Thursday, July 18, 2013

Denim Maxi Refashion

                                    Denim Maxi: New York & Co Refashion (thrifted), Cream Tank (Kohls), Belt: Gap (thrifted)

I had a chance to wear my latest refashion today, and while I feel I have to channel my inner cowgirl for this look, I must admit it was super comfy. While I am not sure how much this look is me, I decided to go with it. I recently found this New York and Co Maxi Dress for $2.99 at a thrift store. I tried it on and to say the bust portion was small is an understatement. I am not large in the bust at all and this barely covered I knew it needed a new life.

I thought about how I could add a new top to keep it a dress, but eventually I decided to make a quick and easy change.

First, I cut off the top of the dress until the fabric in the front was even with the top of the back.

Then I serged the front portion of the skirt so there would not be any fraying.

Last, I simply folded the new skirt waistband in half and stitched it down near the top edge using elastic thread in the bobbin. I was going to also stitch near the bottom edge of the new waistband, but ended up keeping it fairly rough inside and just tacked it down in a couple places to keep it in place. And that was it.

It has a nice full ruffle on the bottom and looks somewhat dressed up all while having the ease of denim. The top I paired it with was nice and light and I was able to wear this to the park today in 90 degree temps and stay comfortable. Plus, I could wear it with flat sandals, which made running after the little hooligans much easier. 

I would say I am happy to have added this versatile skirt for under $3 and only a little of my time. I am definitely on a refashion kick this week...more items to come soon as well as a free pattern.



  1. Great remake on this skirt - I am sure you will get a lot of positive comments with it styled like this.

  2. Very cute! I love that you channeled your inner cowgirl--it's a great look! Now if only I could get my sewing machine to shirr...

  3. So cute! Looks great on you


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