I brought this dress a number of months ago, it was an ebay purchase and although it is beautiful, I was never happy with how the dress sat on my chest as the buttons tended to gape. It has since sat in my wardrobe waiting for me to alter it.
I decided that I would alter the dress into a high waisted skirt. Firstly I measured and marked 6 inches from the waist line
I then cut along this mark, note that I cut the front and back sections separately as opposed to together and I also ensured that the zip on the back was in a down position so that I could use this in the skirt without having to take it out and replace it
My dress has a lining so I was quite lucky that it was not finished off at the bottom, this meant that I could turn the dress inside out to make a seam. So I turned the dress inside out and pinned the seam together on one side.
I then noticed that my tailors chalk did not work on the lining so I flipped the dress over and drew on the other side.
I then did a straight stitch along the marked line (ensuring that the seams to the shaping of the dress remained flat), when the sewing was done, I clipped the edges to a couple of millimeters from the stitching and turned it back around the right way.
I then pressed the seam to ensure that it laid flat and to also tuck in the bit above the button hole. I then top stitched the edges of the panel to give it a finished look
I then repeated these steps with the other side.
The last things that I wanted to do was insert another button hole, I used the automatic button hole stitch on my machine and used the seam ripper to make the hole between the stitches.
Finally I sewn on the button
Then all that was left was to try it on
The skirt has worked over all and I think it will make for a cute outfit for a friends birthday party that I am going to in a few weeks. The only thing that I may do extra is make some belt loops out of the left over material from the top I think this will add a more professional finish and also allow the belt to sit between the buttons as opposed to over the bottom one.