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Refashion: Pleated Dress to Skirt

Refashion a pleated dress into a skirt | Offsquare.com

For months I’ve been hunting for a pleated dress or skirt, so I was really excited to stumble upon this gem! This is a stunning kelly green and I love me some colour.

Refashion a pleated dress into a skirt | Offsquare.com

Obviously it’s a few sizes too big, but that’s not all. Check out the back:

Refashion a pleated dress into a skirt | Offsquare.com

It reminds me a dog collar and leash! It’s also nigh on impossible to conceal a bra under this and having fed two babies, going bra-less is no longer an option for this gal.

I toyed with the idea of filling in the back with contrasting chiffon (and removing those odd straps), joining it to the front for a cute shirt dress. But I couldn’t decide on fabric colour. So many fabrics look good with green! So I opted instead to make a skirt for extra versatility.

First I removed the top portion,

Refashion a pleated dress into a skirt | Offsquare.comthen ummed and ahhed for a few days about whether to keep the length or not. Again, in the name of versatility, I opted to go short. It would’ve made a cute maxi if it wasn’t for the hi-low hem though.

I formed a waist band from the bodice fabric, making two strips of fabric and folded them over, but putting elastic in the back portion so I can slip the skirt on and off. This was then attached to the top of the skirt.Refashion a pleated dress into a skirt | Offsquare.com

I chopped the length and then did a tight zig-zag around the hem to stop it fraying. The hem was then carefully pressed with the pleats folded down so they sat flat.

Refashion a pleated dress into a skirt | Offsquare.com

Just so you know, not all refashions are a success on the first try. This one was “finished” and nearly blog worthy when I tried to style it and found I still wasn’t happy. After getting over my initial despondency, I tried it on again and gave it my refashioning eye. There was too much fabric in the skirt making it bulky on the waist and the length was still a smidge too long. So I unpicked the waistband, removed some width from the fabric by chopping out the buttons (and hiding the new seam under a pleat) and trimmed the length a little more before stitching it all back together.

Done! Now it’s a cute and versatile new skirt.

Refashion a pleated dress into a skirt | Offsquare.com

Refashion a pleated dress into a skirt | Offsquare.com

Refashion a pleated dress into a skirt | Offsquare.com

I see Beth from The Renegade Seamstress has refashioned a pleated skirt today too. Snap! What can I say … she’s got great taste 😉

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8 Comments

  1. caspin12

    very nice, love the colour too., ps braless should not be an option for anybody over 25, let alone some one 4 sizes bigger than you…can you just imagine the back boobs in that……shudder.

    • Lol!! Thanks for this comment, it made me laugh so much … will be chuckling about that all night xoxo

  2. That’s so funny we did the same thing this week. I guess great minds must think alike 🙂
    I also kept thinking that I needed to take out some of the bulk at the top and shorten the skirt up a bit. I didn’t end up doing it, but after looking at how great your skirt looks, I think I might.
    Have a wonderful week, Katrina!

    • It’s definitely a fun green colour to wear. There’s nothing like a pop of colour in your day!

  3. Agy

    I love your new refashion. The green colour really goes well with your skin tone.

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