50’s Skirt Adventure #6 – DIY Dress Transformation [Top + Skirt]

After seeing so many DIY transformations all over the internet, I figured it was time I gave it a go myself šŸ™‚

The original dress was given to me by a friend who was clearing out her wardrobe at the time (score!). Even though the dress was too large for me she figured I could do something with it since the fabric was so pretty and it would be a waste not to try!

As seen on the runway over the last year, there have been many crop tops with matching 50’s skirts, so here is a simple tutorial to split the dress into a two piece.


  • Dress
  • Sewing Machine
  • Zipper


1. Remove the zip from the dress.

2. Pick out the seams where you canĀ separateĀ the top and the skirt

I separated the skirt into two parts so that I could make a mini and use the other part as the waistband.

3. Make the skirt

  • Gather the top of the skirt to fit your waist
  • Make a opening in the skirt
  • Add the waistband as shown in my previous projects
  • Add invisible zip (I took this from the original dress)
  • Finish off the waistband

4. Make the top

  • Sew up opening (don’t need a zip as the back is shirred and stretchy)
  • Bind the bottom with additional fabric (done similarly to aĀ waistbandĀ – but is upside down)
  • You can also choose to simply hem the bottom if you wanted


Top and bottom done!

LOve <3


P.S. I recently got my hands onto a heap of second hand shirts so there will be a few more transformations coming šŸ˜‰



2 Replies to “50’s Skirt Adventure #6 – DIY Dress Transformation [Top + Skirt]”

  1. Great!!! IĀ“ve just donde the same thing with a dress, but I didnĀ“t know how to do a skirt!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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