Maxi Skirt From A Dress DIY


Do you have any unflattering long dresses that sit in the back of your closet, unused? I have had this dress for years and I don’t believe I’ve ever actually worn it, just not liking how it looked on me. I kept it thinking it would look better with a pregnant belly, but sadly, it didn’t.  I’ve been trying to minimize, so it was either going to Goodwill or being refashioned. I thought a maxi skirt would be a great option for the dress, since it’s so long. So, here’s how to sew a maxi skirt from a dress!

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

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How To Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

Lay your dress out.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

Cut off the sleeves and right under the neckline. Save the top part if you want a tie waistband.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

Determine how long you want your waistband to be and cut. It will be folded over. Mine had to be somewhat shorter to make the length of the skirt hit the floor, so keep that in mind.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

(only do this part if it is too wide for your waist) Sorry it’s hard to see, but turn inside out and sew up both sides at an angle towards where the waist band will be. I used a zig-zag stitch on all these stitches. Cut off excess fabric.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

Mark how wide you want the waistband to be.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

Sew  where you marked and cut off the excess fabric.

If yours isn’t a knit fabric and you’re going to make a tie waistband, you will need to sew two buttonholes on one layer of the middle bottom half.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

 Fold in half with wrong sides together.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

Tuck inside top of skirt with raw edges and seams aligned and pin. Skirt should still be inside out and if you used buttonholes, they should be up against the right side of skirt.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

Sew a zig-zag stitch all the way around.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

If you have enough scraps, you can make a tie waistband.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

I cut three strips a little over 1 inch wide each. You will possibly need more/less, depending on your size.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

Sew ends right side together with a straight stitch. Attach all pieces this way until you have a long strip.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

Fold entire length right sides together and straight stitch very close to edge. Safety pin one edge of an end and push in the open end. Feed it all the way through until it’s right side out. Unpin and tuck in ends and top stitch to close. It should look like the image below.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

If you didn’t sew buttonholes, cut two small slits in front of waistband, careful not to cut the inside. Pin one end of the tie and feed all the way through to the other hole.

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

Like this!

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

All done!

DIY Sew A Maxi Skirt From A Dress

It ended up being a little long on me, so I might need to make it shorter. But I love it! Cute huh? Much better than that dress!

Do you think you’ll try to sew a maxi skirt from a dress?

If you make one share a pic on Instagram and tag me @little_mager_house 

I’d love to see your creations!


About Amanda

Stay at home wife and mother to two boys. Amanda strives to live a frugal life by cloth diapering, going greener, and keeping to a budget.

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