Another project! This was a while ago, I’m only just now sharing it with you but hope you enjoy it.
I bought this skirt at a thrift store while we were on furlough. I honestly don’t know why I brought it back with me. I was kind of on a skirt “kick” and bought a lot of skirts, some of which I wear now and some I don’t. I don’t know why I ever thought I would wear this one. For one thing, it’s white. I don’t do that well with white on my lower half. And another thing, it’s not really gathered but it does have a drawstring waist and that’s just not that flattering on me. So, who knows.
But, I was rummaging through my closet and had a brainwave. I could turn my never-worn skirt into a dress for Claire! Or Natalie, for that matter. but for some reason I wanted it to be a dress for Claire.
So, here’s the skirt, with Claire looking on:
I started off by picking some fabric out of my stash and making a top and ruffle from the fabric. For the top, I used the Gracie pattern. I LOVE this pattern, made by Sandi Henderson of Portabello Pixie (her other patterns look really cute, too – I just haven’t tried them yet!) I have made each of the girls a couple dresses a piece from this pattern, and also several for gifts. It’s not too complicated and the girls really love the twirly skirts! So, I used the pattern for the top, and then cut 4 WOF (width of fabric – selvedge to selvedge) strips and sewed them end-to-end to make the ruffle.
Next I gathered the ruffle and sewed it on the bottom of the skirt. I didn’t cut anything off the bottom of the skirt – just sewed the ruffle right on.
I just think that ruffle is so pretty!
Next it was time to cut off the top of the skirt. I don’t remember what measurement I used – I think it was about 4 inches from the top of the top tiered section, but I’m not sure.
Then I gathered the top of the cut-off area and sewed it to the bodice section I had already made. Voila! A brand-new dress for Claire!
And here’s the little cutie in her brand-new dress! It’s a little big (I think I made the bodice size 4 so she would have room to grow into it. Not that size 3 wouldn’t have fit… can you believe she’s already 3 1/2 and most of her clothes are still size *TWO*?!)
It didn’t take her long to figure out she can twirl in it! (honestly, do you think I’m crazy? Giving my 3-year-old a WHITE dress?! )
And that’s it… the story of how I turned a never-worn thrifted skirt into a much-loved dress for my daughter. All on a Sunday afternoon!