Maxi skirts can be great and look amazing, but sometimes they just don't quite work. Instead of getting rid of it, turn it into a cute stylish jumper! I found this vintage 60s maxi skirt with a pretty pattern. It fit, but it didn't look right on me when I got it home so I decided to turn it into something fun.
Thing you will need:
- sewing machine
- chalk or a bar of soap
- measuring tape
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Step 1: Cut Skirt to Desired Length
- Measure the length you want your skirt to be plus about an inch for seam allowance. Use a measuring tape or ruler and pin all around at that length. Cut the excess fabric off and save for the bib top.
Step 2: Hem the Skirt
- Double turn the hem under all around the bottom of the skirt. Pin and sew to create a nice finished hem
Step 3: Make the Bib
- Use a template from an outfit you already have to trace the shape of the top bib on the extra fabric you saved. I used chalk but you can also use a bar of soap. Trace a little wider than the template to account for seam allowance. You can also make your own shape if you don't have something to trace. (I had to retrace mine because I have buttons going down the center)
Step 4: Finish the Side Edges of the Bib
- Double turn the edges in. Pin and sew to create a nice finished side when wearing.
Step 5: Attach Bib to Skirt
- Pin the right sides together of the skirt and bib top.
- Measure to make sure the bib is in the center of the skirt.
- Sew them together and flip the bib up to be in the right position. Mine has buttons going down the length so I sewed it in two parts to keep the buttons functional.
Step 6: Finish Top Edge of Bib
- Double turn in the top edge of the bib. You can make this a small fold or wider if the bib is too long after trying it on.
- Pin and sew to create a nice finished edge. (Again mine has button so I sewed it in two parts. You can just sew straight across without buttons)
Step 7: Make the Straps
- Use your measuring tape to measure from the bib top over the shoulder to the edge of skirt back to get the length needed for the straps.
- Cut two strips of fabric to this length. I wanted mine to be two inch wide straps when done so I cut the strips about 5" wide to account for seam allowance. (4" for straps and 1" for seam allowance. Folded in half that's 2.5" total)
- Fold the strips in half with right sides together.
- Pin and sew down the length.
- Turn the fabric inside out to get the straps.
Step 8: Attach Straps to Bib and Skirt
- Fold the edges of the strap under just a little to make nice edges on both ends. Sew. (I didn't get a picture of this step, but it's pretty straightforward.)
- Pin the straps to the front inside of the bib at the outer edge leaving a little fabric below the edge for seam allowance. Sew across
- Find where you want the back straps to be on the back of the skirt and pin them down leaving a little fabric inside the skirt for seam allowance. Sew across. I made mine cross over each other but they can be straight down too.
Step 9: Iron the Straps and You Have a Finished Jumper Dress!
- Iron the straps to make them lay flat.
- Voila! Finished cute jumper. :)