I marked the dress 22 inches above the hem.
In addition to removing the top portion of the dress, I removed the buttons and those weird tie thingies in the back. (I actually sewed them together and used them for my waist band).
I gathered the dress, attached the waistband, created a back seam, and added a zipper.
I used some of the leftover fabric to create pockets.
I paired my new skirt with a top I thrifted from the Goodwill for $4.00...
and these pearl and gold earrings.. of course I made them!