We are sure enjoying Grandparent’s Theme week, and hope you are too! Today’s refashion highlights what a Grandma refashioned for her granddaughters, E & T! What a great feature for Grandparent’s Theme Week! Here’s what the E &T’s mom had to say.
When we got matching blue dresses for our birthday, we saw that they had a lot of twirl potential.
However, we simply couldn’t abide the little button closure at the back of the dress (it pulled the little hairs at the back of our necks no matter what we did), and they hit us about knee length. The dresses were in the thrift store pile until we thought to ask Gramma M. to cut off the top and add elastic so we could have some broomstick dresses! We love the way they turned out; ESPECIALLY the way she moved the embroidered daisy detail to the bottom of the skirts! 🙂
What cute dresses, E & T! We would have been bummed about the buttons because we’ve totally experienced that before too! How awesome that your mom had such a great idea for you! We asked Gramma M. for a little more info about what she did! She said,
Here were my Steps:
1. Cut off top of dress just under the armpits, to get the longest length possible for the skirt.
2. Zigzag top edge of the skirt & fold over to the inside, approx an 1 1/4″ to form casing for elastic, stitch, leaving a 2″ opening.
3. Cut 3/4″ elastic .5″ shorter than waist measurement & insert through casing.
4. Sew together ends of elastic & then sew the casing opening closed.
5. Stitch through all layers of the waistband at the sideseams to prevent elastic from “rolling”.
6. Remove sewn embroidery flowers off discarded top & sew to bottom tier of skirt for decoration & to help a little girl know which is the “front” of the skirt! :p
Total Time: 1.5 hours per skirt, possibly 2 hours if doing both skirts at the same time.
Total Cost: $0 the dresses were birthday gifts!
I loved taking a dress that was “ucky” because the button closure on the neck snags your hair, into a very fun “twirl” skirts for my sweet grandaughters!
Wow, E & T, you sure have an awesome Grandma! What adorable skirts you ended up with!
Well, what do you think? Leave Gramma M. and her grandaughters E & T some comment love! What a great Grandma! You can visit E & T here. Also be sure to enter our free skirt giveaway in honor of Grandparent’s Theme Week!