Here's another clothes upcycle - for anyone who's new here, I love upcycling and in May I challenged myself to a whole month with a clothes upcycle project a day! (Yes I succeeded!!)
Some of those projects - and many many more from lots of very talented people can be found on this page - where you'll find a constantly growing resources of ideas for upcycling your old clothes! (well over 600 so far!)
Do take a look, and add any of your own if you like too!!
My youngest daughter requested this refashion from a hand-me-down dress she didn't like.
She wanted it as a skirt- with a headband to match!
Here's the dress we started with:
I cut the top bodice, and the bubble base part off the dress:
So I was left with just a wide band to which I needed to add new elastic to make the skirt:
I finished the bottom of the skirt off with a rolled hem using my overlocker (serger)
And neatened the top edge of the skirt to prevent fraying - also using my overlocker (serger)
Then I ran a row of stitching around the top of the skirt - on the longest stitch length and highest tension on my machine - to ruffle the fabric up and help me pin it to the elastic:
The waist elastic length I measured from another of my daughters skirts and stitched securely into a band:
To help pin the skirt evenly to the elastic, folded the band in half both ways to find 4 even points - where I put in pins.
Then did the same with the skirt - and matched up those 4 parts pinning the two together:
Then I stitched the top of the skirt to the elastic, using wide zig-zag stitch and stretching the elastic as I stitched:
Then I turned the elastic in on the skirt..
And top stitched it down again with a wide zig-zag stitch,stretching the elastic as I stitched:
And there we have a new skirt:
With a headband to match using the remaining fabric:
And of course the obligatory cool pose to show it all off!!