Sometimes you buy that super cute skirt because it has a cool print or it’s a cute style, but after you take it home you realize you don’t really wear it. It’s too short or too long or too blue or too bright or too loose or too tight. There’s just one or two things wrong with it that makes you never wear it.
Well take those woven zippered skirts that you never wear and turn them into a toddler dress for your little girl!
There’s so many reasons to start upcycling. I love reusing my clothing and turning them into clothing for my kids. Do you know how to upcycle?
- Sewing tools
- Woven dress pattern – I used the free Caroline Dress pattern from Shwin and Shwin
1. Draw on hem allowance.
2. Fold the skirt along the zipper. Line up the center back of the pattern on the zipper fold and the drawn line with the hem. As you can see I got to reuse about half of the zipper for the center back.
*Tip: When cutting through a zipper, pull the zipper tab all the way to the bottom of the zipper to keep it from coming off.
3. The toddler size lined up great with this knee length skirt. It fit right in between the waistband and the hem.
4. Do the same with the front (not pictured) by lining up the drawn line with the hem and lining up the center front with the fold.
5. I thought I would have enough hem area left to cut out short sleeves along the hem. I didn’t though so instead I flipped the skirt upside down and cut the sleeve out with the waistband as a sleeve cuff. It was the perfect accident and makes cute cuffs for the dress.
6. Construct the dress as the pattern instructs.
Find the big list of all the upcycling tutorials I’ve created!
Share any upcycle inspired projects for your children with the hashtag #upcycledkid!
If you ever break a zipper here’s how to fix a zipper if the pull came off. This sewing trick works for invisible zippers, separating zippers, and regular zippers. You can also learn how to sew a zipper.