Dress Redo

Last week I found this dress on the clearance rack for $10. I REALLY didn’t like the top portion of it (so unflattering/uncomfortable), but the bottom flowy skirt part was lovely + I loved the floral print. While at the store I stared at the dress for a few minutes and, like the weirdo I am, I pulled the dress up over my clothes to see how it would look as a skirt. I really loved it. So, after many side eye looks from my daughter… I purchased the dress.

The cool thing about this dress redo… the waist already has elastic in it! SO I simply trimmed in between the stitching, folded in an inch at the skirt top, and sewed little stitches around (to keep it from flipping up). AND, done. I’m pretty darn pleased with the end result. I just added a little belt for extra support (you never know when someone may pants you… ha).

Ta da!

– Chelsey

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  • Catie2838 on said:

    Gah, I can never find dresses that fit me and it never occurred to me to hack off the top and make a skirt (skirts are the second hardest to find). Granted I don't know how to sew but I think you've just convinced me to pull out my grandmothers old sewing machine (complete with table!) and get to work!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Oh man, I really don't know how to sew….. Luckily my mom is there to call and ask for help. 🙂

  • Laura on said:

    Super cute and sounds easy to do, too! As soon as I'm off of bed rest, I'm heading to the local thrift store to find a dress to try this out on! 😀

  • Donna on said:

    What a great way to get clothes you like! I never think of redo's when shopping. I most obviously should. It looks great Chelsea.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Thank you! It works great for thrifted items too. My next job is to fix a dress that doesn't fit at the ribs… hopefully. 😉

  • Emily S. on said:

    Such a great outfit, Chelsey! You are right; that dress definitely looks better as a skirt. Nice work!

  • M.J. on said:

    love the new look!! you're so crafty. 🙂

  • Jill on said:

    So cute Chelsey! Love it 🙂 I am always trying to find ways to use the good parts of a piece of clothing!

    peace&love, Jill
    Favor the Brave

  • ruthy on said:

    how cute! man, i really, really need to learn how to sew! BTW…is that a framed fabric in the background? or a print? so cute!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Hee! I'll be sharing more info about that background. Soon… 😀 It's a project that's almost finished.

  • Kristina on said:

    Such a great idea! I HATE dresses with tops like that. I'm large on top and I look AWFUL in them. I have turned down so many pretty ones to avoid tops like it. Thanks for the idea!

  • Eleanor on said:

    Wow, it's amazing how different it looks as a skirt. The dress looks much more young and the skirt looks ever so mature and perfectly pretty! 🙂 I never would have thought to cut the bottom of of a dress to refashion into a skirt. Thank you for the inspiration, as always.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Thank you! I just loved the print, I'm glad I bout it and turned it into a skirt.

  • heather on said:

    Very cute! I want a dress but nothing fits my figure or at least I can't find anything.
    I love how you do your animated photos. You are AWESOME!!

  • Karin - The F Girl on said:

    I love it. It's beautiful and flowy indeed. And you look mighty pretty in it 🙂

  • kat on said:

    I love your dress redo! It's so flattering on you. You really did a beautiful job.

  • Kristin on said:

    Love iT! So very creative you are. You have vision, which is awesome for a mommy to have and to show her daughter.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      R has been showing more interest in crafting lately. Very fun!

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