Revamp it!!!!! Adult Skirt turns into a Girly Dress!

Don’t you hate it when you hit a Clearance sale and all that’s left is Size XXS or XXL!!!!
What’s a girl to do!!!???!!!

Well think out side the empty rack and get creative!

While at my favorite Clearance Center DOWNEAST CLEARANCE CENTER I found two XL
Skirts! Ahh shucks!!! Not a single small size in sight! But just before I threw them back my mind started doing what it does best!!!

Could it be!?! Is there something adorable just waiting to be created!!!



Adult skirt revamped into this Adorable Little girls Dress!
(and could it be any easier!!!??)

Let’s Check out the before!

Super cute Down East Basic Skirt but a titch too big for me to enjoy…or is it!!!??
(Check the bottom of this post to see how I even get a little love out of her!)

I picked up the last two skirts for $5 each! Not too bad huh!

Let’s get this party started….

Put the skirt on your little cutie and pin it where you plan to cut. Be sure to allow a little space for seam allowance and a little extra room if you want it to last more then one season.

ALSO: be sure to take advantage of the already existing zipper!! This skirt had it sewn in on one of the sides so I was sure to cut off the opposite side! If the skirt has the zipper in the back just center it on your model and pin both sides showing where you’ll cut!

To line up a perfectly angled cut to match the other side of the skirt, simply fold the skirt in half taking the zippered side and matching it up to your pin marking where you’ll cut!

Follow the edge of the folded skirt with your scissors! Now you have a perfect
angle to match the other side!!!

Save that fabric you just removed…It’s what we’ll be using for the straps!

Now take your skirt section and fold it with right sides in. Sew a straight stitch down the length of the skirt making it a tube.

Finish the raw edge with a surging stitch!
And just like that your dress is nearly done!!!

Now moving onto the straps!

Using the piece of fabric you cut off, Cut out two strips. You can cut them as thick as you’d like and as long as you need . Measure your models shoulders to get an idea of the length you need. Remember, longer is always better! You can adjust them later!

Straps are simple! Fold your cut strip in half long ways and straight stitch up the edge. Turn the tube inside out! Press with an iron and add straight stitches up both edges to finish
the look and reinforce the straps.

Your nearly done!!!!
Put the dress on your model and pin the straps onto the front and back!
Sew them on using a straingt stich. I start at one side of the zipper and sew all the way across making it look clean and finished!

And ther you have it!!!!

A darling little dress any girl would love!!!


I also revamped a headband!!! I used left over scraps, added a handmade fabric flower
and glued on a vintage button!!! The perfect “Frosting” to our newest little get up!!!


And look what else is “SEW” simple to do… take a large skirt in and enjoy it yourself!!!!

I told you it was easy!!!!!



  1. 1

    That is so awesomely cute!! You are so creative :)

  2. 2
    Lindsay@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY says:

    GET OUT! (BEAUTIFUL) models and projects!

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    The Loveridge Family says:

    I love that dress…so cute! Great job!

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    Stephanie says:

    hang on a sec while I pick my jaw up off the floor….

    ok. I am better now. WHAT THE HECK LADY?!?!?!?!? You make it look so easy, but mine would never turn out that cute- NEVER!!!

    good job. i want to be like you someday…

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    Stephanie says:

    Do you mind if I come over and borrow this skirt for church this afternoon?

  6. 6

    becca you amaze me with all the great ideas you have! i wish i could be half as creative as you! i love the little dress and matching headband! so cute

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    Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    Super cute – lovely model.

  8. 8

    Wow! So cute! I just found your blog and am so impressed. You have such great ideas!

  9. 9
    welovetucker says:

    Such a great idea, I am going through my closet right now…oh wait I need to have a little girl to sew it for first. Thanks for your great ideas.

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    [email protected] says:

    Aww, it's so cute! Thanks so much for sharing your process and creativity! I'll be linking.

  11. 11

    Holy crap lady! That is one of the cutest things I've ever seen, you need to write a book with all your amazingly creative ideas, I'd buy it!

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    Veronica Lee says:

    That's so creative!

    Hi! I'm visiting from Follow Me Club1. Great blog.

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    Hey thanks for the comment on my blog! :-) That's a good way to go, and I know I should… I guess I don't really know how to shop that way, lol. Or it takes more patience than I have. But it's downright depressing buying stuff and being unable to wear it after a couple of months, too. I'd probably save money in the long run. *sigh*

    This is AWESOME, by the way! I'm so inspired! I don't really sew but I have a great sewing machine here that my mom gave me and I'm needing to get started. Is this simple enough for a beginner's project? It looks easy enough…

  14. 14

    Wow! I am so impressed! I am definitely a follower now.

    I can't wait to dig around and see what else I can find. (I knew I was in the right place when I saw the MINT OREOS thrown in on your header.) LOL

    Hope to see you over at my place. Thanks for replying to my post on MBC~

    Lisa @
    All That and a Box of Rocks

  15. 15

    Now that is creative!
    I came over from MBC.

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    Stephanie says:

    You are so awesome!

    I have a skirt I grabbed in a hurry…… was marked wrong. There was no returns on it….now I know what to do! You saved my day!

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    Hannah Stevenson says:

    OH STOP!!! Too perfectly adorable…you're making my eye twitch! Good work!

  18. 18

    I usually make my little girls skirts from adult shirts but I never thought to make a dress from a skirt! Thanks for sharing!

  19. 19

    love this! the skirt and the dress are so cute!

    also- you have awesome arms!

  20. 20

    Absolutely adorable!!

  21. 21

    Oh man, now look what I am going to have to go and do!! :) Super cute!! I have a few skirts that don't fit me anymore and I am totally doing this. My daughter will love me!!

  22. 22

    I know you posted this almost 2 months ago (which is years in blog land), but I love this idea.

    I've been looking for princess dresses in the store for a halloween costume for my 3 year old. I can't bring myself to spend $12-40 on just a dress.

    Went to the DI, found a cute dress, cut it down like this one… ta da.. A $5 dollar dress.

    Now all I see when I see skirts is "would this make a cute little girls dress?"

    Thanks for the idea.

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    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I made this for my little girl out of one of my old skirts and it turned out so cute!! I will have to send a picture. Also, I would love a tutorial on the flower you made for the headband on this tutorial

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    I love those skirt revamps, the fabric was definitely too cute to pass up and turn into something wearable. The headband is the perfect finishing touch and I love how pretty the adult skirt looks with your crisp whites.

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    You have a great eye for really cute fabric and new possibilities. I love it. I did something similar if you want to check out my blog.

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    WOW!!! what a great idea! Some things we can see odd large size skirts for sale. Which may not fit, but this idea makes us go back and buy every single large skirt and make this cute dresses for our friends. And that headband makes is look so exclusive. Thank you for sharing. :)

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