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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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  • Nancy August 05, 2017

    Such a beautiful job and dress your daughter made❤
    I don't sew well but find this such an inspiration...

  • TerriC August 05, 2017

    I saw the photos on Facebook the other day. What a terrific job she did with this project! And Winter is truly a lovely young woman, Brandy. How nice that she will know the homemaking arts as well as being sure of her own fashion sense. So many young women these days come up deficient in both areas!

  • Rozy August 06, 2017

    Another great example that making your own clothes doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg at the fabric store! Free and low cost fabric is everywhere; you just have to use your imagination to see the possibilities. Wonderful job on such a classy dress.

  • Cheri Rowden August 08, 2017

    What an ingenious young woman you have raised! The dress is beautiful, as is Winter, and I love the setting and the shoes. I have recently discovered your blog and I'm so enjoying reading it and looking at your gorgeous photographs.

  • sam August 10, 2017

    A very stylish, elegant outfit. And, I love the shoes.

  • Amanda August 16, 2017

    Wow, great job Winter! It turned out beautifully. I love anything mustard and the polka dots make it even better!

  • sheeba daniel August 18, 2017

    So Gorgeous!!This was very pretty to look at...loved this!!

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