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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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  • Libby August 02, 2017

    So talented and creative. Beautiful dress and beautiful young woman.

    The photo propping isn't bad either :p

  • Laurie in central NC August 02, 2017

    Such a lovely dress on a beautiful young lady. The shoes caught my eyes too, but alas, they don't come in tiny sizes. How wonderful to use only creativity and time to create something so useful and pretty. Thank you for sharing it here.

  • http://thejewishlady.com August 02, 2017

    What a clever young lady to sew so well at her age! Such a nice pattern, too. I'm not a great seamstress at all, but stuff like this gives me inspiration. I know you don't buy a lot of fabric, but for those who do, I love Gehman's Country Fabric. I originally found them because they offered modest clothes and beautiful lace-trimmed nursing slips. Later on, I ordered some fabric for a baby blanket. They have a lot of sales and clearance prices, so it's affordable and the quality is great. Here is the link to some items I really liked if anyone is interested: http://thejewishlady.com/gehmans-country-fabrics-new-items-available/

  • Rhonda A. August 02, 2017

    What a cute up-cycle! It looks amazing on Winter. The colour really compliments her skin tone and the fit is just perfect. It looks so comfortable too. Great Job, Winter!!!:D Thank you, again, for the inspiration, Brandy.

  • Little Penpen August 02, 2017

    Wow! Amazing job and I would have never thought to do that. The dress (and Winter) are beautiful!!

  • Isabella August 02, 2017

    Lovely! Who does Winter's hair? It's gorgeous!

  • She does! She wears it up almost every day and styles it several different ways. You can find her inspiration over on her Pinterest board of hairstyles: https://www.pinterest.com/WinterSimper/hair/

  • Avon Lady TJ August 02, 2017

    Great job Miss Winter! Beautiful!

  • Kim August 02, 2017

    Absolutely beautiful! Love the color on her. Great job turning this into a lovely dress.

  • momsav August 02, 2017

    Beautiful! I can see that your daughter did a great job! The shoes are great, too. Fabulous!

  • Julia August 02, 2017

    I love this very much. Such a wonderful skill, sewing! I wish I knew how to sew. If you ever want to delve into e-book writing, this would be a great topic for you or Winter to write on. And if she's reading Jane Eyre, what a wonderful book!

  • The book is Les Misérables. But I believe Jane Eyre was part of this series of beautiful hardcover reprints too.

  • Cindy in the South August 02, 2017

    Wow, just wow! It reminds me of the beautiful vintage 1940's dresses. She is so talented and would make a great costume designer, or a great designer with her own company! I foresee awesome things in store for Winter in the future! I was truly amazed at her talent in the frontier clothing, and this is just stunning!!!!

  • RMF325 August 02, 2017

    It appears there is nothing Winter can't do with a needle and thread. She is fast becoming her mother's clone!

  • J August 02, 2017

    What talent! The hair and the dress are both fantastic.

  • Laurie Sarina August 02, 2017

    Beautiful and so resourceful! I love the shoes!:)

  • Ellen August 02, 2017

    great job on the dress, came out beautiful!

  • Becky August 02, 2017

    That dress is amazing, and you could never have found a better match with the shoes you found.
    Knit dresses are so comfortable. That was a great use for the skirt. Lovely!

  • Janet August 02, 2017

    One thing I have learned well from your blog Brandy is that material is material and long skirts, house robes, coats and other items can be made over well.

    Table cloths, sheets. pillow cases it is all material !

    I took an old house robe and made some beautiful Christmas stockings the robe was a crushed blue velvet and I was gifted a white piece of fur scrap and I used it to make beautiful Christmas stockings one year. They were an amazing gift!

    That also answers a question someone asked the other day how to make a gift to give at a wedding. I gifted these at a November wedding and the couple still loves them. I made them 3 total and baby is on the way so they have one for baby too. I held the baby one back and will gift it now at the upcoming shower.

  • Rhonda A. August 03, 2017

    I agree that Christmas stockings are a perfect wedding gift! One of my favourite wedding gifts I received was a hand-quilted Christmas tree skirt and matching hand-quilted stockings made by my great aunt. So precious to pull out each year and be reminded of the day my husband and I took our vows!

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