Dress upcycle

I was going through my wardrobe and found a long dress which I’ve had for a couple of years. I bought it because of the lovely fabric. It is a really big, bold African print. However, the dress itself was slightly too short on me to be maxi, and I didn’t really wear it much.African print fabricSo I had a go at shortening it and making it into a skirt, which’ll get much more wear. I’m a big wearer of skirts and dresses at work, as I have major problems finding trousers to fit me. The only trousers which reliably fit me are jeans! One day I will psych myself to make my own trousers 🙂skirt diyTo make my skirt, I cut off the bottom of the dress to make the skirt, added a zip, gathered the top edge of the skirt and fitted it into a waistband with scraps. For the waistband, I used this excellent tutorial from Ditto Fabrics as inspiration. I didn’t follow it to the letter, as I’m hopeless at following directions but it did gave me a good steer.

The top of the dress was all shirred, and I cut it so it is long enough for a separate top, but I haven’t had a chance to hem it yet. I’ll post a picture when it’s done. It’ll make a great sun top though for when it is warmer than zero degrees outside…

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