This turtleneck dress was the cutest on S last winter, but a little too small and way too warm for this summer. I’ve sort of reached the point of ridiculousness with my inability to part with her old clothes – how many boxes of “memory clothes” do I need? So I recycled it into a jersey skirt for summer and a matching hairclip. It took about 15 minutes.
Get the full Recycled Summer Skirt tutorial after the jump…
Recycled Winter Dress into Summer Skirt
1. Chop the dress under the arms:
2. Turn it inside out. Iron a piece of double-sided fusible tape all the way around 1/2″ or so below the top edge (this will stabilize the jersey so it’s easier to sew – if your dress is cotton you can skip the tape):
Remove the other side of the fusible tape backing and fold the edge of the fabric over it, but don’t iron it yet (it’ll stick to it anyway):
Fold the whole thing under one inch and iron in place:
3. Sew it in place at the edge, leaving a hole at one side seam, back stitching at the beginning and end:
4. Through the hole you left, feed a piece of 1″ no-roll elastic cut to your child’s waist measurement plus 1/2″ all the way around:
Sew it together with a zig zag stitch a few times:
Adjust the elastic so your skirt is all in place, then sew the hole closed:
You’re done with your skirt. You can use the extra fabric for a t-shirt applique or a hair clip. I cut off one sleeve:
Folded it up and ran it through the sewing machine a few times:
And glued a hairclip to the back with a piece of felt:
I think she likes it?
I love it! My daughter just turned two as well and I have those boxes of clothes packed away:) I keep thinking I will make a blanket out of them someday or something….but this is an awesome idea!
I also love the print and would refashion it so it wouldn't get packed away. This skirt is seriously cute too.
Cute! I love it!
This is so darling!!! What a great idea!
I love this so much!I'm going to go through the bin!
i have this same exact dress and i haven't got rid of it because i love the print. this is my next project for my skirt a day that i am planning next week!!!!
we have this dress too!!! its one of my absolute favs, and now i know how to make it last even longer! ours is a size 12 months though, so it may be a little tricky… thanks again for adding to my to do list! ha ha
I have that dress in 12 month size. She's only 7 weeks right now, so it'll be awhile before she can wear the dress, but this is a great idea for when she grows out of it. Thanks.
This is darling!! I'm the same way – I can't seem to part with my daughter's baby dresses. This is a great option to get more use out of them! Thanks for sharing 🙂