At long last, the first of my reconstruction projects is completed. I took an old, yet cute dress and turned it into a new and still cute skirt, and more.
I bought this dress at Goodwill a while ago, only paid $1.50. Not bad right? I loved the pink eyelet fabric used, but I found the top of the dress wasn’t very flattering on me. High waist and low neckline requires more of a bust then I’ve been blest with.
So I thought, why not turn it into a skirt.
First, I measured from the bottom and cut the skirt from the dress at the length I wanted. I pinned it at the top to hold the skirt and the lining together.
I then carefully separated the shirred section (the stretchy part) from the rest of the dress. I will use it as the waistband for my new skirt.
Here is the skirt carefully pinned to the “waistband”. Just need to sew it with a zig-zag stitch and then…
…I have a cute new skirt.
To make it that much cuter, I added some thin lace to the bottom of the ruffle.
And I cut one of the old straps to make a small bow for the front of the skirt. Mainly so I can tell which side is the front.
Now what did I do with the rest of the dress? I made doll clothes.
I thought that if I separated the triangle sections on the top of the dress, then I could whip up a couple of halter tops for the dolls.
Actually with Sakura here, I could whip up a halter dress.
Just add some ribbon, fold the top point over it and sew it down…
But for this small doll, I decided to cut the halter part at her waist and add a fuller skirt. Plenty of scraps for that.
As for my larger dolls, I notice that the back of the original dress had some decent elastic.
And if I cute sections of it like this, they would make easy skirts. Just need to add a ruffle to make them long enough. That was the idea, but I made some mistakes with cutting. I still ended up using the same elastic for the waistbands.
The results is a halter top and two skirts for my larger ball jointed dolls, and a cute halter dress for my smaller one.
And cute is indeed the word for this adorable dress.
The halter top and mini skirt looks very cute on Usagi here.
I used the same lace on my skirt for the bottom of all the doll clothes.
And there’s a slightly longer skirt for Hikaru too. You can see more photos of the clothes on the doll blog.
A new skirt and four pieces of doll clothes from a single unworn dress. Not too shabby.
Here’s the updated list:
- Sunflower dress
- Denim skirt
- Velvet dress
- Blue plaid
One down, five more to go.
And here’s a sneak peak at the next project on my list. What will it become, you shall find out soon. Look forward to it.