Easy Dress to Skirt Refashion

Easy Dress to Skirt Refashion

I’ve spent way too many hours going through the kids’ closets over the past few months. I took a lot of it to a consignment sale, but I hung on to a few things to refashion. Turning dresses to skirts is one of my favorite ways to extend my daughter’s wardrobe. She has several dresses that were her favorites- or ones that had spots on them that I couldn’t sell. With just a few hours of work on an easy dress to skirt refashion, she has new things in her closet for no cost to me other than time.

Easy Dress to Skirt Refashion

Begin by cutting the dress in the middle. If there are buttons in the back, cut under the buttons. Be sure to use the finished hem- it saves a ton of work! My dress was lined, so I placed pins around the dress so that the lining and the dress would stay together. Measure your little one before cutting. Add 1.5 inches to the length that you want. The extra is for the elastic waist.

Easy Dress to Skirt Refashion

With skirt wrong side out, fold under an inch and pin. Fold under the raw edge and pin.

Easy Dress to Skirt Refashion

Sew along the folded edge, leaving a two inch opening for the elastic.

Easy Dress to skirt refashion

Measure the child’s waist. Add an inch and cut a piece of 3/4″ elastic this length. Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the opening around the waistband. Overlap the elastic and sew it together.

Easy Dress to Skirt Refashion

Easy Dress to Skirt Refashion

Insert the elastic all the way inside the waistband. Pin the skirt fabric over the elastic and sew the opening closed.

Easy Dress to Skirt Refashion

This simple beginner sewing project is best with dresses one size down, like if your child is in a 4T then use a 3T dress. Easy, right?


8 Responses to Easy Dress to Skirt Refashion

  1. katie says:

    Love when you can refashion clothing! great job!

  2. Summer says:

    Oh I love this idea! I am going to try it on some of my daughters dresses that are too tight in the shoulders.

  3. Angela says:

    Great way to extend the life of a cute dress! i love it. http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

  4. Marilyn says:

    Melanie you are brilliant!!!!!! I love this clever way you extended the life of your daughter’s dress. So clever!

  5. Kelly says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial – it looks like something I could actually do :)

  6. DesignedByBH says:

    This is adorable! Pinning to my “Crafts for Needles and Thread” board. :)

    - Brooke -

  7. alisha says:

    I love a cute upcycle!

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