I have had a bunch of things slung over my sewing machine for a few weeks and today was the day when I decided that I need to start working on reducing the amount of works in progress and complete things!
First on the list was a bunch of my daughters dresses which were size 4 years, she is now 7! She loves these dresses and some were still in fairly good condition, that I thought I need to change them from dresses to skirt as she seems to be getting long rather than increasing around the waist!
The above two dresses, I have decided to salvage the fabric to use for other projects and not make these into skirts for the main reason that the first skirt had a few marks on it and the bottom skirt just didn’t look right as a skirt but the fabric is so nice that I can see it in another project.
This dress was a favourite and it worked great for converting it into a skirt. I simply chopped the pink top part off and folded the ruffled waist line over, sewed a seam and threaded some elastic through to the required fitting.
This skirt fits perfectly and looks great on. I think if I was to do this again, I would have made a denim waist band and attached the ruffled waist so it was sitting more on the hips and that way it would have been longer and perhaps laster more than one season!
I forgot to take a before picture of this dress, however, it was quite a simple one to convert as it just had straps over the shoulders which I simply cut off. I did add a bit of elastic into the waist band as it was a little loose but other than that, it was a very simple transformation.
I have to admit, I don’t like wasting things so I am pleased I could transform two dresses into skirts for my daughter and the other two dresses will be used for projects in the furture, perhaps a sunhat?? I think I have got that upcycling gene from my own mother who was very creative with sewing all our clothes by upcycling all her old office work clothes. We had some beautiful outfits that were original (my mum sometimes made up her own pattern) and they were made out of very high quality fabric.
Speaking of my mother, last year she gave me an old butterick pattern which she used for my sister and I when we were 7 years old, I have been meaning to get and make something with this pattern so I am going to attempt to do so this week. I think I will use some cheap fabric first as it has been a while since I followed a pattern, I tend to make things up as I go! If it turns out okay, I shall post a picture!