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.
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!
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!
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!
I used a zigzag stitch, as I wanted to make sure the bottom part would be able to stretch over my hips.
After a quick press, my new top was ready for a movie night with friends! 🙂
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…
…as was the company.
Of course the concessions were pretty great as well.
Methinks my creative juices are flowing again. 🙂
52 thoughts on “How to Refashion a Too-Small Skirt into a Top”
A cute top from a dud skirt! Way to go!
Seriously…you should do this redesign challenge on Sada Fashions. This isn’t spam but I know you have a good chance of winning because you didn’t add more to it. Check it out sadafashions.com. The contest already started but you have until the end of November to enter your winning design for $500. I’ll be looking for your entry and good luck if you do decide to do it. And its offered to anyone who does redesign.
Wow, great refashion! So creative to turn the skirt upside-down, good job!
You’ve come back with bang my dear! Your recent refashions are spectacular – you rock!!
I love this! It’s one of my favorites. You have such vision!
OMG! adorable!!! I want so bad to do this to some of my skirts that I have in my closet. I now know why I have been hanging on to them. They are made of great material that I hated to part with…THANK YOU for the fantastic idea!!!
So happy your mojo is back and your refashions are cuter than ever! Love this transformation from meh skirt to knock out top!
Hot dang, one of my faves of yours so far. Glad to see your mojo back in full swing.
So creative!! You are an inspiration and yes, your mojo is back Fo Sho. I go through phases and dry spells as well, your creativity is a gift, a part of you, and will never leave you! Cheers to you, love seeing you back at it and killing it. 🙂
This one made me smile! The snuggy length was perfect, such a clever refash!
Wow! That is too cool!
This is Epic!!
Great idea! LOVE the darker hair color and cut on you btw!
She’s Baaack! I keep saying “this is my favorite one” but I say that to all of them! 🙂
Very proud of you!!
THIS IS FANTASTIC.
Nicely done! It’s not something you’d normally find in the stores where I live (near Peterborough , ON, so all the better!! I love your creativity and the shy, yet confident! way you wear it. Classy.
One of my top five favorite refashions! So glad you got your mojo back!
You are back!!! I love this one – what a great idea 🙂
So happy that you’ve got your mojo back; keep those posts coming! You are one of the most creative re-fashioners blogging right now. (I get a little tired of looking at refashions that are simply a chop off of the hem and taking in at the sides.)
Awesome…. Time away did you good…….welcome back Jillian and Douglas….. Awesome refash…
I loooove what you did with this skirt! I’m so happy your creative juices are flowing. Congrats!
Omg you re a genius im a new follower 🙂
Wow! This one was super creative! I love it!
Love, love, LOVE this!
Aaannd she’s back! I’m so glad!! You have every right to a bit of smugness- very cool refash!! 😀
This is sooo clever! Job well done!
I did not see that coming–that is fantastic.
Great idea! And you look great in it!!
***clapping madly for being funk-free*** 😀
Unbelievable! You really do slay me with your uber talent!
Super cute!! I am so inspired by your ability to see beyond the original garment…it’s like you can see into the future!! 🙂 I have a hard time with that and find it too easy to get stuck at the beginning. Thanks so much for doing what you do!!! ♡
SHE’S BACK!!! Love it!
Great refashion! I think that the color works better on a top anyway.
Love this one!
Note for the future: sometimes you can refash a smaller, longer skirt into a larger, shorter one by cutting off the TOP and making a new waistband a few inches lower down than the original, where the skirt is wider. Kind of making the old hip part into the new waist part.
Wow! I would never have thought to make it into a shirt. Amazing.
Oh, I love it…and now I want to make it 🙂 You’ve definitely got your groove back 😉 Yay!
Great Idea! BUT you could have kept it a skirt. Take off waist band. Pull skirt up to a point where it is not snug. Cut off excess at top and then replace the waistband. Do this all the time. Especially since most skirts are way to long for me!
This is what I was thinking also 🙂
I knew that you needed some time to get back to it, and look at what you have created! AMAZING refashion!!! Honestly I think it’s safe to say that your “funk” is no more. I absolutely love your creativity, and you inspire me everyday. Keep up the great work. There are TONS of people that rely on you and your creativity for inspiration or a pause in their day or just a simple pick me up to put a smile on their face like you have done mine.
Totes love the new top! Way cuter than the original. You, my friend, are a genius.
Love it. My mom gave me a handful of her old skirts….I know what I’ll be doing with them.
You are just too smart! I would have never thought of that refash!
OK that was the coolest refash I have seen. How cool, really looks good makes me want to find a skirt and to it too.
I would love to be able to do what you do and see what you see when you look at clothes! I love the reuse of just about anything… especially when it becomes something completely different from what it originally was. I wish I lived by you so you could teach me all you sewing and styling tips! Or there were inexpensive classes in my area for this… or maybe I should’ve taken more home economics sewing classes in high school years ago! I love how this one turned out. Can’t wait for the next one!
Love this one! I really want that shirt!
Wow! I love this refashion and would have never thought of doing this with a skirt. You are officially funk-free, Jillian!
Wow, what a transformation, you have your sewing mojo back:) Hurray we all say!
Yay for no more funk!! You are my inspiration! <3
I really, really love this refashion!
That’s really clever! I like it!