Turn A Belt Into A Skirt For A Whole New Look


With the return of peplums to the runways and to ModCloth, (check out the adorable Twice As Nice Dress), I decided to create a removable peplum for today’s DIY post! Once you make one, you can add a flirty skirt to any of your dresses for a cute new look!

What you need:

  • Belt (Here I used the classic Black Tie Affair Belt)
  • Piece of fabric long and wide enough to create the skirt length you want. (I got a little over a yard and a half and had plenty of fabric to spare.) If you don’t want to worry about hemming, select a fabric that doesn’t fray.
  • A Vasil (or a steady hand for cutting fabric!)
  • Needle and thread, or even duct tape depending on the fabric you use!
  • And, of course, a dress or two to experiment with. (Here we used the fabulous Silver Lining Dress)


1. Fold the fabric in half, then in half again creating a square.

2. Decide how long you want the skirt to be, then add the radius of your waist measurement to that length. Keep in mind that about an inch of the skirt fabric will be hidden beneath the belt. (Tip: It’s best to first cut too little than too much! You can always go back and cut more if your skirt turns out to be too long.) Measure that far out from the folded corner of the fabric.

3. Mark the fabric with a pencil at the edge of the fabric.


4. Repeat step 3, moving the measuring tape over a few inches at a time. (The start of the measuring tape should be coming from the same corner.) Repeat the same steps with the inner waist circle. For reference, our waist circle had a radius of 6 inches, and the length of the skirt itself was 15 inches.


5. Cut along your outside markings for the skirt length.

6. Next, cut along the inner waist circle markings. When you’re done, the fabric should look as pictured.


7. Unfold the fabric and lay your circle skirt flat on the floor. Cut about a 4-inch slit on the back of the waist to make it easy to get in and out of!

8. Attach the skirt to the belt. Here we were able to use duct tape because of the fabric, but for most fabrics you’ll probably want to sew the fabric on to the belt to secure it.

And you’re done! Have fun trying your peplum on different dresses and at different waist heights for new looks!

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 diy@modcloth.com – I’d love to see your projects and share them with other blog readers!


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    Leia 03/11/2009 at 1:45 pm #

    What a great idea! Wish I had the time and patience to experiment with DIY projects like these. You did a fantastic job!

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    Sari 03/11/2009 at 3:21 pm #

    this is great!

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    Polly 03/11/2009 at 6:10 pm #

    wow. that’s amazing!

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    Morgan 03/11/2009 at 8:33 pm #

    I love your ideas, and you make it look so easy. The silver fabric really transformed the basic black dress. What’s next?

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