Fall Sewing No. 2 – Refashioned Skirt

My favorite thing about refashioning garments is how much time it can save. I mean who doesn't love saving time, right? This skirt started out as a 1980s-era dress with large pearl-like buttons all the way up the front. I had plans to make the dress into a skirt over a year ago but never finished. Lately, I've been trying to clean up my closets and finish abandoned projects. When I pulled this one out of the bin, I had a flash of inspiration that I could add a black knit waistband and finish this one off.

To start I removed the bodice from the dress. Then I cut a strip of black knit fabric for a waistband. I lightly gathered the top of the skirt, threaded a loop of elastic into the folded waistband and attached it to the skirt stretching the waistband a little bit so that it would pull over the hips easily. Initially I was going to leave the skirt unlined but it was too sheer so I traced the skirt and made a lining, stitching it to the seam for the waistband.

With the flouncy skirt and cream and black colors, this skirt reminds me of a ballerina's. It's sweet and fun and maybe when styled a certain way (like Monday's moodboard) it could be a little punk. Or, as I'm wearing it here, a little nerdy and a little ballerina.

Shown here with:
Nerdy Glasses (similar to these and these)
Pink Henley Tank from J.Crew (similar to this and this)
Dancing Shoes (similar to these and these)

Check out the earlier posts in this series here:
Fall Sewing No. 1 Lace Top Dress
Fall Wardrobe Moodboard

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  1. There aren't enough nerdy ballerinas in this world if you ask me :)

  2. Lovely lovely skirt - what a great refashion project! I just started following your blog recently - great inspiration.

  3. It stands out when paired with the pink tank and black dancing shoes.


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