Pleated Dress Refashion

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!!!)


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  1. This pleated skirt looks amazing, I love the blue color and your shoes are gorgeous!

  2. I love it! It looks awesome! And so do you!

  3. amazing! love it!

  4. Uhh why have I not found your blog sooner!! Love this skirt and you only paid .50 that’s talent ;) I love it when stylish girls can look expensive without it being expensive. Thanks for sharing gorgeous! Following you. Hope you stop by and my blog and would love if you followed back

  5. supercute outfit.
    xx Stephanie (

  6. What a gorgeous blue skirt – it came out perfect!

    The Other Side of Gray

  7. I’ve been wanting a pleated skirt for a while now! I would much rather make/transform one than buy one off the rack. This is cute!

    Amanda @ Running In Heels

  8. I saw some pleated skirts in the stores and the are all so SHORT! This is stylish AND something an adult could wear in the business world. Thank you for the inspiration. Well done!

  9. LOVE this! I have been wanting a skirt like this for forever, so I will totally have to keep an eye out for a ridic dress like that to refashion
    ! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. I love this, and am going to try some transformations as well. Thanks for this post.

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