Plenty of Pleats Skirt Refashion

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Blue is one of my favorite colors and when Pantone announced the color for Spring 2014 was Dazzling Blue, I was thrilled. Designers used this color in their spring collections on the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris.

Then along comes this less than enchanting pleated blue dress to my local thrift shop that will obviously NEVER grace a runway anywhere. But the color, those pleats and that lettuce edge along the hem: LOVE!

Let’s use the very best from this dress to create a quick, fun and stylish spring skirt.

First, cut off the layer underneath the pleated part of the dress.

Measure from your waist to your desired skirt length. Add a half inch for a seam allowance. Measure and mark this distance from the hem all around the dress with chalk.

With a sharp pair of scissors, cut along your chalk line.

You will end up with something that looks like this.

Next cut a piece of 3″ elastic to your waist measurement minus two inches.

Switch your sewing machine to a zig zag stitch.

Overlap the ends of the elastic a half inch and sew together with the zig zag stitch.

Pin the stitched area of the elastic to the center back of the skirt, placing the raw edge on the wrong side of the elastic.

Continue to pin around the entire raw edge, being sure to match the center front of the skirt to the center front of the elastic and match the sides.

Use the zig zag stitch to sew along the pin line, removing the pins as you sew.

Now you can walk your own runway with confidence in your fun new skirt.


Photo credit: Beth Huntington

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