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How to Refashion a Too-Small Skirt into a Top

A No-Sew Jersey Maxi Dress Refashion
Fixing a (Poorly) Handmade Dress

If you’ve been hankering for me to take something that’s too small and somehow make it work (rather than just taking stuff in like I usually do), PAY CLOSE ATTENTION as I’m about to do that very thing!  😉

I started with this too-small stretchy skirt that I thought would fit just fine as is when I scored it for $1 at the thrift store.

refashionista skirt to top refashion before

Okay.  It’s not the most terrible thing ever, but it really is too snug and not very flattering for my pear-shaped frame.  

It’s just not doing me any favors, you know?

If I really wanted to keep this as a skirt, I could add gussets to the sides to make it bigger, but I still don’t think I would like it very much.  

For me, the best thing to do if something is too small, is to turn it into a completely different thing.

In this case, I decided to turn this too-small skirt into a just-right top! Here’s how:

First, I got to snipping!

removing elastic waistband
Bye elastic waisband!

Then, I pulled the elastic part out of the waistband and put it aside.  

It will no doubt come in handy for a future refashion!

saving elastic for future projects
Always harvest the elastic when you can!

I turned the rest of the skirt upside-down and pinned it in two places, less than shoulder-width apart.


I stitched the pinned parts down (only about half an inch though).

Then, I gave the bottom of what was about to be my new top a new hem!

Fold under & pin
Fold under & pin!

I used a zigzag stitch, as I wanted to make sure the bottom part would be able to stretch over my hips.

zig zag stitching
Zig and Zag!

After a quick press, my new top was ready for a movie night with friends!  🙂

skirt to dress refashion after
skirt to dress refashion after
refashionista at paradise ice
Mmmmmn! Lemon Basil Cheesecake Custard from Paradise Ice!

You can see how I used the discarded waistband section as a waist-cinching mini-sash, and since I’m saving the elastic for future use, this is a totally no-waste refashion!  Huzzah!

I think my new top is reminiscent of Phillip Lim’s designs, but I’ll let you do a quick Google Image Search and see if you agree.

The film was lovely…

Nickelodeon Theatre Marquee
Wes Anderson’s best, in my humble opinion.

…as was the company.

Refashionista with friends

Of course the concessions were pretty great as well.

Nickelodeon theatre sells beer
Beer? At the movies? Only at The Nick!

Methinks my creative juices are flowing again.  🙂

skirt to shirt refashion close up
…and I’m feeling rather smug about it.


Refashionista Skirt to Shirt Refashion Before and After
A No-Sew Jersey Maxi Dress Refashion
Fixing a (Poorly) Handmade Dress