After seeing so many DIY transformations all over the internet, I figured it was time I gave it a go myself 🙂
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.
- Sewing Machine
1. Remove the zip from the dress.
2. Pick out the seams where you can separate 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 a waistband – but is upside down)
- You can also choose to simply hem the bottom if you wanted
Top and bottom done!
P.S. I recently got my hands onto a heap of second hand shirts so there will be a few more transformations coming 😉