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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

On the Chopping Block


Truth be told this dress ended up fitting a little funny, so the belt and blazer are really hiding the awkwardness.  Shh, our little secret.

After I took these pictures I chopped the dress into a skirt.  And before some of you think I can sew and ask me to do tutorials, when I say "chop" I really mean I chopped it and topped it off with a hack sewing job.  Like, really hack.  I'm not even pretending to be modest.  But at least I have a new skirt to show for it!  Even though I would never let any of you take a close look at it, I'm pretty excited about it.  For some reason skirts are hard for me to find, whether they're too short, bad for my hips, or exactly what I'm looking for but way more than I want to pay.  If it weren't an ordeal for me to sew an elastic waistband (or...a straight line...) I would totally do this more often or even make my own skirts.  Do any of you guys do that?  Have you ever turned a dress into a skirt?  

Links to Shop:
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I try not to overwhelm you with too many shopping options...but I found way too many good navy blazers in my search.  And um...navy blazer ---> fall?  It had to be done.

Links to Shop:
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Shop for the Look:
Dress: c/o SheInside (exact, similar, similar)
Blazer: H&M (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Target (exact)
Belt: H&M

26 comments:

  1. I love the dress but I can see how pretty it would be in a skirt.I have no sewing abilities so I would never be brave enough to chop a dress into a skirt. Love the dress with the blazer.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  2. I have done it with a maxi dress into a skirt (ok, ok I really had my Dad do it for me. He has some MAD sewing skills.) I have a pink, black and white chevron dress that I just never seems quite right no matter what the occasion, but as a skirt....I may wear it more. So off to convince my Dad we need to transform that never worn dress into a skirt. Woohoo!

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  3. Yes i have done this once! I have zero sewing skills lol but i managed to follow an easy pinterest tutorial on turning a maxi dress into a maxi skirt and i love it!!! The top of the maxidress was not working out anymore since i bought it when i was still nursing lol.

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  4. I have ZERO sewing skills, so unless I'm going to glue some sort of waist band or hem, evening hacking up a dress into a skirt isn't much of an option for me. ;) I can't wait to see how it turned out!

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  5. YES! I've done it and should do it more often. This is the perfect time of year to find sundresses on the clearance rack to experiment with. I tried it with one from JCP I scored for $7. I sew quite a bit though, so it wasn't too scary. Best recommendation for beginner seamstresses would be to stick with cotton poplins and sturdy fabrics - avoid silk-like or jersey knit (t-shirt fabric) which stretch, pucker and fray.

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  6. Domesticated Working WomanTuesday, September 17, 2013

    That's a great idea when you aren't comfortable in a dress! I made a dress for myself before getting married and it no longer fits up top - I may need to do this to it. :o)

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  7. I've turned 2 dresses into skirts, and have a couple other dresses in mind that should probably be chopped soon. It's nice because the tops of dresses tend to get pilly or worn looking and the skirt part is still fine! I really need to practice my sewing skills, so I can do a better job!

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  8. My first reaction was, "I have that dress...how did she make it look so normal?" I've never turned a dress into a skirt, but maybe I'll have to try on this one! I can't wait to see your finished product!

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  9. Merrick wears the same dress in a very recent post! You both look amazing in it too. But I guess you can't be twinsies anymore because yours is a skirt now... :(

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  10. Luckily, I know how to sew and can create the skirts of my dreams myself. Around half of my wardrobe, I have made myself. You should give sewing another try, it takes some patience but it is so worth it!

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  11. I can't sew at all, but if I could, I'd hack and whack and make so many clothes myself! I can't wait to see your new skirt!

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  12. I have a dress that's on the chopping block myself, but haven't had time to figure out how to use my sewing machine to hem it after I cut it. Soon? You'll have to show us pics of the skirt!

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  13. The print on this dress is cute - how awesome that you had the ability and vision to turn it into a skirt! I'm excited to see how you style the skirt next. =)

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
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    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

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  14. Most of the time those dresses with the elastic waistband hit me at a funny spot (yay for having a short torso) so I can totally see why you would feel awkward in the dress! Never thought to turn one into a skirt, though!

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  15. I can't wait to see what it looks like as a skirt! Great idea!

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  16. Yes! I have turned at least 3 or 4 dresses into skirts,and my favorite maxi skirt was aonce dress,I don't own a sewing machine but i just hide the not so great edges with a cute belt :) I have also used the fabric of the top to make a couple no sew headbands, I figure if it's going in the give away pile, why not experiment?

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  17. I love the colors in this dress...er, skirt! I've never been brave enough to transform any of my clothing, but you're making me think I should give it a try sometime.
    I just bought a navy blazer from Kohl's last week, and I am SO excited to wear it this fall!

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  18. I wish I could sew! I have such a hard time finding skirts.

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  19. Looking at that dress, it seems a bit overwhelming. But as a skirt...perfect-o! I bet that made quite the improvement!

    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  20. Well done! I can't wait to see that skirt!

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  21. that dress would make a beautiful skirt! I've often thought about doing that with some of my dresses...but I always end up donating them instead of altering them, haha.

    Away From The Blue

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  22. I recently did this with a thrifted dress that had an elastic waist sewn in. I do a lot of re-fashions and normally spend some quality time with the sewing machine, but for this one I literally hacked off the top with scissors (didn't even bother with making it a straight line) and just folded the fabric down inside for a clean edge at the waistband.


    Conversely, I've turned skirts into (strapless) dresses - works exceptionally well for those elastic-banded, awkward-length skirts that tend to haunt old closets. Throw on a belt to define the waist, and a cardigan to make it appropriate for the office, and call it good.

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  23. awesome - girl, I want to see the skirt! I wish I had this talent to take things apart, but I think my mom needs to teach me a few things. :) LOL.

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  24. Aww, sad that the dress fit weirdly - it looks so cute! I haven't hacked off any skirts, but I've certainly made long jeans into "shorts", haha.

    Got to get me a blue blazer! These are great options.

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  25. I've made a couple of too-short dresses into perfect length skirts. :) It's a really easy way to up-cycle.

    Here's a not-so-clear tutorial to how I did mine.

    http://kaileighbow.blogspot.com/2012/07/easy-dress-to-skirt-tutorial.html

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  26. Target has their blazers half price and women's clothing is buy one get one 50% off. Score!!!!

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