With prom season coming up, it was time for me to channel my inner Molly Ringwald and make a prom dress out of a vintage pink dress.
For details on how you can win this dress, instructions on how I made it, and to see the surprising “before” picture of the original dress, keep reading!
This dress started out as a vintage bridesmaid dress! Fortunately, with some sewing and a few additions, I think it had quite the cute evolution.
If you’re a beginner at sewing, you’ll probably need some help with this project. I’m lucky enough to have a grandma who is a seamstress, so I had plenty of help!
Even if you don’t have the sewing skills to make a dress like this, you could actually win this dress and ModCloth accessories for your prom! Check out this post for full details on how to win!
Here are the instructions for turning a long vintage dress into a tiered skirt for another dress:
1. Decide the length you want your skirt to be by measuring from your waist down or measuring a skirt you have.
2. Using your measurement, plus adding an extra inch for the seam allowance, cut around the bottom of the dress. (Note: If you leave the existing hem, you save yourself a step.)
3. Cut the second shorter layer half the length of the longer layer, only this time you need to add three inches to your measurement (One inch for the seam allowance and two for the hem.)
4. Measure your waist, and cut a strip of the fabric four inches wide by the length of your waist size plus two inches. Fold and iron a half inch seam allowance along the two length sides. Then fold in half turning it inside-out. Sew the two short ends, then turn right side out.
5. Gather the two tiers to the length of your waist band.
6. Insert both layers into the band and top stitch in place.
7. Hand stitch a strong hook and eye fastener on the ends of the waist band.
8. Then attach it to any top you like, or use it as a regular skirt!
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. And if you take a picture of your finished project, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to see your projects and share them with other blog readers!