Evening gown to maxi skirt refashion

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<p>I love shopping at Goodwill. I think I’ve said it here before. There’s something about the musty smell, the bazaar organization (my sorts by colors not sizes), and flipping through some of the most crazy fashion fads that have come and gone throughout the years. I get so many good giggles while I’m in there imagining the former life of the garments.&nbsp;</p>

<p>My favorite section in the Goodwill is where they have all the evening gowns. Some wedding dresses, old prom dresses, and cocktail dresses all find their way there. I like it the most becuase you’re more likely to find some quality garments and with a little imagination…ok, a lot…you can make yourself something really special.</p>

<p>Case in point:</p>

<p><img class=”posterous_plugin_object posterous_plugin_object_gallery” src=”http://getfile8.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2012-07-29/zgHuaJmhJmgfbsEJlAwebmEkqrovaHIEjHDxDJIqnycthstEGJHgwJbJqgva/IMG_7211.PNG.thumb100.png?content_part=hBJowzsqfGvEaBHDmhbp&#8221; alt=”” width=”100” height=”100” />Isn’t that a beauty? I imagine Vivian Ward wearing it on out with Edward Lewis for some reason. (Shameless Pretty Woman reference, FYI) I was initially attracted it to it for the backless top. You can’t really tell from the photos, but it’s a pretty gold fabric with a black underlay that peeks through. Honestly, I would probably have just worn the dress like it is if it weren’t for that asymetrical, drop-waist. I guess it’s pretty figure-flattering, but it just dates the whole dress.&nbsp;</p>

<p>I’m still waiting to find the perfect look for that top, but in the mean time, I took on the black shirt portion.&nbsp;</p>

<p>I saw this photo on Pinterest:</p>

<p><img class=”posterous_plugin_object posterous_plugin_object_gallery” src=”http://getfile4.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2012-07-29/AdoAypEoIvrFhaumvatDAFsJBEsuoGzkIrpzByuJCqdrspHFcHcyHvmrzfbe/81275968245868944_Z47natW2_f.jpg.thumb100.jpg?content_part=yJapblGpEeBgyiCurwCj&#8221; alt=”” width=”100” height=”100” />I had to have that outfit. And, all I needed was a great black maxi. The dress would be perfect. Because it’s more of an evening gown dress, the material of the black skirt is very luxe. It’s heavier than most knits, almost slinky, and has a great movement to it.&nbsp;</p>

<p>To convert it from a dress to a maxi skirt without comprimising the shirt, I ripped the seam. That was fun. Not. And, once I had raw edges on the skirt, I sewed a simple casing leaving a few inches open near a seam so I could instert some 1” elastic. I fed it through the tube using a huge safety pin to help me along. Then with both ends of the elastic pulled through the hole in the casing, I sewed it’s ends together before closing up the casing.&nbsp;</p>

<p><img class=”posterous_plugin_object posterous_plugin_object_gallery” src=”http://getfile1.posterous.com/getfile/files.posterous.com/temp-2012-07-29/rBdGybaFwtArxgidFdBdnGkBuhhHCsDxjqhvBdwbdrushHGJzFIcrFAjEFvw/maxi.jpg.thumb100.jpg?content_part=qtxJkvavobADilICpgdy&#8221; alt=”” width=”100” height=”100” /></p>

<p>And, here it is styled similarly to the photo. I didn’t accessorize this at all yet since I wasn’t actually going out in this outfit…just posing for a photo. LOL. I’m a dork. But, I do intend on wearing it with the <a href=”http://17butterflies.posterous.com/statement-necklace-tutorial-review&#8221; target=”_blank”>statement necklace I made</a> a few months ago.&nbsp;</p>

<p>Anyway, the skirt really feels great and was so easy to whip up. And, of course, it goes with so many things. Can’t wait to find a million more great ways to wear my new skirt. Oh, it cost me $3, btw.&nbsp;</p>

<p>If you want more details about how to make this skirt, check out <a href=”http://thecraftynovice.blogspot.com/2012/04/diy-sew-elastic-waist-skirt.html&#8221; target=”_blank”>this post</a>. She has some great photos of how it’s done (if you can get past that god aweful fabric).</p>

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