Sequin Dress to Sequin Skirt Tutorial | Thriftanista in the City


Sequin Dress to Sequin Skirt Tutorial

I found a fabulous blue green sequin bodycon dress before my trip to Las Vegas. When I tried it on at the thrift store mirror, my fellow thrift sisters said "it looks great. Noooo, it's not too short at all".

They lied to me because I put this dress on in Vegas and proceeded to sit down and I could feel a good breeze on my buns. Yeah, it looked like a cute mini standing up but sitting down I was basically wearing a tank top.

sequin dress turned into a skirt diy with tutorial

Given my love of sequins, I could not toss it. I did a quick* dress to skirt refashion. It's the perfect little diy for an ill fitting dress or to add new life to the old dress you can't bear to part with.

Dress to Skirt DIY

Supplies Needed

a dress with some stretch to it
elastic to fit waist
sewing machine


Step 1: Cut the top of the dress off just below armholes. You can try the dress on and make markings for accuracy. I put the dress on a table and held a ruler down over the dress and just cut.

Step 2: Make an elastic waistband that fits comfortably around your waist. Wrap the elastic around your waist where you want it to rest and cut off any excess. Sew the ends together to make a circle.

Step 3: Sew elastic band over the raggedy edges of your cut. Pin the elastic waistband to each side of the skirt and pin center front and back. Sew and stretch the elastic as you move along as it will most likely be smaller than the waist opening of the skirt.


easy to tutorial to make a sequin skirt
*took a little bit longer because I tried to serge this bad boy. Big mistake. Your serger will get mad and spit needles. Don't do it.

Have you done any refashions lately?

diy sequin skirt and how to wear it

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Splendor said...

I would have liked a pic of you wearing it as a dress. I love sequins and also am conscious of wearing too short clothing at my age. You look great and I hope you enjoy Vegas. It's one of my favorite spots and I'm not a gambler just love the desert air, mountains, swimming pools and chilling at the hotel.

Madam Too Much said...

Great look and fit on you and a Great DIY. I will be looking for an item to make into skirt on my next shopping trip.

K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy said...

My sewing machine is out of commission right now. So, no refashioning here, but I do love the skirt!

14th Street Vintage said...

I can't even find my sewing machine...the skirt looks really pretty. I think I probably like it even better than I would have liked the dress. Not quite as shiny (my eyes are bad...).

Ashleigh said...

Girl. Your look phenomenal. I like it so so so much! It's beautiful, fits you so well, and looks very lady like. Classy sequins from shortie sequins!

Kenya L Fashion Blog said...

I love this! You look gorgeous! And this is such a great DIY!

xo, Kenya

Unknown said...

You're so clever! You look fab. Love how it came out.

Have a great week!

Aracely @ Mama Fashion Files said...

Love the color of this sequins skirt looks fab on you!

Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos said...

I love a thrifty, crafty lady! What an awesome idea. And that color looks amazing on you!

ThriftyGirl51 said...

Super cute skirt, I think the skirt is better than the dress too, good job

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Always love sparkle!

mommy Orkid Belle said...

Love the sparkling blue skirt. I would do the same thing too and not just toss it away. You did an amazing job.

Adin B

List Addict said...

Good job. It is super classy, which, from your description, it may not have been before your amazing transformation. Good on you!!

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thank you!

I only have crappy pics of me in the dress which I wore with jeans under it. I'm ok wearing short clothes. Shorts more so than skirts. This was a tunic. :P

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thank you!

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thank you!

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thank you!

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thank you!

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thanks Jen!

Thriftanista in the City said...

Thank you!

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Anonymous said...

Cute! Found you via Monday Mingle.

Tricia @ The Domestic Fringe said...

It looks absolutely fabulous as a skirt. It's beautiful. I love the color.


The Nanny Saga said...

Haha that's to funny! Glad it worked out as a skirt! It looks really cute!!

LA Lynn's said...

Oooo... If only I could sew! U did an amazing job!


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