Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Recycled Toddler Dress to Preschooler's Skirt - Tutorial

I love this dress! It's size 18months so my 3yr old outgrew it long ago. But, I just couldn't part with it. Well, now that she's so into skirts, I decided to turn the dress into a skirt. To do this, I simply placed a skirt in her current size, on top of the dress. I added about an inch to the length to give her room to grow.

Then, I sewed a waistband with some scrap fabric that I had. First, I used elastic from an existing elastic waistband a pair of her pants that I cut up for another project. My intention was to create an elastic waistband on the skirt. But, I didn't follow any tutorial, and it was my first time making an elastic waistband. I thought I knew what I was doing, but I clearly didn't because there's no stretch or give to the waistband. Ah well, when she outgrows it, I'll cut the waistband off and make a new one the right way. Live and learn... :)

It still looks super cute :)

**Note, I actually made this months ago, and never posted it. There still isn't much blog worthy crafting going on here, just lots of unpacking and organizing. I'll get back in the swing and post some new projects, soon. I have to, for my own sanity :)


Mama Parker said...

What a GREAT idea! I'm sure there are plenty online tutorials for waistbands. They aren't hard at all...you have to measure the elastic smaller than the waist, but it looks like you formed a casing and everything!

Crafty Mom said...

Yeah, I thought I knew what I was doing so I didn't search for a tutorial prior to starting the project. When I was done, it was pretty obvious I screwed it up. I'll look up a tutorial next time.

Infarrantly Creative said...

That is an adorable refashion. I love polka dots!

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