Hello Reader. It finally happened, cooler weather arrived. Well, slightly cooler anyway. I had this cute dress that didn't fit well. The top was too small but the skirt part fit great. I decided to get rid of what didn't work for me and save what I could. (Good advice for peaceful living?)
This floral dress had a lot of brown in it so I decided to make it work for early Fall wearing. The bodice looked easy to remove and I could just save the skirt. Easy peasy!
Oops! I made it a lot harder by taking the dress apart at the wrong seam. I removed the waistband from the skirt by accident. I went ahead and removed the top as I had planned.
And I put the waistband back on the skirt.
It had a zipper that went up the back. I unpicked the stitches attaching it to the dress and cut it off with about an inch of extra length left at the top. I folded each side of the zipper under and to the side and stitched it down. I kept the zipper pull down while I worked with it so I didn't cut it off.
I can zip it up to the top of the skirt and then it has a nice tie in the back that will hold it up and keep the zipper zipped. It it didn't have the tie it would need a button or hook of some kind. The waistband/tie is attached to the skirt all the way around because the skirt had a raw edge when I removed the top of the dress. This was an easy way to finish it.
When it is tied in the back it looks nice and neat. I like the tie because I can make it a bit bigger or smaller depending on what size waist I have that day. A big lunch can change things a lot.
This skirt needed a top and I happen to have a brown shirt ready to work on. I used it in a recent project. The neckband was cut off and used to make a pumpkin stem on a pillow.
I used a shirt I liked as a size guide. I want this brown top to be fitted to balance the full skirt.
Here are all the little parts that got removed. It was thick knit material and easy to sew new seams.
I have a simple top with 3/4 length sleeves.
Here is the finished outfit. My husband took this picture while I was waiting for my older son to come out of the house and get in the car. You can just barely see the little guy behind me. He didn't want to get in the car either.
Thanks for reading, now go make something fun for yourself.