Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Thrifty Spending: Re-purpose Woman's Lace Skirt

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thrifty Spending: Re-purpose Woman's Lace Skirt

I found this skirt at Target, the other day, on clearance for $4. I loved the lace overlay, but was sad it was all wrong for me. It was too short and not my size. I couldn't put it down though. The lace just hooked me and I knew I wanted this skirt. This got my creative juices flowing. I decided then and there it would become a dress for Miss Priss. Below is how I took a woman's lace skirt and made it into a toddlers dress. Super simple and super cute!


I turned the skirt inside out and slipped it onto Miss Priss. I then pinned the correct width and sewed down the sides.


Please excuse Miss Priss and her bed head. She had just woken up, when I convinced her to let me try this on her. Once I tried on the skirt and knew the width was right, I cut off my extra material. Try to cut close to the seam. You will use this material later for your fabric flower.

Now take one of the strips you cut off and sew a running stitch down the side. Pull to gather (like you would if you were making a ruffle). I then took my ruffle and rolled it up into a flower shape and tack it together. I did this twice. This gave me one flower for the dress and one for her hair.

Hand sew onto the dress. I put mine under the left arm strap. The one for the hair I just hot glued onto an alligator clip.

For the straps I forgot to take a picture, but I just used black gross-grain ribbon. I burned the edges with a lighter, so it wouldn't fray.

Here is what the finished project looked like. Paired with a black shirt, black tights, and black dress shoes. Miss Priss was all ready for church. This is probably my favorite thing I have sewed so far. I am still wishing it was in my size, but seeing Miss Priss and all her cuteness makes me not so jealous of her adorable new lace dress

XO Danielle


  1. Danielle, this is so adorable! Way to make use of a great bargain! Thanks fir linking up to Theme Party Thursday!


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