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Easy Side Slit Skirt to Dress Refashion

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Hi there.

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:

skirt to dress refashion before

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.

Pinned side slits
But wait…how in the world will I wear it now?

I stitched each side down.

sewing down sides of dress

This left me with a garment that looked like this:

refashionista in armless dress
Who needs arms?

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.

skirt marked with tailors chalk

Then, I got to (carefully) seam ripping.

ripping side seam of dress
Just ripping the thread and nothing else!

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!

skirt to dress refashion after

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.  πŸ™‚  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!

You've come a long way baby!
You’ve come a long way baby!
We are pleased.
We are pleased.

So there ya go!  I’m back (I promise!).  Now I just need to get back to returning your emails.  πŸ™‚


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39 thoughts on “Easy Side Slit Skirt to Dress Refashion”

  1. I was in tears from laughing so hard at your “no arms” shot πŸ˜€
    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 πŸ˜‰

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. I’ve been missing your posts. Finally. Very nice refash. Very out of the ordinary. The resulting hem made it sexay! Welcome back!

  5. 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! πŸ™‚

  6. 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 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. πŸ™‚

  7. 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!!


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