thrifted dress to tabbed skirt

Remember when I turned a dress into a skirt? Also when I made this skirt? And this skirt, too? I have tutorials for all three projects. Two days ago, I combined all three ideas and came up with this:

[Inconsistent colors are brought to you by our crazy tropical monsoon weather.] 

This skirt used to be a drop waist dress with puffed sleeves. I got the dress for about $4 at a thrift store. I find myself picking up dotted items from racks at any thrift store; that is how I found this dress. When I saw that the hem had bird prints, I had to buy it. Another reason why it came home with me was I found the vintage-inspired cut adorable. There was something Jessica Day about it.

But when I fit it at home, it looked all sorts of wrong. The top was boxy and the elastic waistline was too low on me. I thought removing the elastic would solve the problem but nope, it still looked odd.

So I decided to make a skirt using the bottom section. I cut a part of the dress 16″ from the bottom:

Cut strips for the waistline using the upper section:

Shirred the waistline using long stitches:

Added zipper to one side seam:

And then attached the bottom to the interfaced waistline:

Because I love the birds so much, I fashioned a waistline tab using some of the scraps:

More photos of the incredibly beautiful print. Aherm, excuse the white chalk. I totally drew on the right side harhar.

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5 thoughts on “thrifted dress to tabbed skirt”

  1. What a great idea. I often see material in dresses that are too small for me. Perhaps I might be able to o this. I used to make my daughters clothes and skirts etc for me but haven’t had the sewing machine out for years! I’ll have to keep my eyes open now. Thanks for this. Joan

  2. This.is.so.cute! I love bird printed fabric! I feel like lately it had been a bit overdone, but the combination of dots with a little bird print makes this just perfect. And the colorway is so autumnal!

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