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Easy Dress to Maxi Skirt Refashion

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Every Fall, some friends and I make a trip to a nearby apple orchard.  It’s a tradition that we look forward to every year with great anticipation.  

It simply isn’t Fall yet until we make our annual trek!  This year, we decided to visit Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery in York, SC.  πŸ™‚

I needed something autumnal for our outing.  I’d be hard-pressed (get it?  it’s a cider joke!) to find something in a more appropriate color scheme than this.

Dress to Skirt Refashion Before
Hello, Fall! πŸ™‚

So what if this dress is too big for me and that dropped waist is sort of awkward?  Who needs an awkward dress when they can have a beautiful tiered skirt?  πŸ™‚

First, I pinned along where the sleeves are.  

They won’t be necessary anymore!

Pinning along sleeves to refashion skirt

Then, I stitched down my pinned lines.

Stitching dress into skirt refashion

All I needed to do next was snip off those sleeves, and I was ready to go!

Since the back of this dress zips up, I just used the original neck hole as the waist for my new skirt!  Do you recognize this Dress to Fringed Halter Top Refashion from my recent One Dress, Three Ways challenge? πŸ™‚

dress to skirt refashion after

Windy Hill has lots of tasty ciders to sample!

Windy Hill Cidery
My favorite is the Gala Peach!
Windy Hill Cidery
Windy Hill Cidery
Looook at all the cider! πŸ™‚

But that wasn’t all they had…

Pumpkin Donut Sign
Where can I buy a donut machine of my very own?
Where can I buy a donut machine of my very own?
Windy Hill Offerings Sign
Even more offerings from Windy Hill!

A few people have asked how tall (or rather, how short) I am.  Here is proof that I’m of average height for a woman!  πŸ™‚

Scientific Proof!
Scientific Proof!

After we were done at the cidery, we headed out to Charlotte to explore a few breweries!

Refashionista and Friends at Brewery
We had consumed many ciders at this point…
Refashionista and Friends in Charlotte
Such a lovely day!
Refashionista with Erin
Good times with great pals!
Refashionista and Friends
Love these guys!

What a great way to welcome the new season!  πŸ™‚


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41 thoughts on “Easy Dress to Maxi Skirt Refashion”

  1. You seem to always begin a refash with an oversized garment. More fabric to work with? More of the larger sizes left in the stores? Other reasons?

    • You nailed it. I’m pretty small, so most things are big on me (especially the top half). I like to have plenty of fabric to work with, but also, most of the clothes I find in thrift stores are bigger than my size.

  2. I love seeing your refash’s but I am having a hard time figuring out how to see older posts in your new layout…. Is it just me?

  3. Yours is one of my favorite blogs to follow and I just got a sewing machine for my birthday and have completed my first re-fashion! When I get more organized I’ll send you pictures of something I’ve done. Thanks for the inspiration! Especially knowing that at one point you were a total sewing novice.

  4. Now you’re just showing off! πŸ™‚ A waist the size of the neck opening? Even a very large neck opening. You never cease to maze! And while I’m jealous… you never need sleeves!!!!

  5. I love that Ben Franklin quote. πŸ™‚ And totally gorgeous skirt. And funny thing, I woke up in the middle of the night to nurse the baby and lay there thinking about how I want to try brewing some dry-hopped cider. If you’re ever in the Oregon Cacades swing by for a taste!

  6. Awesome skirt!! When we lived in Rock Hill SC, we went to Windy Hill every fall too. They have THE best donuts on the planet. Period! : ) It was fun to see it again!

  7. Such a great idea! I’m definitely not tiny enough to make the existing neck opening my waist opening though. πŸ˜‰ I love the top with it too! Just adorable. Btw, that apple orchard is so cool! We have tons here in Indiana and I think i’m making it my mission to visit every single one of them.


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