A few weeks ago I managed to score this dress at Goodwill, I thought it was ugly, but had amazing potential for a maxi skirt/dress! That was a lot of fabric for $5! So I snapped it up and got around to re-constructing it the other day.
First I cut the dress just under the armpit for the maxi.
Then I cut what was the cowl neck off of the dress for a later project…it will be a perfect black knee length maternity skirt once I attach a waistband on it. But that’s a post for another time!
Next I got my elastic and some thread…I did not (gasp) have any black, but since I am only attaching the skirt to the elastic, the pretty silver will not be seen.
I pinned the skirt to the elastic, all the way around. Then I sewed the elastic together with a zig zag stitch. Then I sewed the skirt onto the elastic, since the skirt was slightly wider than the elastic was long there is a bit of gathering, and that is perfect!
Again, using a zig zag stitch, the help the stretching.
It fits snugly just under the bust, as I did not want to hem it to lose any length on the skirt and end up with a short dress.
For the dress I just hike it up over the enormous girls I have thanks to The Bump, and add a skinny belt. I also flip the elastic under so that you cannot see it. I did that for the skirt as well, to avoid tripping on the skirt.
It is so comfy…I think I will be living in this skirt this summer…and making a few more!!