I have a long-legged little girl. She’s tall and skinny, but that means that dresses and pants get short way too quickly. The hardest part is when she gets attached to a dress only to have me tell her it’s too short to wear any longer. So I’m always looking for ways to extend her wardrobe. Recently, after her long legs outgrew a favorite dress, I decided to chop it up and refashion it into her new favorite skirt.
Sewing Skill Level: Beginner
- Sewing Machine
- 3/4″ elastic
- Safety Pin
- Dress to refashion
Begin by deciding how long you want the skirt to be. To extend the wear of mine, I cut mine right under the arms. Be sure to add an inch and a half for the top elastic to the final length measurement. In other words, if you want your total skirt to be 10″, cut the dress at 11.5″. DON’T cut the bottom of the dress. The point of this is to make the skirt super easy by using the bottom hem.
Right sides together, fold over 1/2″ and pin.
Fold over another 1″ and pin.
Using a zigzag stitch, sew along the folded edge. Be sure to leave an inch or two opening for threading the elastic. I used a zigzag stitch because my fabric was knit. A straight stitch is fine for other fabrics.
Measure your child’s waist. Add one inch to this measurement and cut the elastic at this measurement. Thread the elastic through the opening, using a safety pin.
Overlap the ends of the elastic and stitch it together. Pull the elastic so it’s inside and then stitch the opening closed.
Done! Easiest. Skirt. Ever!!!