea of where are all the seam lines are. I wanted to change this into a tank top, I just wasn't sure of the shape yet.
I cut the sleeves off so that the shirt would be even.
Then I cut the collar off and turned the front of the shirt to the back.
Then, I cut along the collar to change the neckline.
I tried the shirt back on and measured how much needed to be taken it. Time to sew it smaller!
I tried it back on just to double check the fit. It fit perfectly, so I took my waffle scissors and cut off the excess! (you cut with the waffle scissors so that the garment will not fray)
AND IT SNOWED! YAY!!!! So I had to take the opportunity to take pictures in the snow!
don't worry, it was legit FREEZING outside!
I've seen this on blogs before where they change a man's dress shirt into a women's dress. I had to give it a try!
This shirt is a really dark maroon with HUGE sleeves that I purchased for a quarter!
Look at these sleeves!
So I needed something perfect for a night out of good food and poker! (The poker was for fun and not for money!!!)
My delicious food cooked by my lovely friend Matt!
And just for proof, my friend has the most ridiculous luck possible. He got a 4 of a kind TWICE! I had to document proof.
And here is my reveal! The no sew top!
You can belt it to add more structure as well!
First, you pull down the collar so it is behind your back. I liked the contrast of the pink to the maroon. It doesn't show up as well in this picture.
Then you take the sleeves and tie them behind your back and tada! A no sew top!
Hi! I'm Katie. I am a fun loving, adventurous DIY-er, designer and artist. You can find my artwork here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/3000yardsofthread