I’m working on a skirt based on my last book purchase, 49 Sensational Skirts. Check out the book review from this week. To try it out for myself I decided to modify a dress I bought at the thrift store. You can find some great things at the local Savers or Goodwill, especially if you are like me and visit once a week. Be sure to take a donation as well, most thrift stores offer discounts or vouchers for your next purchase.
I don’t like the top of the dress at all, it’s just not me. But I’m pretty excited about the idea that I might wear this little thrift store find if it was a cute little skirt. I’m hoping to save myself some work because the dress is fully lined so when I cut it up I won’t have to come up with facing pieces.
My first step was to cut the skirt into pieces. I was careful to cut the skirt and the lining seperatly so I don’t end up with lining that I can’t use because it isn’t cut straight. I also cut the back zipper and decided that I’d keep it as part of the skirt.
First I sewed together the right sides of the skirt and lining, making a new waist for the skirt. I put the zipper back together by hand and later I’ll add a hook and eye for added security.
After pressing the new waist I did some hand sewing to make sure that things can’t roll up when I am wearing it. The next installment will hopefully have some fun additions to the skirt.