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Polka Dot Dress Refashioned From a Maxi Skirt

Polka Dot Dress 3 The Prudent Homemaker 

Last fall, my eldest and I were invited to someone's house to check out the clothing she was giving away. Her mother said she had told her daughter to narrow down her clothing and wondered if we would like her hand-me-downs. This young woman is always impeccably dressed and we went over there a bit giddy with the prospects of finding something "new." We met up with another young woman as well who had been invited over.

As it turned out, what she had decided to get rid of wasn't really what Winter or I were looking for (I keep a list of items we need on my garage sale list). But before we left, she also brought out a bunch more clothes that she had been given by a woman we know. We looked through these as well, and again, came up short.

Polka Dot Dress Before The Prudent Homemaker

There was a skirt, though, that had a couple of elements that I know my daughter had been looking for. It was mustard colored (something we had been discussing after seeing lots of mustard-colored pieces over on this blog) and it was polka dotted, something we both loved. Winter isn't really into maxi skirts; she looked at it several times and thought about shortening it, but still wasn't sure.

I pointed out that the rather large waistband was doubled over, and there was enough material in the skirt to make a dress.

With that thought, Winter snapped up the skirt. 

It's been sitting in the sewing room, waiting for the right moment.

Polka Dot Dress 1 The Prudent Homemaker

Winter used the existing skirt part from below the waistband down to make the skirt part of the dress, and cut off the bottom and the waistband to make the sleeves and the top of the dress. There was just enough fabric to make everything.

She copied a sweater dress she has to make the bodice

She didn't want any darts in the dress, and as it is a knit fabric, it could go on over her head without needing a zipper.

Polka Dot Dress Back The Prudent Homemaker

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 Polka Dot Dress 2 The Prudent Homemaker

 Now she has a fun everyday dress to wear, and all it cost was her time!

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  • Ja August 02, 2017

    Stunning from head to toe!

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  • Sandra August 02, 2017

    Another outstanding post. Winter has turned out a very attractive dress that she will enjoy wearing for a long time. It is a classic style and can easily be worn multi-season. With the knit fabric it will be easy care and will always look nice. The shoes are just perfect with the dress and a great price, too. Were they purchased specifically for the dress? They really set it off nicely. Does Winter have any other pieces that will go with the shoes? If not keep your eyes open this fall for other possibilities.

  • They're actually my shoes, and i would let her borrow them, but they are 3 sizes too small as she wears a size 10. She squeezed into them for the photo but a pair would be perfect for her!

    She has some other cute vintage looking shoes (comparable in price as well) that are her size that can go with this dress for everyday (when she is riding a bike) better than heels. You can see them in the post next week where I am sharing a vintage reproduction pattern that she sewed.

  • Athanasia August 02, 2017

    Haha, my girls feet are all bigger than mine also! My sons are larger too. Are children's feet getting bigger over time? I am looking forward to more pictures, that is for sure.

  • Amie August 04, 2017

    I wear a 10 also. Have since I was a teen. My mom wore 6 1/2s.

  • Sheila August 02, 2017

    I will say again that Winter is stunning and super talented. She looks very much a proper young lady.

  • Tiffany S. August 02, 2017

    Love!!!! I am wearing a mustard polka dot skirt today by chance! If she ever opened an ETSY store I would be a customer! I have three pairs of pants i bought thirfting that need hems and I do not know how..The hemming will cost more than the pant! But even with hemming wayyyyyy cheaper than new!

  • Amie August 04, 2017

    Youtube how to hem. There are different ways. It's not very hard. Use matching thread and make sure you measure correctly for length.

  • sakura August 02, 2017

    What a beautiful dress and those shoes are amazing! Nice work!

  • Laurie in AZ August 02, 2017

    My sentiments exactly! Fantastic!

  • Sue August 02, 2017

    Winter, you are so very talented! The dress is just beautiful, your shoes are adorable, and you look gorgeous in both! Your sewing skills and eye for fashion are impeccable.

  • Alissa DeLucio August 02, 2017

    Beautiful job & the fit is great! This makes me look forward to when I get more time to see & practice reading patterns etc.

    Well done!!

  • Cindi August 02, 2017

    I loved this! The dress is so stylish and looks comfortable. Great job, Winter! (And the shoes are the perfect final touch!)

  • Suzanne August 02, 2017

    She looks like a perfectly styled lady from the 40's! Great job and with knit fabric-whoa!!!:)

  • Natalie Dyson August 02, 2017

    Beautiful dress, shoes, hair and jewellery!

  • Athanasia August 02, 2017

    That is very very nice. How did you manage to find just the perfect 1940's look shoe to go with the dress? I like the color a lot. I prefer patterns over florals, myself.

  • They're actually my shoes. She wears 3 sizes larger than I do but they went so well with the dress that she squeezed into them for the photo.

  • Roxie August 02, 2017

    I have to love that color.. Here in my part of Texas that is called "burned orange" the colors of the University of Texas Longhorns. (we all went to college there)

    She has a lot of talent. Winter is an amazing young woman and I know you and your husband are so proud.

  • Juls Owings August 02, 2017

    Beautiful...and now I'm going to take a look at a maxi skirt I was going to get rid of

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