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Maxi Dress to Maxi Skirt in 5 Minutes Flat!

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How to turn a Maxi Dress into a Maxi Skirt in 5 Minutes flat!

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How to Make a Maxi Skirt from a Maxi Dress

A couple of summers ago,  I bought a gorgeous maxi dress from Kohl’s.  When I tried the dress on at the store, I fell in love with the chevron V/striped pattern and flowy fabric.  I loved how the long stretchy rayon skirt skimmed over my curves and somehow miraculously covered all my lumps and bumps and made me look taller and slimmer.  (At least in the mirror at Kohl’s.)  I liked the dress so much I bought TWO, in blue and coral!

Confession time: I never wore those dresses once!  I guess I was too busy admiring the lower half of the dress and failed to realize how unflattering the top half was!  (I very, very rarely wear sleeveless tops or dresses unless they’re cut just right.)

how to make a maxi skirt

Maxi Dress Upcycling Ideas

I got tired of seeing these dresses hanging in my closet unworn, so I chopped up one and made it into a skirt- and I have worn the heck out of that skirt!  In the winter, spring and fall, my favorite way to wear maxi skirts is with a camisole and sweater or denim jacket.  In the summer, when it’s too hot for two layers, I’ll wear the skirt belted with a cute top.

How many of you have a dress like this in your closet?  Wouldn’t you love to turn that dress into something you would wear all the time?  The elastic waistband in my skirt is a little loose (yay!), and since I am redoing it, I thought I would share how I turned the dress into a skirt in 5 minutes flat!

How to Make a Maxi Skirt from a Maxi Dress

So really, there is only so many ways I can stand and show you this skirt, lol!  And it’s hard to say which is worse, having to set up my tripod and use a remote for DIY pictures or having to get my hubby to take the pictures and having to pose for him, ugh!  (I feel like a dork either way!)

Instructions on How to Upcycle a Maxi Dress into a Maxi Skirt

Supplies needed:

  • Dress 🙂
  • 1 inch elastic
  • Basic sewing supplies

1.  Try on your dress and mark the spot where you want to dress to sit on your waist.  Raise that mark 1 1/8 inch and cut your dress in half.

how to turn a dress into a skirt

2.  Measure around your waist where the skirt will sit and subtract 1.5 inches from that number.   Cut a piece of elastic to your number.

how to make a maxi skirt

3.  Overlap the the edges of your elastic by about 3/4 inch, and sew together.

how to sew elastic to a skirt

4.  Divide the elastic into 4 equal sections, marking the spots with  pin or marker.  Divide the top of the skirt in 4 equal sections and mark.  Pin the skirt and elastic together, lining up the marks.

how to add elastic to a skirt

5.  Stretch the elastic to the width of the fabric, being careful to not stretch the fabric and sew along the top of the elastic, using a long, wide zig zag stitch.  (It doesn’t matter if the fabric or elastic is facing up when you sew, I just happened to place my pins on the outside of the skirt, so I sewed with the fabric face up.)

how to sew elastic onto the waistband

(If you have a serger, you could just serge along the top of the elastic.)  

6.  Fold the elastic over and sew, using a straight stitch, down the side seam of the skirt (right through the elastic, this will keep the elastic folder over and in place.)  Repeat for the 2nd side.

how to make a maxi skirt in 5 minutes

That’s it!

how to sew a maxi skirt

Five Minutes = New outfit!

upcycle a maxi dress into a maxi skirt

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  1. This is the clearest step by step tutorial I have found online for converting a dress in to a skirt. Thank you!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing 😊 xx

  3. Holly B. Metzger says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. I bought a dress with beautiful pattern but when I received it in the mail the top was too big. It would have cost more than I paid for the dress to send it back. Now I can have a nice skirt to wear instead.

  4. Thanks for showing how to do this. I just bought a maxi dress and it is too busy for me at the top and I knew that I was going to make a skirt, but had not figured out the how to as of yet.

  5. Christa from Controlling Craziness says:

    What a great idea. I'm going to have to try this the next time I see a cute dress that I'd rather have as a skirt. I prefer skirts over dresses anyway. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Kathleen Berlew says:

    Looks great! What a clever idea.

  7. Shantel Jones says:

    I love simple projects like this!

  8. Pam Lauren says:

    Great idea! It is so much better to be able to use something you already have but don't wear! I will be pinning this for future reference!

  9. theaspiringhome says:

    Great idea! Can't wait to try it!

  10. Margaret Stringham Christensen says:

    Thanks for the directions. I've been wanting to do this to a dress for a long time. No more excuses.