I ordered a maxi dress on insane clearance from Target last summer, thrilled to find that it lacked nothing in length but disappointed by the plunging neckline. (Boobs on parade!) And so it sat sadly in my closet for months before I had a brilliant idea. Me, without a sewing machine and with a terrible DIY track record, would make this dress into a skirt!
So I did. Here’s how:
(There are tons of good tutorials out there, but because I’m a poor planner and it seemed fairly simple, I went it alone.)
- Measure where you want the waist to be and cut. I wanted a high waist (hides a multitude of sins) so all I had to do was cut along the empire waistband already on the dress.
- To make it fitted I gathered the excess waistband into two pleats on the back and used a friend's sewing machine to stitch it in place. It’s smooth on the front and falls very nicely over my booty while offering a little additional coverage so I don’t have to worry about panty lines. The fabric is very stretchy so it slips on easily but fits snuggly.
This is just one of the many ways I could have taken this dress and made it into a skirt. Not a fan of elastic? Try buttons or zippers. No access to a sewing machine? I’m gonna Tim Gunn you right now and tell you that to make it work. Where there’s a will there’s a way and if I can do it literally anyone can do it. So the next time you see a bargain maxi dress with shoulder pads and sequins, take it to the drawing board and make it a staple of your summer wardrobe!