Too-short Dress to Skirt

Between the age of 15 and 16, I grew about 6 inches and so I just have a bunch of dresses at home that are just too short. They are super cute and I love their fabric and patterns, but when I try them on they cover about half my butt and no more. So what better to do than to transform these dresses into skirts? I still get the cute patterns, and by lowering the waistline, they are now an appropriate and comfortable length!

This specific dress was a hand me down from my sister and has a beautiful grey lace fabric with lavender lining. Originally, I was planning on turning it into a two piece cropped dress (a la Taylor Swift), but it didn’t look right after I separated the pieces. 

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I first seam-ripped out the zipper, setting it aside to use as the zipper for the skirt. The dress was really well made, so it was actually more difficult than I expected to deconstruct the whole thing.

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I then separated the bodice from the skirt, setting aside the top just in case I want to turn it into a bralette or the top of a new dress.

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Since I was making the skirt longer, I wanted the last few inches of lace to be sheer and see through. I shortened the lining by rolling up the hem about 1.5-2in.

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Because I was dropping the waistline, I had to take in the original skirt by about 2 inches so it would stay up on my waist. I zig zagged stitched the raw edges to prevent fraying, but honestly could have done a better job here. The new seam didn’t flow as smoothly as I would have liked into the original.

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I finally shortened the original zipper and added it into the skirt!


I love the length of the new skirt and the sheer lace panel at the end. It’s great for summer and it’s lovely to still be able to wear my cute dress!


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