Vintage skirt to halterneck dress

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I saw a lilac vintage skirt in Salvos last week, I didn't buy it, then I couldn't stop thinking about that skirt all week. Once again, the thrift gods were on my side because as I stepped into the same Salvos on Monday, the skirt remained on its rack, waiting just for me. Not only that, but tagged with a yellow half price tag. I picked it up for $3.50. Score!

This was not a straight forward ready-to-wear thrifty purchase, no, no! It is too big for me




But I saw past its size and length, and had another idea to rework the skirt. And here is how the story goes....

Firstly, off with those pockets (yes, the skirt had pockets, I didn't even know it!)


I put the skirt on inside out, and pinned to size using safety pins (Hayley @ thinkermaker.com.au gave me that tip). I took it off and used a blue chalk to draw a line where I had pinned. Then machine stitched right down that blue chalk line, and cut off the excess...






I used the excess cut off material to make some straps.. (can you see where this is going yet?)

Stitched the straps to the top of the skirt 'waist', and ta-dah!.. from large full length skirt, to halterneck summer dress..




Here is a little before and after action...


I bought the white KOOKAI belt along with some other goodies from Salvos and Savers too, the beads have been used with another refashion project, details will be next, and the clubs and spades glass tumblers for the house $2 each that I couldn't resist!

Thrifty finds for the week!

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12 comments:

Miss Prickly said...

That is perfect! What an inspiration...I'm going to look for some big skirts to refashion.

Erica Louise said...

Thank you!!

katiecrackernuts said...

I have a fabric stash that is old skirts and dresses, all destined to be remade into entirely new pieces. Cheaper than fabric and often the fabric is beautiful. I have a slub silk piece that is currently a jacket and will soon back a piece of art to be framed.

glam.spoon said...

so simple, yet so genius! great job.

Alyssa said...

This is lovely! I did the reverse and made a skirt from a thrifted dress, which was cute, but the smocking elastic was shot. Love that belt, too!

Cherie said...

Oooo very clever and so easy too. Well Done, looking gorgeous ;)

babygalah said...

You are so clever ! I will try and think past sizes next time I am at my local op shops ! Dee x

Helmitarha said...

Love the transformation! ;)

Robin said...

Adorable! I am so jealous I want that refashion and thank you so much for linking your project up!

Rose said...

Really cute! Anything upcycled is up my alley, and if the Michigan weather weren't so frigid right now, I'd be whipping up some of these. There is never a shortage of giant skirts at goodwill!

OrloSubito said...

Nice refashion!!!!

online shopping said...

I like the way you remade a long skirt into the dress. Its good inspiration for me.Its a nice refashion.

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