Dress-to-Skirt Refashion Tutorial {Me-Made-May}

May 20, 2014

Hello, friends!  I don’t know about you, but I have been one busy little bee.  I am proud of myself, however, for making time to get in a little sewing AND a new video!  That’s right, I have a brand-spankin’ new, hot off the press, fantabulous DIY refashion tutorial video just for you!


Here’s the gist: I thrifted this amazing dress several weeks ago, knowing that it had oh so much potential to be something great.  Then, I noticed the stain (luckily it was already 50% off for only $4.50); so, I decided to turn it into a fun, twirly-whirly skirt.  And since making elastic-waist skirts is one of my favorite refashions (because it’s just too easy), I decided to make a little video, too – check it out!

Lucky for me, this dress already had a built in “skirt,” so a lot of the work was done for me.  Plus, when I separated the top half of the dress from the bottom half, I realized that it was already a perfect length, so I didn’t need to do any hemming, either.  I do plan on doing more refashion tutorials, however, so I would definitely like to cover those topics.


I will admit that I am a major perfectionist, especially when it comes to video (I have a degree in Film, hello!), so I do think this video could be way better.  But, I am still super excited to be sharing my first DIY/tutorial, and it really just makes me even more motivated to keep creating videos because I know I can do better!


I am also excited to be sharing this me-made (or refashioned) skirt for this week’s Me-Made-May contribution.  Despite only posting one item per week, this challenge has already motivated me to do more sewing.  I absolutely love sewing so it has been really fun to get inspired and make sewing a priority again.


I hope you enjoyed my first DIY video, and, as always, thanks for reading – and watching!  – Kristi :)


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  • Jackie and Marilyn

    So cute! I wish I had better sewing skills, but your video made this refashion look…I won’t say easy because for me it definitelywon’t be, but it looks less daunting :) – Brianna

    May 20, 2014 at 9:44 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Hahaha thank you, it really is super simple! Although now that you mention it, I bet I could come up with a no-sew version of this tutorial!! :)

      May 20, 2014 at 10:12 am Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    So cool! I love how you restyled that into a skirt! I recently made my first skirt…it had some issues, but I loved getting back into sewing too :) I think creating is good for the soul!! xo

    May 20, 2014 at 11:48 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! Yes, I totally agree with you, there is definitely something deeply satisfying in creating and making with your own two hands :)

      May 20, 2014 at 11:59 am Reply
  • Jen Melissa

    Great job !

    May 20, 2014 at 2:50 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    I can barely contain my excitement…this is adorable!!! And how nice to hear your lovely voice :) I really have to start trying to do more refashions like you and Miche do. Everything always turns out so cute! Great job!

    May 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!!! You are so sweet, I felt like such a dork haha! Ooh, ooh, you should so do some refashions, I know you would come up with some marvelous creations! :)

      May 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm Reply
  • After Dark Sewing

    Aw this is so cute! I’m going to be looking out for snazzy dresses like that! :).

    May 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! You should, and then you should share what you come up with!! ;)

      May 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm Reply
      • After Dark Sewing

        I will :) if it turns out as cute as yours!

        May 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm Reply
        • alligatortoe

          After seeing the aisle things you’ve seen on your blog, I’m sure it will!! ;)

          May 22, 2014 at 6:13 am Reply
  • Wink n Pout

    This was so awesome and helpful !! and amazing video seriously!
    Love, Wink n Pout
    Blog , App

    May 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you so, so much!! You are always so sweet, I’m glad you liked the video! :)

      May 21, 2014 at 5:23 pm Reply
  • alexnguyen

    That’s such a great refashion! And awesome video! You’ve inspired me to do the same! :)
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

    May 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Alex!! Ooh, I know you’ll come up with something super chic, I can’t wait! ;)

      May 22, 2014 at 6:12 am Reply
  • Confessions of a Refashionista

    I am simply overflowing with lurv for your fab first DIY video! Adorably magnificent! ;)

    May 22, 2014 at 11:10 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Aww thank you! You definitely inspired me with your awesome videos!! :)

      May 22, 2014 at 11:43 am Reply
  • The Curious Needle

    Great video, and that skirt is just adorable on you!

    May 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you so much! I love my new skirt, I want to wear it all the time now haha!! :)

      May 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • spoolish

    Ah! You’ve definitely got the voice and charisma to be a vlogger! Great job – totally impressed beyond words!!

    May 23, 2014 at 9:45 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Wow thank you SO much, Martyna!! That is such a huge compliment, I am blushing!!! :)

      May 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm Reply
  • jodikayedwards

    *Crying, love this!! Such a pretty print too!

    YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZdwj788PWGNgrxbHzCmuQA

    June 24, 2014 at 10:53 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!!! I definitely fell in love with the print on this dress, too, and I knew I had to make something fun with it! :)

      June 24, 2014 at 11:15 am Reply
  • andrea

    I love the combinations you have given and thanks for the tutorial

    March 21, 2017 at 8:48 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you and you’re welcome, the pleasure is all mine!! 😊

      March 21, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

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