Monday, June 20, 2011

Piece of Cake (Candy?)

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I’ve been playing catch up…on my life! I love the blogging world, but my real life is the one I am living and I’ve been trying to live more of it recently! I wanted to share the easiest refashion ever with you, though! This skirt started out as a dress. And, not just any dress…this is one of my daughter’s all-time faves—the candy dress! It’s perfect for this child who loves candy more than almost anything else. She also wore this dress more than any other one. We got 2 years out of it, but we wanted more!

I prefer to donate clothes rather than upcycle or refashion, but I could not give this one up yet, so I gave it a new life instead. Would you like to see how easy it is? Of course you do! This would work for lots of styles, but you will see why it is so easy with this style—other styles might need a little more effort, but not much so try it out!

Lay the dress out flat.Candy Dress1

Place a skirt that is the right size on top of the dress to get an idea of proper length and waist measurements. This is a pretty loose measurement—just check it out so see if you can avoid hemming or any other unnecessary alterations! Candy Dress2

Carefully cut the dress apart as close to the sleeves as possible and across the width. You want this cut to be the same distance from the waistband all of the way across. I won’t lie, though—I eyeballed it!Candy Dress3

Mark the center of the back waistband with a pin or marking.Candy Dress4

Fold the raw edge under 1/4 inch. Zig zag stitch this in place (I didn’t do this originally and realized I needed to do it to hold the knit in place—that stuff is so wiggly! You may notice I didn’t do it on the entire waistband—just ignore that and do it. Trust me!)Candy Dress5

Fold the waistband over again so that it meets the top of the inside seam where the skirt was gathered to the waistband. Sew in place along the edge leaving an open space at the center back (marked) to feed the elastic through. (This picture shows the outside view—not sure why I didn’t get the inside view, too—sorry!)Candy Dress6

Feed the elastic through the waistband casing using a safety pin.Candy Dress7

Pull the ends out and sew together securely.Candy Dress8

Ease elastic into space in casing. Insert a ribbon or tag to mark the back and sew the casing closed.Candy Dress9

Voila! You are done and it probably only took about 15 minutes. I love this kind of project!Candy Dress10

It’s a little long which is perfect because we can get at least 2 years out of it. When all is said and done, this one purchase will get 4 years or more of use—from the same child!Candy Dress11

This skirt is comfortable for twirling, playing and just plain sittin’.
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Whatever your little sassafras is doing, she will love doing it in this skirt!
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Have you refashioned the perfect item?
Leave me a comment and tell me about it—this refashioning could get addicting!
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Auntie K,  said... June 21, 2011 at 11:04 AM  

Just have to say that in the little B&W pic on my Kindle browser, your little sassafras looked just like her oldest sister. Wish I had a candy skirt!

Anonymous,  said... June 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM  

Very nice idea! I need to figure out how to refashion more of my son's clothing... hmmmm... Thanks for the inspiration!

Dawn,  said... June 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM  

Everything you do is just beautiful. Your skills are very professional. Cute as ever transformation:)

Tennjenny,  said... June 25, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

So smart to keep the gathers intact and use the fabric above to create the waistband! And it's SO cute -- I can see why you didn't want to let it go. (Says the mother of two boys . . . .)

Jamie,  said... June 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM  

Very Cute! We loved this dress too, I am going to have to do this to ours as well.
~JamieS@ Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Unknown,  said... May 17, 2018 at 9:16 AM  

I'll be following this step-by-step sewing tutorial to learn how to take a drab dress from the back of your closet and transform it into a skirt you will actually want to wear.

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