Refashion - Upsize A Skirt - Plus Size Refashion!12:15 PM
Readers of this blog know that I'm a plus size refashioner. I'm a size 16/18 but many of my thrift store finds are, well, not. The best I can usually do is to find a large and upsize it. In this blog I'll cover tips and tricks for making a too small dress into something wearable.
We'll go from here:
|Too Small for me!|
|From Size L|
|To size 16/18|
Deep pleats (also called Box Pleats) use a lot of fabric. If a dress or skirt has small pleats you can usually upsize the garment by 1 to 2 sizes. If the garment has box pleats you can easily upsize by 2- 4 sizes.
|Check for deep pleats|
To remove the waistband, turn the dress inside out.
|To remove the waistband, turn the dress inside out|
Cut as close to the stitching as possible.
|Waist line stitching removed|
The goal is to leave as much fabric as possible with the skirt!
|Zigzag stitch the cut end|
Now you're ready to make the skirt. Add elastic to the waistband and, viola, upsized skirt!
|Add elastic at the waist|
I used stretchy/lycra fabric for this project, but it would have worked with any fabric with box pleats.
The finished garment is actually pretty loose. I'm going to wear it a few times before I decide if I'll take it in.
I've actually given this tip before, but it certainly bears repeating. If you're one of my big booty sisters, or a woman with wide hips, look for a mullet dress.
What's a mullet dress you ask?
A mullet dress (or skirt) is a dress that is longer in the back than it is in the front. These dresses usually annoy me (I'm getting cranky in my old age) but they work REALLY WELL when making or refashioning a plus size dress.
|Dress Rides Up in back :(|
|A Little extra fabric in the back = even hemline.|
In the case of this skirt - it already had a slight mullet so all I needed to do was add elastic to the waist - Jackpot!
Check out my other Refashion projects HERE!.