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A while ago I ordered dresses for the 2 younger girls for the 4th of July. Sadly the girl I ordered them from had one nightmare after another with the shipment. She didn’t receive any of the size 2/3 dresses and there were issues with all the other sizes. I didn’t get the Goose’s dress (of course it was a 2/3) and the size 8 I ordered was quite large and the navy blue top was all messed up, the dots were painted on instead of dyed so they were all a little flawed to begin with and then the heat in shipping had them all sticking together making the situation even worse. I paid next to nothing for the dress and we are trying to get things straightened out with the supplier but when I saw it I thought I could still use it for SOMETHING. Then I bought my 1st maxi skirt and I knew exactly what I was going to make.
Here is the original dress:
While the kids and I were watching a movie one night I sat and picked the seam that attached the navy to the chevron.
It then looked like this:
As you can sort of see it has a bit of a gather already. I used that to my advantage.
I didn’t want to lose any of the length so instead of doing an encased elastic waistband I bought some of the really nice soft wide elastic that is made to be seen and used that. I had never used that type of elastic before but one of my girls has a skirt with exposed elastic so I used theirs as an example for how I wanted mine. I just wrapped the elastic around my waist to see how long I needed it to be and then took about an inch off.
Then I folded it in half and using 1/2″ seam allowance I did a tight straight stitch.
I then opened it up and stitched the 2 sides down flat, it made a nice soft flat waistband.
Once I had my waistband assembled I used the middle back (my seam) to find the center front and the center of both sides. I then found all 4 points on my skirt and matched them up and pinned them together. This worked well for me when it came to sewing the waistband to the skirt. I just stretched the elastic from one point to the next and sewing right sides together with a longer straight stitch attached the skirt to the waistband.
I loved the end product on the hanger:
And was pretty happy with how my outfit turned out for the 4th:
Cardi – Nordstrom Rack
(this is the brand and style but they had more colors in the store)
White T – Downeast
Skirt – by me
Flip Flops – Old Navy
Necklace – Penny & Tillie
As always if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask, I still am pretty awful about these tutorials but maybe it’ll help you anyway.
Have a beautiful weekend. We’re headed out of town and can’t wait to see family!
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