9.19.2010

DIY-pleated dress

I'm in love with pleats.  So I was ecstatic to find this when I was rummaging through my mom's closet.

a white pleated skirt!

My mom's out of the country for 6 months so I'm just hoping she won't notice it missing when she returns.

I'm so kidding!  I found this in the "old" clothes pile where she no longer wears it.  But mom, if you had changed your mind, I'm sorry.... you can borrow it anytime? ;)


the after:




Now, I knew you would ask for a tutorial so here it is.  You'll be surprised at how simple it is!


Directions:

1. Put the skirt over your head.  The elastic waist part will go around your neck.  To know how far along to cut the horizontal  lines(for the sleeves), mark where you want the sleeves to end.  Mine is about 2-3 inches above my elbows.  To know how far along to start the vertical lines, pinch the sides of the skirt to where your waist ends, and mark it, while making sure the pleats are not stretched out.  Leave an extra inch or two on each sides and mark it.  That's where you'll start cutting the skirt vertically.
2. Flip it inside out and sew the vertical lines on both sides.  Cut off the extra fabric.
3. Use fray check on the seam of the sleeves.


That's it! It's easy as 1,2,3!  You just pull it over your head and you're ready to go.  I made the belt using the extra fabric I cut. Or you can use a belt you already have.

the necklace I made here.

Here are better photographs of the dress taken by Jessica Peterson.  These pictures were submitted to the dress design contest for Shabby Apple, and I won the contest!  For winning the contest, they have manufactured my designs and are now sold at their online store.  Click here to view my dress.  





Now go see if you have any old skirts you can transform! 

Estimated time: 30 mins. 
Budget: $4
Skill level: very beginner


FAQ's

Q: How did you make the neckline?
A: I didn't!  I left it just as it is.  The elastic waist just fell nicely around my shoulders so I didn't change it.

Q: What kind of lining does the skirt have?  Does it have a lining?
A.  No, it doesn't have a lining.  You'll need to wear something underneath like a slip because when you hold up your arms, it will show a huge chunk of your sides.  I wear a spaghetti strap tank dress under it that's similar to a slip.

Q: It looks too good to be true.  I wonder about the waistband and how it lays so perfect.  What size skirt would I buy?
A: More important than the size of the skirt, I would first try on the dress around my neck and see how the waistband falls around your shoulders and neck.  If it falls nicely, no need to change anything.  If it's too loose, you can sew one side of the skirt smaller(no need to sew two sides since the elastic waistband pleated skirt has no center/sides/back really.  If it's too tight, find another skirt.

Q: How long was the skirt when you started?
A: It hit my ankle bones when I had the skirt on regular.  You'll need an ankle length or longer to have the outcome as shown above.  If you don't mind the length shorter, go for it!  I think it'll be adorable shorter.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask me in the comments section!

211 comments:

  1. Your dress looks great! Even better than the $740 (!?) inspiration in my opinion!

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  2. Wow - that is an amazing transformation.

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  3. I LOVE THIS IDEA! I can't wait to try it out on my own. I made a halter dress from a vintage gold broom skirt just a bit ago. Here's the link if you are interested in seeing that:

    http://www.potholesandpantyhose.com/A/Arts_%26_Crap_Archives/Entries/2010/9/10_Broom_Skirt_to_Halter_Dress.html

    I found you through Its So Very Cheri!

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  4. Genius!! It is beautiful. I never would have guessed that is how you made it.

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  5. oooh, so pretty! Saw you over at Making the World Cuter and had to come see your site. Love it~

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  6. Great job. This is adorable.

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  7. dress looks fabulous! I love your diy projects:) thank you for them:)
    J.

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  8. omg that dress is fab!

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  9. are you kidding me!!! this dress is ridiculous!!!! i will be buying every huge pleated skirt i can find at every thrift store... seriously...i am in love!

    ~selina (sis#1)

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  10. uhhhh.....GORGEOUS!!!! I will definitely be looking for pleated skirts at thrift stores now. A few weeks ago I'd actually thought about making something similar to this for my daughter. Thanks for the info! Love it!!!

    Amy (www.ourdailyobsessions@blogspot.com)

    Visiting from It's so Very Cheri!!

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  11. This is the most beautiful dress ever! I must have this--seriously breathtaking! You got skills girl! visiting from It's so very Cheri!

    ashley
    www.littlemissmomma.com

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  13. Sarah! you are sooo creative! Love it, and of course you look amazing in it!

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  14. Sarah ! Love the pretty dress!!
    It's way better than the Burberry!

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  15. WOW!!!!! That's all I can say- I am speechless.

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  16. That is such a cute dress!!! =) amazing!!

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  17. sarah, i definitely agree that your dress looks WAY better than the 740. i'm going to have to show this off to my friends here :)

    so for my next birthday gift...

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  18. sarah~ it turned out so well! I agree with Janie that this dress looks cuter than the Burberry dress. And it looks so good with the necklace!

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  19. Beautiful! Seriously sweet!
    You should come link this up at Making It With Allie!
    Allie
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  20. You are so talented! I envy your skills.

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  21. O my word! This dress is absolutely breathtaking... you are amazing! Thank you so much for inspiring me! :]

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  22. This is seriously amazing. Simple and effective!!

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  23. wow, this is amazing! beautiful dress!

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  24. hi sarah ,, the dress looks so pretty. and you look like a model ( ^_^ )..!!

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  25. This is just gorgeous and amazingly simple! Glad I found you and definitely bookmarked this tutorial. Now I'm off to check out the necklace you've mentioned.

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  26. This is amazing! I love the dress transformation...your Mom will probably be thrilled that her old skirt turned into such a cute and stylish dress!

    Great job!

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  27. I love this! I am so sure my mom has a skirt just like this. I hope she hasn't given it away! I'm not crafty, but I'm pretty sure I can ask nicely and she'll do this for me!
    suchakingdom.blogspot.com

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  28. wow, that's fantastic. you've got mad sewing skills, that's for sure! and your profiles are stinkin' adorable!

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  29. What the what?! Sarah, you amaze me... you would seriously make a potato sack look sexy. I dare you! :) What did you do to make the neck line (waist) smaller? is it all just elastic around?

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  30. aw thank you everyone! I appreciate all the comments, you guys are all too kind!

    @beverly: the waist was already an elastic waist so I didn't have to do anything to it. But if you were to do it with a non-waisted skirt, I suggest putting elastic on the waist/neckline. But see if it'll look good anyway without doing anything first when draped around your shoulders. We all love less work right? :)

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  31. Wow! Simply Gorgeous!

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  32. What a beautiful Dress! You did an amazing job with the refashion.

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  33. Gorgeous and miles ahead of Burberry! This dress actually reminds me more of a dress I saw on the satorialist. i posted it on my blog a little while ago:
    http://rubymines.blogspot.com/2010/09/romantic-september-transition-pieces.html
    Lovely dress/post -very fashion forward :)

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  34. Great job! As always, you're amazing. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday on Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - - Mandy, www.craftedition.blogspot.com

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  35. What a beautiful dress!! It looks so expensive:o)
    3sillymonkees.blogspot.com

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  36. That is wicked-cool. I would have never though of doing that. My hat off.

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  37. very clever with a gorgeous result!

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  38. Very beautiful you are very vreative

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  39. Adorable! I like yours better than the original.

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  40. stunning.
    I actually like yours better than the burberry
    just so you know:)

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  41. Oh my that is terrific! LOVE IT! I am now a new follower. Fab necklace - you have STYLE!

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  42. Thank you for this tutorial I am making a vintage light turquiose dress out of the skirt i found at DI!

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  43. Oh my gosh, you did it again... your dress is so pretty! Thank you for sharing!

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  44. Beautiful! You are very talented, congratulations.

    Kiss from Portugal

    http://arteemanhapt.blogspot.com/

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  45. So pretty!

    ecarian at yahoo dot com

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  46. Hi! I found your blog through The Girl Creative Party Blog. This dress is absolutely beautiful!! and i really love that you used an old skirt!
    -Hannah @ Peggy Ann Design

    PS - Feel free to link your tutorials to my weekly Smarty Pants Blog Award - http://www.peggyanndesign.com/2010/09/smarty-pants-take-3-with-winners.html

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  47. that is absolutely GORGEOUS! I want it. So much. Thanks :)

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  48. I expected a crazy difficult tutorial, but what a good surprise.
    Gorgeous!

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  49. I cannot believe how good your dress turned out! It's completely insane to me how simple your tutorial is. You're making me want to go hunting at the thrift store for a long pleated skirt!

    Uber Chic for Cheap

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  50. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

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  51. Love this idea! Beautiful dress!

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  52. Sarah, what a beautiful dress! It is definitely better than the Burberry dress..BTW, I think mom wears that skirt all the time..You might want to replace it in the closet before she gets back.. :)

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  53. WOW! That was amazing you can come over to my closet anytime and rework anything you want!

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  54. That is gorgeous! If only i was so clever...hmmm maybe one day i'll give it a go. Thanks!

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  55. I stared at your "pattern" for about 10 minutes before I figured out that you didn't change the neckline. It still was the waistband. This transformation is truly one of the best I've ever seen. Your interpretation of the way-too-expensive-for-mortals Burberry dress is much cuter than the original.

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
    Julie @ Knittlebits

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  56. AH-MAZING!!!!!!! Who knew you could turn that skirt in to the beautiful dress that you did! Great job!

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  57. I love this! I voted for you! :)

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  58. and...you're gorgeous!

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  59. Burbury Schmurbury...yours looks stunning! Will try to make my own thanks to your clear instuctions

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  60. Oh my goodness, Thank You!
    I saw your dress at Shabby Apple, and I like it the best. Came here to see your blog, and I am so happy to see that you made a tutorial for this! Awesome and gorgeous; I will make this for sure. Thanks so much for showing me how! What a beautiful dress! This is more lovely than the $700+ Burbury, for sure.

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  61. I really like this dress, and what a simple, yet stunning, refashioning!

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  62. a friend showed me your blog a few months ago and i've loved seeing all of your creative ideas!!! it's so amazing to me how natural ideas seem to come to you and that you have a go-get-'em approach to transforming clothes. i just wanted you to know that i tried making this dress. i went to goodwill and found one similar to the skirt you used and well i feel so accomplished :o) it's the first dress i've "made" even though it's not from scratch. thank you so much for sharing your creativity!! it's been so inspiring!!!

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  63. I love this dress! (Found it through Shabby Apple's site, which I just found). Great transformation and I agree with everyone else - way better than your inspiration. I'm excited to try this out but I have one teensy question. Can you see into the dress from the arm-holes? How did you keep the dress modest from the side (I feel like people would be able to see in if I raised my arms at all.)

    Thanks!

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  64. oh my goodness! this is a gorgeous dress! and you are so beautiful! I'm on the hunt for a pleated dress to try this out on! Thanks so much xoxo

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  65. how long is the skirt?? i'm having a bit of trouble trying to find a long enough skirt for this project! thanks for the tutorial-- i read it last night and am on the hunt for a good skirt! =)

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  66. I answered this directly to the person awhile ago but I'll answer it here just in case someone else is wondering it too. It is see throug on the arm pit area since the opening is really big. You'll need to wear a slip underneath.

    and the skirt hit my ankles to begin with. So you'll need to find a skirt that is long like floor length if you want it to be around the knees. Hope that helps and thank you everyone for your kind compliments!

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  67. Congratulations on the win! Your dress is gorgeous. How interesting that you were able to make it from a skirt.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  68. Oh my goodness, your blog is just too cute! Who would have thought a skirt could look so great & who would have thought it would be that easy to convert. Love it!

    http://acreativemomma.blogspot.com/

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  69. What an amazing job! You look wonderful in it. I just found your blog via Tip Junkie. Your family is so beautiful. I'm a new follower and will be back again soon. Off now to see your online boutique.
    Happy Valentine's Day,
    Mimi

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  70. oh my goodness...so chic! I love it! Very nice! I'm your newest follower :)

    dominiquescraftcouture.blogspot.com

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  71. oh WOW! This is amazing. I wish you could see my sitting here, open mouthed, wishing I could have one! I am rumaging through my memories wondering if my mum has a similar skirt I can steal! Fabulous. I am your newest follower. Keep up the amazing work.
    Humble Homemaking

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  72. Your dress is sooo beautiful and I have the perfect skirt for this but am a beginner sewer and am really confused with the sleeves. Did you cut new holes to attach the sleeves? How did you know where to cut your vertical line and how did you know the width of your cut?

    jnchey@hotmail.com

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  73. @jesse: no i didn't cut new holes, remember how i said i cut horizontally? the arms go through that big cut. and i just put the skirt over my head (before it was transformed) and pinched where my waist ended and marked it. hope that made sense. if you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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  74. I just found your blog...I love it!! I just started sewing and have been making some "new" clothes out of old ones as well. So fun! This dress is so beautiful and I have a long yellow with white polka dot pleated skirt (a crazy Goodwill find) that would be a wonderful dress! :) I would have never thought of it. Thanks for the great ideas!!

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  75. I voted for you! Totally glad yours won. Looks so unique. Just 'in'. Ya know? Can't wait to see the SA version.

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  76. Sarah,
    One more thing. Whenever the dress becomes in stock at Shabby Apple let me know and I'll write a post about it.

    Like I said. It was my fav;)

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  77. OMG. Just hopped over from IHOD. This is just too good. This DIY turned out fantastic. It is just utterly gorgeous on you.

    Janice
    (Couture and Crayons)

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  78. This is one of the most gorgeous looking dresses I've seen! I'm in love! You are super talented! Can't believe how easy it was!

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  79. WOW! I'm incredibly inspired! That's an amazing eye for something beautiful and practical! great job!

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  80. I came over from IHOD. Congrats on winning the contest - well deserved for an easy and gorgeous dress!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  81. You made that skirt into a beautiful frock. Love it! Great, great job. Your sewing skills are so impressive.

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  82. You made that skirt into a beautiful frock. Love it! Great, great job. Your sewing skills are so impressive.

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  83. This is BEAUTIFUL and amazingly so simple! I'm amazed! Found your blog from luvin the mommyhood and so happy I did!

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  84. wow! amazing idea! the finished product looks gorgeous! I def am going to attempt this!

    xx.
    Judy

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  85. omg i love this! you did such an amazing job! ur dress is way cuter then the $700 one!

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  86. Thank you Studio 5 for introducing me to this AWESOME Blog and Blogger! You.Are.AMAZING!!

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  87. Oh my word! You are awesome! I'm totally bookmarking your blog!

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  88. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial..new follower, follow back if you like;)

    Infinite Stylez

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  89. I found your blog via Pinterest...and am loving it! Great tutorial for a fabulous dress! I have a black pleated skirt that I just may turn into that dress for next fall/winter :) And now I'm on the lookout for another light colored pleated skirt to have one for summer! I love how comfortable yet incredibly classy your dress turned out :) And that necklace!!...nice work :)

    PS - you have a BEAUTIFUL family!

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  90. So okay, I adore your dress and have a skirt...I have cut the horizontal lines, do I sew from the inside cut all the way down the length of the skirt? No more cutting just two straight seams and that's it?
    Thank you for any feedback!!
    Lacey

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  91. @Lacey: Yep, no more cutting and you sew the inside vertical line all the way down. Sounds too easy right? But it is! :) and just make sure to use fray check on the seams!

    and thank you, thank you everybody. ya'll are sooooo sweet. and i'm not a great seamstress though, how can I be when it was this easy? :)

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  92. That dress is STUNNING! Perfect for work or a cocktail party. Adore it.

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  93. You look gorgeous!! When I saw that you made the dress yourself, I was totally blown away. I wanted to let you know that I referred to you on my own blog, in a post I wrote a few weeks ago about my own sewing project, as an awesome example of what super talented ladies such as you can do with a sewing machine. (Sorry it has taken me so long to comment - I blame it on mommy brain.) Anyway, I love your blog! Your projects and the tutorials are really inspiring.

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  94. I LOVE this dress. I really want to try it myself, but I am a bit confused. With the vertical seems on the inside, do you sew the front of the skirt to the back of the skirt so that the extra fabric is on the inside? Do you cut along those vertical lines? Or do you just sew a seam straight on all four sides? For some reason I just cannot see this.

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  95. you cut the horizontal lines and then sew the bottom of the horizontal lines vertically(so on both sides) and then cut the extra fabric. then you flip it inside out and that's it! I hope I made sense!

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  96. This looks amazing, and it does look easy to do. Saw this on pinterest.

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  97. ooh my gosh!!! totally pinning this in my fashion board!! guess who has a black pleated skirt?! yep totally trying this LOOOOOVE it! AMAZING job!

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  98. I saw this dress months ago and fell in love, so much so that I've been looking all over for a long pleated skirt that I could transform :) I found one today, finally! Just curious how many inches in you cut for the arms? Or did you just pull it over your head and estimate? Can not wait to do this project. Thanks so much for sharing this idea :)

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  99. Yeah, I just pulled it over my head, pinched the sides where my waist ended and gave it about 2-3 extra inches and cut from the side until that point. Make sure none of the pleats are stretched out when figuring out the point where your waist ends. Hope that helps!

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  100. This is amazing. I love it - I'm definitely going to try it!

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  101. I love this dress; it is much prettier than the Burberry dress! I'm sorry to be a little ignorant, but you basically have a raw seam that you Fray Check on the sleeves? You didn't hem them? Wouldn't sewing the sleeves leave a raw hem? Again, I'm sorry to be ignorant! Beautiful, beautiful dress!

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  102. @salina, thank you, and yes it is a raw seam and I just used fray check on the seams.

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  103. Sarah you are so talented. your kids are so lucky!

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  105. Gorgeously ladylike. You are so clever!

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  106. this is truely amazing!!! you look stunning!It's even better than the burberry!! I'm definitely following you! xo
    http://www.miouprincesslovespink.blogspot.com

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  107. Your dress is so much nicer than the Burberry one!

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  108. I just made this dress with a bit of personalization! Thank you for the inspiration. I just wrote my blog post about it too. Go check it out! :)

    http://munchtalk.blogspot.com/2011/11/diy-pleated-skirt-into-dress.html

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  109. i'm going to make this dress right now with a pleated skirt i didn't know what to do with! thanks for the tip and awesome blog,

    nikki from http://carry-on-couture.blogspot.com

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  110. I made a dress similar, but I haven't saw your post till today.
    Your is fabulous!!! and perfect!!

    http://quepuedohacerconesto.blogspot.com/2011/11/de-falda-vestido.html

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  111. Oh. My. Word!!!!! I am in love!!!!!!!! Quite feminine, yet chic. I can't wait to make this and show it off to all my friends. They will all be SO enchanted and amazed!
    I also have one of those gauzy crinkled/crimped skirts that you twist all around into a wad to maintain it's "pleats". I think it will make a fabulous bohemian version of your design!
    Again, truly wonderful post!

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    1. You should sent me the link/picture when you make it! Good luck!

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  112. I love my dress as much as I love yours. And the best part was making it! It is soooo easy. Please take a look at mine, Im so proud of it.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/63543044712129009/

    I love your tutorials, and I love that they are modest-friendly tutorials. Pleese keep doing them because they are so inspiring.

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  113. That's beautiful. So that was just a really long skirt?! And the waistband turned into the neckline?

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  114. Lisa, yes, it was a very long skirt, it hit my ankles when worn. And yes, you don't do anything to the waistband, just slip it over your head! :)

    Thank you for your comments everyone!

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  115. The dress is awesome Sarah! I definitely like yours better than the expensive one. One question: In the picture of you, do you have on a belt, or did you sew one on?

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    1. Hey Michelle, I'm sorry for the late response. I.cut off a couple inches off one side of the skirt and made a waist-tie with it.

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  116. Love this one as well!!

    I shared it ,too , hope thats okey :)
    http://crafterlifebyme.blogspot.com/2012/02/this-time-i-didnt-know-what-to-choose.html

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    1. Of course it's okay, thanks for featuring me! :)

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  117. Curious did you take the elastic out of the neckline? I'm LOVING this dress!!!! Headed to thrift store today n see how many new dresses I will be making myself!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial and your creative talents!!!!!

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    1. No, I didn't do anything to the neckline! The elastic makes a nice round neckline by itself. :) Thank you so much for your sweet comment and if you make one, let me know, I'd love to feature it!

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  118. Love this dress, saw it several weeks ago and have loved it ever since, thanks for sharing the super easy tutorial.

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words!

      xx

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  119. Love the dress! And such easy tutorials give me hope that maybe someday I will be able to do such gorgeus outfit myself. Keep it up!

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  120. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have been eyeing it for months and finally found a long pleated skirt! I made my dress and wore it for Easter. :) Thank you again for the inspiration!! I'm posting a link to my version. :)

    http://www.becomingwhitney.com/a-little-easter-dress-diy/

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  121. Okay, I just posted a comment on the "Anthropologie Tangerine Flicker Dress DIY" about it being the perfect bridesmaid dress - then I saw this. <3 Options! Affordable options! MODEST options!!! I will ask the girls which they prefer, but they are both beautiful and will look fantastic on both of their (very opposite) body types. I could never tell you enough how talented and truly wonderful you are! You have saved my sanity during this hectic wedding planning! ;)

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! I'm so happy that I was able to make your wedding planning a little easier, isn't wedding planning so stressful? Best luck with your wedding plans and please send me pictures of your bridesmaid dresses when you get a chance!

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  122. Umm. . .can I pay you to make one for me? I love this dress!

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  123. You're kidding! this is so fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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  124. Wow! That is such a stunning transformation! Fabulous job!!

    KK

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  125. This is so genius! And I cant believe how simple it is!!

    ~amy
    www.LadyMockingbird.com

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  126. Wow, I found one of those in a market many years ago and I turned it into a Marilyn Monroe dress!!!

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  127. Your dress looks sooooo nice!!! Really great job!!

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  128. Anonymous7/23/2012

    Amazing what a little creativity can do! I agree with several of the posters, your dress is much better than the inspiriation piece. Especially like the price tag... FREE

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  129. This is so amazing! I am officially on the lookout for a similar skirt so I can give it a try. Well done!!

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    1. Thank you! Good luck finding a pleated skirt! :))

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  130. I have loved this dress ever since you first blogged about it. I have finally found a skirt to try it on. Wish me luck xx

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    1. How exciting! Please share your result when you're done, best luck to you!

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  131. Wow! This is amazing! I just this dress. And your blog is so great!

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  132. This dress is gorgeous! so creative :) xogorgeous.blogspot.com

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  133. Absolutely AMAZING! So beautiful!!!! Love the photos!

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  134. How did you do the neck part? im trying to make a blue version of yours :)

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    1. ha, already found it, thanks for sharing!

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    2. Haha, great! :)

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  135. What did you layer under the dress so no one could see your boob through the arm hole? Would it look ridiculous with a full slip? Would just a cami be better. I suck at styling !

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    1. I wore a spaghetti tank top dress under it, it's kind of like a slip. And no, it's not silly at all, you wouldn't be able to see the slip(unless when you raise your arms up high). Best luck!

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  136. Did you have to adjust the waistband/neckline? It lays so nice and flat.

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    1. No, I didn't do anything to the neckline. It's an elastic waistband so it just naturally lies nice and flat. :)

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  137. Wow! This is sooo cool! Great idea!

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  138. This is awesome! Love it!

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  139. Anonymous11/10/2012

    this is really cute! now i must quest to fing a LONGER pleated skirt.. all of mine are way shorter than that LMAO it came out really nice! inspired!!

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  141. It's really really pretty, but I have a question, what size is the skirt and what size are you? Just to know how big/small skirt I should buy! :)

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    1. The skirt was about a medium and I'm a size XS. But since the waist band is stretchy and the pleats expand a lot, I wouldn't worry too much about the sizing. I would recommend putting the waistband around your neck to see if you like how it falls. Hope that helps and good luck! :)

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  142. Your dress is so beautiful and so easy. i love it... And you have a very very nice blog. Best wishes...
    Adriana

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  143. Gosh ! I am in love ! I bought a pleated skirt today ,and I have modeled it on my Lottie ( mannequin ) Looks stunning with a blazer !From granny skirt to elegant ! At the minute it's like a boob tube dress with a belt and blazer ... Looks lush ! BUT now I have seen your awesome blog , I think my ideas have changed ! Going to make this dress tomorrow :D . Thank you X

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  144. Gosh ! I am in love ! I bought a pleated skirt today ,and I have modeled it on my Lottie ( mannequin ) Looks stunning with a blazer !From granny skirt to elegant ! At the minute it's like a boob tube dress with a belt and blazer ... Looks lush ! BUT now I have seen your awesome blog , I think my ideas have changed ! Going to make this dress tomorrow :D . Thank you X

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  145. Anonymous11/27/2012

    Um HELLO!!!! That is the most brilliant thing I've ever seen! One of the ladies I go to church with gave me like 20 of those skirts in all kind of colors for a wedding present when I got married. I absolutely love them, but the elastic is shot in a few of them. Now I TOTALLY KNOW what I am going to do with them. You my dear are a GRNIUS!!!

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  146. Wow! This is absolutely fabulous! I like your dress more than the Burberry one!

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  147. Wow! What an amazing transformation! Just gorgeous!

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  148. Anonymous1/07/2013

    Was the skirt floor length when you started?

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    1. The length was to my ankles, it was pretty long.

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  149. I think that your dress is cuter anyways...darling great job!!

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  150. Anonymous1/10/2013

    This is absolutely amazing!! Gorgeous! Do you think iff you cut the skirt in more of an a-line, you could possibly fit a thin petticoat underneath to make it a little poofy??

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    1. Yes, I think so! Cut it in a dramatic A-line, and you'll be fine!

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  151. This is gorgeous! Never though to do this with a skirt, but I will have to try it out soon.
    ~Kiera
    Cucire Dolce

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  152. This is such an awesome tutorial! I have a long pleated skirt I have been bored with for a while so Im excited to try this. I have a question and I hope Im not repeating someone else. Was your skirt lined to begin with? My skirt has an attached straight/not pleated slip and I am wondering how that will work in to the cuts or if I need to remove it all together. Thank you in advance and thanks for the tutorials!

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    1. It is not lined. I wear a slip like tank dress under it. Hope that helps and best luck!

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  154. It looks to good to be true, but I wonder about the waistband and how it lays so perfect. What size skirt would I buy? I so do want to try making it but am skeptical about the outcome. So I guess I will hit the thrift store.

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    1. The skirt was a medium and I'm a size xs. But more than the size, it's more important how the waist part falls around your shoulders/neck when you put it around you.

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  155. Very nice dress. You are good at knitting, You look beautiful in it. love you xoxo

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  156. Are you serious? That is honestly remarkable! I love upcycled dresses. Say hello to your new follower, you gorgeous genius you!

    I live in a retirement community right now, where the secondhand clothing at thrift stores is just a tad outdated. I will be out in town today, hitting up these older ladies throw aways!

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    1. I love the detail in that dress and your ankle strap sandals are beautiful!

      Hope you had an amazing time!
      sexy tops

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  157. Hi Sarah, your dress inspired me. I was shopping at my local discount fabric store and I found some pleated fabric similar to this skirt. I grabbed in the hopes of mimicking your refashion! Unfortunately, I'll be construction the whole thing!!!! I just wanted to ask, what kind of lining does your dress have or are you just wearing some foundations under it? Thanks! Aileen

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    1. The dress doesn't have any lining so I wear a long tank dress under it. A slip would work as well! Best luck with the project and please share with me your final result! :)

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  158. Hi Sarah! I saw your tutorial a while back and it has been on my mind ever since! I recently bought a pleated skirt online that was in the color that I've been looking for. However, the waistband is a thick elastic and when I tried on the skirt, the neckline/waistband "popped up" because the fabric was too thick. Do you have any advice or suggestions? I was thinking of maybe taking in the waistband to make it fit better but being a beginner and a college student...I am at a loss :(
    Thanks so much! -Annabel

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  159. This so pretty, thank your sharing! i try soon!

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  160. OMG. I could not believe my eyes. I'm very picky about liking clothes but this one I fell inlove ith the very second I saw it. You are amazing. I wll try it too

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  161. Wow this is beautiful, you are one talented lady!...simple things are so often the most effective. I can't wait to go and scour all the thrift shops near me to have a go at this-will be perfect for the many weddings I have this summer. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  162. What does the back look like?

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  163. Wow!!! This idea is simply genius!And the dress looks just stunning!!Thank you for sharing!!!

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  164. I love love love it!

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  165. This is absolutely AMAZING! I love pleats too but I can never find a pleated dress I love; I so want to try this though because it's stunning! You're very talented, with a great eye for the "could be" :) Keep it up! I'm your newest follower ;)

    http://imalousycook.blogspot.com/

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  166. This dress is beautiful. I really trying to imagine how I can make one of my own.

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  167. OMG simply gorgeous...if you can't find a pleated skirt, can a regular maxiskirt do?

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  168. Great DIY, simply input=sophisticated output

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  169. Beautiful dress! Upcycling is the ultimate way to save money, time and a once-loved garment from the trash pile. Yesterday's hand-me-downs are now the new favorite clothing. Bravo!

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