This dress was purchased…last year? Year before? I wore it a grand total of once, because the damn thing is a tent. (OH MY GOD it was two whole years ago. I took pictures.) My general wardrobe rule is that if I don’t wear something in 1 year’s time, then it has to go. Instead of getting rid of this dress, I did a little dress to skirt refashion.

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Tent. Tent. Tent. And also a terrifying preview of what I will look like if I ever get pregnant with quintuplets.

The first step was to lop the top of the dress off. I did this quite high-up, because this dress had pockets and I wanted plenty of room left above the pockets to make a waistband.

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Instead of making a thick waistband, I did a quick rolled-style hem. I pinned and sewed everything in place.

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Next it was time to deal with sizing; this skirt was large enough to fit two of me. To fix this, I gathered it in 4 places – 2 in the front, 2 in the back. I folded the fabric over on itself and sewed it down. (This should have been done when I did the waistband, but I goofed. It’s not a Beth Sewing Project without at least 4 screw-ups.)

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To hide the folded-up edge, I folded the waistband down again and sewed it once more along the same line. After that, I tried it on. The skirt fit well, but a little loosely, which was perfect. If it’s too tight, then it will be really tight once the zipper is sewn in.

I sewed the zipper along the back seam. If your skirt does not have a back seam, use a side seam. You just cut the fabric the same length as the zipper, hem the raw edges, and sew the zipper in place.

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Mine isn’t perfect, but it’s good enough.

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And that was that. One dress to skirt refashion, done in about an hour.

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I think this is much more wearable than the dress was, and hopefully I’ll be able to take it for a spin this fall.

See you later!

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