Why does change of seasons seem to happen so quickly after you turn 40? It feels like I just switched my seasonal clothes yesterday! Getting old sucks, I tell ya.
I haven’t bought any new wardrobe lately and I was itching for something new when I saw a few of my… ahem… twenty-something year old dresses hanging lifelessly in my closet.
Yes, I am a stooge – when I like to wear something, I wear it until it dies on me. Or, when my own mother tells me, it’s time to donate it. My OWN mother … who should be on therapy for hoarding clothes.
Anyway, I wanted to upcycle a few of my dresses into skirts since they were looking a little drab but the fabric was still in great condition. Besides, my killer triceps muscles are no longer looking that lethal anymore and these sleeveless dresses weren’t going to flatter any flab that managed to cling onto my upper arm.
So, here is what I did with two of my twenty-something year old drop waisted dresses. These two methods were so stupid simple that it took me less time to sew them, then, to take the darn pictures.
Elastic Waist Method
First, I measured how long I wanted the skirt to be from my waist down and cut across the top. Then, I took the buttons off, folded down about an inch to make a casing for an elastic band, leaving about an inch for the elastic band to go through.
Then, I tied a thin elastic band, the length of my waistline, onto a safety pin, and put it through the casing. I sewed the hole closed.
And that’s it! How simple was that?
The next dress was my maternity dress that I wore before and after I had my son. Yes, it’s that old. Shush!
It had buttons down the front so nursing was easy peasy. And believe it or not, I wore this dress until this past summer. It was great under a thin cardigan and it was really comfortable. But as my mom would say, “It’s time to let it go.”
She was right. But the fabric was still in great condition so I couldn’t really ‘let it go’. Besides, it had sentimental value.
So I came up with a plan to make it into a skirt so maybe I can get a few more years out of it. It’s like buying a whole new skirt! *My mom is chuckling as we speak.*
I decided to make a drawstring waist with this one. Why? Because I felt like it.
Again, I measured how long I wanted the skirt to be and cut across the top.
Then, I made a casing for a drawstring on the top and pinned all around.
Remember, pins are your friends.
I even made a button hole on the inside flap to let the drawstring through. I’m very proud about that since I don’t have a fancy sewing machine that makes button holes automatically. If you have one of those fancy schmancy machines, I hate you…I mean, more power to ya!
Then, I threaded the drawstring through the casing with my trusty safety pin.
And now, my old/new skirt has a second chance on life.
Wasn’t that easy peasy?
So, don’t get rid of your tired looking vintage-y dresses. Make them into skirts and wear them into the next century!