Refashion July with House of Estrela

July 14, 2016

Do you have clothes hiding in your stash, just waiting to be refashioned? Oh good, I’m in great company then!! There is nothing better than reusing a former garment for its fabric – I hate fabric going to landfill.

I don’t quite like to admit how long ago my daughter begged me to buy a large knit skirt to be transformed into a garment for her. Today she had the day off school, an unexpected girly day together.

We discussed the skirt and agreed to transform it into a dress for her. We cheated and bought a red t-shirt, much quicker than making our own! As a result the entire refashion took less than an hour.

Skirt refashioned into a dress

To make your own dress you will need
a t shirt which fits
a skirt
a dress which fits as a template

Use an existing dress as a template

To start trim your t shirt to the length (plus seam allowance) where you wish to attach the skirt.

Trim the skirt so the waist band will fit the waist of the skirt (plus seam allowance). If you wish to shorten the skirt I suggest shortening at the waist so that you can keep the hem.

Crop clothes for the new item

Stitch the new side seams of the skirt, ensuring you hems align.

overlock seam

Place the t shirt inside the skirt so that the right side are together.

Stitch the skirt and top together.

join waist and skirt together

Its really that simple, unless you have a t-shirt which needs some adjustments. The t- shirt we found was slightly wide on the shoulders.

To adjust this I stitched along the top of the sleeve seam taking in an extra centimter.

Adjust shoulder seams

My daughter, who was reluctant to have a shower and wash her hair, leapt in the shower and hasn’t taken the dress off. That’s a result!!!

refashion a skirt

Thanks so much to Magda for providing the motivation to deal with some of my stash, and making my daughter happy:) Please do stop by House of Estrela for the rest of July and see lots of refashioning inspiration.

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7 responses to “Refashion July with House of Estrela”

  1. A win win, Vicky!!! Your daughter looks very happy with her new dress.
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  2. Jill says:

    Lovely simple refashion Vicky and a gorgeous new dress for your daughter!!

  3. Cat says:

    That’s super cute and I love how you re-purposed something. I need to go through my closet and do that with some pieces that I don’t wear any more.

  4. Daniela says:

    Such a great idea, thank you for sharing 🙂

  5. Dana says:

    Love this! Such wonderful refashion ideas, as always Great job!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Look so cute, love fast and easy stuff like this!

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