Sunday Best Refashion


My dear blog friend, Jenn, started a new flickr group called Sunday Best. It’s fabulous dress inspiration! Jenn has great style and I love looking at all of the additions. Here’s my Sunday Best this week:

It all started at DI. I saw this muumuu and had to have it for a skirt refashion. I’ve seen so many gathered skirts at stores like H&M and Forever 21 that are so adorable, but too short for my style. 30 minutes and $6 later, I have a skirt that goes just below the knee.


Here’s what I did:

  • I roughly measured the length that I wanted
  • Cut the skirt part off
  • finished the cut edge with a zig zag stitch
  • measured elastic to my waist & zig zag stitched it together
  • gathered the skirt to the size of the waist band
  • zig zag stitched the skirt to the elastic
  • removed the gathered stitch
  • ironed
  • accessorized

after-1Sunday Best Muumuu skirt

Now that I’m finished, I’m thinking that I could shorten the dress even more, like right at the knee or just above. I think it’d make the proportions look a little better. I love this skirt, it would be perfect for the middle of the summer when it’s blazing hot, but I’ll settle for wearing it in the middle of September.

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    1. Jenn says:

      I really hope you kept the top part of that muumuu, just to wear around the house for entertainment purposes. And agreed about short skirts. So many cute dresses (that are actually modest on top) and skirts, but can we be done with the mini-trend already, please?

    2. Erico says:

      Great Work!!!!

    3. Tiffany says:

      That turned out so nice!

    4. stacy says:

      that turned out so cute! i wanted to do something similar a few weeks ago with a skirt i had seen at DI but when i went back to get it, it was gone… of course! but i am keeping my eyes out for another opportunity. you have a great eye for seeing potential!

    5. Melissa says:

      Love your style!!! I had to post about you on my blog because you are so awesome:) Thanks!!!

    6. excited to meet you too! can you post about your class? we’d love to get enrollment up.

    7. Miranda says:

      Okay. You are like my refashioning idol. I really would like to wander the aisles of the DI with you. I am positive I would not have seen the potential that you did in that muumuu.

    8. Allison says:

      You foxy devil, you.

    9. rachel says:

      Um, you’re incredible! The skirt is so cute. My sewing skills suck. Big time.

    10. Ceci says:

      Hey Melissa:
      How did you learn to sew and do these revisions? I have been doing some light sewing for a few years, but have yet to take on such a project. I have a few of my own items (a shirt and skirt) that I would like to turn into dresses for my two year old little girl. Any tips?


    11. I can’t tell you how long I have spent browsing through all of your posts! You definitely have an eye for the potential in all things. Thank you for such an inspirational blog!

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