I know. It’s been a while. Lots of you have been wondering what in the world I’m up to if I’ve decided to quit the blog, and if I’m just wandering around naked, as I haven’t done a refashion on here in a while.
Don’t worry. The blog must go on! I’ve just been taking a little break. My apologies for not actually announcing said break. It has been insanely chilly here in South Carolina. Which I hate.
When it gets this cold, I just layer up in sweaters and jeans and don’t really care how fashionable I look as long as I’m warm. I’ve been huddling under blankets waiting for this cold snap to pass. And waiting…And waiting…And waiting. I’m convinced I’m incapable of creating my own body heat. :/
Thankfully, the weather has gotten warmer again!
I emerged from my nest of blankets and pulled out this skirt right here:
I am not fond of this skirt. It’s frumpy and blah. But that color is nicely understated, and I’m a fan of its nubby fabric. There’s potential!
To get started, I turned my skirt upside down and backwards.
There was a slit in the back, and I pinned each bottom side of the slit down.
I stitched each side down.
This left me with a garment that looked like this:
There are a couple of obvious flaws in this design, and I knew just how to take care of them.
First, I turned my strange new garment inside-out and marked 6″ down from the new top on each side with tailor’s chalk.
Then, I got to (carefully) seam ripping.
This fabric was totally non-fraying, so all I had to do was make sure all of those teeny pick-off stitches were removed.
Now I have a fun new frock to frolic about in!
I considered removing that bottom elastic and turning it into the waist of my dress, but I actually like the bottom just how it is. 🙂 All it needed was a skinny black belt.
My new dress was just what I needed for meeting up with friends to check out the inaugural lighting of the new marquee at our local non-profit theatre, The Nickelodeon!
So there ya go! I’m back (I promise!). Now I just need to get back to returning your emails. 🙂
39 thoughts on “Easy Side Slit Skirt to Dress Refashion”
Oh my gosh! I want this!! Do you sell any of your refashions??
This one’s brilliant – such an enormous change!
I was in tears from laughing so hard at your “no arms” shot 😀
Love your blog, your projects and your humor. Also, you need more of Douglas in your pics. Hopefully it stays warm by you so I get more stuff to read again 😉
Love this! It’s so adorable on you. Great refash’!
Welcome back! I’m glad to see you haven’t lost your touch, creativity, or mind in that recent cold snap. However, your cute naked little knees made me shiver….brrrrrr! It’s still definitely Winter in St. Louis.
What a fabulous idea!! I’m a tall person, so I love wearing tunics because it balances out my look, but, since I am taller, it is hard to find tunics that are actually long! This is a great way to make your own, and there are tons of skirts out there!! Thank you!!
I love this, it looks super comfortable!
this is really funky, great change!
I’ve been missing your posts. Finally. Very nice refash. Very out of the ordinary. The resulting hem made it sexay! Welcome back!
this is just insanely clever!!
I love this!You represent ethical fashion well!!
Love it! You always amaze me with your eye! Exactly why I keep coming back!
Now to dust off that sewing machine I had my husband put out in the middle of everything in the basement back when I first caught up on two years of your blog – maybe I’m finally ready for it after a year! 🙂
aaackkk! i love this! it looks great on you! thanks for being such an inspiration. -Mary
I was wondering, you have so many cute things. Do you keep them all??
That is so cute!
I say funky print leggings would be awesome with that top…
glad to see you are back! been looking for you and hoping you didn’t quit 🙂
Wow, it turned out really cute!!! Love it with the belt!
I did’nt see where you were going……so cute!
It is absolutely adorable on you! I saw that and said “0h she can’t possibly make something cute out of that” ya proved me wrong!
I love this! You have such vision!
very nice re-fash. glad to see you taking time for yourself, also glad that you are back! 🙂
Super cute with a pair of black leggings as well!
I actually wore this dress one time prior to this when it was colder, but got distracted and forgot to snap any pics. I wore it with fleece lined leggings, boots, and a thin grey long sleeved top under it. It worked really well. 🙂
this turned out lovely, it gave me some good idea what to do with skirts I am now sick to wear as skirts, thanks for the idea… they will all make lovely summer DRESSES I am so excited. Edi
I feel your pain on not being able to create body heat. I would die in the wild!
I agree…this is so cute AND it would look so cute with leggings!!
You seriously need to move to Cali or send a clone some I can shop and sew with you!!
Forget cloning! I wish I was there! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Love this, especially with the elastic… Bet you got lots of “cuddles” in this one..
Glad you’re back!
Lol. I can assure you I didn’t. 🙂
Very cute and would great with leggings.
That is a very nice color on you! I am glad you are back! I like all your refashions. You are great.
It looks great:) Don’t give yourself a hard time re blogging or lack of, it’s meant to be for fun and enjoyment – not pressure:) I love reading your refashions although I rarely comment – really inspiring:)
CUTE! Looks like you could use some of my boot cuffs to go with your boots 😉
I couldn’t see where you were going with this but it is fabulous.
Glad you are back!