With school about to start, we have begun going through our clothes to see what fits and what does not. One of my daughters' dresses got a little snug at the top, but instead of handing it over to her sister, she asked if we could salvage the bottom, making it into a skirt. I use to do this all the time when they were toddlers. I would just cut off the bottom of the dress once it became too short, applying a casing for elastic.
This dress is a combination of knit jersey at the top and a pretty cotton blend for the skirt portion. This made an easy refashion since the jersey knit could be folded over to make a yoga-style band, which I zig zag stitched down.
To make a complete outfit, I made a tank top in a coordinating jersey knit which I already had in my stash. I used our Ottobre pattern, blogged about here.
Here you can see the top portion of the dress. I added a band of coordinating jersey knit for the center and then black jersey knit for the flared bottom, creating a nice tunic top that can be worn with leggings.
This is what I started with. I didn't think to take a picture before cutting, and the skirt band had already been folded and sewn to the inside.
For the bottom of the tunic top, I created the pattern below. The top half circle measurement is 12.25" and the length is 8.25." I cut 2 and serged the edges and sewed to the rest of the tunic. The top width of the bottom piece (the black knit) is a little wider around than the middle band it was sewn to--the middle was approximately 22 inches around. I asked my daughter if she wanted the top straight or flared. She immediately went to her dresser and pulled out a RTW top she likes and said, "I want it just like this!" So I turned the shirt inside out and I traced the bottom part she liked. Now I can add this little flare to other t-shirts I make.
In addition to the above project, I completed 6 pairs of Crafty Mamas Funky Pants. I'm in need of some sewing for me now!
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley