After doing a DIY on my top from Suzannah’s new book DIY Wardrobe Makeovers (which you can see HERE) I decided to transform a dress I’ve had in my closet for a long time into a skirt. It was one of those dresses that look better on a hanger than on my body. I decided to share how easy it is to do it so that y’all can do it too. Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 12.00.01 PM

I really love the print on the front and love how it fits on the bottom but not so much on top, so this is why I decided to make it into a skirt. 2d

I tried it on and marked it 1″ higher than where I wanted it to sit on my waist. I then cut a straight line across. Now I needed to make a waistband. Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 2.30.52 PMSince I didn’t need the top I decided to take the waistband off the top. I cut 3″ off the bottom of the top. I wanted a 1″ waistband, so in order to double it and account for 1/2″ seam allowance, I made it 3″. 3dI then folded it in half and matched all the edges together. I sewed at a 1/2″ seam allowance (yellow line below) and left a 1″ gap on the back to insert elastic. Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 1.15.33 PMI used 3/4″ wide Knit Elastic in order to avoid it being too hard to put in. I cut my elastic to 36″, my waist size, which made it 35″ after overlapping and stitching it together once I pulled the elastic into the waistband. I used a safety pin to pull it through. I didn’t take a picture of the finished edge but once I put the elastic in I stitched the gap and then serged the finished edge. You don’t have to finish knits but I wanted to finish mine. I also made a few stitches on the front, back, and sides, though the waistband and the elastic so it wouldn’t flip over while wearing. I stitched where it it was black so the stitches wouldn’t be seen on the garment while I wore it. That’s it! Super easy. Here’s the finished garment.
Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 12.49.24 PM Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 12.49.53 PMHope y’all love it as much as I do! It was a super easy DIY, that took me about an hour, and now I have something wearable instead of a dress just sitting in my closet. Now, tell me have y’all done any similar DIY’s? If so, leave a link, I’d love to see it. Or would you do this one? I’d love to know.

Until next time, Stay creative!

ღ Reyna Lay ღ

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1. Leave a review on my podcast on iTunes and then enter here to win any sewing pattern for any designer and some fabric to go with it HERE.

2. Enter to win a copy of Suzannah’s new book: DIY Wardrobe Makeovers by listening to this week’s podcast and entering in the show notes HERE.

Both giveaways end at the end of the day Saturday and will be announced on Sunday on my Instagram.