Circle Skirt to Toddler Dress Refashion
I am new to sewing, I mean really new. I bought a machine last year on Black Friday and until 2 weeks ago it was in the box. I am starting out small with easy to sew patterns, pillowcases and little girl dresses but I am so fascinated by “refashioning.” There are lots of blogs dedicated to taking old things you don’t wear anymore or that are just plain dated and ugly and turning them into something else that you are proud to call your creation.
Last night I was feeling inspired and I went “shopping” in my closet. I came across a black and pink floral patterned circle skirt that I may have worn once. I loved the use of pink against the black fabric as well as the general volume of the skirt when I bought it. I decided to turn this into a sweet little maxi dress for Luna, my 2o month old. I started by measuring the width of the waist band with a dress that Luna wears often as the waist band would be rutned into the horizontal top of the dress that would run across the chest. After measuring I stitched up the side keep the size xip on the other side.
Because I cut the skirt to fit her chest I had anoth peice of skirt with waistband attached. I decided to turn this into a flutter sleeve. I kept the waist band as is and cut the a line orgtain of the skirt bottom down to create a short sleeve. I hemmed up the edges and attached the flutter sleeve to the dress chest band.
I didn’t have another waist band peice to make another sleeve so I made a simple bow tie spaghetti strap for the other side. So I didn’t have to attempt to make the spagetti straps (I am not that good at sewing really small things yet) I cut the hem off the bottom of the scraps, tied off the raw edges of the straps with a simple knot to keep from fraying. I attached these straps to the inner lining of the chest straps.
Tada! Its done, a super cute maxi dress for my little one. I didn’t take pictures during the process b/c I was in the zone and didn’t realize I was acutally going to come out with a funcitoning garmet. All in all I am really happy with it and I can’t wait for her to wear it.
-Drama mama out