skirt to dress (mini-tutorial)

My new favorite dress used to be a long gypsy skirt. I’ve always wanted a long skirt with that thin crinkly fabric because I used to live with a girl who looked really cool in her gypsy skirt (Hi, Hazy!).

I snatched one right away (P1oo) when the boyfriend and I had our almost-regular visit to the Sunday flea markets downtown. I wore the skirt only once when I realized that the length is a tad annoying.

Inspired by a Craftster post  I saw, I decided to transform it into a halter dress. I got out of bed 3 times because I felt this itch to refashion the skirt. The first time, I took “before” photos. The second time, I cut the skirt. The third time, I fiddled with the extra fabric to see how the top part of the dress will look like. By that time, the sun was already up and I had to force myself to hit the sack. If I didn’t, we’d have missed our Up cinema reservations.

But the itch was so strong that I woke up after 5 hours and finished sewing the dress. I wore it to the movie house.

Okay, on to the mini-tute. These are just doodles so bear with me.

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1. Cut your skirt. You’ll have about 10 inches of extra fabric after you do that. Sew the hem of your new dress.

1a

2. Cut about 2 pieces of the extra fabric. Each piece should be about a meter and a half long. Do not worry, you’ll have more than enough. Fold and sew the edges and sew the ends together as shown in the illustration below.1b

3. Sew this top part to the skirt. Make sure to pull the garter while doing so.

1c

Wear it halter style, tying the ends of the top part on your nape. For the kimono style, drape the two top parts loosely over your shoulders and the top of your arms and do the following:

1d


49 thoughts on “skirt to dress (mini-tutorial)”

    1. Thanks!! this is a great idea!! you have 2 dresses in one! this post is very inspiring!

      Thanks! I actually just realized that I can style it in more ways, like the Infinity Dress. :D

  1. Absolutely beautiful and thanks for the tut! Nice to know I’m not the only one that can’t sleep sometimes because I get excited about creating.

    1. Absolutely beautiful and thanks for the tut! Nice to know I’m not the only one that can’t sleep sometimes because I get excited about creating.

      Haha yeah, it can be quite annoying but it feels great to give in to the itch. ^^

    1. Wow! Totally fantastic and easy as pie. They’re selling a similar dress on Victoria’s Secret website for a crazy amount of money! Looks fab on you.

      Really? That makes me want to buy more skirts and make more of these! Haha

    1. Inspired by you, I made one of my own. Nowhere as pretty I’m afraid, but then the skirt was uglier to begin with. Also the straps are too short for it to be infinite but it’s still nice as a halter. Picture is at this link: http://lh6.ggpht.com/_2QQgzt0HHlw/Sz29Q6RxYAI/AAAAAAAAA2k/thkf6kdzHc0/s512/P1010081.JPG
      Thanks for the tute(ish)!

      What are you talking about? THAT’S INSANELY GORGEOUS! That is one layered dress I seriously want. Good job! :)

    1. wow! wish i could work a needle.. i got sweaty hands the tiny thing just slides.. i envy you.. ^^ loving your posts as in!

      Aww thanks! Perhaps you can use a machine? Less sweaty hands trouble that way :)

  2. Sorry if someone already mentioned this but you could also keep the skirt the same length so you can have a longer dress (for those girls that dont like their legs that much like me) and just find some plain colored fabric that matches the skirt cut two strip and you have the same thing only longer and a bit of a contrast =]

  3. This is great! I tried it and it turned out practically perfectly. How did you get the lining around the bodice to be tight enough? I also had to line the bodice, since I used an off white skirt. I am now on the hunt for how many other skirts or dresses to remake. Thank you. :)

  4. I love this idea, I can’t seem to throw garment’s away ..with yards of fabric ..I have [3] Daughters –[6] grand daughters and [3] Great Grand daughters,and [2] grand sons.. I sew, and out the door it goes,, alway’s looking for new pattern ideas, oh and of course they all love to cook ,,so aprons are the hot item right now, they range in age from 40 to 16 months …Thank you; and may your family have many blessings come too you and your,s ..Diane

  5. Will someone explain to me what “pull the garter” means? I started making this dress and got stuck at those instructions…yup I’m a newbie at this :D

    1. Will someone explain to me what “pull the garter” means?

      You stretch the elastic while sewing. Pull it towards you. :)

  6. Thank you soooooo much for posting this! I have the fabric to make a dress and was looking for a halter type dress. The idea that this can be worn a few different ways- BONUS!

    I also love the cardigan tutorial as I will be making a coat or jacket to go with it as well. The fabric for both- one I had bought to line another coat I made for this same event a nice soft cotten fabric. The other, I bought because it was pretty and I thought it would make a dress.

    Thanks to you and your brilliant, creative mind- I will without a doubt look fabulous at the banquet! Again THANK YOU!

    1. Thanks to you and your brilliant, creative mind- I will without a doubt look fabulous at the banquet! Again THANK YOU!

      Sounds fantastic! Happy sewing :)

    1. hi, i love this dress. but im just wondering, what is a garter in this context?

      Hi! That’s the elastic waistline of the skirt :)

  7. So…this was pretty awesome!? Way to save us ALL money and spending $20+ on a manufactured item that cost less than $2 to make! Keep showing us your masterpieces =)…..please

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