Refashion – Animal Print dress to skirt

Refashion is a passion of mine whether that is for my wardrobe or for my life. Maybe this Refashion will get your excited to go thrifting to create something fabulous for your own wardrobe! Be sure to check out the before and after!

refashion dress after

I love a great before. Here’s my thrifted dress that had this amazing animal print on it! I knew I had to buy it! When I put it on my husband said, “Uh… are going to Refashion that right? LOL!”

dress before refashion


  • Knit or lightweight dress (any pattern/color) -I thifted mine for $6.00 but you can use one from your closet too that maybe you don’t wear as much as anymore.
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine – coordinating thread
  • Straight pins
  • 2″ wide elastic – enough to go around your waist

1. Start but laying out your dress flat and cut straight across the dress right under the armpits. This gives you the most use of all of the fabric to work with. Optional: Run a zig zag stitch or use a serger along the newly cut edge to keep the fabric from fraying and/or give it a finished look.

refashion dress 1 cut

2. Measure your waist right at your belly button. Even if you don’t wear your skirts this high it’s best to measure here. You can always wear your skirt lower but as it rises and shifts through the day on your wasitline you don’t want it to be to “wide or loose” around the waist. Cut a piece of the 2″ elastic to your measurment (I bought black elastic but it also comes in white).

Form the elastic in a loop (like a waistband) and overlap the ends about 1″. Pin. Then using a zig zag stitch secure the loop together sewing up and down the overlapped ends.

refashion dress 2 measure

3.  Attaching the elastic waistaband to the “skirt” – It’s ok if the waistband and the skirt aren’t the same width. You can stretch the waistaband as you pin them together to make it easier to sew. This will give your skirt a slightly gathered look when it is worn.

sewing an elastic waistband waistband2 waistband3

If your skirt has a backseam like mine does, make sure to line up the backseam with the back of your waistband (the place where the two ends are overlapped and sewn). Working on the inside of your waistband, overlap the top of the skirt about 1/2 – 3/4″ over the bottom of the elastic and pin. Work your way around stretching the elastic as needed. Continue until the skirt is all pinned to the elastic. Then sew the two pieces together pulling the stretched elastic as needed.

attaching a waistband to a skirt 2

The skirt is done! Your fabric of the skirt ends up sew on the inside of your elastic band.

finished skirt

The fun thing about animal print is it goes with any color! Have fun mixing the colors and style of top and accessories to pair with it. Style that is easy, comfortable and chic for any season. If you need some ideas on styling a maxi skirt for Summer pop over to BrassyApple and also see how I styled it for the Different Seasons. 

refashion dress to maxi skirt

What are some of your favorite refashion projects?

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  1. VERY nice! I love it!!! Can’t wait to go on my next thrifting trip!

  2. That turned out really cute. 🙂 I love the maxi skirts.

  3. Cyndi Mac says

    That is stinkin’ adorable!!

  4. Esme Evans says

    I’m just learning to sew and thought my 1st attempt should be simple – you gave made me happy with the simplicity of this project which I am going to tackle soon. Thank you

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