The Geeky Rabbit: Home alteration: turning a thrifted dress into a skirt

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Home alteration: turning a thrifted dress into a skirt

Sometimes, I chance upon great finds that are hard to resist, but the item may not be of the right size or fit. This is where my sewing skills come in handy. Many thrift and discount outlets have a no exchange, no refund and no trying policies. I'm fairly tall, so for this particular dress I found, it was way too short. The fit was perfect as a bodycon, but the hem rides up all the way to my mid-thighs. Not practical, and not something I would readily wear!

As such, I decided to pick up my scissors, and off went the top part of the dress! I cut off the top and did a simple hem job. In addition, I cut a slit down the middle of the skirt and added a zip and hook. This makes the skirt much easier to put on and take off, as opposed to just stretching the top to fit into the skirt.

As for the zip, I used an "invisible" zip that I got from the craft shop. Such zips are commonly used for skirts and dresses.

The zip camouflages well into the black cloth, can is barely visible!

The self-alteration took an hour or so to complete, and I'm quite pleased with the result! It may not be as neat or sleek as a professional tailoring job, but my skirt is fully functional amd wearable. For only around SGD10, I must say that I am very happy with how the skirt turns out! Can't wait to wear it with some color-blocking combi!

Feels great to find a good buy and be able to make it fit!

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