Throwback Sunday: DIY Summer Maxi Skirt Redesign Tutorial

Another early post worth pulling from the archives. Thank you Cooper for being such a good sport and taking so many pictures of your mom back then. 🙂

 I’ve been seeing summer maxi dresses and skirts everywhere!

And I had just the thrift store dress to refashion into one. It was so unflattering in every way except I loved the color and the print.


So I got ruthless with the scissors, first cutting off the top and extra fabric from the sides.  

Next, sew new side seams.

Then, using the fabric cut from the sides, make a new waist band.

With right sides together pin and sew new waistband.

Make a small casing in the top of the waistband.

Thread drawstring through casing, tie to fit and off you go looking good for any summer event.

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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16 Responses to Throwback Sunday: DIY Summer Maxi Skirt Redesign Tutorial

  1. Pat says:

    Did the same thing. Love your print.

  2. Roxie says:

    Great look! I’ve often fallen in love with old fabric, thanks for this inspiration!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great idea and amazing redesign.

  4. Mary Ann says:

    I’ve seen this makeover before, but each time I am amazed by what a cute skirt came from such a frumpy dress. Always enjoy seeing your remakes or refashions!

  5. adaisygarden says:

    It looks fabulous! You’re a genius!

  6. Bonnie Sliper says:

    I love this skirt! You are such an inspiration!

  7. Brenda Kennedy says:

    I adore your work and tutorials! Now I just need to learn to use a sewing machine! I’m so glad I found you on Pinterest!

  8. Sharon L Porter says:

    I agree!!!!! That color and print is too wonderful to pass up! Looks fab!

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