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Thursday, December 05, 2013

DIY: Long Skirt to Slip Dress

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DIY-Skirt-to-Slip-Dress by One of Each Blog

I thought it was about time I’d do another DIY project for you guys. Am I right or am I right?!

I’ve had this long skirt just sitting around forever. I’d try it on – and it would just never work. I think partially because I’m so tall, it just never fit correctly. So finally I said “I’m gonna make me a slip dress outta yous” in a mean western murmur as I set down my whiskey. Well, that might not be exactly how it happened – but you get the idea.

So grab your long skirts and lets get to it!

Step 1: Hold your skirt up to the top of your shoulders. From there you can decided whether or not your skirt needs to be shorter to make your slip dress, or if it’s the perfect length. Mine was a bit long and I shortened my about 6 inches. ( I’ll go over that in a moment.)

Step 2: Lay your skirt out on a flat surface – that you’ll be able to cut on. If your skirt was too long, cut off the estimated amount from the top of the skirt. If you don’t feel comfortable just eyeballing it, grab a measuring tape and make your cuts that way. My fabric was very forgiving and had designs on it which I followed when cutting.

Step 3: Cut your arm openings. Again I just held the dress up to me and guesstimated where the cuts should be. I am a crazy crafter like that. I think they were about 2 inches in from the sides and then I cut them approx. 5 inches down in a half-moon type shape. I also just cut through both layers of fabric at the same time. Unlike what we will be doing for the neck opening.

Step 4: Cut the neck opening. Now that our “arm holes” are cut, pull apart the front part of the dress and fold it over. We are going to start by cutting the back of the opening, by making another half-moon cut along the top. Make sure you are only cutting through one layer of fabric.
Now simply fold the front of the dress back over, and make your front cut. I wanted my fairly deep, so I cut down about 4-5 inches. Make sure when you do this the width of the straps match up.

Step 5: Sewing the straps. Turn your dress inside out and pin the straps together to hold in place. Then stitch the front and back pieces together on both sides. Turn the dress back to right-side-out – and presto, you have yourself a lovely slip dress!