a new dress from an old skirt

April 18, 2008 |  Category:   craft


A few months ago I finally got around to doing something that had been on my list for a very long time. I had a skirt that never fit me very well, but I loved the textile so much that I couldn’t bear to give it up. I loved the hand-brushed orange circles and the crinkly textured fabric – it was almost like paper – so it was too bad that the skirt fit oddly. One day, however, it occurred to me that it would make a gorgeous dress for Mia (and eventually Claudine). I made the dress and hung it in the closet where it remained for a few months. Today was like an unexpected summer day – blue skies and downright hot in the mid-day sun. I pulled the dress out and Mia wore it happily, exclaiming that it was her favorite dress. it might be mine as well.


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  • Lani April 18, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Wow, you have yet another potential career. It’s a super dress; can’t wait to see her in it! good job. Now get some sleep.

  • Kathy April 19, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Cool idea -great dress!

  • kellyt April 19, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I’m not much of a sewer but my mom is. I’d love to see how you made the dress. Or did it come from a pattern? Beautiful!

  • Tiffany April 19, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I wanna know how you made that!!! I would love to make one! 🙂 You rock! It’s awesome!

  • Jenna April 19, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    unfortunately I don’t have a pattern. It was one of those quick experiments, but I did use a dress she had for rough sizing. I have old shirts that I plan to make into tunics for the girls as well.

  • Lara April 21, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I LOVE THIS DRESS! Mia’s just beaming in it. I love that you made it, and I’ll bet that’s part of why she loves it so much too.

  • Christine April 22, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Lovely. I would love to have one like that for my little girl. (and myself)

  • jennifer April 24, 2008 at 10:00 am

    OMG! that dress rocks! love it jenna. makes me miss designing my line so much.

  • Cindi July 16, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    that is the cutest dress! i want one!