Monday, June 27, 2011

refashion: ladies skirt to girls dress

I haven't done a refashion in a long time!

Please pardon the wrinkles! I didn't realize how bad it was until I downloaded the photos.

I found this skirt at Salvation Army for $1.50. I knew immediately that I wanted to make it into a dress for Sutton.


Black clothes are hard to come by for kids, especially little girls. Which is unfortunate because I really love black on little girls, it feels unexpected. The other day I was shopping at a kids consignment store and a woman that was perusing the racks next to me asked, "Do parents of girls ever tire of pink?" Uh, YES! I am not opposed to pink but I like variety and thankfully so does Sutton.


Utilizing the finished top of the skirt and the hem, I took in one side seam and used the leftover fabric to make straps and cap sleeves.


I really love the gathering detail at the waist.


I left the original waistline intact but after I finished I realized that I would have to cut the underarm for comfort. It was a last minute adjustment on a Saturday night but it came out okay.


I need to get back into doing refashions. They are quick and simple projects. I love the instant gratification!


They make Sutton pretty happy too!

21 comments:

Alie said...

That girl just gets cuter & cuter. Her hair is getting long again!

The dress is adorable too - and I love the color, it is definitely unexpected but it's a nice change.

Emily said...

Love this dress and the photos!! :) I'm into refashioning lately too for the more instant gratification. PS I made my daughter the ugliest black pajamas (from a cheap men's shirt) but will have to reconsider black if I find something pretty like this skirt. :)

chris | pickup some creativity said...

The dress turned out great. I agree, black is fun for a change. Sutton is getting so big!

Tricia said...

The dress looks great, and it looks like she loves it.

Kalleen at Second Street said...

Great Job Erin! I love black on little girls too.

jen said...

i love black on babies/kids. I don't have kids, but I do get tired of only seeing girls in Disney Princess Pink. That's a really cute dress and I love the last photo of Sutton. SO adorable. I love that girl.

Kiley said...

Oh, I LOVE this! Your sweetie is adorable, too!!!

Sidenote - love the fabric for your curtains in the 2nd picture...any info you can share about it?! Thanks!

Lindsey Johnson//Cafe Johnsonia said...

That is positively adorable. Makes me wish even more that I'd listened to my mom and learned how to sew.

Hands Sew Full said...

Very Cute! I don't think I could pull that kind of great refashion out of my head yet! But I love watching you do it!

jt said...

Oh, Erin that is just lovely! I love it! I always buy skirts at Goodwill but don't know what I am going to refashion them into. I will be pinning this one! And Sutton looks adorable. i love the gathering too.

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

So pretty and very inspiring. I am just getting into refashioning and this makes me want to try more!

Becky said...

I just read your "about me" page and I felt like I was reading my own list! I just came across your cute blog, thanks for sharing! I love this dress idea, I might have to borrow it :)

Jessica said...

amen on tired of pink! This is so cute and turned out great. Sutton has amazing eyes.

Kimberellie said...

Your little girl is so gorgeous! And this dress is TOO cute! What a brilliant idea! You are clever clever clever!

i said...

i love it! i soooo have a dress with beautiful fabric that looks yuck on me that i need to refashion. too bad i need to learn some more sewing skills first. ;)

Molly Krauss Smith said...

I don't know which is cuter, the dress or Sutton. Ok, Sutton.

Jess said...

I LOVE the black-you're right, it is unexpected but in a fabulous way! She looks adorable in it. :D

Jenn-Lee at Moments said...

This is so cute! You know I'm a big fan of black and LOVE it on girls too. She is adorable and growing up so fast! You did a great job. Thanks for reminding me of the 3 tops and 2 skirts I have been saving aside to refashion into dresses for my girls. Just haven't gotten around to it. Maybe I shall try this week after seeing this cute dress!

Anonymous said...

That dress is perfect! I saw a really cute (but WAY too small for me) shirt at a thrift store the other day and really wanted to make something for my little Naomi (same age as Gemma) and I immediately thought of you and almost got it just so I could pick your brain on what you would do with it. Maybe I need to go back and get it. I'm really curious now!

Vivian - spacegrl_viv(at)yahoo(dot)com

Robin said...

Absolutely adorable!

lefty said...

Great post & Fantastic blog I would definitely love to begin a blog too but I have no clue where to begin I possess the ability to do it (not that challenging on the technical part) but I really feel like I am too lazy to post regularly That is the problem if you start you have to go all the way However blogs like yours inspire me to have a go at it

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