Great blog about easy ways to update old clothing. This looks so easy, I could totally do it!
I was so thrilled when I came across this hideous dress for 50 cents at a garage sale.  Why? Because it was screaming to be transformed into a pleated skirt and I had been wanting one forever!


When I saw this dress, what I really saw was the potential to be this:
Asos Skirt $47.52

Here’s what happened during the dress surgery:

1. Used a seam ripper to remove skirt from bodice.
2. Because the stitches holding the pleats also had to be removed, I sewed one seam across the top of the skirt while folding the pleats back into place.
3.  I attached an elastic waist band to the top.  To do this, I cut the waistband to the desired length and folded it in half repeatedly until and marked each fold until I had 8 sections.  I marked each section with a pin.  I then divided the skirt into 8 sections and marked each with a pin.  From here, I simply aligned where each pin was on the skirt and the waistband.  While I sewed, I pulled the waistband just enough so that it was the same length as the skirt in each 1/8th section.
Aligning an eighth section of the skirt with an eighth section of the waistband.
And then…BAM… I got this:



Great basic sewing blog
Blog about simple sewing ideas to update clothing
So basically I got a $47 skirt for 50 cents plus $2 for the waistband, so $2.50. That’s my kind of price!
Shirt: Apricot Lane, $22
Necklace: Apricot Lane, $26 ( I had a giftcard.)
Shoes: Charlotte Russe, $6

Sunglasses: Dollar Tree, $1 (For Real!!!)

Take an old dress with a pleated skirt, and easily refashion it into a pleated skirt.  Great way to update an older piece!