Upcycled Again: Dress to Skirt to Ruffles & Knots

Do you remember this little dress from a couple of years ago?

dress skirt 01 before floral

It is made with the softest, most deliciously faded fabric. I just love the feminine girliness of it.

dress skirt 05 finish floral

But, alas, my little girl grew… So I turned that loved dress into a skirt in a quick five-minute makeover.

dress skirt 06 flower on shirt floral

With the addition of a scrap flower added to a plain white top, the outfit went from way too small to new again.

But–oh!–my little girl just keeps on growing!


And she went from itty bitty…

dress model front

…to big time big kid. That’s what I get for blinking. So this piece was ready for a new life yet again…

upcycled again ruffle pants

First, I cut off the bottom of the skirt, just above the lowest layer of ruffle and mini ruffle, and I cut it in half to make two leg opening ruffles for a pair of ruffle pants.

upcycled again ruffle pants detail

[I’m using mixed fabrics for this projects, getting out of my comfort zone again in the most glorious way.]

upcycled again knot top straps

Then I carefully cut two long strips from the rest of the body of the skirt. [I set the elastic waistband aside to possibly use on another project someday.] And each strip (above, top) became a strap (above, bottom)…

upcycled again strap detail

[Something as simple as a contrasting green thread color adds a lovely touch for me on these straps.]

upcycled again knot top & ruffle pants

So now this outfit has gained another year or two of usefulness [and cuteness!] in this Matilda Jane inspired knot top and ruffle pants.

09 matilda jane turtledove top and stippling tee

Not the sewing type? There’s still time to enter the Matilda Jane Clothing $50 gift card giveaway! Entries close at midnight tonight, but you can enter by liking CampClem on facebook, sharing the post on facebook, tweeting about it, and pinning the post.

19 matilda jane giftcard

Go see all the details here, and be sure to come back Wednesday to see who won, wheeeee!

upcycled again knot top and pants

OH! And I WILL be posting a step-by-step photo tutorial for how you can sew a knot top too… Soon… I hope!

upcycled again knot top ruffle pants happy girl

But I need a little color inspiration, please?! What colors/patterns do you think I should choose for my next piece? Do tell!


4 responses to “Upcycled Again: Dress to Skirt to Ruffles & Knots

  1. I’m always a fan of bright bold colors. Your little girl looks so sweet in everything. 🙂 Thanks for all the posts! Keep them coming! I thought of you the other night because I am attempting to make my daughter a Matilda Jane-ish type top. Figured I would give it a try. You do so well at it. Would love to share a picture when it is finished!


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