Sneak Peek/DIY: "I Used to Be A Dress" x4

Oi, I have these dresses in my closet that I have a hard time wearing - I was going through my closet and came across these dresses that weren't really working as dresses anymore, so I took some time (about 2hrs) with my sewing machine to convert them!

And I've made an outfit for each of them for next week (I have two overnight shifts, so I only need 4 outfits)!

Dress 1/2 - Anthropologie dress I got for a song; but the top is definitely cut small for a size 4 and as a result of this, I can't really wear it! I was hoping to convert this, as there was a cute Boden skirt I saw - The Poppy Skirt - that this plaid reminds me of (

Dress 3/4 - Loved this pattern (who doesn't love deer frolicking in a meadow?), but again, the top was cut too small for me; it is an Anna Sui for Anthropologie dress. Kept the playful pattern and the ribbon tie :)

Dress 5/6 - My repellant dress from F&F I bought in a size 10 and a 12, but the 12 fits me up top a lot better, so the 10 is going to be a skirt! Flouncy!

Dress 7/8 - I've shown you this one before, but I made a few modifications to the flounce of the skirt to keep the pockets and not have the rear end be too saggy (which was a design flaw in the first version).

I thought I'd share my crafts with you :)

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  • Marmee replied 5 years ago

    You are so talented!  3/4 and 5/6 are my favorites.  Can't wait to see them on you.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Oh, these are great, Lyn! When I saw the title, I was thinking you'd made tops out of them, but these skirts are so fab, and I love the outfits you've created with them. Well done!

  • Dee replied 5 years ago

    Wow, I'm really impressed with your sewing skills. Fantastic job! I love that you converted 5/6 since you had it in two sizes, brilliant! And the print on 7/8 is lovely for spring. I can't wait to see you wearing these.

  • Neel replied 5 years ago

    Wow! You are a DIY champion :) ... Just this morning I was pinning a few non sew T-shirt upscaling projects. Hopefully I would post more on that soon :) ....

  • LAvintagestyle replied 5 years ago

    You're really good at combining patterns as well!

  • fuzzylogic replied 5 years ago

    Very resourceful, lyn! Well done!

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Your craftiness is impressive. The outfits that you have put together are so cute. Please show us photos of them in action.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Great job!

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    Lyn, I cannot wait to see these on you. These are some gorgeous fabrics, I am so glad you didn't lose them altogether. You are a genius at sewing!!!

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    Wowsers! I think the stripe could be a workhorse.

  • dustt replied 5 years ago

    Lyn - wow - you are an amazing scissor fiend.  These skirts all look great. You know I have particular love for the neoprene Superwoman skirt - sheds stains faster than a speeding bullet!!

  • ManidipaM replied 5 years ago

    I am enamoured of them all. Love the deer and purple floral prints, and how CLEVER to have a rain-repelling dress in 2 sizes to cut one up for extending the capsule!

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    These look great, Lyn! I am impressed at your skills and resourcefulness, and I think the new skirts reflect your increasingly sophisticated style of late.

  • Astrid replied 5 years ago

    Great job! I still haven't sewn that skirt I wanted to make out of an old dress. You inspire me to finally give it a try.

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  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    Atta girl!  Be the boss of your clothes!

  • goldenpig replied 5 years ago

    Brilliant job!

  • Mo replied 5 years ago

    Awesome saves!  Now you have a handful of pretty, twirly skirts instead of constricting dresses.

  • deb replied 5 years ago

    I love the last one. Good job on all of them!

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    Cool, way to make it all work for you.

  • Alassë replied 5 years ago

    Clever Lyn*! I think you're really going to like your new skirts!

  • quietgirl replied 5 years ago

    Doesn't it feel good to recycle them and actually WEAR them?
    I cut off a bold print maxi dress to make a maxi skirt and I get lots
    of compliments on it. My fav is that bold stripe! Delightful!

  • Kaelyn replied 5 years ago

    Brilliant idea!  I really love how the striped one came out.  :-)

  • MsLuna replied 5 years ago

    Love that you DIY'ed these! The stripe skirt is my favourite!

  • JG replied 5 years ago

    I'm trying to cut down the size of my wardrobe so look for reasons to add things to my donate pile. I feel good when I succeed, but, boy, you make me feel like a no - talent slacker!

  • LACeleste replied 5 years ago

    Great job Lyn!  So satisfying!  

  • lyn* replied 5 years ago

    Aww, JG, don't be too hard on yourself ... the first few DIY's I did were terrible! I watched a lot of Youtube videos and experimented a bit before I made these!

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